My youngest son’s baby blanket has been in sad, sad shape for the past 6 months or so. You really can’t blame the blanket for losing its good looks when honestly, the poor blanket is about 16 years old. Yes, it is. I bought this Laura Ashley baby blanket for my oldest son just before he was born. No one has loved the blanket as much as my youngest son has. He calls it his soldier blanket because of the soldiers pictured on it from the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme.
Since I couldn’t just throw out a blanket that had served so long and so well, I decided to put a new cover on it with the blessing, of course, of my youngest son. He loved the idea of having his old baby blanket as the heart of the new one.
After an unsuccessful search online for “soldier” fabric, my 3 year old and I went over to JoAnn Fabrics last week to see what they had in the nursery fabric. We lucked out when we found the nursery fabric was on sale for 30% off. A little bit of searching and we found a cute fabric with the required fire engines, airplanes, and cars. I forgot to measure the blanket before going, and just guessed that we would need 2 yards of material. Total cost was $14.82.
To make the new cover, I folded the washed fabric in half and sewed a 5/8 inch seam around 3 sides and partially on the 4th side, leaving a small hole. Next, I fed the old blanket into the hole, smoothed it down and pinned the blanket in place. Then, I somewhat gracefully hand sewed the hole closed.
To prevent the old blanket from sliding inside the new cover, I sewed 3 lines across the new blanket. It was a bit rough because the stuffing shifted a bit, but I managed. I think I may go back and sew some more lines across the blanket just to make sure nothing shifts in the wash.
My 3 year old is thrilled to have his new/old blanket, and he keeps telling everyone his old blanket is inside. Me, I’m happy to rescue such a treasure.
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