I have a confession to make. I am scared to death of quilting. There are so many RULES. Rules and I just don’t get along when it comes to crafting. I don’t like patterns and I don’t like long tedious projects. I much prefer to try things out on my own and learn from my mistakes. So when I set out to make a baby blanket to go with Caroline’s new decor I tried construct the very easiest blanket I could think of.
It was so easy I can sum it up in just a few easy steps:
I cut out a bunch of strips of fabric and sewed them together like so:
I ironed all the seam allowances to one side, then I evened up the edges and squared the corners:
Then I cut a piece of minky backing the same size as my strips of fabric. Exactly the same size. Next I pinned them right sides together. I decided I didn’t want batting in the blanket because I didn’t want it to be too hot. It’s more of a snuggle blanket than a sleeping blanket. If you wanted batting you could pin the front and back pieces right side together with a piece of batting on top.
I sewed all the way around leaving a 3 inch opening, turned it right side out, ironed, and then topstitched all the way around, closing the hole. Then I stitched about a quarter inch in all the way around.
The final step is tacking it down. I used the function on my machine for sewing buttons because I avoid hand stitching at any cost, but hand stitching would work nicely here too. I measured every 10 inches or so and pinned the fabric together, then sewed it like this:
Then, of course, we had a photo shoot!
It’s definitely not perfect and but I don’t think she minds a bit!