Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I'm So Crafty

Scribbit was sweet enough to add this to her winter bazaar so I thought I ought to finish it and add directions. My pictures aren't the best for a tutorial but I will try to write clear instructions.

Step one: Use two same size panels of fabric (you can make a large blanket or a small burp cloth) and a bunch of ribbon cut to 4 inches, and I always seem to need more ribbon than I think I will.

Step two: Fold ribbons in half. Pin around the edge of the right side of one of the fabric panels (right side meaning the side of the fabric with the pattern on it or the side of the fabric that will be on the outside of the blanket). Pin ribbon with the fold facing the center of the fabric and the cut side of the ribbon overlapping the edge of the fabric by 1/2 inch.

Step 3: Place the two fabric panels together with the right sides facing each other and the ribbons sandwiched in between them. Sew around the edge leaving an opening (3" for a burp cloth and 5" for a blanket).

Step 4: Pull blanket right side out and smooth or iron flat. Now you can choose how much further to take this. You could just sew up the opening with a basic blanket stitch. Or, you can now sew along the outside edge with your machine, tucking in the cut edge of the opening. You could also stitch some designs in the middle of the blanket if you wish.

I like to use ribbons with different textures but I always use lots of silky ribbons because they are the ones that babies love to suck on the most. I also like to add a note when I give this blanket that it is a play blanket and not a crib blanket because I worry about little fingers getting tangled in the ribbons and baby getting wrapped and smothered in the blanket. But I'm just paranoid like that.

As for all the sweet questions.... no, this blanket was not made for the bump in my belly =) I made this way before I had even decided to try again. And, do I have any clue as to what I'm having? Well I will get a second ultrasound at the beginning of February that will tell me. I'm leaning towards a boy... but I've never been right before so I'm not making any bets.


22 comments:

Jen said...

How cute! I've never seen anything like it.

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

I love these blankets...and especially this one...great colors!

Family Adventure said...

That is super cute! Love the colours, too :)

Heidi

Misty said...

VERY cute..... so could this be for said growing baby in womb? A girl maybe?? What's your hunch?

Cocoa said...

I've seen these kind of blankets around but haven;t attempted to make one yet. Yours is so adorable!

An Ordinary Mom said...

I love the color choices!

And if I can make one of these, than ANYONE can :) !! Although mine always have a bit of character to them. Sewing is not my strength.

Sonja said...

Wonderful, whimsical and so darling. Do you know what you're having yet? :D

LaughterThoughts said...

That's really cute... might have to try making one for the baby in my spare time (whatever that is, right?!)

Scribbit said...

With or without a tutorial that's pretty cute--those tags are kind of the latest thing aren't they? I've seen them a couple places this week by coincidence.

And I'm going to stick this link in the Winter Bazaar if that's okay--you crafter you.

Amber M. said...

FABULOUS! I have several girlfriends who swear by these things...now I can make one for my little man!

jennwa said...

That is adorable.

Edi said...

Now is it really fair to have a picture of a Wendy's Frosty on your blog, when some of us are suffering since all the Wendy's in our city were closed a couple of years ago?

An old school friend of mine ate her Frosty with fries. Literally. She would dip her fries in her frosty.

If we want a Frosty we have to travel to Albuquerque. Well we don't have to go quite that far - but that is where we had our last Frosty back in the summer...sigh

Have you ever tried to make one? I found a recipe one time and tried it in my ice-cream maker. It was wonderful - but it had about 2000 calories - I think it included frozen whipped topping, malted powder, sweetened condensed milk and ???

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Edi,
I'm so sorry for you loss. And, yes, I dip my fries in the shake too. When people tell me I'm gross I just tell them that it is the same concept as chocolate covered pretzels (which I also love). As for making my own frosty... I think I'll use that as my post for tomorrow =) Thanks for the idea.

Code Yellow Mom said...

Super cute blanket! You are crafty.

LaDonnaMobile said...

Oh my gosh this is SO cute! If I have another baby will you make one for me? (As if you'll have time with FIVE KIDS on your hands!)

Mountain Dweller said...

Very pretty!
I was given something similar a while ago and the kids snuggle up in it all the time.

Crockpot Lady said...

it's beautiful! We have a "lovey" like that the children adored when younger, and now it's a favorite doll blanket.
-steph

Amber said...

That is sooooo cute. And actually something I could do. Well, if I paid someone to do it for me...

:-)

Amber said...

That is really cute! Congrats on the baby. I saw that the Wendy's frosty was your current favorite. Ever dipped the fries in it? Sounds weird, but oddly it is sooo good!

Lei said...

Oh how I love taggies. Yours are darling!

Childlife said...

Glad to see you've got some ice cream back in your life again : D

The blanket is super cute! (Does the color mean that baby is a girl??) : )

elena jane said...

love your taggie blanket!! i made one for my daughter, my first every BIG sewing project. there are pics somewhere on my blog. but yours is PINK, so it's even prettier (says the gal who loves pink and can finally make pink things).
very pretty, very crafty :)