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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Strip Baby Blanket:.

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We've got babies on the brain in my family these days. They just keep coming, which means that I have a need for baby gifts.

I used to crochet each of my nieces and nephews a blanket, but let's face it. Crocheting takes a long time. At least for me.

So I figure this will be a better way for me to still give them a special blanket from Aunt Sumo, without spending all of my spare time crocheting. (Hey, I've got other crafting to do!)

These strip blankets are perfect! Simple, easy, and quick - perfect for sewing of all levels! Plus, you get to go fabric shopping; pretty much my most favorite thing to do!

Here's what you need:

- fabric: for the top, I used 1/4 yard of three patterns and 1/3 of one pattern, for the bottom, I used about 1 and 1/4 yards - I used flannel
- sewing machine/accessories

Start off by cutting your strips of fabric 4" by the width of the fabric. The fabric yardage above is for nine four inch strips.

Once you have your lovely strips, lay them out in the pattern you'd like them to be. Don't worry, I am not making a super skinny blanket; I just haven't unfolded the fabric yet from cutting!

Notice how the selvage edges aren't all lining up?

Go ahead and lay out your strips on your cutting mat, with the fold at your 1" mark,

and then cut them all evenly. Remember what you cut them at for when you cut your bottom piece!

Put your first two strips, wrong side together, and pin them.

Sew them together, using a 1/4" seam. If you want more fringe than that, you can adjust it accordingly!

Continue doing this, being careful to always put wrong sides together. I had to watch myself; I'm so used to putting right sides together!

Here's what we look like about four strips in.

And here's the entire lovely top. Now you can get an idea of what you're blanket is really going to look like! I'm still drooling over this fabric combo; I wanted to keep this baby!

You can see all of your crazy seams sticking up. Perfect for cutting fringe!

The next part is the "busy work" part: cutting the fringe. I'm not going to lie; it's not fun. It makes my hands hurt. But it's worth it for that sweet blanket!

Start cutting your fringe, being careful NOT to cut into your sewed seam! I usually do about 1/4" between cuts, but you can do them as close or far apart as you wish. This is a great activity to do while you indulge in a guilty pleasure show (like how I watch Days of Our Lives while my kids nap!)

Kinda hard to see, but there's what the fringe looks like so far.

Here's all of the strips sewn together. Looking pretty good, right?

Next it's time to attach the top to the bottom. You'll need to have that measurement of your strips, and cut your bottom piece to that measurement.

Pin the two pieces together, wrong sides together.

Sew around the edges, again using about 1/4" seam.

Now it's time to fringe the edges. If you wanted to, you could wait to do the strips at this point as well. I just like to break it up a little bit!

Throw your blanket in the washer and dryer to let the fringe look more 'fringe-y'. Yes, that's probably a technical term.

Ta-Da! You're finished!

Roll it up, and tie it with a piece of leftover flannel.

Give it to the newest baby or baby to be in your life.

These two beauties are for my two nieces, Everly and Bentley.

Everly's not here yet, but I think she'll be happy to find this cute blanket waiting for her. As for Bentley, she's almost half a year old. Better late than never, right?

You might consider adding one of these blankets to a diaper cake from eDiaper Cakes; there are tons of fabulous gifting ideas that would pair great with a blanket! Maybe the Lil Sophie diaper cake, or the You Are My Sunshine diaper cake. You could even dress up a Do It Yourself diaper cake to match the fabrics you choose; I love a good coordinating gift!

** Disclaimer: I was compensated to mention eDiaperCakes in this post, but the thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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  1. i like the fact that you made a step by step procedure of making these lovely personalized gifts for baby!

  2. Hi Sumo!! What a wonderful tutorial!!! I have been wanting to make one of these sweet blankets for a loooong time! Looks like now is the PERFECT time :)) Your blankets are so adorable!! I love the color combos!! I am thinking about putting together a page on my blog that features tutorials. I would love to feature yours (of course giving you all the credit and linking directly to your tutorial). Would you mind if I featured yours :)) Pretty please!! With sugar on top :))
    Let me know!!

  3. Your fabric choices are just so sweet! I love how they look. :) I'm sure those babies are going to love snuggling down into the blankets.

