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How to make a simple crawling blanket

You may remember last year I attended the Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally where I picked up some lovely fabric to make a crawling blanket for my second child. I didn’t know if the bump would be a boy or girl so I tried to pick neutral fabrics.

crawling blanket

I couldn’t resist london scene by etsuko furuya which literally leaped at me as I passed a stand selling fabric. As well as the main fabric I bought a lime fabric to back the blanket and purple to bind it together.

The fabric is gorgeous! It features well-known London landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, a London bus, Tower Bridge and London taxis.

The crawling blanket was a really simple project to put together.  I cut the front and back fabric to the same size and pinned them either side of some light weight batting from John Lewis. I then basted them together to make sure they didn’t slip when I machine sewed them. I then sewed through the three layers around each length, about 0.5 cm from the edge.

I then made my own binding and sewed it on by hand. To make sure the three layer stayed together I did a simple running stitch using green embroidery thread through the patches of green dots on the fabric.

I’m really surprised how much we use this blanket. It lives in the lounge and at first I just liked looking at it (it’s not often I buy supplies and finish a project!). However we use it every day, we sit on it on the floor, play lego on it, snuggle under it when we watch a dvd and Little Sis spends a lot of time snoozing on it – but she’s allowed as I made it just for her. I hope she loves it and keeps it for a long time.


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    May 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    lovely fabric and a great idea for a sewing project, I can see why it has a firm place in your household

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    May 14, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Lovely mat – so handy too and lots of lovely colours for baby to look at in the fabric – Mich x

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    May 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Lovely fabric and so useful. I think this will be a firm favourite for years to come – picnics in the garden, snuggling up with a book, etc. I made something similar when my kids were babies and we still have it x

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    Tickled Pink
    May 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Lovely fabric and I’m sure that it will be treasured for years to come.

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    May 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Wonderful! I bet it will be passed down. I just had my first grandchild and in going through my own children’s things I did find a knitted blanket my mother made to send to them. It is very special for them to have things they themselves used to use for their own children! Especially if made with love by a family member. 🙂

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    Butterfly Blossom
    May 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I know what you mean about buying materials and not always using them – I have so much that I have never used and still continue to buy 🙂 Love the design of this fabric though and can definitely see why you used it straight away! X

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    May 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    great idea-I love the fabric you’ve used.

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    May 15, 2012 at 7:31 am

    looks great, love the fabric too! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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