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18 February 2010

How To Make a Baby Sensory Blanket


At first glance I thought, "What the heck?!" but my baby fondled one of these puppies endlessly while nursing. It was actually really neat to watch her link her tiny fingers in and out of the loops. Bonus: they use up colorful scraps and make neat baby gifts.

You can make these any size. Cut two squares of fabric in equal sizes. This one is sherpa fleece. See my scathing review of minky fabrics below.

Gather a bunch of scrap ribbon, cording, yarn, etc and cut into 2 - 4 inch sections. Tie knots in a few for further exploration. Pin them all to the good side of one square with the looped ends facing inward.

Stitch around the outer edge. You'll be securing the ribbons in place three times by the end of this. Safety counts!

With right sides together, pin your second piece over top. Stitch the outer edge leaving room to turn it inside out.

Turn your toy right side out and close up the opening. Topstitch all the way around the outer edge. You've now secured your ribbons three times for safety. I was looking for small natural wood circles to add to my ribbons, but couldn't come across any that hadn't been chemical treated.
I also think a zipper would be fun for an older child to explore. On the toy below, I've mixed up fabrics and quilted the whole thing.


Those #*&#^$~ minky knit fabrics drove me nuts. Great sensory fabric, but they slip under the sewing machine's feed dogs. I have a couple of rejects here where the toy is not 100% square - they're free for the asking for the first two people who ask for them below. (Psst - these are more toys than blankets, about 9 inches square). Don't you love scrappy crafts?

15 comments:

Alyssa said...

My 6 month old daughter would still love it!!
Thanks for the tut - making the trek to Bismarck this weekend, may have to add a couple things to my list.

mrs. olson said...

Oooh! I have been wanting to make one of these. Thanks!!

greetingarts said...

Are both of those cute "rejects" already spoken for? I'd love to give one of those to my brand new nephew, if possible. Otherwise I'll just have to drag out the sewing machine, been wanting to make one of these for months now. Thanks!

Kassie said...

Argh! Just missed getting one of those little blankets! I just discovered your blog and I think I'll bookmark it, I am always on the lookout for sewing crafts and do-it-yourselfers!

Resweater said...

I love those! I made one for my son when he was little :)

CrowNology said...

Awesome craft. My best friends son has Autism and this would be great for him. A BIG version.
:)
Andrea

Kate said...

What a great idea and I think it is actually within my sewing skills! Thanks for sharing.

Lynne said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I've wanted to make one of these for a while. I should get on it before the baby is no longer a baby! Too bad I wasn't quicker :)

carmel said...

yes! i love making crafts from scraps!
i need to make one of those for my 6 month baby
thanks!

Mimi said...

I would love to have one of those too! Thanks for the tute, well done!

PTK Designs said...

Those are so cute. Try using a piece of tissue paper between the Minky and your machine. It should help with the slipping.

Joan Kirton said...

Hi, Just popped over from Art-Felt to take a look (I joined to-day). What clever ideas here. The Grannies in my groups will love making these for their Grandbabies.
Cheers
Joan

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kbruce said...

Any ideas of what to put in the center to get that crinkly noise effect?

Fiesta said...

I am going to make one today and wondered why there is no type of stabilizer like batting in the center?