My friend Laura is having a baby. She has waited a long, long time. Her little boy may be one of the luckiest kids ever to be born with two amazing parents I have known since forever. Her baby shower invitation showed up last week and it had a giraffe on it. I have seen the nursery and it also sports a giraffe here and there. So I knew what I had to do… Make something giraffey fun. In that spirit, this blanket was born.
When you have a toddler, as I do, it is very easy to not craft for years in a stretch. And every time you DO craft, it is easy to see why it has been years since you had out your machines and good sewing scissors.
But the struggle was worth it. I LOVE this blanket!
100% cotton, inside and out, with quilter’s cotton applique and sewed on the outside, it will be the perfect thing for their new baby to lay on anywhere they want. And it’s already been washed a couple of times to bring out the quilting, so no worries about it being damaged in the wash!
For the quilting (which I did before the appliques) I used this tutorial. It was easy, but time intensive, and even with this smaller sized quilt, it is VERY important that you PIN PIN PIN!
This cute mama and baby giraffe were Google searches idea of ‘cartoon giraffe outline’. Then I printed one at ‘full page’ and the other at ‘5X7’ and used them as my template for the appliques.
I was able to give it to her yesterday at her shower, so now I can show it to the world. It’s the only sewing I have done in a really long time, but I am so glad I got to pull out my stuff and gift my friend such a unique gift. Celebrating babies is such fun!