Tag Blankie Tutorial

It seems like EVERYONE is drinking (or drank) ‘the water‘ and is pregnant or just had a baby. (That is why I’ll stick with coffee and Dr. Pepper!) So if you haven’t noticed most of my crafts/tutorials are baby related and that is the main reason. That and they’re fun and easy to make!

I followed this AWESOME tutorial over at Design, Dining + Diapers. Go check her out here. I altered mine just a little with the size since I wanted a little bit bigger one.

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What You’ll Need:

*Depending on the size of blanket you want to make. The tutorial I followed did it with a 12″x12″ square. Mine came out to 17″x25″

1 yd of fabric for top (minky) – On sale at Joann’s for 50% off, came out to $6/yd + 15% off coupon

1 yd of fabric for bottom (flannel) – On sale at Joann’s for 60%, off came out to $2.67/yd + 15% off coupon

1 Spool of ribbon – $1.97 at WalMart

Matching thread – $2.16 at WalMart

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Lay out your fabric and cut the size of blanket you want. Like I said above, the tutorial I followed did a 12×12 square which seemed perfect, but I just had extra fabric so I made mine a little bigger.

Cut your ribbon into 5″ strips

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Lay out your minky fabric with right side up. Fold the ribbon in half with wrong sides together and pin evenly around the blanket with the ribbon loop inward. I pinned mine every 3″. image-2

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Now put your flannel on top with the right side facing down so right sides are together and one by one take the pin from the ribbon and re-pin through all three layers.

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Sew all the way around leaving about a 4″ opening and flip the blanket right side out..

(You’ll probably have to take a ribbon out that you pinned to do this.. don’t worry, you’ll put it back later)

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Now fold in and pin the fabric of that hole with the ribbon you took out back in place and sew it closed. I also sewed around the blanket again for a more finished look..

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New Sewing Machine!

So it’s been a little longer than I’d like since I last posted, but things have been crazy. The hubs had knee surgery (minor and he’s doing great!) and I’ve been sewing on my new Janome sewing machine!! I went to Joann’s for 3 things and walked out with a new machine and a cart full of stuff. FAIL. I do have to say that everything (besides the machine) was at least 40% off plus an additional 15% off from a coupon that I received through email. SCORE!

Let me just say this Janome 7330 is such an upgrade from my cheapy Brother I bought 7 years ago while I was in High School (I think at Walmart?). It has so many features and I’m just amazed with how different it feels to sew between the two machines. (I have to say I HATE the flowers on the machine. I feel like I got one of those toy machines they sell at Toys-R-Us!)

The first thing I noticed was that the pedal from the Janome is metal and the Brother was plastic. The second was how heavy the new machine was. I was really surprised by this.

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All in all, I LOVE my new machine and it was definitely worth the money!

DIY Hooded Baby Swaddler

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I found this on Pinterest (duh). It was originally made a car seat swaddler, but it was for a friend so I just made it a regular one. You can find the original tutorial and fab blog here.

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What you’ll need: (I got everything at walmart and spent less than $15)

1 yd of fabric for outside – usually patterned (the original tutorial says flannel – I wish I would have gotten something really fuzzy and soft)

1 yd of fabric for inside – usually solid color (same as above)

1 yd of batting

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Lay your fabric out with right sides together and fold it twice so it’ll be a quarter of what it was before.

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Take a pen or fabric marker and freehand a design like this. You can tell the raw edges are the ones that will be cut off.

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Then cut along the line you made.

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Lay your two pieces of fabric (with right sides still facing each other) out on your batting and pin down.

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Cut around the fabric so you now have two layers of fabric and a layer of batting all pinned together.

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Sewing around the perimeter with the batting on the bottom leaving one big round corner open and turn the blankie right side out.

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Now lay out the blankie flat and fold the open corner with right sides facing together. I didn’t get a picture so I drew on this one of where you’d fold it (on the grey line).

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Now that it’s right side out and folded with right sides facing each other you’ll draw a line (yellow line below) and sewing along basically cutting off the rounded corner and making a hood.

