Easy, Warm DIY: Monogrammed Baby Blanket

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Cool weather is creeping up on us, and I’m really looking forward to it. I grew up in the Caribbean where it’s hot all the time, and I USED to prefer the heat. However, the Georgia humidity is just too much for me some days, and I hate being hot while I sleep at night.

With fall and winter approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about giving birth in January, when it will be downright cold. I’ve also been trying to prepare for the baby in small ways however I can. So when Walmart gave me the opportunity to do a craft or DIY project for the fall, I wanted to make something for my new little lady. In honor of the cooler weather, I made her a super simple, plush monogrammed blanket like the ones here. I started with this tutorial from Love This Crazy Life and worked from there.

You’ll Need

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  • 1 1/4 yards plush fabric
  • 1 3/4 yards basic cotton fabric
  • Fat quarter of coordinating or contrasting fabric
  • Heat -n- Bond iron-on adhesive
  • Outline of the letter of your choosing

A quick note: Keep an eye on the type of fabric you’re buying. I always prefer organic cotton fabrics, but they’re difficult to find in person, at Walmart and elsewhere, so I usually have to order them online. Still, when buying fabric in person, I always try to go with 100% cotton. Not perfect, but definitely better than polyester. Many plush fabrics are made of polyester, so be careful to find one that is made of cotton, or at least a cotton blend, to make it less toxic for baby.

Lay the plush fabric and cotton right sides together. It’s a good idea to put the plush fabric on top, because it will require a bit of smoothing to get it straight. There also will be some areas where one fabric may be wider or longer than the other, so pin them together and trim any excess.

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Sew the fabric together with a 1″ seam allowance, leaving about a 6-inch gap unsewn on one side. This gap is very important, as you will use it to flip the blanket back over to the right side. Back stitch around that opening. Once sewn, trim your corners, which will make them lay flat when flipped.

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Use the gap you left open to flip the blanket right-sides-out. You should have something that almost looks like a blanket, with one plush side and one flat side.

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Fold the unfinished fabric around the hole in on itself and pin it closed.

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Topstitch around all four sides of the blanket with about a 1/2″ seam allowance, being sure to properly close the gap. You may want to pin the blanket all the way around before you do this. I didn’t, and wish I had. Because we’re working with two very different types of fabric, there was some shift as I was sewing where the plush fabric bunched a bit. Not a huge deal, but pinning before you topstitch will create a cleaner look.

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Now for the monogram.

I started by printing a large “J” onto cardstock. It was quite the challenge to find one that actually looked like a J when standing alone. There were SO many that looked like Ts or Is. Anyway, cut out your stencil. Then cut a piece of Heat ‘n Bond that’s large enough to fit the letter. Iron the Heat ‘n Bond onto a piece of fabric according to the instructions on the package.

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You’ll end up with what feels like a really stiff piece of fabric.

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Pin your letter stencil to the bonded fabric, and cut out your letter.

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Then simply peel the paper backing, and iron it onto the middle of your blanket. Et voila! You’re done!

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I wasn’t super precise with my measuring when I placed the J, so it’s a little off center. Not really a big deal, but you may want to measure more carefully if you want it perfectly centered.

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Still, I love this blanket, and I love the idea that I’ll bring my baby home from the hospital protected from the cold January chill by a warm, cozy blanket that I made myself.

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Also, rolled and tied with a bow, it makes a pretty sweet gift presentation. I’m seriously thinking of making a couple more for a few other pregnant mamas who are also due this fall and winter!

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

3 comments

  1. This blanket is so pretty and looks so cozy! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. It is easily explain to where I think I may be able to follow. I am not a sewer but I sure would love to try.

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