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How to Make A Security Blanket For Baby's Comfort

Updated on June 26, 2013

How to make a security blanket for baby

Select Fabric – in these two blankets I used flannel in children’s prints - scraps left over from baby quilts that I made for a baby shower. It’s good if you can find flame retardant fabric but if not please label it.

Select the ribbons you’ll use for the tags, or “taggies.” I prefer satin and/or grosgrain. I also do NOT like to make the tags too long. They can be choking hazards. I’m very “safety conscious. “

· Before I started on the blanket shown on the right, I embroidered the baby girl’s first initial in the center.

Both blankets have the10-minute block in the center but the pink one on the left has pockets.  These were made using prairie points.  I used one of the tricks she showed in the short video to get the pointed look in the embroidered block.
Both blankets have the10-minute block in the center but the pink one on the left has pockets. These were made using prairie points. I used one of the tricks she showed in the short video to get the pointed look in the embroidered block.
This 10 minute block has a pocket.  I used prairie points to create these.  That will be a different tutorial.
This 10 minute block has a pocket. I used prairie points to create these. That will be a different tutorial.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ZbTHlGGKMPM

This link will take you to You Tube and the 10-minute block technique shown by Suzanne McNeill from Design Originals.


This is the back view of both blankets.  The one on the right is brown faux suede.  I like to use different textures.
This is the back view of both blankets. The one on the right is brown faux suede. I like to use different textures.

Ok – so let’s get started. Flannel has a high percentage of shrinkage so I prewash and dry fabric, then stay-stitch around all outside edges to prevent stretching and raveling.



One rectangle scrap, 32 + ½ inches inlength, 14+1/2 inches in width

Cut rectangle exactly in half. I now have two “almost squares" measuring 14 “ on the straight of grain and 16” on the cross grain.



Cut different lengths of ribbon, fold wrong

sides together and sew to right side of one

piece of fabric.

Close-up of ribbon placement.

Notice that they are different lengths.

Extra-long tags can be a choking hazard.

Place other panel on top of first panel with right sides together and stitch, leaving room to turn. Use ½ inch seams. Notice that the ribbons are turned in toward the middle. Ordinarily ¼ “seams are used but, with the tendency of flannel to ravel, I find it better to use a wider seam allowance.

Trim seams to about 1’4 or 3/8, trim corners, and turn blanket and press. Turn blanket and ribbons will be sewn into blanket.


Topstitch all around the edge using decorative, zigzag, or straight stitch.

Conclusion

This concludes the tutorial that I have for you today. There are as many designs and methods to making baby blankets as there are people to make them. They can be made from satins and brocades, laces and fine linen. The ones that my children and grandchildren love the most are the soft and fluffy flannels and scraps from "Granny's" scrap basket. Sometimes, the toddlers can pick their own fabric and "help" to make the special "dolly and me" blanket.

For brevity's sake, I have assumed a prior knowledge for sewing, tools, and terminology. If you are interested in learning more or want to learn a new skill, please let me know. I love to share my passion for quilting and creating beautiful heirlooms with others. Thank you for reading.

Summary

This tutorial gives step by step instructions about how to make small blankets for babies and toddlers to play and snuggle with. Some take these blankets into childhood and treasure them all their lives.

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