You've probably seen those cute gauze swaddling blankets, right? They're all the rage nowadays. We didn't have that kind of tomfoolery when I had my last baby, so of course I had to get in on the hottest new baby item! I thought I'd try making some of my own, because that's what we bloggers do, am I right? I got my fabric on fabric.com and ordered 1.5 yards for each blanket...it came out to be about $6 per blanket.
It's basically hemming four sides of a piece of fabric, not much to it, but I'll show you a trick to get nice corners!
First fold your fabric in half and then half again, making sure everything is nice and smooth. Them trim the sides down with a rotary cutter and ruler to form a square, or rectangle, your choice. (I almost typed triangle...yeah that wouldn't work so well!)
Then on each side, iron the edge over about 1/2".
Then again, another 1/2".
On each corner, unfold both sides to just the first edge ironed over.
Then fold the corner in towards the center of the blanket.
Finally, fold each side over using the crease from the second edge ironed over, and tada!
Nice smooth corners. Pin, and sew around the whole blanket along the edge you folded over.
All done! Decorate how you like with fabric ink or paint. An applique would look cute too!
I used Decoart's new Ink Effects ink, and I'm not sure I totally love it. It takes awhile to fuse to the fabric with the iron, but it is very flexible, not stiff like fabric paint can be. I don't know if you are supposed to wash it right away either, because I folded it up and some of the ink parts transferred to other parts of the blanket. grr. I'm going to wash it and see what happens.
Don't miss Kate and Shauna's belly+baby posts today! Click on the images below to see what they came up with!