Baby Blankets & Burp Cloths!
I love making these baby blankets and burp cloths. They are fairly easy if you know how to crochet and sew. In addition they make such a nice gift for newborn babies. The new flannels and fleece colors are amazing, and for me they really made a difference in how these turned out.
Crocheted Edge Fleece Blankets
This was the first time I’ve made this kind of baby blanket using fleece and crocheting the edges. It was fun experimenting with different edge patterns and yarn colors. There are a lot of edge patterns out there, and I looked at several. The one I kept going back to was Kali at The Friendly Red Fox. You can link to her for patterns or find some on pinterest.
I first do a single crochet edge all the way around. You can use one color or two, depending on the look you are going for. I wanted to incorporate both colors of the fleece into this border.
It takes a half a yard of fleece to make one blanket that measures about 38″ long by 31″ wide.
Rotary Fleece Blade
I learned about an amazing tool from The Friendly Red Fox’s tutorial that I did not know existed. A rotary fleece blade! I was familiar with rotary cutters because I have owned one for a long time. After some research on amazon and online I bought the Kay’s brand, blade only, to use with my current rotary cutter to save money. It makes perfect holes for crocheted edge projects. There are a few other options out there, and I believe you can buy one at JoAnn’s, too.
Cut the fabric the size you want it to be, then run the blade carefully along the edges. I also purchased an O’Lipfa 5-Inch-by-24-Inch Lip Edge Ruler on amazon, which helps me keep a straight line when I’m running the rotary. And of course you will need a fairly good-sized cutting mat.
Padded Flannel Burp Cloths
I’ve been making these for several years. I first saw the idea at Homemade by Jill. The first ones I made, about 8 years ago, were like hers with the cut and frayed edges. It turned out to be a lot of work cutting the edges, and it made a bit of a mess going through the washer and drier. However, both my daughters loved them for their newborns and requested more when they had another baby. This picture shows two of those original burp cloths.
I like to do things quick and easy. I’m not picky about if they are perfect, as long as they look & feel good, and are functional. And–I own a surger! So the next time I made these I simply surged around the edge. It’s nothing fancy, but they look good to me, and they are burp cloths after all!
Warm & Natural Batting
This batting is ideal for these burp cloths. It pads them at just the right thickness and gives them substance without being bulky. And it adds extra absorbency. Furthermore, repeated washing’s make these even softer. The Warm & Natural batting is around $9-$10 a yard, but it’s very wide so you get a lot for your money. Watch for coupons (like 50-60% off of one cut coupon) for a great deal.
To cut I stack my 3 layers of fabric in the order in which they’ll be sewn. I then lay the pattern down and cut, which is time-saving. Next I fold them in half and use a pin to mark my half fold at each side, and then I sew down the middle. You could draw a line with an invisible fabric marker if you are worried about sewing a straight line.
I get about 8 burp cloths out of 2 yards of flannel.
Last of all I surge around the edges, just trying to round them out as best as I can.
I use matching but contrasting fabrics on both sides. When purchasing the fabric I chose the flannel to match the fleece.
Baby blankets & burp cloths are so pretty, no wrapping is even necessary.
Crocheted Elephant Border
I adore this elephant border, especially for the elephant fleece. It is a free pattern by Laura Hickman at Baking Outside the Box. You have to sign up to access the pattern. You can also get it on Raverly if you have an account with them.
Or, you can go to this link and watch her video tutorial, no sign up necessary.
At first glance you would not know they are elephants, like the rolled up pink blanket above, but once you know they are elephants it’s pretty clear. My first blanket with the elephants I used a yarn that was too soft so they didn’t stand up as well (photo below). Laura used Simply Soft by Caron 4-ply yarn. You can see how she prepares her fleece at her guest post on Fleece Fun.
The elephants stand out much better when doing your foundation row in a different color, as you can see the difference between the blue blanket and the pink blanket.
A fleece blanket with a matching baby hat makes a super sweet gift, too.
Breaking down the cost on the materials for baby blankets & burp cloths I spent to make 1 blanket with 4 burp cloths is about $4.50 to $5.00. So it is a really nice gift at a great price!
This is a flannel blanket I did with cotton crochet thread and a smaller crochet hook. I did not use the rotary edge blade on this because the fabric is thinner and the smaller crochet hook goes easily through the fabric.