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After you’ve sewn along that yellow line cut off the excess and I did a zigzag stitch (unless you have a nifty serger) to make the edges in the hood look better and not so sharp.

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I sewed around the blankie to give it a more finished look.

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And wallah!

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Like I said, if I were to do this again I would definitely gone with a nice really plush fabric, at least for the inside. Overall it was a super simple craft and it took me less than an hour.

DIY Harry Potter Apron

So I’m sure many people have seen the AWESOME HP apron on Pinterest made by Bakingdom which you can find here.

Again I saw this and since I’m a HUGE HP nerd said, “I’m sure I can make that!” (plus she posted a semi photo tutorial)

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What You’ll Need:

– 2 yards grey fabric (you could probably get away with 1, but I get 2 of everything just in case – $2.99/yd @ Joann’s)

– 1 yard of black fabric ($2.99/yd @ Joann’s)

– 1/4 of a yard red and gold (or whatever HP colors you desire) glittery Tulle/Mesh type fabric

– Thin red and gold (or whatever colors you are doing) ribbon

– 3 packs of 2.75m Bias Tape

– HP patch ordered from here ($6.95 from Universal Studios web store)

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If you already have an apron around your house this step is super simple, just lay down your fabric then your apron on top and trace away. Since I didn’t have an apron already I kept my fabric folded (like it comes from the store) and hand drew an outline. Now cut along the line you’ve drawn/traced.

 Sorry it’s so light and my picture quality is so crappy. These are iPhone pics – I can’t find my charger for my DSLR anywhere! (and my point and shoot got stolen at the Harry Potter theme park – go figure) Hopefully I’ll get a new camera for Christmas!! 🙂

ETA: This was the original outline I drew, I ended up cutting off quite a bit from the bottom to make it a bit more round and not so ‘boatish’.

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Now I laid down my cut out grey portion (still folded) onto my folded black fabric and traced the curve and then free-handed the bottom (which later on was cut to make it curve more). Here I wish I would have made it longer to ruffle the black bottom part when attached to the grey.

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Now this feels a little ‘odd’ because in your mind it’s not going to fit. Put right sides together (so your seem will be facing backwards – your curves will be opposite) and start with the ‘point’ on one side of the black and sew it all the way around so the other ‘point’ is attached to the grey.

(You can see below how different the shape of the bottom is compared to what I free-handed up top and where I rounded the grey instead of having a corner.)

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Now on some left over grey draw/trace two pockets.

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You can either glue or sew the ribbon horizontally across the top. Then pin and sew your bias tape around the pocket as a border.

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This is where I wasn’t thinking (or I was just rushing) and didn’t sew close to the inside edge of the bias tape. It will look better, but be careful you’re getting the front layer and back layer of the tape while sewing.

If you don’t sew on the inside edge it will end up like this when you sew it onto your apron..

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Now pin your pockets to your apron and sew around the edges leaving the top open to make the actual pocket (obviously).

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After your pockets are attached pin the bias tape around the whole apron and sew it down. Remember what I said about sewing close to the inside edge.

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Here I had extra grey left over so I made the neck ‘string’ thick by taking two 3 or 4″ strips of fabric folded right sides together and sewing one end and the long raw edge. Flip it right side out and pin and sew the raw (non sewn) end to the top corners of your apron.

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I didn’t want to make thick strings to go around the waist so I used left over bias tape and sewed the opening together with a zigzag stitch and attached them to where the apron falls on my waist.

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Take your tulle/mesh and cut little rectangle pieces (maybe 2″x3″ – doesn’t need to be perfect) of both colors.

Then I kind of ‘accordianed’ one end…

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laid it onto the bottom, back side of the apron..

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and pinned it down alternating the colors..

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After it was all pinned down I just sewed a line as close to the inner edge of the bias tape that I could get.

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Now I had to wait 6 days for my patch to come in, once it did I ironed it on to the upper left corner of the apron. I know most people also sew it, but I don’t think it’s going anywhere. If it does then I’ll sew it back on.

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Now you have your finished product!

ETA: You can see here I made some bows and glued them on. If you want to sew them, make sure you either do it by hand so your pocket will still be functional, or do it before you sew the pocket onto the apron!

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