Project Design Team~Car Seat Swaddling Blanket
Posted by administrator on Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Hello, my Riley Blake friends. I am so happy to be here from U Create again sharing my latest creation with you. This month I am sharing my Car Seat Swaddling Blanket Tutorial.
Being the mother of 3 kids (all of which were colicky babies), I know how much those babies like to be swaddled and cozy. The car seat was my kids’ enemy. They would squirm and inevitably kick their warm cocoon of blankets off. So, I created the Car Seat Swaddling Blanket for them (and my sanity). I no longer have babies, but I have plenty of babies around me so I am constantly making these little blankets for baby showers. So, score yourself some Riley Blake Designs Flannel and start creating these today.
1 yard Boy Stars Blue Flannel
1 yard Boys Chevron Blue Flannel
sewing machine and other sewing essentials
Step #1: Wash and dry fabric. Iron all those pesky wrinkles out.
Step #2: Cut each design 36” x 36” square.
Step #3: Put right sides together and pin all the way around…except for 6 inches on one side. (You need this open to pull the blanket right side out.)
Step #4: Using 1/2 inch allowance, sew all the way around…except the 6 inch opening, of course.
Step #5: Cut corners off.
Step #6: Turn right side out.
Step #7: Push corners out. Fold opening under 1/2 inch and press all sides flat.
Step #8: Sew a top-stitch (1/8 allowance) all the way around. At this point you have a perfectly square baby blanket.
Step #9: Turn the blanket so it is diamond shape; from the bottom corner measure up 23.5” and mark with a pin. Measure out from that pin 2 inches on both sides and mark with a pin. Take out the center pin. Cut a 4 inch slit from one pin to the other.
Step #10: Cut tiny slants at the ends of the 4 inch slit. This will make it easy to turn under and create a nice opening.
Step #11: Turn the ends of your opening inside the blanket about 1/4” and pin in place.
Step #12: Sew all the way around with a 1/8” top-stitch.
Step #13: From the edge of the opening you just sewed, measure up 1/2” and pin. From that pin measure up 10.5” and pin. Cut a straight line from the bottom pin to the top. Cut tiny slants at the edges just like you did with the smaller opening.
Step #14: Turn the edges under 1/4” inside the blanket. Pin and sew all the way around.
Step #15: Repeat steps #13 & #14 on the other side. Now you have this creepy face in the middle of your baby blanket. :)
The Car Seat Swaddling Blanket is the perfect fit for an infant car seat and has plenty of room to swaddle and tuck baby in nicely. This is one of my all-time favorite DIY baby shower gifts and is always a hit with mom-to-be. Have fun creating and come see us at U Create Crafts for more DIY inspiration.