The title says that this is a simple baby blanket. That is true, but that does not mean it’s also fast. I estimate that I worked on this blanket for twenty to twenty-two hours. The work was all simple though – the kind of work that you can do while watching a movie.
First, I picked out two pieces of flannel – one plain and one patterned – and a matching blanket binding. Then using the patterned flannel as a guide I bought two pieces of felt in six different colours. Then I picked out six colours of embroidery floss that matched the felt.
Then I started cutting circles. I did twelve circles in three different sizes in all six colours. So that is 216 circles!! It took about forty-five minutes – not too bad. I would layer the felt so I could cut two at a time.
Now came the fun part – the part I am kind of OCD about. I stack the circles biggest to smallest and I don’t want any two circles to look alike. My children were a big help here so this didn’t take long either.
So where you ask does the thirty to forty hours come in? Right now. Because now you take the circles and start to sew them together using a blanket stitch. There are a lot of videos on YouTube for how to do a blanket stitch. I just kept hunting until I found one that made sense to me.
I started by sewing all the little circles onto the medium circles. Then I sewed all the little/medium circles onto the large circles. Now I was ready to sew these “triple” circles onto the flannel, but first I needed to sew my flannels together with cotton batting between them. You don’t need to have a middle layer. The choice is entirely yours.
Once I had the three layers together I serged them to keep them together. And again my children helped me to lay the circles out. I tried to keep it random, but I also didn’t want same colours together – I told you I’m OCD about some things. So I didn’t want the colours in the big circles to match what was beside them. Also at this point I realized I would not need all seventy-two circles. So now I have about twenty or so circles to use on some other project.
When I had the circles where I wanted them, I pinned them in place and started sewing them to the blanket with a blanket stitch. I didn’t catch all the layers so there are no stitches showing on the other side.
Once I was finished I sewed commercial blanket binding to one side and hand sewed it down on the other side.
Just to review: Here are the materials you will need –
- two pieces of flannel – one yard each
- a piece of cotton or polyester batting for the middle (optional)
- 12 pieces of felt in six colours
- 6 colours of embroidery floss in colours that match the felt
- blanket binding – one package worked for me
This is the second blanket I have made like this. I love it even with all the work. It’s a fun winter project.
Would you make this?