When I was growing up, my sisters and I loved sewing our clothes so that we could create our own unique fashions. I even sewed my own wedding dress! When my daughter was born, I continued with this tradition and made a whole wardrobe of adorable outfits for her. If you are wanting to explore the world of sewing machine projects to make goodies for your own kids, making a blanket is a great starting point. Here is a simple technique to create an oh-so-soft baby blanket with oh-so-cute patterns designed by our fabulous illustrator Krista!
Making your own baby blanket is super simple with just a basic sewing machine. You can even make an exact replica of our baby blanket by finding the fabrics on Spoonflower! Our safari blanket is two-sided. The top side of our blanket includes a pattern with cute safari animals like zebras, giraffes, and elephants, while the bottom side has a pretty spotted watercolor pattern in a light blue and green color scheme. Start by choosing your material. We used an oh-so-soft Minky, but fleece would also be a great option for making a warm and cozy blanket for your little one. The pattern is tiled, so you will be able to order any fabric that you would like. Our baby blanket measures 3 feet x 3 feet (1 yard), but you can order any yardage that you prefer. To sew the blanket, simply use a top stitch to sew the two pieces of fabric together on the back side of the blanket. We folded the top pattern over to create a 2-3 inch frame around the back side. To finish the blanket, we then created some easy box corners for a polished look. Follow the step-by-step photo tutorial below to guide you through the sewing process!
If you like this baby blanket project, be sure to check out our other Spoonflower fabric projects as well! We have tutorials to make cute drawstring backpacks and kids pillows that your kids will love just as much as this blanket. Browse all of our baby projects, and follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay updated on the DIY projects that we post daily! ~ Lia
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Hi Lia. Fantastic tutorial. My biggest challenge was cutting the squares. What’s the trick when you don’t have a large cutting surface? Thank you
Thanks Natalie! I’ve used the floor before when I needed more room than I had to cut. You can also try folding the fabric in half (or fourths if you have sharp scissors) to the correct measurements so it folds out to 42″ and 32″ squares. I hope that helps 🙂
Beautiful and clever design! I am still unsure about how it is turned right side out through the 1/4″ hole. Please clarify! Thanks! I am anxious to try this!
Hi Wendy! Refer to step #4– the opening should be 8″ 🙂
I am curious about the color after repeated washing. How does the print hold up? I have read about people who complain that the colors fade considerably. Thanks!
We haven’t had a chance to wash the minky fabric repeatedly, but the other Spoonflower fabrics have held up nicely!
Love it! Can you share info on the elephant?
We purchased it at a local baby store.
I loved seeing for my kids too and I am looking forward to granchildr so that I can try some minky. I would really love to have the pattern for the crocheted baby slippers if you have that available. Or could you lead me to where it can be purchased.
We purchased the baby slippers at a local baby store here in Portland. I will ask my super talented sister if she can come up with a pattern to post.
I would love to crochet those slippers too. They are adorable.