The Voice wants to show you how to make your Bean a fun blanket. She’s been making them for me and thinks they are ever so simple to make and that other Bean’s will enjoy them. Here’s how you can make your Bean one…
Here’s a great version of a baby blanket that can be used as a pram blanket and is really simple to make. I used a sewing machine but you can hand stitch them if you’d prefer. I made two, using one metre of white fleece and two Babystart blankets from Argos. They are really easy to make and look so pretty when they are finished.
Here’s what you will need to make one, 100cm x 75cm blanket.
- 50 pieces of 2.5 cm wide x 12cm long, assorted strips of fabric in different colours and textures hemmed, to prevent fraying, if necessary I used, organza, lace, satin and cotton.
- 1 x metre of lightweight fleece
- Sewing machine or needle
- Neutral thread
- Sewing scissors
Approximate cost: (£6)
How to make it:
- Cut out two pieces of 75cm x 100cm fleece. Select approximately fifty pieces of fabric in varying colour and texture and cut each to 2.5cm wide x 12cm in length.
- Take one piece of fleece and pin the pieces of fabric, 5cm apart, to the right side of the fleece. The fabric should be pinned in a loop with the edge against the edge of the blanket and the right side facing out (see picture 2).
- Line up the second piece of fleece with your first piece, right sides together. Work along the edges removing the pins from the fabric strips and pin the layers, back together, with the fabric strips sandwiched in-between. Don’t forget to leave a 10cm gap so you can turn the blanket out the right way. This will leave you with one fabric strip unattached. Leave to one side.
- Once pinned, sew around the edge of the fleece, leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance and ensuring all fabric strips are caught in the seam. Leave a 10cm gap on one long side to allow for turning out the right way (see picture 4).
- Turn the blanket the right way about through the gap in the stitching. Push out the corners and ensure the seam is intact along the whole blanket. If you’ve missed a bit, don’t worry you can hand stitch it closed. Fold the edges of the gap inwards, insert the remaining fabric strip and pin. Use an overstitch or a slip stitch to close the gap and ensure the fabric strips are secure.
- For a great finish, over stitch the tope of the blanket, 1.5 cm away from the edge. This also makes double sure all the fabric strips are attached securely.
- If you are worried about little fingers getting stuck in the loops, you could sew each of the strips together along the seams. This is entirely your choice.
- Sit back and admire your work.
*If you are going to use the blankets, I have made here, as pram blankets don’t forget, this is a thick fleece blanket, so watch out that your Bean doesn’t get too hot.
I hope you have enjoyed using this tutorial. If you have a question, please leave a comment in the box below and I will try to help. If you make it, I’d love to know how you got on, so please feel free to leave a picture of your creation in the comments box below.