This self-binding baby doll blanket tutorial first appeared on Paging Supermom as a part of their Books Alive series. Be sure to stop by their site for many fantastic crafts and projects centered around beloved Children’s Books.
Even though my kids are older now, I still love a good children’s book. When my kids were little we tried to read to them as much as possible. Some nights it went well, other nights not so much *wink*.
Why we love Kevin Henkes Books:
After we had our first daughter, we struggled with fertility problems for a few years. My oldest daughter was almost six when her twin siblings were born and was quite used to being the only kid around for a while. Overall she had a great transition to sibling”hood” but there were a few bumps along the way.
Which brings us to one of my absolute favorite books, “Julius, the Baby of the World” by Kevin Henkes. Lilly (of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, another AWESOME book) has a baby brother and does not adjust well to his presence. She says mean words to him while he’s sleeping and warns pregnant mothers that they will regret their baby bumps. She also spends more time than usual in her “uncooperative” chair. In the end she comes around to the idea of a baby brother, but the way that she deals with his presence early in the book is absolutely hilarious!
Reading this book again reminded me how it can be hard sometimes for older siblings when new siblings come home. There is so much love an attention focused on the baby that I can see why they sometimes feel left out.
Free Self Binding Blanket Pattern:
I always love giving handmade baby gifts, so I thought that maybe it would be fun to give a handmade gift to a sibling instead! So, for my Books Alive post today I’m sharing with you how to make this very simple self binding receiving blanket that’s the perfect size for a baby doll! This is a VERY simple sewing project, so simple in fact that older kids could sew one themselves with just a little bit of help.
To make the blanket you’ll need:
1, 20″ x 20″ square of flannel
1, 30″ x 30″ square of flannel
Fabric Safe Marking Pen
How to Sew the Blanket:
Begin by pinning your two flannel pieces right sides together. To do this you want to find the center of each of the 4 sides of both pieces and begin my matching up the centers. Then pin out from there. Since the pieces aren’t the same size you’ll end up with a funny bunny ear looking thing at the end- don’t worry this is correct.
Sew each of the 4 sides starting and stopping ½″ from the end of the fabric. Leave a 4″ hole in one of the sides so that you can turn the blanket right side out.
After you’ve sewn all 4 sides fold the blanket in half diagonally so that it makes a triangle.
How to Miter the Corners:
Two of the corners will look like this. Using a pen draw a line from the point you stopped sewing to the end of the fabric. Sew.
Fold the blanket the other way and sew the other two sides. Quickly turn the blanket right side out to make sure you’ve sewn the corners correctly.
If you have then turn the blanket back inside out and trim off the excess fabric at the corners.
Turn right side out and press the blanket well. Top stitch along the edge of the center of the blanket making sure to catch the opening in the blanket as you go.