Thursday, September 25, 2014

Activity Baby Blankets

I went to a baby shower recently and decided to make some fun activity blankets for the two new little boys.
I used simple solid fleece for the background, and then added fun embellishments from my fabric stash.  Three fun toys completed the ensemble.  I did two different themes:

The sea theme blanket had a ribbon jellyfish sewn on, a treasure chest (with brown "leather" scraps and gold glitter felt), an oyster with a pearl (tan felt, pink and white satin scraps), a sewn on clownfish, and clear vinyl bubbles filled with sequins (I machine stitched around the vinyl twice to make sure it was very, very secure).  The toys are a fish with a jingle bell inside, a turtle with a squeaker inside, and a starfish with a shaker inside.  They can be removed with the rings to attach to a carseat or stroller.

Close up of fish and bubbles

The second blanket is space themed:

There is a ribbon shooting star sewn onto the page, silver glitter felt stars, plain yellow felt stars, and clear vinyl stars with sequins inside.  The toys are a spaceship with a squeaker inside, an astronaut with a jingle bell inside, and an alien with a shaker inside.  Again, they are obviously removable for more versatile use.

Close up of astronaut, glitter star, and vinyl star.  I used black glitter felt for the astronaut's face.

Close up of the spaceship.

This was a simple and easy baby gift to put together but it is REALLY useful and fun to play with.  The different textures, colors, and noises are perfect for a baby or young toddler.  Hopefully it has inspired you to make your own!