We are throwing a shower for a friend of ours in August. This will be their second boy. I have really been wanting to try my hand at doing some handmade shower gifts but I haven’t had too many pregnant friends lately. I was excited to give the burp cloths and blanket a go. I’d also like to make some bowtie onesies, but I’m not sure if I’ll get around to it.
The blanket was easy. I found some adorable grey, white and teal minky fabric with a whale pattern. A.dor.able. I looked up online a typical measurement (36″ x 52″) and went with that. The fabric was only 36″ on one side so it ended up slightly smaller after hem allowance. I also lost a little more length on that side due to movement in the fabric as I sewed. Just as the last minky blanket, it was slinky and slippery and moved around as I sewed. This one was a little worse though, because *both* fabrics were minky. So, I pinned to crap out of it and sewed one edge at a time, rather than doing one stitch all the way around like I wanted. I sewed the two shorter opposite ends first. Hoping that would help the longer ends stay in place. I think it did help some, but the blanket did not end up completely symmetrical. I’m not too concerned though, it’s cute and soft, and handmade. 🙂
I also made 5 flannel burp cloths. Super easy. Measured the fabric based on the center strip of the cloth diaper (purchased at Wal-Mart). Gave myself about 1 inch total for seam allowance for each the length and width (about .5″ per side). Fold seam allowance to match measurement, pressed, pinned, then sewed. I did not want two stitch marks on each side, so I did not make a seam first. I sewed the fabric to the diaper and made the seam at the same time.
All fabric was purchased at Jo-Ann’s.