Thursday, April 8, 2010

Teddy Bear Shaped Blanket

A few months ago I made a Rocket Shaped Blanket that I thought was pretty cool.  I had another baby shower to go to today, and decided to use the same basic idea for this gift.  And while I was at it, I made a pattern and a better (debatable) tutorial.  Lucky you!  So, here we go…


You’ll need:
-two yards of fabric
  I went with a knit and a soft baby fleecy stuff (anyone have a better term for this stuff?), both from JoAnn Fabrics  eta: Lisa Marie says it's Minky.  Which I should totally know since it's used sometimes in cloth diapers.  I guess I didn't recognize it w/out waterproof backing!
- Teddy Bear PDF pattern (pattern is hosted on Craftsy, of which I am an affiliate.  Pattern is free, Craftsy is free.)

Piece and tape pattern together as indicated by the amazingly clear letter and dot method I put on it
Cut out pattern. Place on the fold of each yard of material.  Cut.
Pin both teddy bear fabric pieces together, right sides facing
Sew 1/4 inch in all around, leaving a three-four inch gap for turning later. 
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At ever corner you need to cut in to release some of the tension on the fabric.  Make sure to only cut UP TO the stitches, and NOT the stitches themselves.
Turn through gap.  Make sure to pull out all the ears and whatnot.
Turn the raw edges of the gap in, matching the seam allowances around it.  Pin all around
Top stitch 1/8 inch in all around the entire blanket
And you are done!
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Hand it to a baby (or toddler if no baby is readily available), pretend to take them on a walk, and watch them cuddle and love their new little stroller blanket. 
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Then quickly take it away before they get something on it and you can no longer gift it to someone else in good conscience.
I hope to have a rocket pattern and a flower pattern up soon to go along with this.  I had a flower pattern all ready to go, but once I started cutting it out, found out it wasn’t quite right.  But I’ll let you know when they are ready for downloading.
ETA 5/12: They're ready!  Flower and Rocket here.

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You Told Me: 4/8/10 Lisa Marie, "I will just add one helpful suggestion to your tute:
DO NOT PRESS CUDDLE BUMPS! You will press the bumps right out of it."


Lisa Marie said...

That is way too stinkin' cute!!!
That baby fleecey stuff is Minky. And actually, the bumpy one? It's called Cuddle Bumps. But it's still Minky. :o)
I will just add one helpful suggestion to your tute:
DO NOT PRESS CUDDLE BUMPS! You will press the bumps right out of it.

Angie@treasures for tots said...

Adorable! Thank you for the pattern and tutorial - I think my sister would like one for her baby (she's due in November)!

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

VERY cute!

Christie said...

How adorable. It turned out great! I'm excited to see the flower one!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for linking up with What are little boys made of?


Lori said...

Very sweet!

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party!

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Hi, I just came across your blog & love it! The bear blanket is so cute!

I host a party called Tot Tuesdays every week & would love it if you would link up your great ideas for tots. I’m also hosting Yummy Mummy Week May 9th-16th. I hope you’ll stop by:

Have a great week!

Mina said...

What a great tutorial, thank you! It turned out so cute!!!

Bobbie said...

That is so cute! thanks for linking up to check me out saturday

Alissa said...

totally cute. love.

Jenn said...

Found your post on Delicious Ambiguity. This is so precious! I love the spin on a typical blanky!

Delia said...

Very original and easy to do! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

I am hosting my first giveaway which ends on Tuesday. I hope you’ll stop by. Have a great week! ☺

Yycien said...

One of the perfect baby gifts that I found over the net! This blanket looks so cute and so fun to make! I will make some! Thanks for the great tutorial :)

Krystal Schmidt said...

I just found this blanket on Pinterest and absolutely love it!!! My sister is doing an elephant theme for her baby - any plans to make an elephant pattern? :) Either way, love your website!

Sabra said...

An elephant one would be so cute, Krystal. But nope, not in the works for me. If you do one, I'd love to see it!

David bone said...

wow great i have read many articles about this topic and everytime i learn something new i dont think it will ever stop always new info , Thanks for all of your hard work! personalised teddy bear


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