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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sewing For Baby: Lightweight Knit Swaddle Blanket

Here's another sewing project for baby.  This one was extremely quick, and easy.  I don't know if you've ever seen the Aden and Anais swaddle blankets, but they are super soft and lightweight gauze material.  My sister received some at her last baby shower, and uses them all of the time when nursing.  They are light enough that the baby gets plenty of fresh air when snuggled up close to mama.  While I'd love some myself, they aren't in the budget at the moment.  Fortunately, I came up with an alternative.  I've had this extremely thin and light knit fabric in my stash for some time now.  I've used it in the past for baby tights, but hadn't found a suitable project for the remaining fabric that I had on hand. When sorting through my stash a few weeks back I realized that this would be the perfect material for a lightweight blanket.

 I cut a 42" square piece of material.  Set my serger settings for a scarf edge finish, and serged all four sides.  It was honestly such a fast project, and I can't wait to wrap my baby up in it.

The scarf edge finish is almost like a rolled hem, and it created a nice lettuce leaf effect on the lightweight knit.

When I purchased the fabric I found it for a dollar a yard, so this blanket cost me a little over a dollar to make. Huge savings compared to the Aden and Anais blankets-Woohoo! Now I'll go spend the savings on a box of diapers...urgggg.

I thought that I'd show you a quick pick of the finished nursery area.  It is part of our bedroom that sits in our basement.  We are fortunate to have a daylight window, along with a dividing wall.  The wall that the crib is up against separates our bed from his. We have just enough privacy, but I won't have to run upstairs for those mid-night feedings.


Emily said...

What a great blanket! Love the nursery. :)

Erin said...

you did a great job on the blanket. it's such a great feeling to make something yourself and save bunches of money!

the nursery looks great. how nice for you that you have a separate but close space. now you just need the baby! :)

The Marshall's said...

Mr. Miles has such a cute nursery! The blanket is really cute! Every time I've sewn knit, it never turns out right.....
We are for sure coming in Oct!!!!!!!! Cannot wait to see all y'all

Cristina said...

Tricia: The blanket and all the decor of the nursery is beautiful! You are so talented!

Unknown said...

An awesome blanket for a buck?? Doubly awesome. And the nursery area looks great!