Baby blanket Mini-We – sewing instructions including sewing pattern
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There I was sitting in the antenatal class and the midwife told me how great a blanket would be for the baby. You can carry the little one around inside or cover it in the baby seat so that it never has to freeze. As soon as I was home, I checked what this blanket was all about and found the idea really nice. The stated purchase prices of 40 € -50 € were too high for me and I couldn’t really get used to the fabric designs. I also found a nice Freebook by Nikidz for babies up to 6 months old on the Internet, which is no longer available online today. I have expanded the pattern a little so that it fits perfectly into our Maxi Cosi Pebbles *, and also enlarged it a little so that our Butzele can survive the entire winter.
So, let’s start with the sixth part of the sewing challenge “We sew baby equipment”.
You need the following materials and equipment for the blanket
You need very little for the blanket – some nicki or fleece for the inner lining, jersey for the outside, Velcro or Kamp Snaps and the usual tailoring material.
And this is how you sew the blanket
Cutting the fabric pieces
First, print out the pattern in its original size. Please do not adjust the scaling, otherwise it will not fit later. Then you lay your fabrics in front of you and cut a total of two hoods, two footmuffs and two back parts, each in the fabric break. The seam allowance of 0.75cm is already included.
Cut a back section, a footmuff and a hood from the fleece and the outer fabric. So you have a total of 6 pieces of fabric.
I myself love to cut with the rotary cutter * on the cutting mat *. It is simply much faster and there is also less chill than when cutting with fabric scissors. Have you ever tried a rotary cutter?
Sew the pieces of fabric together
Footmuff: Lay the two pieces of fabric for the footmuff right sides together, d. H. the beautiful sides are inside. Fix the parts with the fabric clamps * so that they cannot slip. Now sew the upper edge of the footmuff together with a straight stitch. To do this, set stitch type A, length 2, width 5 on the W6 N 1235/61 *. If you are using a different sewing machine, please adjust the stitch settings accordingly.
You can see what the upper edge of the footmuff is in the next photo. There I have drawn the seam in color with a red line.
The upper edge of the footmuff marked in red and the straight edge of the hood are sewn together with a straight stitch.
At the beginning and at the end of the seam you have to lock it so that the seam does not separate. Now you turn the footmuff, d. H. the beautiful side looks at you and you topstitch with narrow edges on the already sewn edge. To do this, use the straight stitch again, but set the stitch width to 1 (for other sewing machines, please adjust again accordingly). This will move your sewing needle closer to the outer edge of the fabric.
The upper edge of the footmuff is stitched with a narrow edge.
Hood: Here you proceed in the same way as with the footmuff. You lay your two pieces of fabric right sides together, secure them against slipping with the fabric clips * and sew the two pieces together on the straight edge with the straight stitch. Then turn the hood around so that you can see the beautiful side, and topstitch the straight edge again with narrow edges.
Back section + footmuff + hood: Now you can put all the fabric pieces on top of each other. I actually managed to sew these two times the wrong way around myself, so I’ll describe it in more detail. Ripping open a very long seam is no fun at all.
So, first you put the outer fabric of the back part in front of you. The beautiful side looks at you. The second is the hood. You place this with the fleece facing up and the outside facing down on the back part. The open edge points outwards, the edge that has just been sewn together in the middle. Now the footmuff – you put it on the back with the fleece facing up and the outer fabric facing down. The sewn edge points in the middle, the open edge outwards. So far you can see all of this in the next photo.
Wrap Mini-We: the back with the beautiful side facing up, the hood and footmuff point with the beautiful side towards the back.
You can also see that I have already placed two red fabric clips on the right wing of the back section. I always do that when something special comes up where I have to be careful when sewing. In this case, I place the turning opening about 10 cm long there. I recommend that you mark the opening before the next layer of fabric is placed on top and you may forget it later.
On the three pieces of fabric, place the back piece from the fleece with the beautiful side down. You fix all four pieces of fabric all around with the fabric clips *. It is worthwhile here if you invest time and work particularly well. Be generous with the clamps, otherwise the pieces of fabric move quickly when sewing and pushing through the machine. And now you can sew completely around it once to connect all parts with one another with the straight stitch. To do this, you take the straight stitch again, start at the one fabric clamp and sew all the way around to the second fabric clamp. Pay attention to the turning opening and don’t forget to lock at the beginning and at the end of the seam. Now is the best moment, I think: you reach into the opening and turn the blanket inside out.
The blanket is turned through the turning opening.
Finally, stitch off the wings with narrow edges. To do this, set the straight stitch with stitch width 1 again. By quilting, you also close the turning opening. Make sure that you fold the fabric slightly inwards when you turn the opening. Now your blanket is almost ready. Do you like it already?
Pimp your blanket
Belt holes: It was important to me that I can pull the belts of the baby seat through the ceiling. If you also have a Maxi Cosi Pebbles, Pebbles Plus or Skirt, you can use the belt slots for the lower belt position directly from my pattern. If you have a different baby seat, it is better to measure the position of the belt, because the baby seats are slightly different. With the tailor’s chalk you mark the belt holes on the inner fabric and sew a rectangular slot with the zigzag stitch (on the W6 N 1235/61 * this is stitch type C).
Mini-We wrap blanket: Belt holes allow the belts of the baby seat to be pulled through.
Use the fabric scissors to cut the slits without damaging the seam. Now you can pull the belts through the belt holes and the whole thing is done.
A blanket for two uses: for carrying the baby around and for the baby seat. So the baby always stays nice and warm.
Closure: So that the Butzele does not kick free so quickly and always lies appropriately warm, I will attach a closure to the wings. I’ve already decided on Velcro, but won’t put it on until I can test it out with baby. Nen update including photo follows :-).
Update 10/17/2019: A reader on Instagram advised that the belt holes also fit the Joie baby seat perfectly. Many thanks to @bienis_ankerpunkte!
Update 06/14/2020: Belinda has a drawing that matches the lower two belt settings of the Kiddy evoluna i-size. The belt hole between the legs can be taken over by the Maxi Cosi. Thank you Belinda! And this is what the result looks like.
There I was in the antenatal class and the midwife told me how great a blanket would be for the baby. You can carry the little one around inside or cover it in the baby seat so that it never has to freeze. As soon as I was home, I checked what this blanket was all about and found the idea really nice. …