I was thinking about this idea yesterday while I was at Jo-anns, wandering the fabric aisles, and decided to take the plunge and make one. I wandered right into the baby section and started looking for boy's fabrics. They had quite a selection, and I finally settled on a light blue flannel that had little animal faces in colored dots. It didn't take me too long to find a coordinating flannel with just dots, and some blue minky fabric. I also picked up some fusible fleece to give it some extra snuggly and cushion.
|This is what I came home with. I bought 1 yard of the minky dot, 1/2 yard |
of the dots, and 1 yard of the animals, and one yard of the interfacing.
After I finished ironing on the fleece, which was probably the most time consuming part, I got out the dot fabric and cut it into 3.5in wide strips. I sewed the strips together, then ran them through a 2 in bias tape maker to make the blanket binding.
|You can see that I also stitched the minky to the other side here.|
After that, I lined up the minky with the now fused animal print/fleece and trimmed the excess. I then basted them together, as you can see in the last picture. The final step was to simply attach the binding to the outside edges.
If I ever make one of these again, I think I will need to get a walking foot, since the binding did bunch some. The minky was a little tricky too, like any knit-stretchy type fabric. It does pull a little on the rest so that it takes some coaxing to make it lay flat. Overall though, I would say the blanket was a success!
|The finished product! Its about 35in x 40in in size. Perfect as regular blanket or a floor play area!|