Make Your Own Baby Nursery Bedding
The nursery bedding is one of the baby items that you will get the most use out of, throughout your baby’s first couple of years there is always a need for baby blankets and baby bedding sets. Unfortunately they are also one of the most costly of items to buy out of all the baby stuff you will have to purchase.
You can make you own baby bedding. It is a lot easier then you would think. In fact baby blankets and baby bedding are both actually some of the easiest and most simple items to make. Making these items is also quite relaxing to make as well.
• Make baby blankets using unique fabrics with different patterns and textures
• Make bedding sets to match any nursery theme
• Make unique Baby Gifts
Making your own baby bedding will save you hundreds of dollars. By making it you you are also given the freedom to choose any baby bedding pattern or design you may wish for. You are no longer limited by what is available in the stores, or by someone else’s ideas. If you can think it up, you can make it!
Baby Bedding Tutorials
Here’s a baby blanket that is super easy to make and will have people asking “Where did you get that fabulous baby blanket?!”
It’s simple enough for anyone to make and it makes a great gift as well. Sewing is required…
Here for instructions to make a simple and luxurious baby blanket:
Make a Baby Blanket
Materials needed to make a fleece baby blanket
1 – 1 & 1/2 yards flannel or quilting fabric
1 – 1 & 1/2 yards ultra comfy fleece or faux fur
newspaper (as pattern – optional)
You will need to shop for fabric first and foremost. These blankets are meant to be double sided so you want to pick out two fabrics. I recommend picking out a fabric with a nice bold pattern on it first. This way you can match the color of the fleece to the pattern rather than vice versa. Your patterned fabric should be a non-stretchy material. Either a fleece baby blanket cotton quilting type fabric, or even flannel is great. Next Choose a fleece or Faux Fur Fabric . The fleece I used to make both of these blankets was called soft and comfy or ultra cuddle fleece. I have also seen it sold as faux fur or faux mink. It is very soft and very luxurious. There are many colors to choose from and come in many textures as well, all of which are soooo soft. These are my absolute favorite to make a baby blanket with.
Now, on to the actual construction of the blanket…
1. If either of your fabrics is wrinkly you will need to iron them before you start sewing. You may even want to go as far as washing the fabrics too. Be very careful when it comes to washing the fleece/faux fur fabric as some of them are very sensitive to drier heat.
2. Place your fabrics together so they are facing in towards each other.
make a baby blanket The backside of each fabric should be facing outwards. Place them so that their corners and straight edges are aligned as straight as possible. Now lay them across a flat table or even the floor. You do not need a pattern to measure out your fabric. Either use a spare receiving blanket, or even a newspaper unfolded all the way. In fact a newspaper would work quite well. Lay this over the fabric so that it is also aligned to one corner and then pin it down. Use a good sharp pair or fabric shears to cut the fabric around your make-shift pattern (as in the example shown to the right).
Once you have your fabrics cut to size remove the pins one by one and replace them to their original spot removing the newspaper (or whatever material you used as a pattern).
3. Sew the edges! Pick a thread that matches your color scheme. Starting from one corner sew the first three edges. Sew about a 1/2 in in from the edge. Really just sew in as far as you feel comfortable sewing. Just try to sewing a baby blanketstay consistent around all four edges of the baby blanket. When you reach the fourth edge sew this side only about 3/4’s of the way. Use a reverse stitch just before you end. You will need to keep and opening in the edges so that you can fold the blanket inside out.
4.Pull the blanket inside out. Pay special attention to the corners to pull them out straight. You can also iron the blanket at this point in time if you wish.
5. Sew the opening shut. Fold the rough edges inward to match the rest of the seams. Pin these shut. Now get out a sewing needle to hand sew the opening shut. Thread the needle with the same thread you used in the sewing machine. Use very small stitches hidden in the sea as best as you can. Finish by stitching 2 or 3 stitches over each other to keep it stitched firmly.
Viola! You have made you’re very first ultra comfy fleece baby blanket.. Now you can make a baby blanket in as many different colors and textures as you can dream up…