Here's an easy baby gift to sew in just a bit of time and for around $10 or less. My mom and I made some of them while she was here helping me with Baby #2 last year. The instructions were a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a hand drawing, so I made it into a step-by-step tutorial for you. For all of you swaddlers out there, have you noticed how difficult it is to find a SQUARE blanket? This one ends up 34" square. I've only used flannel so far, but since summer's coming up, you could make it out of lightweight cotton. A breezy seersucker would be cute too!
- 1.25 yards main fabric (the puppy fabric in my photos and referred to as the BACK fabric in the instructions)
- 1 yard coordinating fabric (the polka dot fabric in my photos and referred to as the FRONT fabric in the instructions)
- sewing machine and coordinating thread
2. With right sides of the front and back fabrics together, match the center points and pin edges together. There will be 5" of the back fabric extending beyond the front fabric.
3. Starting at the center mark, sew a 1/4" seam allowance and STOP your needle when you get 1/4" from the end of the front fabric and make a backstitch to secure. Go back to the center mark and stitch to the other end, again stopping 1/4" from the end of the front fabric. Repeat on all four sides, leaving a 4" opening on one side to turn the blanket right-side-out.
5. When all is matched up and it's lying flat, draw a perpendicular line from the stop point to the angled fold, like so.
6. Pin in place and sew along the line you just drew. (My STOP point is shown as a red dot here.)
8. Reach through the opening and turn blanket right-side-out and poke out corners with a dull pencil so as not to poke a hole through the corner. Press flat, and this creates a frame of about 2.5" around the front fabric. Use a zig-zag or other decorative stitch and "straddle" stitch the seam to hold it in place. This will close up the opening too.