If you’re a UK quilter that’s expecting or know someone eating for two, you might plan on how to make a baby security blanket.
It may be a simple task, but choosing the suitable fabrics based on colour, design, or textures and crafting the blanket, of course, will be worthwhile.
You will surely enjoy creating a fun-sized blanket for the lucky baby. First, let’s go through the basics of preparing this adorable gift.
How To Make A Baby Security Blanket
Things you’ll need
For the benefit of first-time quilters, here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll need to prepare.
You’ll need two squares of fabric. Sewing two fabrics together will make it feel thick enough to be a blanket. Otherwise, you’d just be handing the baby a rag.
The squares should measure at least half a yard or 18 inches.
Even if you plan to make something smaller, it’s still better to cut off excess than struggle with the blanket ending up too small.
Try to pick fabrics of different textures. Doing this will give the baby a fun tactile experience when they get accustomed to a homemade lovey blanket.
Also, the development of a child’s sense of touch is an essential experience for their growth.
If you want to create a tag blanket, you can get about 32 four-inch fabric ribbons. Alternately, you may use excess fabric you might end up cutting out.
Putting a “head” on the blanket can also make any excess fabric come in handy. If you decide to put a “head,” look for some fiberfill to stuff it.
Don’t forget your quilting essentials. Preferably, you’d use a sewing machine.
However, if you don’t have one, remember to be patient when sewing by hand.
Lastly, you’ll need a ruler, a fabric pen, some pins, and scissors.
Procedure #1. Doing measurements
- Step #1. You want to make it small enough for the baby to carry around.
A 17-inch square is a suitable measurement. You can still decide on what size suits the young recipient, though.
- Step #2. If you want to add ribbon tags or ahead, use the ruler and the fabric pen to measure the centre of one side of the fabric.
As stated earlier, ribbons for tag blankets have to be about 4 inches.
- Step #3. Whether you’ll design it yourself or stick with a simple design, 4 inches is a good size for a headpiece.
When stuffing with fiberfill, leave a half-inch allowance.
Procedure #2. Sewing the fabric together
At this point, you have to sew both fabrics together.
If you’ll put on ribbons, ahead, or both, you’ll have to sew these on first.
- Step #1. For ribbons, fold the first one in half and use a pin to stick it on the marked area. Make sure the edge of the ribbon aligns with the fabric.
Also, let the folded part face the centre of the blanket. Pin the other ribbons on and space them out evenly. Repeat for the remaining sides.
From here, you can sew the ribbons to the fabric one-fourth inch from the edge and remove the pins as you finish.
- Step #2. The exact process goes for the head. Place the head on the mark facing the centre and fasten it with a pin.
Again, make sure the edges of both the head and fabrics are aligned. You can now sew the head on the material a half-inch from the edge.
- Step #3. Even if you want a plain baby blanket, you’ll still need pins. Place the two fabrics together and make sure they’re aligned.
Attach them with pins so that they’re ready for sewing. For ribbons or ahead, make sure they’re in between the fabrics as you’ll turn the sewn fabrics inside out.
- Step #4. Sew three sides with a half-inch allowance. For the fourth side, leave a three-inch gap.
When you sew all the sides, put your hand in the gap and pull the blanket inside out. Then, sew the blanket on all sides again.
This time, use a one-fourth-inch allowance. Doing this will close the gap and secure ahead or ribbons you’ve attached to the blanket.
There you have it! You now have a baby security blanket that would tickle a baby’s fancy.
What Is The Best Material To Use?
An important thing to consider in making a baby security blanket is its comfort. The level of comfort, of course, is determined by the kind of fabric you use.
Cotton is a popular choice for baby security blankets because of how gentle it is on a baby’s sensitive skin.
Jersey Knit, Bamboo Rayon, Minky, Fleece, and Gauze are also good choices to consider for a lovey.
As stated earlier, think about choosing two different fabrics for an excellent tactile experience for the baby.
Choosing the material can be a fun process when you consider which one the little one will be excited to hold.
Knowing how to make a baby security blanket can be beneficial for quilters who are new UK parents.
Making the blanket is a simple process that will delight both you and the little one who’ll receive it. Plus, a homemade one will feel even more special!