Years ago, I sat in a hospital room with Hannie who was 18 months old at the time. She had gotten a horrible stomach virus and wasn’t keeping anything down for days. I remember when I took her into the doctor they sent us straight to the hospital. It was a scary 24 hours….and I vividly remember she didn’t even flinch when they stuck the IV needle in her. That was the moment I knew she was pretty sick.
After a couple of hours on IV’s she began to stabilize and I could see the coloring coming back into her face. It was hope for me as a mom. And hope for her came later, when a sweet nurse brought her in a soft, comfy blanket and a little handmade stuffed toy that someone had made and donated. I remember she smiled and cuddle both of those sweet gifts as she drifted in and out of sleep.
Because of that experience, I wanted to make some blankets and some cuddly soft things for children who also need some hope (the doll tutorial is coming next week ;). I am making my blankets to donate to two places–a local children’s hospital and a crisis center that a friend once stayed at. Both places are near and dear to my heart.
Here is the tutorial for the baby blankets…..
Cut 2 squares of fabric–one 40 inches square and one 30 inches square.
Find the middle of each sides of the square and place in pin in the middle spot. Matching the center pins in each square (with right sides together) pin the smaller square to the larger square.
Continue pinning all the way around. At the corners you will have something that looks like this.
At each corner, mark 1/4 inches in from each side (where the dot is). Then stitch all the way around the blanket using a 1/4 inch seam. Be sure to leave an opening to flip your blanket.
After you have sewn around the perimeter of the square, fold your corners like the picture shows above. Mark a 90 angle from the bottom and stitch this line meeting your 1/4 inch seams at the top. You will want to cut off the corner after you stitch (you can always flip your blanket before you cut to make sure your mitered corners are correct.)
Turn and flip your blanket right sides out. Press your blanket and corners well.
Using a decorative stitch, stitch around smaller square to enclose your opening and keep blanket together.
And you are done!