Gift Inspiration Day Fifteen: Minky Cuddle Blanket

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Today marks the half-way point in our Thirty Days of Gift Giving Inspiration.  I hope that you’ve seen at least one thing so far that is perfect for someone on your holiday gift list.  We have fifteen more ideas coming your way!

Do you have an expectant mother or a baby on your holiday gift list?  Today’s gift idea is our Minky Cuddle Blanket.  It is made with just 1 1/8 yd of double-sided minky and binding…so easy!

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Minky is 60″ wide, so we chose to cut 10″ off the width of the blanket, resulting in a 40.5″ by 50″ blanket.  You need 1/2 yard to make the bias binding.  Round the corners of the minky, sew on the binding, and you’re finished!

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A couple of the ladies at Quilt Expressions have a favorite pattern they use when making baby blankets and wanted to share them with you.

The grey minky quilt on the left is made with two coordinating 1.25 yard cuts of minky and six yards of our large ric rac.  Round the corners on one piece of the minky (animal print in our sample) and baste the ric rac around the edge of the minky.  Lay the remaining piece of minky (polka dot in our sample) right side up on your work surface.  Lay the animal print minky with the ric rac attached right side down on top of the polka dot minky.  Pin well.  Sew 1/2″ seam around all sides, leaving a large opening on one side for turning.  Before turning, round the polka dot minky corners, cutting just outside the seam you just made.  Turn and topstitch.

The giraffe receiving blanket in the middle is made with flannel, using our Self-Binding Receiving Blanket pattern.  The pattern is free with purchase both in-store and on-line.

The pastel giraffe/elephant blanket on the right is also made with flannel.  It uses (2) 1 1/8 yard cuts of coordinating flannel.  Round the corners on one piece of flannel.  Lay your second piece of flannel right side up on your work surface.  Lay the piece with the rounded edges right side down on top, matching your raw edges on all sides.  Pin well.  Sew with a 1/2″ seam on all four sides, leaving 6″ open on one side for turning.  Before turning, round the corners on the second piece of flannel.  Turn, press and topstitch.

There you go….four fast and easy baby blanket ideas that result in something soft and cuddly for the new little one to enjoy.

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