Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Baby-Blankie Thing and A New Look



My grandmother believes that all babies need something to hold. She has been known to give babies hankies and washcloths to play with. Sawyer is 3 1/2 months old, but cannot hold rattles safely yet, as they are too heavy and he bonks himself in his head.

I decided to make something that was lightweight, small, and visually stimulating. Thus, this small patchwork baby blankie was born. It was sewn from scraps of black and white polka dots and red fabric. Squares on one side; stripes on the other. It has cotton quilt batting in between the layers, which makes it a little bulkier than I intended, but still nice to hold onto. (And absorbent to catch drool and spit-up.) It's pretty small. The finished size is approximately 12" x 12".

He loves it. (Why didn't I think of this 10 years ago when Taylor was a baby?)

I now have plans to make one in different textures. I have some terry cloth, minky, chenille, a stretchy suede-like fabric, and flannel all in baby blue and white. Joe thinks they should all be squares (no stripes) so Sawyer can grab a corner at a time. I like that idea. I'm still trying to decide if I should put batting in between the layers.

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Did you notice the new look of The Sky is Pink? I'm still trying to get used to it. And I'm not sure if I like it. It is a work in progress and it still needs help. (Notice the large margin above my new banner? I need to figure out how to shrink that. Maybe I should enlarge the height of my banner? I really, really don't know about these things! And if you don't believe me, ask Karyn, the recipient of a late-night email of me freaking out!)

I've been wanting to do this for so long and have been working on it, trying to come up with a banner. When I accidentally screwed something up on my template last night, I knew I had to bite the bullet and do it. Be warned that you may be seeing some more changes again soon.

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One more thing. Yesterday the boys' school had a fire in one of the girls' bathrooms. They said it was electrical. It was right at dismissal and very hectic. The boys hoped that school would be closed today, but the didn't cancel.

9 comments:

kirsten said...

that teeny blanket is a great idea. what about sewing small ribbon loops onto it? or sticking a tiny bell or rattle inside? fun, fun!

Alicia A. said...

That IS a great idea! Plus it's easier to hold on to something soft like that rather than something with a tiny grip.

My mom is a nurse at a hospital and she gives the restless older patients (or the ones with dementia) a stack of washcloths and they'll sit and fold and unfold.

Karyn said...

I think the blanket-y thing is is sooo cute!!! Way to go!!

Also...your blog is looking FANTASTIC!! And...I don't mind the late-night e-mails one little bit, because as I've told you, when it's my turn YOU will be the one getting all the panic-y emails!!

capello said...

so, they were smokin' in the girls room? cuz everybody knows their smoking in the lounge room...

love the little pillow for sawyer. it's a great idea.

Randi said...

Cute blanket! I like Kirsten idea of the ribbon loops--babies seem to like that!

laeroport said...

I actually jumped a little in my seat when your new blog look popped up. I love it!

And that baby blanket is inspired.

Jen said...

I really like the blanket too! Sawyer is lucky to have a talented mommy! Maybe in my next life I will have a talent for sewing as well!

Amy said...

What a smart idea! And that's the kind of fun and relatively easy-ish blanket I could get into makin!

jojo* said...

Way to go with the itty bitty blanket. So true about kids bonking themselves in the head with rattles.