1.03.2011

Bunting Blankets

Along with her china and her love for the pretty things in life, I inherited my extreme impatience from my maternal grandmother.  I think it's my least favorite of all she left to me.  Waiting eight months to see our little ones' faces -- excruciating!  Waiting to meet our babies and bring them home -- awful!  And waiting a year to put the finishing touches on the nursery -- well, it very nearly killed me!

So as soon as we got our referral and found out for sure that we're anxiously awaiting the arrival of one little boy and one little girl, I headed to the fabric store.  My babies needed crib bedding and they needed it yesterday!

 Because I know someone is going to ask -- one side is off of the crib on the left because my 2.5 year old niece sleeps there occasionally and likes to feel like she's in a big girl bed like at home. 

Luckily for me, my family's first annual week-long Christmas cabin getaway was coming up, and I knew I could exploit the sewing talents of my mom and sister. They were kind enough to not only help me make the big decisions (Pinked edges, or hemmed?  White thread, or green?)  but also to do quite a bit of the dirty work.  I truly love the end results.  Thanks, mom and Brooke!

If you'd like to tuck your little ones in at night with equally adorable bunting blankets, here's the how-to:


1. Gather your materials:
    *white flannel cut to the size of your finished blanket (plus a few inches for hems)  Mine was 36"x60" (4"
      bigger all around than a crib mattress so it can later be used as a throw on a twin bed.) 
    *various 1/4 yards of quilting fabrics in cheery colors.  I had a lot to work with and plan to use the
      leftovers for other projects. 
    *fleece for backing.  Expensive stuff when purchased at the fabric store.  ($10/yard x 2 yards per blanket
      x 2 blankets = way too much $$$ for me.)  Not so expensive when purchased as ready-made blankets
      at Ross.  Makes no sense, but I was happy to capitalize on it!  We picked up a twin size coverlet for
      $12 and a throw blanket for $10.  Thanks to mom for the great idea! 
     *iron & ironing board
     *scissors
     *sewing machine
     *pins
2. Start cutting out your bunting triangles.  Mine are 9" tall x 7" wide, though the height/width ratio is a very
    personal thing.  Tip - using a cutting mat and rotary cutter makes this step much easier. 
3. Painstakingly iron under the edges of each triangle.
 Mom ironing and trimming while simultaneously posing for a photo for the blog - not an easy task. 
4. Trim overlap in each corner of each triangle.  
5. Lay out your design.  I chose to go with 4 rows of 7 triangles.  I tried to create a somewhat random
    pattern, but do what makes you happy.
6. Pin each triangle.  It's easier if you pin one row at a time.
7. Sew!
8. ......aaaaand repeat steps 6 & 7 until you've sewed all the triangles on.
9. Cut your fleece to size (if it's not already)
10. Lay out your flannel top and your fleece backing - right sides together - and pin.
11. Sew the two layers together - around all 4 sides - but leave a 12" hole open so you can turn it right-
      side-out. 
12. Turn it right-side-out, then turn under the edges of your hole and pin.  Sew it up.

{Note - I haven't actually done the next 2 steps yet -- probably due to my impatience to get the blankets on the cribs -- done or not -- but this is what I plan to do to finish them up.}

13. Top stitch around the edges.  This just means stitching a straight line around all four sides, about 1/2" in,
      to make the edges look neater, and to keep them lined up correctly.
14. Sew the two sides together in strategic spots to keep the front and back together.  I plan on 
      hand-stitching where a couple of the bunting triangles meet. 

And that's it!  Definitely not the quickest project I've ever done, but I love, love the results:

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25 comments:

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said... Best Blogger Tips

Those are adorable!!! My future babies will definitely need bunting blankets. :) And how awesome of your mom and sister to help out!

Jenna said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I love this... hmmm...one of my little guys has pendant curtains for closet doors and a pendant banner over his window, should I attempt a pendant blanket to go with it all? :)

Tiffannie said... Best Blogger Tips

Sooo Cute! I'm also super impatient. I briefly thought about how cute these blankets would be in a twin size but I think all those triangles would make me lose my mind.

So you're back to a boy and a girl now? Not two boys anymore?

DanielleisNesting said... Best Blogger Tips

They are sooooo cute! I'm so anxious for you guys!

Mel said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply adorable!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Ooh those are fabulous! I love these way they look in those white cribs. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said... Best Blogger Tips

Those are so precious! I can't wait to see the whole room when the finishing touches are done!

Elisa @ What the Vita said... Best Blogger Tips

Very creative! This makes me feel like going out and sewing something and I haven't sewed in so long!

Samantha said... Best Blogger Tips

These are so adorable! I love that you used a premade blanket for the fleece, what a great idea. I'm sure they were time consuming, but they really turned out so nice - not too masculine and not too feminine in style.

April a.k.a. "A. Liz" said... Best Blogger Tips

That is truly a labor of love! Congrats on your upcoming arrival, we can't wait for details!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely precious!!!!

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks everyone! Tiffannie - our agency was wrong about the two boys, and we received our referral about 2 weeks ago for a boy and girl!
Rachel - You are more than welcome to link! Thanks!

Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

That is some of the most beautiful baby bedding I've ever seen!
Great job!

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

Love them! And I'm so glad I found you through One Pretty Thing...we're adopting from Ethiopia too!

Melinda said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely adorable!

Katie @ Hippos and Dinosaurs said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay, that is just too cute. Now I have to go check out what else you have on this blog of yours:)

Janell @ Isabella and Max said... Best Blogger Tips

I was confused when I stopped by your blog...hey, have I been here before, yes, but why don't I recognize it. Oh...looking great! Love the names and how you've renamed your blog. All the best!
Janell

laura.kathryn said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute and wonderfully simple!

Kirsten N said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats!! Love the bunting blankets too:)

Valerie said... Best Blogger Tips

Yeah!! It's finally happening for your family! Can't wait to hear all the updates as you get closer. I love these blankets, too! I am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com in case I ever need to whip up a blanket! :)

Chelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Britt, I adore the blankets you made! My daughter is now almost three but even now I would love for her to have a blanket similar to this. I think the best part is the help you had and the story behind the blankets! It makes them all the more beautiful and special. I only hope mine turns out as lovely! <3 Thank you for sharing!!!

~Michelle

Kelli said... Best Blogger Tips

Ooh, so very cute and such a great way to make coordinating bedding for a little boy and girl. I love it!

RTichy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this idea. I'm using lots of scrap and vintage fabric in my soon-to-be-born daughter's room and this idea will let me tie all of it together. Thanks for the tutorial and sharing this awesome idea!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for the tutorial. My mom & I made a blanket using it this weekend for my little Ethiopian baby's nursery!!! (waiting for a referral right now).

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