Well, I think nesting has begun and when I say nesting, I mean freaking out. I came to realization that this kid is coming and I need to get a move on. I may or may not have had a small meltdown over the weekend about getting things together because I had a sudden epiphany of all the stuff that needed to happen in a very short period of time. In this weird mad dash I realized a couple things - Number One, all of my clothes from Macie are going to be the wrong season/size for Baby No Name #2. Number Two, I have NO idea where any of my receiving blankets are. How do you lose receiving blankets?? I swear, moving has killed me. I don't know where anything is. Allen thinks they might be in the attic somewhere. Perfect.
Saturday I decided to take matters into my own hands and go to Joann's to explore making my own blankets in the event that we never find the mystery box with the blankets. I got way, way sidetracked by the sale they had going on and ended up coming home with a ton of different things (like a new cutting mat, wheeee!!) and cotton gauze fabric for some blankets.
I had seen a tutorial from Made
on making cotton gauze blankets and wanted to give it a shot. Little No Name #2 is due in April in the south, I don't think that she will appreciate being swaddled in heavy flannel blankets. Here's the thing, I have never ever sewn gauze. I had no idea how wonky it could be.
All that said, this is not a hard blanket. Basically you just cut the gauze, carefully, to the size you want. The gauze is naturally wrinkled so when I say carefully, I mean it. After you cut the fabric, all you have to do is sew up the sides. Basically you fold the edge under 1/4 inch and then fold it again 1/4 inch and stitch it up. You know that since I love my pins I pinned it, but you really don't have to. It's that easy. Sew the sides and done. If you want a real tutorial, go over to Made
because she has a much better one than I'll be able to give you.
I bought two different colors of gauze, black and white - those were the only colors that Joann's had. I did the black blanket first and then I got brave. I went into my crafting corner and got out the Rit dye. I dyed the white a fun sunshine orange. I am going to make a fun second blanket out of my newly dyed fabric but I haven't been able to yet. Don't worry, I'll make sure you all see a picture of the blanket once it's done. Maybe it will even have a cute baby in it! I have to say, blankets are much cuter when they are filled with a baby!! I think that these would make a great baby gift for you or someone having a baby in your life... hint hint.
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