My dear friend Roselee, aka Jane of All Trades, made me this baby blanket almost 3 years ago (yikes!) when I was pregnant with my son. This was one of those gifts that for whatever reason, aside from it being so beautiful and amazing, I absolutely treasure. I think in part, it's because at the time I was finding it so difficult to find cute stuff for my soon to be arriving boy.
It's hard for me to believe this was that little baby boy..
Since I have a special attachment to this blanket, I decided to make one for a good friend who is expecting a little boy soon. The original pattern is from Amy Karol's, Bend the Rules Sewing, which is a great book I would highly recommend. I lent my copy to my sister, so I decided to wing it.
I cut my fabric (for front and back) and batting to be 34" by 34". Then layered the fabric with right sides together on top of the batting, and pinned.
I actually wanted to try to make the scallops a little bigger, so I used a cereal bowl, to draw the edge. If you try this, don't make the mistake I made (and often make). I used a permanent marker. There were a few spots where I went too far with the scallop and as a result, you can see the marker when the blanket is turned.
Here's what makes this project so easy, you just sew on your lines (make sure to leave and opening for turning) and cut later! I love that! I used pinking shears to cut away the extra fabric and then went back and notched the indents. Even still, it puckered a little when I turned it.
Turned, top-stitched and quilted.
I hope she treasures it as much I treasure mine....no pressure :)