witticisms by Jess Witty

June 11, 2011

Sweet Baby Inspiration

It may not be baked goods this time around, but I think it's still pretty sweet...

There are three kiddos in this home.
And 6 special blankies.

Trust me, I don't know how each kiddo ended up with not one, but two blankies that they love.

{You would think that it's helpful and that one possibly serves as a back-up for the other in case of emergency, but nooooo... they each prefer to have both blankies instead of just one.  Seriously.}

Obviously, we are very serious about blankies in this house :)

So when I saw the little animals in Papertrey Ink's new Sweet Baby set and the matching die to go along with them, well, of course, a little blankie was in order. 

And to make it extra special, some Papertrey ribbons on the sides make it into a little "taggie" blankie for little ones who love to play with tags.

And if your sewing skills leave a little to be desired, no worries... this project really is totally simple, not to mention affordable.  As long as you have a sewing machine and a few straight pins, you'll be just fine.

For the base of my blankie, I purchased some white striped minky fabric from my local Joann's store.  I had them cut it at exactly 11" giving me a grand total of $3.44 in fabric... gotta love that.

Besides the price, I also had them cut it right at 11" for me so that I only needed to cut one more edge to get (2) 11" squares.  Just fold the fabric together and cut at 11" to finish the squares off.

This project was small enough to use my rotary cutter on my ScorePal cutting mat :)

The most important part to remember after getting your two squares cut is that now is the time to add the embroidered felt animals!  If you forget and stitch your blankie together first, well... there might be some unstitching happening :)

I used the Sweet Baby die to cut my felt animals in Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, and Ocean Tides.  I also used the circle/heart die in the Love Lives here die set to cut out three little Pure Poppy felt hearts. 

At this point, you may find it helpful to stick the animals to the minky fabric with a bit of felt glue.  I added just a bit of Beacon's Felt Glue to the center of the animals and then stitched the hearts in place with a tiny "x" and a bit of embroidery floss.

They're all ready to be stitched up with the sewing machine now!  If your embroidery skills are better than mine, you might prefer to just embroider the edges with embroidery floss :)  I took the easy route and just used my machine. 

A few tips... I had to tighten the tension quite a bit due to the fluffy fabric to keep my stitches tight.  I also shortened the stitches quite a bit to work around those curves and corners more easily.

And to make the circle around little lion's face... get back to your paper roots and secure a little punched circle of cardstock to the center of his face with some dry adhesive.  Then just use it as a guide to stitch around... simple :)

To add your taggies, it can be a bit counter-intuitive.  Pin your ribbons down so that they are on the front of the blankie, facing inwards


Because next you're going to take minky square #2 and lay it on top of minky square #1, right sides together, like so...

If you turn the taggies the other way, they'll end up inside the blankie when you turn it right side out.
That would be bad :(

I found it helpful to pin the tags up higher (closer to the folded end of the tag rather than the cut end of the tag).  It just makes it easier to see all the pins and make sure you get them all later.

Once everything's all squared up, just stitch around the edges (I left a 1/2" seam allowance all around). 
Make sure to leave one section unstitched so that you can turn the blankie inside out. 
{Why, hello there, Voice of Experience.}

I trimmed the corners a bit at this point and some of the extra allowance to help everything fold down nicely and then turned it right side out.  That leaves you with a little hole to hand stitch shut.  If you use minky fabric, you're in luck because all the fluffiness makes it super forgiving for hand stitching.
{Also the Voice of Experience here.}

You can see that I also added a little extra stitching around the edge of the finished blankie... that just seems to finish it off and helps give it that "boutique" look.

This sweetie pie gift needs a sweet little card to go with it...

I stamped the little lion in VersaMark on Orange Zest and added a little felt heart to him as well.  The sentiment is from Papertrey's new Bundle of Love set... I just masked the two words and split them apart to work with my design.

The little ribbon tags help tie the card and blankie together...


A super soft, super sweet, handmade baby gift and card all ready for a new mommy and baby.

Good thing I have two close friends currently with babe :)
I guess I'll have to make another.

Considering I still enough fabric to make another, I guess that will bring the total cost for this project to about $2 for the fabric, and maybe $1 or $2 for the ribbon and felt I used. Not too shabby :)

Then again, I should probably go ahead and do that now while my work table still looks like this...

The rest of the Papertrey Ink design team has lots more Sweet Baby and Bundle of Love inspiration for you on this sweet Sunday...

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Erin Lincoln
Maile Belles
Lisa Johnson
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Michelle Wooderson
Danielle Flanders

I'd love to know what you think about my set!
I have a special love for sweet baby blankies, so I'm a little biased :)

Back tomorrow with another countdown project!

{Sweet Baby} blankie & card
Stamps - Sweet Baby, Bundle of Love (available 6/15)
Ink - Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, VersaMark
CS - White, Orange Zest
Felt - Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Ocean Tides, Pure Poppy
Ribbon - Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Ocean Tides, Pure Poppy
Die - Sweet Baby (available 6/15), Love Lives Here
Other - white minky fabric, white embroidery floss


Gina said...

I am sooooo going to do this for my cousin, who is expecting and due in December. Love, love, love it!!! And the matching card? Awesome!

Charlene Austin said...

Really Jess...you totally kill me with the awesome projects. I'm going to a baby shower tomorrow.....how soon can you get that blanket over here?

btsoi. said...

