Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Monkey Manket (Sew Fun)

I made this blanket for my 3 year old niece's Christmas present using the pattern in Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol. The pattern calls for two solid yards of complimentary fabric with a yard of flannel for the batting. A suggested variation is to use two yards of complimentary flannel, which is what I did here. My niece loves blankets (mankets), and I thought double flannel would be very cozy. My brother's nickname for her is "monkey" so when I saw these two monkey patterns, I knew exactly what I would make her.

I really enjoy this pattern. The scallops aren't easy to do, and I'm still learning about sewing curves. It's really so much easier than trying to crochet a blanket, though! The blanket is less than a yard in the end and is intended as a receiving blanket. I'm considering doing them in different sizes as nap blankets too. I'm not sure how well it would work for swaddling, as I don't have a ready subject at the moment. It works quite well as a nursing cover-up, though (in winter at least).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh how cool! I love the monkey fabric. I really treasured the handmade blankets my boys received. What a neat way to honor your niece.