I decided that I wanted to make baby blankets for the twins that I sit for. Here is the finished result of Sanders’ blanket!
So here is how l made it…
Cut out your fabric- A 22 inch square. If you are using fleece cut one square. If you are using cotton, cut two squares and baste them together. For those of you who don’t know what basting is, like I didn’t, check it out here.
Next, sew the blanket binding around the edge of your squares of fabric starting 4 inches from one corner and ending 4 inches from the same corner. Use the satin binding (zig zag) setting on your machine. To sew the corners simply stitch blanket binding to corner and then fold binding around the corner. Overlap the new side over the previous side. Adjust the diagonal seam to the inner corner then stitch over the diagonal seam and down the new side. Repeat all the way around.
Next it is time to make the bear head. Get the patterns for the shapes here. Take the face insert and fold in half with the right sides together. Stitch a dart in the face insert. Cut the dart open to lay flat. With the right sides together, stitch the head fronts together at the top and bottom. The middle section will be left open.
To stitch the face insert and the head fronts together, curl the raw edges of the front openings up so that the right sides are together. Pin together and stitch. I stitched this by heand because it needed to be stretched a bit.
For the ears, trim 1/8th” off the sides an top edges of the lining pieces to make them slightly smaller. The the right sides together, stitch the ear back to the lining, stretching the lining piece to ease the difference in size. Turn right side out. To make the pleats in the ears, fold the pleats and stitch in place along the bottom edge.
With the right side of the ear lining to the front side of head and baste in place. Pin the head front to the head back and stitch in place leaving a 3″ hole for stuffing. Using a small quilting needle and embroidery thread, embroider the eyes, nose and curved lines for the mouth. (This was actually what took me the longest) Then stuff the head.
To attach the head to the blanket, fold the open corner of the blanket over once and then over again. Stitch along the top and bottom of the fold. Fold the sides of the blanket in to make them touch each other and stitch the diagonals along the top. I hand stitched the blanket to the back and bottom of the head. And Voila!
Here is where I am linking up for the very first time!