Everyone’s sprogging! And if there are new sprogs that means that new baby gifts are in order. I got this one down pat a while ago: applique baby quilts are easy, speedy and fun to make, and much appreciated by parents for both useful and decorative value. Win-win! In fact I just found out the other day that one of the ones I made in the past is now a 2 year old’s security blanket, and if that doesn’t say gift recipient satisfaction, I don’t know what does.
First up, a blanket for wee blonde Irish-American baby Pierce. I popped over to Grey’s Fabrics
and picked up a fat quarter bundle of gorgeous washed-out soft flannels, including a novelty one with various little characters. I made a triangle template out of a bit of cardboard, and cut out the bunting bits, stuck them onto the base cotton with fabric clue, then tight zig-zagged all the way around them.
Then I made some little letters and went through the same process:
Whap some batting and a back layer on, quilt through the bunting lines, and here we are! This looks much much more rumpled here than in real life – that’s what taking iPhone pictures at night under overhead lighting does for you. I finished the quilt with pre-made quilt binding (also from Grey’s), and the back is a gorgeous soft turquoise gingham check flannel.
First quilt made and delivered (on the same day, no less), it was on to the second, this time for a wee lady who managed to unexpectedly come into the world in a back room at home, delivered by her father! She definitely deserves something nice. I used the second part of my fat quarter bundle, together with this cat fabric which I seriously can’t get enough of – it’s also going to feature as the lining on a duffle coat I’m currently working on for another little lady.
And here we are: another quilt, another baby.
If you want more step by step instructions on how to make your own, I actually wrote a tutorial on this a loooooong time ago. Check it out!
What’s on your baby gift roster? Or are you vehemently against sewing for wee babbies?