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Tutorial - one hour fleece baby blanket


Amaia was recently (does April count as recent? mom time is much different than real time.) gifted a Dora the Explorer birthday balloon that has provided hours of entertainment. The balloon has since deflated and now sits sadly on the floor still attached to the back of a chair. But we cannot get rid of this balloon because it has become a staple toy for the little miss Amaia/might cause an epic meltdown. Dora has become a very good friend around these parts.

As I was strolling the aisles of Joann a few weeks ago, I stumbled across some cute Dora fleece and decided to whip up a quick blanket. Mostly in hopes that I could toss the balloon. It took me about an hour to complete. Thought I would share my DIY steps with you all. 

Here we go!

Materials:
  • One yard of your favorite fleece (or more, it's up to you)
  • Rotary cutter and mat, or scissors
  • Cutting ruler
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine & basic sewing machine supplies
  • Coordinating thread

1)  Lay your fleece out flat. Fold in half width-wise and cut in half to create two equally sized pieces. Trim the edges up so everything is nice and even. 

 

2)  Place two pieces of fabric right side together and pin in place. 


 3) Sew around edges with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving about 6 or so inches open on one end so you can turn your blanket right side out. 


4) Once sewing is finished, trim corners, turn your blanket right side out and pin together the opening. 
 
5) Top stitch at a 1/4" seam allowance. And then again at about 1/2" seam allowance (or whatever you prefer...this one is just for looks!)



And there you go! You have a cute and snugly blanket for your little one. Or wrap it up with some scrap fabric and gift it to a friend!







Enjoy!

Alyssa/Amaia Papaya   





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