  4. I love this!! Great idea! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  5. Oh my gosh - it's so sweet. The fringe just makes it. If you have a moment, I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board.
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  6. Great tutorial and very cute blanket!

  7. Very cute! I just found out my cousin is expecting her first so I'll have to make one for her shower next month.

  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [13 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  9. Those are adorable! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional party going on now. There is a really great giveaway going on with it. I hope to see you soon! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-linky-party-and.html

  10. Beautiful! From doing a ton of rag quilts, the Fiskars rag quilt scissors are a lifesaver on the hands. I plan on adding this beauty to my Pinterest board!

  11. This is SO adorable!! How fun, thank you for sharing ;)

  12. Perfect! I have been knitting blankets for babies, but sometimes you don't find out in time to get one done! This is a wonderful alternative and thank you for posting the tutorial. :)

  13. So cute! The fabrics you've used are beautiful - I can see how you'd find it hard to part with!


  14. I absolutely love the fringe blanket. I've seen the faux chenille blankets all over blogland, but they seem soooo time consuming. This alternative is just as cute but waaay easier.

    But more importantly than how much I love the blanket, I'm so excited to know that I am not the only one that indulges in my daily dose of Days of our Lives! Nice to know there's another kindred spirit out there ;)

  15. Wow! Those turned out great! I'm new to sewing, but this looks like a simple enough project even for a beginner sewer. Thanks for the step by step pictures!

  16. So STINKING CUTE! Love the tutorial. Very nice job!!!!

  17. Hello again :))
    After I got your message I started thinking about a link party that features tutorials. I'm sure they're out there, but I decided to start my own!!! It starts tonight at 12:01 am (if all goes well, lol). It's called SHOW ME HOW!!! ~ Friday ~ Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials. Since I already have your permission to use it on my blog, I figured why not feature it as my first tutorial to kick off the party :)) I hope you'll come see and even join in the party!! Bring some friends along too :)) The more the merrier!!! I love your tutorials and I think everyone in blogland needs to see them!!!

  18. Super cute! Thanks for the tutorial!! Stopping by from Tatertots & Jello!!

  19. I am visiting from the Creative Crate, and I'm so glad I did! This is a wonderful tutorial...I'll be making one of these for my own baby girl and for gifts as well. Thank you for sharing such a great idea!

  20. wow Sumo, I love this project! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you!

  21. Adorable! Perfect for baby gifts!

    Would love for you to share at Calling all Crafters!

  22. ADORABLE! I was looking for some great baby things to made since I just found out I'm pregnant with #5. (Always nice to keep myself from going crazy waiting for baby by sewing!) DEFINITELY making this.

  23. Love it love it love it! How precious, my sister in-law is due in one month and this would be perfect for her. Thanks for sharing! Come join me anytime at



  24. Hey Sumo!!! These little strippy blankets are soooo sweet! They are such a great gift idea!
    Thanks for linking up to Think Pink Sundays - I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/07/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-15/

  25. This is adorable! I've added this link, as well as several other of yours to both of my websites. I'm an email subscriber and very much enjoy receiving your posts.

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  28. I'm sorry if you've been asked this question a million times! Where did you get your cute fabric?! I've looked at all my local craft stores and haven't found anything! Thanks!

  29. So cute, a great idea to use up scraps

  30. Ok. So I'm in love with this blanket. Ive made it three times. The first time was perfect. The second one I took out of the washing machine and several of the seems had come undone. Grr. So I did it again and was SUPER careful about snipping. It did it again!! I'm so sad. Everyone raves over the blanket that turned out and I can't figure out what's going on?!? Any thoughts?? Please? Help!

    1. Ah! How frustrating! I can't think of any other reason than accidentally cutting the seam when you fringed it. Is your sewing machine being okay for other projects? I have no clue, I'm so sorry! Let me know if you figure it out! Good luck!


  31. These are so adorable! Thank you so much for sharing the step by step instructions. They are so clear and easy to follow, which is great for someone so new to sewing, like me. I'm so, going to try one of these!

    Thanks again, M

  32. Found this project on pinterest, thanks for the great tutorial.
    From a beginner quilter,


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