Sunday, 14 March 2010

How To: Quick Kids Comforter

We are at about the same point in Laney's development that had Logan staying up all hours of the night in pain with teething. The first time we went through this, we were walking zombies. All sorts of things were attempted to get Logan to fall asleep and stay that way through the entire night. Lights were turned on, doors were closed, soothing noises were tried. Nothing worked, until we figured out that his crib mattress might be too hard and he was having trouble sleeping on his back. So out came my needle and thread and I attached ties onto his crib quilt in order to tie it down nice and tight. Logan slept through the night on that soft quilt and couldn't get tangled in it because it was tied down. Yay!

Now it's time to try this with Laney. She really hates laying on her back and she had difficulty sleeping when she rolls over to avoid this because she is a natural side sleeper, not a stomach sleeper. One problem: we have the soft crib quilt in the playpen where Laney doesn't actually play - it's where she naps her 10-20 minutes a day. I only have a tiny amount of time when the girl will actually nap, so I don't wanna mess it up.

Time for a new baby quilt for nap time!

Supplies needed:
- 2 pieces of cotton fabric (depending on size, I used about a 1.5 metres each)
- matching thread
- quilt batting (again depending on size, I used 1.5 metres)

1) Measure the size of your crib, bed, or wherever you want to lay the comforter. Cut two rectangles out of your cotton that are those measurements plus 0.5" for seam allowances. My measurements were 40" by 30" and I wanted a 2" ruffle on the edge.

2) Cut strips for your ruffle. Remember to measure with hem and seam allowances taken into account.

3) Join the strips together into 1 long strip. Double or triple the circumference of your comforter makes a nice ruffle. Hem the long strip on both sides and one of the long edges.
Sew a long stitch across the other side for gathering.

4) Pull up the thread in the long stitched side to make a gathered ruffle. Pink fathered ruffle to the right side of your "top" piece. Baste in place. This took a lot of pinning and fussing to get right, but it turned out really nice. Be patient and go slow!

5) Cut a piece of quilt batting the same size as your rectangular pieces.

6) Layer the rectangle pieces right sides together (make sure the ruffle is pointing toward the centre of the fabric). Put the quilt batting on top and pin in place. Stitch around the edge leaving a few inches opening for turning.

7) Turn right side out and poke the corner and ruffle out nicely. Slipstitch the opening shut.

8) Pin the layers together with pins, or if you have quilters safety pins, use those. Stitch a pattern on the top to keep the layers from shifting. I used two colours of thread for this because my fabric choices were so bizarre (I was using the leftovers of two flannels I had for other projects). I put pink thread in my machine and yellow thread in the bobbin to get pink on the top and yellow on the bottom. It worked out great!

Here's the back. And yes I'm aware that these fabrics don't really match. But it's for kids, and it was all I had on hand in these amounts. Laney will really love it because the guitar part of the comforter glows in the dark.

Here it is in the naptime playpen. I put the glow in the dark side on the bottom so that baby wouldn't get too distracted when she is supposed to be sleeping.


Note: I have set up a Tawny Bee How To Flickr Group. If you try this out, I would love to see your version! Feel free to join and link up some of your great creations using one of my tutorials. :)

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