Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How To Make Baby Blankets

By Clifford Gill

It is very easy to make baby blankets for different uses. You can save money or create a wonderful and personal gift for a baby shower or to welcome your own new baby home.

How To Sew A Baby Blanket

When using flannel or fleece to make your baby blanket, all you need to do is cut and hem. 40 to 50 inches across, with about a yard of fabric used would be ideal for a baby's blanket.

A good way to put a personal touch on the blanket's design is to embroider a design or the name of the baby. There are a lot of embroidered patches available if you don't happen to be too skilled in this department.

To provide added warmth for the baby, place one layer of cotton batting in between both layers of the blanket, may they both be flannel, or one flannel and one cotton.

You Can Also Crochet Baby Blankets

Let us assume you are familiar with the basics of crochet - you can start creating the blanket with a chain equal to the blanket's width, then move on to double crochet stitching. It's your call whether you want to do this with just one color, or if you wish to form multi colored stripes in one way or another. After finishing the full sized blanket, then you can work around the edges, making three chains in each of the four corners for a clean-looking trim.

Another thing you could do is to crochet squares of different colors, using about three to five rows, then fuse them together. Utilize the concept of contrasting colors by using about two or so pastel colors in the mix.

You can also think outside the box and follow a specific pattern for an amusingly different design. Check before you start that you understand all the stitches that are used in the pattern. There is usually one stitch that serves as an "X-factor", ensuring the success of the pattern, so you have to make sure you know how to sew this before anything else.

A hand knitted baby blanket can be an alternative to crochet. Don't use knit and purl stitching - only plain - and if you wish to make a solid blanket, use moss stitch techniques to get the job done, alternating plain and purl stitching. Likewise, it is still possible to create a whole blanket in solid or striped design, or to sew colored squares on separately.

Using the method of joining individual squares, you can even make the blanket grow along with the baby by adding more squares as the child gets bigger.

It is important to choose your yarn carefully. It has to be something conducive to a baby's skin. For a baby with very sensitive skin you may want to use 100% cotton instead of wool or synthetics which can make a baby itchy.

A beautifully constructed baby blanket could turn out to be something valuable for both baby and parents.

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