One of my oldest friends just had a scrumptious baby girl. She is seriously such a cute little doll, and I knew I wanted to make her a gift, but after thinking about my schedule, I decided it had to be something sweet AND simple. And so I came up with this:
This is seriously the easiest blanket you’ll ever make! If you leave out the applique it practically takes no time at all, but if you want to give it an extra-special touch, you can do use applique to personalize it!
What you’ll need:
- Apx. 1 yard each front & back flannel fabric
- Additional contrasting fabric if you’re going to applique
Cut your flannel fabric to the size that you want your blanket to be. I like mine to be close to square, it was about 36 x 36 inches.
If you want to make a simpler blanket, skip this next part where I discuss the appliqueing. New to applique? Check out my tutorial here!
To do the applique for this blanket, I found a font on my computer that I liked and then printed the letters out really big (about 200-pt). I then cut the letters out and then traced them on the fabric. Then I cut the fabric letters out. Repetitive but simple.
I then appliqued them using a zig-zag stitch, just like in my earlier tutorial. Want to know a mistake I made? Alright, I’ll share. I started the E and realized my zig-zag stitches were super-close together—practically on top of one another. I realized I’d never have enough thread to do all the letters that way AND it would take forever! So I did the E and the J with the really close zig-zag stitch. At that point I did run out of the thread I was using so I had to use a slightly lighter red for the rest of the letters. I also used a longer zig-zag stitch. You can’t see it in the picture and really, it was fine. I’m just a perfectionist, so it annoyed me a little.
Okay, once you’ve appliqued your letters, you’re going to pin your front piece of fabric to your back piece of fabric, right sides together. You can’t really see it in this picture but take my word for it, they’re pinned!
Now sew around the edges of your blanket, leaving an opening.
Here’s my opening. Isn’t it lovely?
Now iron your seams open!
I recently invested in this Tailor Board, made by Dritz. It is a tool specifically designed to make seam-ironing easier and let me just tell you, it has changed my life. It is a tad bit pricey ($49.99 at JoAnn Fabrics) so I held off buying it for a while, but with the help of a 50% off coupon, I finally decided to invest. Life-altering decision! It makes seam-ironing quicker, easier, and better. When you turn the seams so they’re on the inside, the outsides are super-crisp and nice, just like they should be. This thing is worth its weight in gold! (Or in my case, dollars and coupons.)
Once you’ve ironed your seams open, turn your blanket right-side out, using the opening you left. Iron the outside of the blanket, and then slip-stitch the opening shut.
Here’s where the opening was after I slip-stitched it.
Now you’re going to top-stitched all the way around your blanket using a cute decorative stitch and a contrasting thread!
I chose this little starburst stitch. I’d never used it before and I thought it would be really cute with the rest of the blanket’s look! And it was, but it took FOREVER. Seriously. Even with the sewing pedal to the metal I had ample time to
check my Facebook and all my other social media venues,
text multiple people and take pictures while doing it all. Yes, my machine is actually going!
But finally, finally I made it all the way around, and I was really happy with results. And once you’ve top-stitched around your blanket you’re all finished!
All done! Confession: I wasn’t totally happy with the way the “n” looks in Jane, but I didn’t really notice it until after I was completely finished.
And here’s the blanket all spread out.
This is seriously the easiest blanket ever! If you’re a newbie to sewing and are feeling nervous, just skip the applique. It’s totally worth it to add it in, though, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous.