So, enough of my babbling...on to the topic of this post--Natalie's baby clothes blanket. I started this blanket back in 2011. I was petrified to cut her clothes. I was so worried I would cut them but then never finish the blanket. Or I'd cut them and mess up. Or I'd cut them and wish I had just stored them in a box. Well, obviously none of the fears actually happened. I did finish, I didn't mess them up and I don't wish I had just stored the clothes.
Here are some pics from this adventure...
In the beginning I chose outfits that she outgrew and I adored. These included her coming home outfit, Christmas pjs, Thanksgiving outfit and a few other favorites that Mark and I had.
After choosing the outfits I cut out the parts that I wanted to include on the blanket. In most cases these were the embroidered parts of the fronts of the clothes. After cutting them to the size I wanted I arranged them the way I wanted them. I had to trim some of them to make a rectangle. This was probably the most challenging part of the whole project.
When the pieces were arranged to my liking, I sewed the sides together to make four rows. Then I sewed all four rows together.
I used two receiving blankets we used with Natalie to create the back of the blanket. I cut them in half and sewed them together so that there were four large rectangles. That was the template I used to determine how big to make the blanket and how to arrange the clothing.
I wanted to make sure the blanket didn't separated from the back while using it, so using a straight stitch I sewed in between each piece of clothing so that each piece was secured to the back of the blanket. Finally I went around and straight stitched around the entire outside of the blanket to make a more finished look.
So here you have it! All done after about two years in between start and finish. It took a back burner for awhile. :) I'm really happy with the way it turned out.
One of Mark's favorite outfits.
This is Natalie's favorite on the blanket. I like it because it reminds me of when I taught at Lake George (the mascot there is the giraffe).
The outfit Natalie wore home from the hospital.
As with most projects there are a few things I'd like to do differently next time...
*use smaller pieces of the clothes and make them a standard square instead of different shapes
*buy and use a rotary cutter and mat as opposed to just scissors
Regardless, I love it cause Nat seems to love it too and it's something our family will have for many years to come!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope to have new posts for you to look at soon!