by Christina Dennis
This post on how to sew a generously fluffy boutique blanket has been quite popular for the last few months, and I've also received a few questions via comments and emails on how this blanket would work for babies (as a great shower gift, perhaps).
When it comes to baby & toddler blankies, I think it's important that they not only be soft but washable and sturdy as well. While the fabric I used in this tutorial is wonderful for a living room throw or a master bedroom accent blanket, I like to use quilting cotton instead of decor cotton for the primary side of a blanket like this. Here is my suggested method on how to slightly tweak the boutique blanket to make it a boutique blanket perfect for a baby!
- 1 yard 100% cotton quilting fabric (pre-wash it so that it doesn't shrink later!)
- 1 yard polyester minkee (minky) fabric
- a rotary cutter, mat and large ruler are helpful but not necessary
I purchased my fabric for this project from fabric.com:
I make all of my baby blankets to measure about 35 inches wide by 29 inches long (which uses up almost a yard of cotton quilting fabric nicely and then you can use one yard of minkee for two blankets because it's 60" wide).
Follow all of the directions for the Boutique Blanket. Optional: Sew an extra line of stitching 2" inside the topstitched line, as shown in the picture below.
These cuddly blankets make a beautiful gift for a new little baby bundle and they're fun and easy to sew! If you've sewn a cotton + minkee blanket like the one in the original Boutique Blanket post or like one shown here, please comment and let me know how you found working with the fabrics together. I love to see all of your projects!