I guess I shouldn’t say projects as finishing one blanket is more singular. But I am still happy. I have two all-time favorite things to make, and gifts is one. This blanket was so easy to throw together. It took just under 2 hours to cut out, sew, photograph and wrap.
I did have a bit of an advantage in making this project go fast. I already had a large piece of the blue fabric that was more or less square. So I trimmed it down a touch, and away I went. In making baby blankets over and over, I have found a favorite technique. Best of all, it’s a simple one. Instead of messing around with any sort of binding, I just layer everything together, stitch up and turn it out. Then I do take the time to press the seams and finish off the edges with a zigzag stitch. While it sounds really basic, this way of making a blanket isn’t just easy, it’s practical. Every single layer is sewn together all the way around twice. So no matter what a little kid puts it through and how much it’s washed, it will stand up. I also made sure that every layer is pre-shrunk cotton. This means it couldn’t be more washable. If you think the blanket looks a little light, you’re right. This baby is due at a time of year when it can be super hot or starting to get cold. Plus, you can always add layers.
And just one quick word on the entire gift. You probably already know the bath salts and cookies are not for the kid. If you’re a mom, you get how much a tiny gesture like that can mean. Being pregnant sometimes means you are getting talked to a ton while somehow still being ignored. I like to think throwing in a little something for mom really helps her morale.
So now everything is wrapped up and ready to go to its new tiny family. Yay for finished projects! So this week, I am starting a project I have been promising my husband I would do for weeks — garage curtains. Hopefully while working on function, I can also make them a bit fun. As usual, I will let you know how it goes.
Have a great week everyone!