I should preface this post by admitting that I have only sewed three things in my life: Christmas stockings, pillows, and a couch slipcover. I’m still new at this sewing game, learning as I go, but this blanket couldn’t have been easier to make.
Supplies you’ll need:
two coordinating pieces of fabric, 12″ x 12″ (you can clearly alter the measurements here to create a larger or smaller blanket)
various colors, sizes, and textures of ribbon
scissors or rotary cutter
Start by cutting your fabric into 12″ x 12″ squares. You’ll notice that I chose a fabric that was already quilted with flannel and minky fabric (I know, it’s cheating, but I’ve only got so much time on my hands, folks). Then, I chose a matching flannel fabric for the back.
Cut pieces of ribbon about 4″ long. The number of pieces of ribbons varies here, depending on how many you want to include. I cut 16 pieces.
Lay one of the pieces of fabric with the right side up. Fold the pieces of ribbon in half and pin to the top of the piece of fabric. Be sure the folded ends of the ribbon are facing the center of the piece of fabric. Lay the coordinating piece of fabric on top, with the right sides together, and pin.
Sew a 1/4″ seam, making sure to backstitch over all of the ribbons. This will help to reinforce the stitch so little ones can tug and pull on it without the ribbon ripping out. Be sure to leave a 2″ opening in your stitch between two pieces of ribbon.
Invert the blanket right side out and hand sew the opening. I added a 1/4″ decorative stitch around the outside edge.
It took me about 45 minutes to make this little guy. I’m sure many of you could whip this one out much faster, but I still think it was well worth it.