DIY Patchwork Baby Blanket

As soon as I found out my sister-in-law was expecting, I knew I wanted to make her a blanket. Baby blankets are useful in all situations, whether it’s as a comforter in the cot, for warmth in a pram, or simply as a comfy floor covering whilst baby lounges around. So that’s what I’ve got to share with you today – a patchwork baby blanket!

elephant patchwork baby blanket

Now, I’d like you all to know that I made this blanket before I knew the baby would be a boy. I also made it before I learnt that my sister-in-law was going with a grey and white colour scheme. But when can you make a brightly coloured quilt if not for a little one?!

The fabric I used for my patchwork blanket is from the Remnant House in Harrogate. I bought fat quarters of yellow polka dot cotton,  elephant print cotton, and about 2 metres of green gingham cotton to use for both the patchwork squares and the backing.

patchwork baby blanket

Now it’s time for the maths (thanks to my cat, Barnaby, for helping me measure)! I didn’t follow a pattern to make this blanket – it’s all DIY and common sense. Based on the number of fat quarters I had, I worked out I could make the blanket 8 by 9 squares, 72 in total – 18 yellow, 18 green and 36 elephant. I stitched the squares into rows with a 1cm seam allowance, and then stitched the rows together one by one to form the front of the blanket. Easy!

Next, I attached the patchwork front to a thin layer of 2oz wadding by quilting down the vertical seam lines. Go slowly when you attach the wadding so that it doesn’t get caught in your sewing machine!

baby blanket backing

The back of the blanket is simply a big square of green gingham with a strip of elephant print cotton along the top and bottom edges. To assemble the blanket, I then put the patchwork and backing pieces right sides together and stitched 1cm from the edge all the way round 3 sides. I then turned the blanket the right way out (so the wadding is now in the middle), pressed under the seam allowance on the open edge, and stitched a 1cm border all around the blanket. Oh and I added a little ‘handmade’ tag for good measure.

So do you love it? Do you think it’s suitable for a new baby boy? I hope he loves it too!

 

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Knitted Bunny Baby Booties!

knitted bunny baby bootiesFirst up, congratulations to Lee and Alyson on their sparkly new baby! As a newborn-treat I decided to make a little something for baby Sophie May and, thanks to Leanne over at Knit Me a Cake, found this fantastic knitting pattern for a pair of adorable knitted bunny baby booties. Just look at how cute they are – I wonder if it’s possible to adapt the pattern to make them in a ladies’ size 5….?

The knitting pattern is from Leanne’s blog (scroll down here for the full pattern!) it’s super easy to follow and very quick to make so is great for even the most beginner-ish of beginners. All you need to do is knit 2 main pieces, 2 tails and 4 ears and then stitch them all together. And add a little bunny face. JUST LOOK AT THEIR LITTLE FACES!

knitting pattern for bunny baby booties

Anyway, here are a few photos of my own version – tell me you love them as much as I do! I’ve actually made 3 more pairs since first publishing this post as it’s such an easy pattern to follow and they make a fantastic newborn gift – everyone loves them!

KNITTED BUNNY RABBIT BABY BOOTIES KNITTING PATTERN:

Body:

  • With 2.75mm needles, cast on 26 stitches
  • Row 1: knit
  • Row 2: increase in first stitch, knit 11, increase in next 2 stitches, knit 11, increase in last stitch (30 stitches)
  • Row 3: knit
  • Row 4: knit 12, increase in next 6 stitches, knit 12 (36 stitches)
  • Row 5: knit
  • Row 6: knit 12. increase in every stitch until there are 12 stitches left, knit 12 (48 stitches)
  • Garter stitch a further 12 rows
  • Row 19: knit two together, knit 12, knit two together to last 14 stitches, knit 12, knit two together (36 stitches)
  • Garter stitch a further 2 rows
  • Cast offknitted bunny booties

Ears:

  • Cast on 16 stitches
  • Row 1: knit
  • Cast off

Tail:

  • Cast on 6 stitches
  • Garter stitch 5 rows
  • Row 6: Purl 2 together to end
  • Cast off

Little Fleece Baby Trousers

fleece baby trousersOk so I shouldn’t really be posting about this just yet, as the item in question is actually a gift for a friend of mine who is due to become a proud parent in a month’s time, but I couldn’t resist. I mean, JUST LOOK AT HOW CUTE THEY ARE!

These teeny, fleece trousers are from a pattern I found on a website called Fleece Fun – you can find the pattern here – and are very simple to make. I already had some plain cream fleece and some cool dinosaur print fleece in my material box so it was the perfect project for a Sunday afternoon!

The trousers are made from two pieces of fleece each and involve lots of inside out sewing. There’s an elasticated waistband round the top to make sure they stay up too. The pattern I used was for age 3-6 months – though the finished size looks more newborn to me! I’m slightly concerned that they won’t fit over the top of baby-to-be’s nappy but we shall see. All I can say is that if they don’t fit, there’s going to be one well-dressed teddy bear out there!

Now it’s time to get them in an envelope – alongside my other new baby present – and shipped off to their new home. I can’t wait!