DIY // How to sew a blanket for a toddler

Toddler blanket by OhEverythingHandmade

Toddler blanket by OhEverythingHandmade

I have to smile every time I look at this image of Jasmine (pretending to sleep), while I was trying to photo-shoot today’s DIY project!

I love soft blankets, and so does Jasmine. So, today’s project was a “must finish”, since she currently has one blanket to use. I luckily found a pink minky soft fabric at Joann’s last weekend, which was on sale for 50%+ off retail price.

Here is the total to make today’s blanket:

Total: $17.35

Ok, so let’s get started…

Step 1 - laying your fabric

Step 1 – laying out your fabric

1. Laying your fabric out is (semi-)important if you have uneven cut’s of fabric, you can now cut them to fit each other.

Step 2 - Sew everything together

Step 2 – Sew everything together

2. – 3. Make sure you pin the blanket together with the right side in, don’t sew all the way to where you started – leave at least a 6″ hole that will be used to pull your blanket right-side-out. Trim the corners of your blanket at an angle (this produces a nice square, crisp corner when the blanket is turned out).

Step 3. - Cut the corners

Step 3 – Cut the corners

Step 4 - Turn your blanket

Step 4 – Turn your blanket

4. Turn the blanket right-side-out by pulling it through the hole you left. Poke the corners out with a knitting needle or scissors to create nice square corners. Pin the opening shut by first turning in your cotton and minky fabrics 1/2″ to the inside, then pinning.

Step 5 - Sew

Step 5 – Top-stitch the blanket all the way around

5. Top-stitch the blanket all the way around, approximately 1/4″ from the edge. This sews the opening shut and also keeps the top layer from bunching over the bottom layer.

Step 6. Top stitch all around

Step 6. Top stitch the opening

Your blanket is now complete!

If you haven’t already washed your blanket, toss it into the washer and wash it with a delicate/handwash cycle.

Finished project

The sweet dreams blanket 

Photo-shooting the finished project

Photo-shooting the finished project

So, while Jasmine and I were working on the photo shooting for today’s blanket, we had a little photobomb. Bailey was up on her bed so quickly, I didn’t even see him get on it.

We loved it!

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