Sunday, August 20, 2017

Baby Lovey

Making a baby blanket leaves me with some odd scraps that certainly aren't big enough for another blanket. Fortunately, these furry Minky pieces don't have to go to waste. It's pretty quick to transform them into a lovey.
First, cut two pieces of material the same size. Since Minky sheds like crazy, I use a pinking blade on my rotary cutter to minimize the flying fluff. Cut pieces of ribbon 5" and fold them in half with the decoration showing. At this point, stitch the ribbons closed if you are concerned about them being a safety hazard. Pin these evenly spaced along the sides of the right side (side with the pattern that you want to see) of one of the fabrics, with their raw edges matched up to the raw edge of the fabric. Align the other piece of material on top, right sides together, and pin.
Sew around the edge, leaving a 3" gap in the middle of a side in a spot without a ribbon, using a 1/2" seam allowance. Then reinforce the corners by stitching a diagonal line just outside the originally sewn line.
Trim the corners without cutting past the line of stitching.
Flip so the right sides are facing outward, one corner at a time. Pin the hole shut, and topstitch 1/2" from the edge.
Tada! You're done!
As for some additional options, you can add crinkle material. Just place it on top of the wrong side of one of the squares before sewing.
Another idea is to place a link for attaching a toy inside the ribbon before folding it over.
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  1. Very cute Afton. That fabric is also darling. I may be ignorant, but what is a baby lovey?

  2. And what are the ribbons for?

  3. Perfect solutions. A pinking blade for a rotary cutter is rather magical with minky.

  4. Clever thing to do. I think this is the best lovey I've seen. Worst lovey ever was the kid who carried around his mother's slip.