Felt Lettered Baby Blanket (tutorial)

by ilene on November 8, 2011 · 2 comments

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I made this blanket for baby Luke, the second son of some dear friends of mine. One of the first baby blankets I ever made a few years ago was for their first born son, Seth, so I had to make something for their second child as well. I feel bad for second babies who may get overlooked!  I’m all about customizing items with the baby’s name on it so its helpful that Luke’s parents already had his name chosen early on before his birth.  For Seth’s blanket, I purchased iron-on letters from Michaels but for this blanket, I just cut out the letters from regular felt. It’s cheaper and I have more control over the color, font and size of the letters.  Felt also doesn’t fray so its great for cutting and appliques.  (I use felt all the time to customize shirts and pillows.) This is an easy way to customize things if you don’t have a silhouette machine or don’t want to use iron-on letters. The downside with this technique is that the blanket can’t be put in the dryer or the felt will shrink up and pucker the fabric.

For the front side of the blanket, I used a light blue soft minky.  I love the soft minky for kids, I used it before of this baby blanket I made for baby Calhoun.  Recognize the blue animal print backing?  It’s leftover cotton flannel from these pajama pants I made for Jeff’s sister and her fiance:

To make the felt letters, I first printed out the letters exactly to the size that I want on my inkjet printer to create a template. You’ll save yourself from a lot of frustration if you pick a blocky, heavy font. I used Arial Bold:

Cut out the letters from the paper, trace each letter onto the felt and then cut out of felt:

Position in place on the blanket and pin:

Slowly sew all around the circumference of each letter (Sew the letters onto the fabric before sewing the rest of the blanket together):

Sew the rest of the blanket together and you’re done!!

This is an easy, cheap way to customize anything!

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1 Kelli November 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Hi, Ilene! Love your blog and this adorable blanket! Do you have a tutorial on how to make the blanket itself? Thanks!!

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2 ilene November 14, 2011 at 12:43 am

Hi Kelli! That’s a great idea! I need to make another baby blanket so I’ll post a tutorial on how to make one soon. It’s pretty basic though, thats why I didnt do a full tutorial on it. Basically, all I did was put two rectangular pieces of fabric right sides together and sew all around the perimeter, leaving a 6″ gap to turn the blanket right side out. once I’ve turned the blanket right side out, I top stitched a half inch all around the perimeter again. thats it!

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