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DIY Minky Taggie Blanket Tutorial

Today I have another baby blanket tutorial for you! This one is much faster to make than my colorblock crochet blanket and is equally cuddly. Minky fabric is so soft and perfect for baby blankets. This blanket also features ribbon “taggies” on the sides to entertain baby. Best of all, the blanket can be washed and dried over and over. I made this blanket for my niece in a vibrant pink and orange floral pattern on the front with coordinating ivory minky on the back, but there are millions of amazing patterned cotton fabrics you could use to make your own. Read on for the full tutorial.

Supplies

To make this exact blanket (finished size: 26″ x 33″) you will need:

How To:

Step 1 // Wash and dry your cotton and minky fabric. One may shrink more than the other, so if you skip this step, you may end up with a wonky blanket after washing.

Step 2 // Press your cotton fabric. This is important to for getting a straight cut.

Step 3 // Square and fold your cotton fabric and then, using a cutting mat, ruler and rotary blade, measure and cut a piece 27″ x 34″. (This allows for 1/2″ seam allowance, adjust size as needed for different blanket size). Pay attention to the direction of the pattern, if there is one. For example, I wanted the long stems of my floral pattern to run parallel to the long dimension of the blanket.

Step 4 // Lay your minky fabric face up on a hard surface, such as a counter or table. Note the grain on the minky and lay your cut cotton face down on top. Smooth and pin the cotton to the minky starting at the middle and then along the edges.

Step 5 // Using fabric scissors, cut the minky along the edge of the cotton.

Step 6 // Trace a radius (I used the ribbon packaging) at each corner and trim both pieces of fabric.

Step 7 // You want to leave an opening a few inches wide on one side to turn the blanket right side out. Pick an edge and double pin at each side of your opening so you know when to stop sewing.

Step 8 // Cut your ribbon into pieces 3-5 inches long. I added three ribbons at each side of each corner, so 24 total.

Step 9 // Flip your pinned blanket over and unpin at your first corner. Fold back the minky. Fold each piece of ribbon in half, right side out, and pin to your cotton, lining up the edges. Fold back the minky and repin it to the cotton. Repeat on all four corners.

Step 10 // Starting at your double pin, backstitch and sew all the way around the blanket to the other double pin using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Remove from machine and trim the fabric to 1/4″ at each corner. Turn the blanket right side out.

Step 11 // Press the cotton side of the blanket to create a sharper edge at the seam. Then, lay on a flat surface and pin the two blanket layers together all around the edge and in the center. Take special care when pinning at the opening.

Step 12 // Top stitch about 1/4″ around the edge of the blanket. This will also close the opening where you turned the blanket. Leave the pins in the center of the blanket.

Step 13 // Lay the blanket on a flat surface and mark a line from the middle of the long side across the blanket. Then mark two more lines at the halfway point of each created half. You should have three lines that cut the blanket in quarters. Sew down these lines to hold the minky fabric in place. Remove all pins.

Step 14 // Admire your work!

All images and execution by Kate Myhre

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DIY Modern, Colorblock Granny Square Baby Blanket Pattern

Crochet and modern are not necessarily two words you associate with each other. However, this colorblock granny square blank modernizes crochet with bold colors and a simple, geometric design. I based my pattern off of Purl Bee’s Rainbow Blanket; using their basic idea with a different inside square pattern and an added outer blanket border. I selected a mix of purples and pinks to create a blanket for our baby girl, but this  blanket would look wonderful in any number of color combinations! Keep reading for the pattern.

Supplies

To make this exact blanket (finished size: 33″ x 38″) you will need:

You can feel free to substitute a different DK weight yarn, just be sure it is washable!

PATTERN

GRANNY SQUARES

GAUGE // 5 double crochet = 1″

FINISHED SIZE WITH BORDER // 4.75″ x 4.75″

INSIDE SQUARES

Round 1 // All stitches made in magic circle. Chain 3, 2 double crochet, *chain 3, 3 double crochet*, repeat two more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 2 // Chain 3, skip stitch and double crochet in next stitch. *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet, skip stitch, double crochet*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 3 // Chain 3, double crochet in next 3 stitches, *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet in next 3 stitches, chain 1, double crochet in next 3 stitches*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 4 // Chain 3, double crochet in next 5 stitches, *In corner, 2 double crochet, chain 3, 2 double crochet, double crochet in next 5 stitches, chain 1, double crochet in next 5 stitches*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

OUTER SQUARE BORDERS

Round 1 // Join border color in corner space. Chain 3, double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet in corner space. *Double crochet in each stitch to next corner (15 dc), 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet in corner*, repeat two more times and join to first chain with slip stitch

Round 2 // Chain 3, double crochet, *5 double crochet in corner, double crochet in each stitch to next corner (19 dc)*, repeat three more times and join to first chain with slip stitch. Cut yarn and pull through stitch.

Create 14 squares of each color for a total of 56 squares.

JOINING SQUARES + OUTER BORDER

I assembled my squares with two rows of each color, seven squares in each row. This makes a blanket that is seven by eight squares. Join squares by sewing them together with a darning needle and whip stitch. Catch both of the top chains in whip stitch for solid, flat appearance. The hardest part of this is properly aligning all the squares. Take your time on the first few!

OUTER BLANKET BORDER

FINISHED BLANKET SIZE // 33″ x 38″

Round 1 // Join yarn at corner. Chain 3, 4 double crochet in same stitch. *Double crochet in each stitch to next corner, 5 double crochet in third of five corner stitches*, repeat two more times and join with slip stitch

Round 2 // Chain 3, double crochet in next stitch, 5 double crochet in next stitch. *Double crochet in each stitch to next corner, 5 double crochet in third of five corner stitches*, repeat two more times and join with slip stitch. Cut yarn and pull through. Weave in ends with darning needle.

Block your work and admire!

All images and execution by Kate Myhre

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A Few of My Favorite Modern Nurseries

Although Kevin and I currently live in a two bedroom apartment, we have decided not to convert my current office/guest bedroom into a nursery. The plan is to have our baby girl sleep in a bassinet next to our bed for the first few months, after which we plan to move and create a nursery. I would very much like to be decorating a nursery now, as I think having a room prepared would make her arrival seem more “real”. For now I will have to stick to swooning over gorgeous modern nurseries on the internet. Below are a few of my current favorites!

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#1: Gray and white nursery via Nursery Notations
#2: Sienna’s nursery via Green Wedding Shoes
#3: Baby elephant nursery via The Animal Print Shop
#4: Navy nursery via At Home At Home
#5: Red and pink nursery via Houzz
#6: Victor’s modern nursery via Houzz
#7: Chalkboard wall nursery via Houzz
#8: Clipper Street nursery via Houzz