I can officially check off making a blanket for the baby! I actually added this project. I was going to make a carseat canopy but found the perfect corally pink minky that was begging to be a soft blanket. I thought I'd try my hand at self binding. It took me a while, but I do like how it turned out.
I learned that this is a pretty fun technique for a cute result. It's not very hard to put together but I think that this technique would be much easier on flannel.
A few things that I learned along the way....
- I did customize the size since I wanted it to last longer. I made a rectangle, but feel it would be better both visually and when sewing, as a square.
- I found this tutorial helpful for measurements, watched this video that was the best for me and this video to get an idea on how to sew it with minky.
- Since I didn't have the ruler to measure the angle of the corners, I folded them over to make the angle using these instructions. But be sure to check that it's the right way before you cut! I folded two right and two wrong. Nothing a little un-picking will fix if you haven't cut off the extra fabric.
- You can never pin enough with Minky. I placed pins no more than an inch apart. Pin, pin, pin away!
- I bought too much minky. Minky is usually 56"-60" wide. I bought 1 1/4 yards to fit my 1 yard of fabric. I easily fit the yard onto the blanket with the extra ten inches needed for the self binding leaving 1/2 yard of minky left over looking to be another project. Minky is expensive! I bought it on the spur of the moment because I fell in love with it. My cost was roughly $14ish using a coupon.
- And finally, don't start your project just before dinner. If you're like me, you will become obsessed with finishing it making your family wait for a quick dinner of boxed mac n' cheese a couple of hours after dinnertime. Good thing they are forgiving!
My Baby Bucket List is looking better already. Good thing, since I'm now 39 weeks!
Baby Bucket List
find an arrangement for the girls room/nursery to accommodate the crib and extra baby thingsDone!
- decorate the girls room on a budget of "making what I have work for us"- making good progress!
wash, sort and figure out storage for baby clothingDone!
- paint girls closet
organize girls closet- Done but would like to eventually add a closet organizer to closet re-arrange our bedroom to accommodate co-sleeperSort of done. It's good enough for now.
- pack hospital bag
- clean house from head to toe (never endingly tricky to do)
purge like I've never purged before!I have been doing this like crazy. It will never stop so I'm checking it off the list for now and keeping up the purging habit.
- sew a car seat canopy (where did I put that fabric?)
sew a baby blanket
- sew burp cloths
nursing necessities- Done! postpartum necessities- Done! fresh, white onsies- Done! baby wash cloths- Done!
- stock up on diapers and
- stock the freezer and pantry
- a coming home outfit for baby
haircuts for the boys- Done!
- get a haircut myself
treat myself to a pedicure- Done! wash all my comfy clothes to wear postpartum- Done! It was easy since I've been wearing them all pregnancy anyway. :)
- send thank you notes
finish kits for October- Done! list kits on Etsy- Done! Limited number of kits now available on Etsy!