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Mitered-Corner Minky Naptime Blanket {tutorial}

2016 February 22

Wow, it’s almost March already and here I am posting a Christmas present from last year. It’s been photographed and patiently waiting since December! Every year I try to make a gift for the girls and their cousins. Thankfully there are (so far) only 4 of them – so it’s not that time consuming. Especially with this particular project. It take just over an hour to make one of these blankets!

Remember this 10 Minute Facecloth tutorial? These blankets use exactly the same method of construction – just in a much larger size! The great thing about these blankets is that they are simple and easy to make with any size starting fabric, as long as the backing fabric is wider and longer than the main fabric by the same amount on each side.

I used 1 yard of licensed fabric, about 36″ x 44″ and 1 1/2 yards of minky, about 54″ x 60″, for each blanket. (My Little Pony and Ninja Turtles from Funky Monkey Fabrics, Cinderella and Star Wars from The Fabric Society.) This will make a good sized kid’s throw blanket, or adult lap blanket at around 43″ x 50″.

Here are some simple instructions for how I made these:

  1. Pre-wash both fabrics.
  2. Trim the licensed fabric so each corner is square – roughly 34-35″ high x 43-44″ wide.
  3. Cut the minky so it was about 15″ wider and longer than the fabric – roughly 49″ high x 58″ wide. This could be any size, as long as the minky is larger than the fabric by the same amount width and length.
  4. Use the same instructions as the 10 Minute Facecloth, only sew using a 1/2″ seam instead of a 1/4″ seam.
I was holding my breath when the kids unwrapped them, and thankfully they liked them! I was delighted that the girls and their cousins took them to bed that night and all over the house for the next few days. Just goes to show how some well-placed licensed fabrics can get you “in” with the cool kids!

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