scalloped baby blanket & matching bibs

baby shower gift set

Did you know that September is National Sewing Month? Well, it is! And, fittingly, I’ve been sewing a lot lately. My latest projects came from my favorite book, “Bend the Rules Sewing” by Amy Karol (of Angry Chicken). After borrowing this book from the library a couple times, I deemed it a worthy purchase for my craft library. There are so many cute and easy projects in it. I decided to make the Scalloped Baby Blanket for my sister-in-law’s baby shower.

I originally bought this paisley fabric during the summer, intending to make myself a skirt. But I decided that, paired with a charming polka-dot print, it would be a great baby quilt that wasn’t “cutesy.” The pattern was very clear and overall it was not too difficult. Sewing all those scallops took patience, but it was worth it.

scalloped baby blanket folded up

The worst part was sewing shut the two scallops left open to turn the blanket inside-out. You’re supposed to just top-stitch them closed, but I clipped the fabric too close for that and ended up hand-sewing them. It didn’t come out exactly as perfect as I wanted for a gift, but I was very proud of the end result. I just reminded myself that it’s not perfect, it’s handmade. All told, the project probably took me about 6 hours (including the bibs). I did it when I had chunks of time, though, so it’s hard to tell. I worked slowly because I didn’t want to rush my way around all those corners. I imagine the next one would go faster.

scalloped baby blanket - front

scalloped baby blanket - back

scalloped baby blanket detail

I made a couple matching baby bibs to round out the gift set. I love making bibs! Quick, easy, and fun. Plus I really am not fond of all the character bibs or babyish bibs that you always end up getting. They don’t take much fabric and they’re about as stylish as a bib can get!

baby bibs

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5 Comments

  1. Very cute! Almost makes me want to break out my sewing machine, but I will resist the urge (for now). I have many other things that need to get done first! (i.e. cleaning out all of my accumulated junk from the soon to be nursery).

    And I couldn’t agree more with “I just reminded myself that it’s not perfect, it’s handmade.” I made a cross stitch set for a friend a year or so ago and realized weeks after giving it to her that I had forgotten to back stitch about 6 or so stitches. Oops. :) I have a cross stitch that Babci did hanging on my wall and she to left out about 6 or so cross stitches (the center of a leaf) too so I figure we are all allowed our imperfections. *smile*

  2. So, do you make the bibs for sale ever? I have a new step-grand-daughter who is in NICU and we are getting some gifts ready for when she comes home. . .and I would love some bibs like this to send. . . ever consider it?

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