here. I have some left over so I'm going to make some matching burp cloths and maybe a changing pad! The animals are also perfect size to cut out and applique onto a onesie.
Materials for Blanket:
1.5 yards focus fabric (front)
1.5 yards minky fabric (back)
1.5 yards batting (optional) (I used warm and natural)
template (I used newspaper, and it ended up being 30"x40". If you want your blanket smaller you could probably get away with only getting 1 yard of each fabric)
Wash and dry fabrics and make sure they are wrinkle free before you start.
Lay out the batting, Lay the back fabric on top with the right side up and then lay the front fabric on top with the right side facing down. Make sure everything is smooth and there are no lumps in the fabric layers.
Lay template on top and place fabric weights on top to keep template from shifting. make sure template is square to the fabric so the pattern on the fabric isn't crooked.
Cut around template and remove it. Pin around the sides to keep the fabrics from moving about while you sew.
Now you will sew around the edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Back stitch at the beginning and again in 10 inches then finish sewing all the way around. Place pins to mark where you back stitched so you can find it again.
Press the seam open in between where you back stitched. Doing this will make it easier to slip stitch the opening closed after to turn the blanket.
After you press the seam open, take you're seam rippers and take out the seam(in between where you back stitched and pressed open the seam).
Turn the blanket right side out. Smooth and press the edges. Now slip stitch the opening closed. This is where you thank me for having you press this seam open because it makes a world of difference at this stage (you can use this method on most things that require you to leave an opening for turning!!) just follow the creases where the initial seam was while you slip stitch. Top stitch 1/4 inch around the edge. I used my quilters foot but you don't have to.
**I do not have pictures for this but I do recommend tacking the quilt to keep the layers from shifting about.**
Now you have the perfect blanket for your little one! Or a quick baby shower present!