(allow 2+ hours to complete)
Materials Needed (cut to the following):
*Long strips of cotton fabric that are 30″ x 3″ or use fat quarters and piece them together to make a 30″ x 3″ strip. I used four different fabrics, but you can use as many different fabrics as you want.
*One strip of cotton fabric that is 120″ x 5″ (ruffled edge). Again, you can use smaller scraps pieced together to make one long strip.
*One piece of minky fabric about 21″ x 24″.
Start by making sure you have the 8 strips cut out to the size of 30″ x 3″.
Take one of your strips and sew down the middle and make it ruffle with your sewing machine. This is a new little trick I just learned from the gals over at Simple Simon & Co. Set the tension on your machine to the highest setting and the stitch length to the highest setting. Trust me, once you ruffle your fabric this way you will never pull a thread to make it ruffle again. It is so much quicker! And looks neater and the ruffles are more uniform. But of course you can ruffle your fabric the other way by just pulling one of the threads to make it ruffle. By doing it this way you can get a more ruffled piece of fabric then just ruffling it with your machine. So its up to you here.
Repeat with the other 7 strips of fabric.
Take your iron and gently press on top of the ruffled pieces to press them flat. This will make it easier to sew together.
Now lay out the ruffled pieces into the desired pattern.
With right sides facing pin together the two fabrics that are beside one another. Sew in place. Unfold and gently press flat.
Lay your fabric pieces out again to make sure you keep the fabrics in the right order.
Pin the next two rows together and sew. Just make sure you are sewing on the correct side so that your fabrics line up correctly.
Press flat. Pin and sew the two last pieces of fabric together. Now you have the top of your lovey.
Press flat again.
Trim off any loose threads and neaten it up on the backside.
You should have this now.
Take your seam ripper and pull out the threads in the middle of the ruffled pieces.
Use the back of your seam ripper or an iron to fluff out those little marks down the center of the ruffled pieces.
Square up your edges and make sure they are straight.
Round the corners.
Top stitch if you want.
I just used the edge of my foot as a guide and top stitched both sides of each fabric.
Take your 120″ x 5 ” piece of fabric and fold wrong sides together. Sew all the way down the open edge of the piece to make a ruffled piece. **Make sure you use a 1/4″ sew seam here.**
Take the ruffled piece and pin it all the way around the top of the blanket. Where the two unfinished edges line up just fold each of the unfinished edges in opposite directions. Then place one on top of the other with the folded edges touching and sew in place. That way you will have a finished edge that is quick to do.
Now place on top of minky fabric with right sides facing. Place a few more pins in. I know this is a lot of pins, but it does make a huge difference.
Sew around outer edge with a 1/2″ sew seam while leaving at least a 2″ opening for turning right sides out.
Trim excess fabric.
Be careful of all the pins and turn right side out. Iron and sew opening shut.
Trim off all of the little threads.
And that is it! One cute little lovey for the baby!