Hi, my name is Chelsea and I blog over at GYCT Designs. I am so excited to be sharing this fun baby project with you. My baby just turned one, so I have been doing tons of projects over the last year.
One of the projects I worked on was taking monthly pictures of her. I know this is a huge trend in the blogging community and I am sure many of you have done this. (You know, the ones you take of them with the sticker on their belly. No? Grab your Monthly Stickers HERE)
But once I was finished, I said to myself, "Now what?"
I have all these adorable pictures, but what am I suppose to do with them. That is where the birth of this fun, fairly simple and lasting project comes in.
I call it the "Budding Baby Bunting Blanket".
2 yards of fabric (can be same or different)
1 pkg double folded bias tape
2 pkgs double folded quilting bias tape
Fusible Fabric Sheets
First, you'll need to make bunting out of your baby's monthly pictures. I set mine up so that I could print 4 of them to a page. You can decide how big you want to make them. Follow the instructions on your Fusible Fabric package for printing. It is super easy.
Next, decide how you want your bunting to lay on the fabric. Take your double fold bias tape and lay it out on your main fabric. I just did two rows, but you could do 3 or even 4. The rows will depend on the size of your bunting pictures as well. Experiment a little before you commit. Then pin it in place.
Open the bias tape and stitch it down to the fabric.
Now grab those cute bunting pictures. Iron them in between the bias tape and then to the fabric. Make sure to follow the instructions on the packaging so you don't ruin them.
Once the pictures are ironed on, stitch them down. Make sure the stitching is close to the outside edge.
Once all the pictures are sewn down, fold your bias tape down and stitch across the bias tape to close it. Stitch along the bottom edge of the bias tape.
I cut out my daughter's name to stitch to the blanket. You could add your child's name, birthday, other pictures. Whatever you want. I cut out her name and then stitched it on.
Your blanket should look something like the picture below.
Now place your batting and remaining yard of fabric underneath your bunting layer. Make sure Right Sides are facing out. Pin all the layers together really well.
Once your pinned, stitch along the top edge of your bunting bias tape. You can see below. This will keep your batting from moving around.
Now all you have to do is bind your blanket. Grab your quilting bias tape. Open it up and stitch it to the edge of your blanket through all the layers. You can see that below. Then fold the bias tape around to the opposite side and stitch it in place.
Go hang it on the crib, the wall, or hand it to your baby so they can carry it around the house and slobber on it (not saying that is what happened at my house! Wink, wink).
Too much work? You can also just make a cute collage like the one below. Check out Our Cute Collage post to see how I did it. :)
Thanks for having me!!!
Thanks Chelsea! What a fun idea for keeping those baby pictures visible. I find that I take a million pictures, but only a very few get seen. This way more of them will be seen and remembered. Plus, baby gets a cute little blankie to snuggle with! Win-win!
You can also check out all of the other posts from our Crafting for Baby series and the Crafting for Baby link party.