I’m sure I’m not the only one that has developed a mountain of fabric scraps from sewing projects… and in some cases, non-sewing projects. I save all my scraps… almost to the tiniest piece. They’ve often times come in handy as patches for the girls’ pants… or if long enough, acted as ribbons for gifts… or they’ve come in handy for fabric flowers. However, these little projects here and there have barely made a dent in my scrap stash. So how do I start making a dent in it [and without just getting rid of it, which I have attempted to do but I couldn't bring myself to let go]? This is what I came up with….
A baby blanket! Rag quilt to be exact.
A very dear friend of mine had a baby boy almost two months ago, and my favorite gift to give is a handmade blanket. At first, I had planned to go fabric hunting, but with all the fabric that I have in my very own fabric shop (that’s what the hubby calls it!), I had to have something already on hand that would be suitable for a baby boy. And I did… but nothing that I thought was suiting to my friend’s personality. I do like to gift a blanket that I know mama will like. After some contemplating, the light bulb went off and I started digging through my scrap stash!
I pulled out all the scraps that were suitable for a baby boy.
I had made a few blankets out of jungle animal printed fabrics (the two long strips on the left were used in my very first baby blankets three years ago!), so I gathered all the scraps from those fabrics… along with accent fabric scraps that I thought went well with those animal fabric scraps. I played around with the lay out until I was happy with it.
Along with the fabric scraps, I had a whole bunch of left over cuddly minky fabric pieces in soft yellow that were way to small to make a full blanket or even half a blanket. From there, I decided to make a rag quilt which would allow me to use those pieces! I wasn’t exactly sure if the cuddly fabric would work for a rag quilt, but it was worth the experimentation.
And experimentation was a success! Sandwiched between the front and back sides is flannel fabric that I had left over from a previous baby blanket. Like the title says.. it’s all scraps!
I loved the outcome and so did mama! She told me that this is definitely going to be baby’s favorite blanky… I sure do hope so!!
I did have another very dear friend that also had a baby boy around the same time…
Vintage was the route I took for this mama. I made her a rag quilt using the two vintage fabrics I used for this rag quilt HERE, but used a different contrasting fabric and a flannel fabric for the back side. This mama loved her blanket too!
Other than making blankets for gifts, I did receive a couple blanket orders as well…
I hope these two mama’s enjoyed their gifts!
I’m not done just yet with baby blankets… I still have a couple of more to make… boys too! It must be boy season!
Before I let you go, I have one more thing to share…
In case you missed my Facebook announcement…
I have a new look for my Etsy shop… let me know what you all think! And I’ve added new items to the shop with more to come!
1. Roses are Red Vintage Handkerchief Pillow 2. Vintage Handkerchiefs Pillow
Both pillows are made with vintage handkerchiefs. However, the Roses are Red pillow holds a special meaning to my dear friend Veronica from whom I inherited the handkerchief’s used in that pillow. Those two handkerchief’s belonged to her grandmother. She asked me to share the following with my readers:
My grandmother was the kindest woman even when she had Alzheimer’s. The handkerchiefs are particularly special because when she was sick she would sit with one in her lap and just hold it, it was very endearing. I am so grateful to see them used that way… she truly was a beautiful person.
Thank you Veronica. It’s an honor to have been able to make your grandmother’s handkerchiefs a part of Ode to Inspiration’s creations. I truly hope they find their way into a very special home as they came from one. :)
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I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!