Love the matching blankie and card set! What a simple way to make cute gifts.

Glenda J said...

You are a genius. Have I ever told you that before! Absolutely love all of this!

Sarah Martina said...

So sweet. I love the ribbon tabs! This is a great change to the cloth diapers I've been decorating, lol. :)

mandalj said...

Well, I think it's brilliant and super cute! Well done!

Anonymous said...

Amazing! Your sweet project has given me the mojo I needed to unpack my sewing machine, which has been in her box at the bottom of a very stuffed cupboard since we moved back to Spain almost 2 years ago! Thank you for all the inspiration you bring us, Jessica :)
Ps: Not impressed by the 2 blankies thing. My son has 3!! can't live without stuffed buddies. We once had to jump to the underground rails to rescue one of them... ;)

Kathy Mc said...

If I could only get ambitious, I'd make this for my nephew's new son due next month. It is a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e and such a treasured gift. Cute, cute, cute!

Susan G. said...

Lovely idea!

Gabby said...

Fun project! Love the matching card, as well! :)

Anonymous said...

I really wanted a taggie blankie for DD when she was born, but they are STUPID expensive, so I now make them for my friends babas. You are right about them being so easy to meke and really cheap too. I have also started making baby shoes, which are not so dificult to a sewer, and as a set, they just look wonderful together. You can see my example on my blog.
I would LOVE to use this PTI set to jazz up the blankies - and how cute would little shoe toppers be in these animals !!!
Thanks for the inspiration !!!

Margaret C

Wendy ten Hove said...

Wauw! This is soooo cute!! Great idea to make this yourself, I bought quite some of those label blankets as a gift for a new baby and they all love it, but now you show us how easy it it to make them yourself!!! Love it! It's perfect!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Carla G. said...

Cute, cute, cute!! This is a great, sweet little gift! I love the white and bright colors, so cheerful!

Linda said...

ummmmm hello!?! GENIUS!! So so cute!

I'm only new to your blog but I tell you waht--Imma comin' back!! I've already clickedy-clicked the "add to RSS feed" thingo button-so glad I found you!

Lynn said...

Oh my...these are so adorable Jessica. I have four boys..two of whom are in love with their blankets...absolutely adorable baby gift! Love, love, love them!

Sherrie said...

Sweet sweet project!!! Thank you so much for this tutorial and tips.

Kelly S. said...

So adorable, Jess! LOVE the colors against the white fabric, and the little satin ribbon taggies are too sweet! I want a Minky Blankie now, too...hey, it looks to be just the right size to fit in my purse :) Thanks for sharing all of your sewing tips!

Jeni B. said...

This is just the cutest!! And the colors really pop against the white minky. Thanks for the detailed tutorial...makes me feel like I could actually do it even though my sewing skills are in their infancy :)

Unknown said...

Absolutely adorable! All 3 of my kids carried something (both girls had blankies, although my first born called hers mimi!) I just love your blankie, so cute and colorful, and the matching card is super sweet!

Heather Vogan said...

I love this! Super cute!!!

milkshake007 said...

Adorable, adorable, adorable!!!
Thanks for sharing your darling project!

Eveline said...

I love the blankie!

carol@copperashill.com said...

Just a wonderful blankie, with a matching card to go with-- very precious!

Playing with Paper said...

I just love this blankie and the matching card. I really have to try this my nephew's wife is expecting in Jan. This would make such a special gift. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

pmm said...

This is SO sweet and creative! Love the little ribbon tags- our son had a 'special corner' that had been zigzagged extra to finish that he loved to play with. He would have loved this, and it is so quick to make. He is in college now so don't think he would appreciate one, so may have to make some as a donation to our local women & children's shelter.

BTW, his special 'boppie' became a part of his tooth fairy pillow, and I hope to pass it down to his kids one day, so don't throw out those ragged remainders!

DeNel Brister said...

OMG, I love it!! Awesome job!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

This project was a work of love! How sweet that little blankie is! Thank you for showing how you made it.

Karey said...

I have never heard of "taggie blankies". But I think you made an adorable one! Congrats to your friends.

Diane McVey said...

LOVE*LOVE*LOVE THE BLANKIE AND THE CARD! SOOOOOO CUTE! I need to make a blankie for my precious little niece...how fun! Thank you for the great tutorial, too. What could be cuter than those little ribbon tags??!! All of it is just FANTASTIC! :D

Tiff said...

This is completely adorable!!! Brilliant baby gift idea! Now, where are those cleaning fairies when you need them? ;)

Jill Norwood said...

What a sweet baby gift idea!
I love your writing voice too! I may just have to break down and get a sewing machine one of these days...so many cute projects I could do...:)

Bev Gerard said...

I believe there is a genius in the house! Marvy cuteness!


Kathleen said...

This is so sweet! I just don't know if my sewing skilz will do this a beautifully as you have.....may be worth a try....I think my sweet little granddaughter needs this! ;D

Anonymous said...

I love the matching blanket! I'd love to make one too. Thanks for the idea.

Rebecca said...

I was not interested in having these dies until I just now saw your blankie project. It is soooo cute. And you make it seem so easy. I could see me making burp cloths, hand towels for the kid's bathroom, putting felt animals on my daughter's t-shirts, or on a baby onsie...holy cow the possibilities are ENDLESS. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!!!