This is my new niece Sia on the baby blanket I made for her. I didn’t take any step-by-step photos or anything, or even any finished photos of it before I wrapped it up to give to Marissa & Brooke. They did take some for me after I realized this mistake.
With so little to offer you you’re probably wondering why I’m even bothering to post this. Well, I’m posting it anyway because you can find great step-by-step directions right where I found them; click on The Purl Bee, which is the craft blog for Purl Soho, a terrific sewing, knitting and craft store in SoHo in Manhattan. I even took a rare trip into Manhattan to go to Purl Soho to get the fabric for it, but you can purchase everything on line from their website. They don’t have a lot of fabrics there, but what they have is really unique. I found the most amazingly soft fabric. Certainly not one would think of automatically as “baby blanket fabric”, but I thought it was perfect. I also used the wool batting that the pattern called for (and I got at the store), which was really fluffy and should be much warmer than a fiberfill batting. I did make the quilt slightly smaller than the original directions — I used traditional crib quilt dimensions of 45″ x 60″. I also chose tie down the batting with a french knot rather than the knot and hanging threads they had in their pattern since I thought that would be safer for the baby.
If you are looking for a unique baby gift, or for a throw for yourself for when you’re watching TV (which is what the original pattern is for), you should really try this quilt. I bought fabric to make one for myself. One of these days I’ll actually find the time to make it, too.