November 4, 2013

Mini Fleece Lovey Blankies ~ Great for 2 to 4 Year Old Shoe Box Gifts

I must admit they are much cuter in person and they are so soft
and cuddly.  The tactile differences in the edgings and fleece make
for nice sensory experiences for the little ones.
I made a fleece pillowcase dress for a friend to give to a local little lady thru her church's Christmas outreach program and with the left over fabric I was able to make three mini blankies for Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts.  I got the idea from these two places:  Bear Lovey tutorial and this shared on the Operation Christmas Child facebook page.  I think a little cuddly can comfort a child.  After I finished the first one I read a story in Franklin Graham's new book, Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts, about a child in a war torn country who was left orphaned and was clinging to a blanket and singing to herself. That story certainly encouraged me to finish the other two.

I looked around to see what supplies I had on hand to make each one different.  Below are my final results with simple "how I did it" notes.

Each Mini Blankie is a 12 x 13 inch piece of fleece with rounded corners (any size will do, this is just what my scrap piece easily cut into that would make a nice lovey that was shoe box size).

Crocheted Edges
Simple step by step how to:
  • Work a blanket stitch around complete edge of single piece of fleece.
  • Single crochet in blanket stitches around (my yarn and size of needle worked out to be two single crochets in each stitch with three in each of the three middle stitches in each corner).  
  • Double crochet in each single crochet stitch with three in the corner stitches (whatever it takes to make it lay flat).

Check out this tutorial on how to do a blanket stitch.


My tips for blanket stitches on this project:
  • I folded one piece of crochet thread in half with the "fold" at the bottom and the two ends nearest the needle.  Instead of a knot for my first stitch I pulled the needle between the "folded" threads and pulled up--this caught the thread without a knot.
  • I left tails on my ends that I tucked under a few of the tops of the blanket stitches near by and then when I crocheted on the blanket stitches they were caught under the stitches.  

Close up images of crocheted edging.

Ribbon could be woven thru the
double crochet.
 

Rick Rack Edge

I had some wide rick rack left from a Pillowcase Dress I had made and it was enough to go around the outside of one of the pieces.  I simply used a zig zag stitch and attached it to the edge of one side.


Ribbon Loops Edge

I used two pieces of fleece for this one and I choose a variety of matching ribbons in various textures. The ribbon loops are sewn at least twice and most of them are sewn on three times so they are secure for little ones.


I hope you enjoy making some loveys of your own for little ones.  I would love to hear if you make some and if you'd like you can share images of what you make on our Facebook page:  Simply Shoe Boxes on Facebook.

You can find more mini blankets at this page:  Simply Shoe Boxes Mini Blanket Tutorial of the Month Club.


Tip:  Purchase fleece blankets on clearance and use for making smaller blankies for shoe boxes. 

Design and instructions copyright Simply Shoe Boxes.  Please enjoy using this design for your personal use and for gift giving.

5 comments:

Robin Buster said...

Such a cute idea! I love adding homemade items. Thank you for sharing this tutorial at Fluster's Creative Muster. Now that you found our party I hope that you'll continue to join us every Tuesday evening.

Anonymous said...

When you were sewing the one with the ribbons, what do you mean that you sewed most of them three times? I could see two (Inside out, then top-stitching). How far into the blanket did the ribbon loops go? Did you use fray stop on the ends?

Cheryl said...

I did not use fray stop since they were sewn in so well and they were covered well. I actually sewed them on the one side of the fabric first (ribbons sewn once). Then I sewed the two pieces right side together (twice) then I turned it and sewed around the outside edge (third time). Where I left open to turn those did not get the second sewing, but did get the final sewing (hope this is making sense). There was about 1/2" of ribbon inside the seam.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Most kids love their little blankies and I'm sure the kids who receive yours love them, too. All three designs look great and you've used bright, fun fabric.

Suzanne Broadhurst said...

Having tried (and failed) making fleece loveys with crocheted edgings, I discovered a tool that helps immensely.

It makes little holes in the fleece as you run it along the fabric. So much easier than poking a needle through the fleece.

Thank you for letting me share the link here, Simply Shoeboxes. You are one of my shoeboxing heroes!

http://www.suzannebroadhurst.com/2015/04/16/crochet-edging-the-tool-that-works/

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