*28″ x 24″ piece of cotton fabric (or whatever size you wish)
*1 yard iron-on vinyl
*1 set of plastic buckles or Velcro
You can purchase iron-on vinyl at Jo Ann’s and at most fabric stores. It is really easy to work with and you will love that you can turn any fabric into a laminated cotton by using this. Of course you can purchase an already laminated fabric, but i like making my own since it allows you to have more fabric choices.
Now you are going to place the straps in between the two bags like pictured below with the buckles on the bottom. Just make sure when pinning the straps in place that the buckles are facing in the correct position and will buckle once turned right side out.
I purchased a box of those plastic diaper bags from the dollar store to use inside of it. You can unbuckle the straps and put the buckles through the handles in the plastic bag to hold the bag in place. Its a great way to keep those plastic bags in place and from slipping especially when its going to be holding dirty diapers.
Flower Lovey Tutorial
(allow 2+ hours to complete. Finished size: 18″ x 13″)
* 1 package of bias tape
* 1 piece of fabric 18″ x 13″ (front of lovey)
* 1 piece of minky fabric 18″ x 13″ (back of lovey)
* 1 fat quarter or small scrap pieces of fabric (for the flower)
* 1 package of piping
* 1 large button
* 12″ of jumbo ric-rac
* One 46″ x 3″ piece of fabric for the ruffled piece. (I ended up piecing a few pieces together to make one long strip. Use up those little scraps here. You will never know it is pieced together once it is ruffled.)
Start by printing off the template. Click on the highlighted link below. Print template off there. I used the pointy flower petals for this tutorial but wanted to include some rounded petals as well. I foresee using these in the future.
Flower Baby Lovey Template
Cut out the template petal piece. Trace around it onto the right side of a small scrap piece of fabric.
Now take a piece of piping and line up the flat edge of the piping to the template marks you just made. Pin in place. The more pins the better!
Place another piece of fabric on top with right sides facing. Pin in place.
Change to a zipper foot and start sewing around the piping. Line up the rounded edge of the piping with the edge of your foot. Sew as close to the rounded edge of the piping as close as possible. You may need to redo the top part of the petals once you remove the pins. I also found it easier to remove the pins as I went along. Just take your time here. Once you get the hang of it, it is easy. You could also sew the piping in place on the first piece of fabric before placing the second piece of fabric on top. I just chose to sew the piping in place once. But do what works for you.
Trim off the excess fabric.
Turn right side out.
Now repeat 6 times or as many times as you want. Of course you could leave out the piping if you don’t like sewing with it. It takes a little getting used to, but once you have used it a few times its really easy and adds that little extra touch.
Now fold the petal in half and sew a little 1/2 circle at the edge of the petal like shown below. This will give your petal a little shape.
Repeat with remaining petals. Line up the petals to make a flower.
Play with the petals and your button to get the shape you like. My flower ends up being about 6″ across.
Now pin the flower petals onto your front piece of fabric.
Sew around the inner parts of the petals a few times. Make sure they are very secure, this is for a baby.
In the following steps the fabric is getting harder to sew because of the thickness. If that happens switch your foot height to zero. This will keep your foot off the fabric so tightly and allow you to keep sewing. This will make a huge difference, trust me.
Take your jumbo ric-rac and fold in onto the petals. Pin in place.
Sew in place a few times. Make sure all of the pieces get sewn down.
Sew button on. Then sew around the button again using the edge of the button as your guide.
Now lets make the little ruffle. Take your 46″ x 3″ and fold right sides together, sew down one side. Pull right side out and iron flat. Sew down the middle of the strip on a stitch length of 4 then pull one of the threads to ruffle the fabric.
Pin and sew ruffle onto lovey in desired location.
Pin front of lovey to backing fabric, wrong sides together. You can use a batting if you want to. I chose not to since this is for a little baby and I wanted to keep it lightweight for her to snuggle up with. Trim fabric pieces so that are even on all edges. Round the corners to make it easier to sew with the bias tape.
Pin and sew bias tape around outer edge of lovey.
And your finished!
Fold up the blanket and stuff it into the top tier of the basket making sure to leave the flower hanging out on top of the basket.
Gabe’s Gifts is a year long blanket drive to give handmade blankets to Project Linus, WHILE helping one AMAZING momma heal from the loss of her son Gabe.
Gabe’s gifts starts this January and will contune for a whole year. Each Monday Amanda will feature a blanket tutorial on her blog todays top 20 and the last Monday of each month she will be hosting a linky party showcasing any blankets made. She and all of us, hope that in a years time there will be a HUGE donation made to Porject Linus in her son’s name. We are hoping that these homemade blankets give “love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill or traumatized” AND along the way, we are hoping she finds some comfort and is able to heal from the loss of her son.
Amanda, here is the first of my blankets that I am donating in honor of you son Gabe. Im sure there will be more on the way. I hope that all of you will be able to make atleast one blanket. One blanket can do a lot. Think of that child all cozy and warm , bundled in your handmade blanket.
Go here to learn more about Project Linus.