I thought this would make such a cute gift for a new baby. I've never had one for any of my babies, (and wouldn't you know it I'm having a boy so this cute girly one won't work) but I've heard babies just love them. Both are easy and quick to make. Ribbon blanket measures approx. 18 1/2" square, block is about 4" square.
6 squares from Hushabye charm pack by Tula Pink.
6 Five inch squares of thin batting (I used Warm and Natural).
12 pieces of different ribbons cut into 5"-6" pieces.
Your favorite fiber fill or stuffing to fill the finished block.
16 squares from Hushabye Charm pack by Tula Pink.
1 - 20" piece of thin batting (I used Warm and Natural).
1 - 20" coordinating piece of minky fabric.
12 - 16 pieces of different ribbon, cut into 5" - 6" pieces.
Step One -
Pick 6 - 5" square pieces from your Hushabye charm pack.
Cut 6 - 5" squares from batting
Cut 12 ribbons into 5" - 6" pieces.
Step 2 - Layer pieces for sewing. Layer batting, fabric, ribbon pinned in the center, fabric (right sides facing together on fabric pieces), batting and pin.
Step 3 - Measure in 1/2" on all corners of batting and make a mark. This will need to be done to all pieces of batting.
Step 4 - Starting on the side of the fabric stack that you pinned, start sewing at the 1/2" mark using a 1/2" seam allowance. Sew until you get to the next 1/2" mark on the same side.
Step 5 - Follow steps 2 through five until you have sewn four 5" squares together with the ribbon pinned in the middle.
Step 5 - Sew the 1st and 4th squares together. Below is how it should look when this is done.
Step 6 - Pin ribbon onto top and bottom of block. Four on the top and four on the bottom.
Step 7 - Open top left corner at the 1/2 mark and pin on 5" fabric piece and 5" piece of batting. Next do the same at the top right corner, also pin again where the ribbon is.
Sew across the top starting and stopping at the 1/2" marks. Next, pin the bottom the same way and sew, and then repeat process on the sides.
It should look similar to this on the corners. Repeat step 7 for the bottom of the block. Be sure to leave a 3" opening on one of the seams on the bottom so that you can turn the block right side out. Use your favorite type of stuffing and fill block, then hand stitch the opening on the bottom closed.
Step 1 - Pick 16 of your favorite squares from your charm pack and lay them out how you want them to look.
Step 2 - Sew together one strip at a time, then sew strips together pining at the seams.
Step 3 - Once all blocks are sewn together start pining the ribbon on the out side of the block in the center. On the corners I only used one ribbon, but it would look cute with two also.
Step 4 - Cut your minky fabric and batting to match the size of the top of your blanket. Place right sides of minky fabric and the top of your ribbon blanket together pinning on the seams. Sew around entire blanket leaving about a 4 - 5" opening on one of the sides so you can turn it right side out.
Step 5 - Using one of your favorite stitches on your machine sew around the entire ribbon blanket, using about 1/2" seam allowance. I'm not sure I would choose the stitch I used again. You really have to pull the fabric through the machine, and it was hard to make this stitch look uniform.
And ta da, your finished.
A very cute ribbon blanket and ribbon block for your very favorite baby. If you'd like to make one of these for yourself, be sure and come visit my blog. I'm having a giveaway for a free Hushabye Charm pack and enough ribbon and batting to make your very own block or. I think I'll throw in another surprise charm pack as well. I also have another fun Halloween giveaway going on right now you'll have to check out.