How to make a very easy flannel baby blanket.

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Flannel fabrics are just made for the winter months. Their soft cosiness is just perfect for snuggling up in. It’s lovely to sew with too (if you can stop stroking it for long enough), and perfect for whipping up a simple and quick baby blanket.

Organic Flannel Baby Blanket

This is so easy to make I hesitate to call this a tutorial.

Flannel Blanket Sewing SuppliesGather together your sewing supplies:

Fabric, I am using 2 pieces 75cm x 95cm to make a crib size, but you can cut the fabric to whatever size you choose. Just remember to cut 2 pieces.

You will also need pins, scissors, rotary cutter and mat, ruler, fabric marking pen, hand sewing needle and embroidery floss. Oh, and a sewing machine of course.  Continue reading

Thank Friday Its Finished! Animal patches baby quilt

For those of you who read my work in progress post on the animal patches baby quilt (click here to read) and have been waiting patiently to see the finished quilt…ta da…

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I added a binding from a really cute floral fabric that picks up the colours used in the quilt top beautifully. Here is the back view…

animal patches baby quilt back

(Please ignore the coloured circles these are just my pin heads!) I had some real fun with the straight line quilting. You will remember from the work in progress post that I had a lot of bobbin thread breaks using a trilobal polyester thread because my very basic sewing machine is not capable of winding the bobbin tight enough. Despite the frustrations I am pleased I persevered because the thread looks beautiful on the quilt, unfortunately my camera skills are not good enough to really capture the beauty of the stitching. The thread is a variegated green from Superior’s rainbow collection and it really shines on the quilt adding more dimension to the simple quilting lines.

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As usual I used a quilters dream wadding, all fabrics are 100% cotton and the quilt is finished with a double binding finished by hand. The finished size of the quilt is cot size.

To find out more about my inspiration for this quilt have a look at the work in progress post here.

I will be linking up with Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday (TGIFF) this week hosted by Quilt Matters. Link A Finish Friday hosted by Richard and Tanya Quilts. Finish it up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts. Needle and Thread Thursday hosted by My Quilt Infatuation.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

You might also like to take a look at my Etsy shop TheQuiltingBird

 

 

Thank Friday It’s Finished – Mini Jungle baby quilt

Mini Jungle Baby Quilt

Another finished baby quilt. I called this one mini jungle because the fabrics have cute little jungle animals (I am not original with my quilt names…it’s lucky it even has a name).

Here’s the back.

Mini Jungle Baby Quilt BackI put a strip of that cute jungle fabric across the back, actually the blue fabric also has a jungle animal outline print on it.

The back view shows the quilting lines, the straight lines are from quilting in the ditch and the yellow curvy lines are from free motion quilted…don’t know what to call them…sort of vines. I was thinking vines and leaves when I quilted them.

And now for the front. Continue reading

Thank Friday It’s Finished! Wonky Blocks

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My finished project this week is this cutesy wonky block coverlet/blanket. There is no wadding in this (no sandwich filling, just the bread), so I didn’t want to call it a quilt, although the construction of it in every other way is exactly the same as for a quilt.

To make the wonky blocks in the central panel I used this really clear tutorial from Sleepy Owl Studio. Wonky blocks are easy to make, great for a beginner who wants to move on from ordinary square blocks.

I added a cream border in the same background fabric as the wonky panel, then I added a green polka dot fabric that co-ordinates beautifully with the wonky squares. I finished it off with another cream border and a bright cheerful yellow double binding. I like hand sewing so the binding was hand finished. Continue reading

Thank Friday It’s Finished – Birdie Quilt

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This is another of my finished baby quilts. It is cot size and  made with 100% cotton fabric and wadding.

I love the little birdies on this fabric. I decided to showcase the birdie fabric, just because I think it’s so adorable.

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I tend to make my quilts from the center out, I have ideas for designs that seem to grow out from the middle. I made the central panel first and then had to decide how to make the quilt larger. I used a green polka dot fabric that coordinates with the birdies, to define the panel and borders and add some interest to the quilt. With the fabric scraps I had left over from the central panel I made the panels at the top and bottom of the quilt, using a ‘flying geese’ block design. I had planned to have more geese flying, but they flew away (okay, I got bored making them!). Continue reading

HIB – No ordinary baby bootie!

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Handmade In Britain (HIB). I love quirky handmade items so I was thrilled to come across Edita Edituke’s Etsy shop editaedituke.

She says she makes crotchet baby booties, but these are no ordinary booties.

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These are so cute, perfect to dress up little one’s outfit and keep those little toes nice and cosy.

But it’s not all about the bootie… Continue reading