Here is a baby banner sewn using handmade applique fabric letters! I wanted to start personalizing some of my sewing projects like blankets, so used this mini project as a way to tryout applique. I hand-cut all the triangles and made the applique letters out of fabric. All this sewing project requires is a few triangles, a few applique letters, and some store-bought fabric binding! The whole project was completed in a short afternoon.
Quilting Cotton or Lightweight Cotton Fabric – 2 to 3 Colors
2 Yards Fabric Binding – 1/2″ Wide
Heat-N-Bond Lite Fusible Web
Thread in Coordinating Color
Markers, Pen, Paper, Scissors
Optional: Rotary Cutter, Mat, Quilting Grid, Fabric Chalk
Finished Banner measures 51″ Long w/ 11″ tail on each side.
Finished Triangles measure 6″ x 7″ each.
Cut Triangles. Take 2 pieces of fabric, place Wrong Sides together, pin, and cut into a triangle. Cut as many as desired. Pin together so each set of triangles stays together and set aside. Each has an extra inch or so at the top, see diagram.
I cut 9 triangles – 6.5″ x 8″ each.
Make Letters. I hand drew the letters using paper and pen. Then traced a heavy outline with a Sharpie Marker. Rough trim around outline and set aside. Make sure to estimate how big the letters should be to fit into triangles. Leave about a 1-inch space around each letter. Mine are about 2″ x 3″.
Prepare Fusible Web. I cut a fusible strip enough to fit all the letters. Then, using fabric I chose for lettering, cut enough fabric to fit the fusible. Iron the fabric to the fusible as directed. Note: Many people trace first then fuse!
Trace Letters. Trace each letter by placing the letter face down, then placing the fused fabric face down directly on top of the letter so paper backing is facing up. The letter outline should show through the fabric. Trace directly onto the paper side. The letter should be traced in reverse. Cut each letter out following the outline.
Iron On Letters. Place each letter onto a triangle, peel off backing, iron as directed. Zigzag stitch around the edge of each letter.
Sew Triangles Together. Place Right Sides of triangles together, pin, then sew about a 1/4″ from edge leaving top (flat side) un-sewn. Turn inside out, poke out point, iron down seams.
Sew Triangles To Binding. Space out and pin triangles to binding. Sew across binding. Done! I left the binding tails undone.
I found this great video online on how to create applique fabric letters. She has a great way to trace letters using a window pane here. There are many ways to make letters including using a printer. Here is a video on making letters with a printer.
Fusible Web – This is the stuff used to glue fabric together! There are many out there. Choose a double stick fusible suitable for your fabric type. Steam A Seam 2, Wonder Under, or Heat N Bond are the most popular. I used Heat N Bond. Some of my letters didn’t stick right! I’m not sure if I ironed too much or had the wrong setting.
I bought all my supplies on Craftsy! Yes, they now have a wonderful store and prices are very decent. And they carry all the best products/brands. From fusible web to batting! I loved the shopping experience as well. I also used a Rotary Cutter, Quilting Ruler, Self-Healing Mat, and fabric chalk to cut all my triangles. Supplies found here. Craftsy also has a lovely tutorial on simple baby blanket with applique letters.
There are many styles of buntings that come in different shapes. Try square, rounded, or any other simple shape. Fabric scraps can be great for this project. Or about 2 fat quarters of fabric plus some for the letters is all that is needed. I used polyester thread, Allover Owls by Spring Creative, a solid broadcloth for the backing, and white scrap fabric for the letters.
One of my new year’s resolutions was to sew a simple blanket and here it is – my first baby blankets! It was so easy, I made two! One with owls and one with elephants, both are reversible. I used a combination of flannel and cotton fabrics for these blankets. It made a nice lightweight blanket perfect for baby or spring. Requires no batting!
Simply sew two squares of fabric together leaving a 6-inch wide opening un-sewn. Turn inside out by pulling fabric through opening, then topstitch! Voila! I used a fun decorative stitch for the border since my sewing machine had them.
Next time I would also like to personalize with applique using felt letters or fused fabric letters!
2 Squares of Fabric approx. 1 yard each
Sewing Thread like Gutermann or Aurafil (Polyester or Cotton)
Fabrics I Used
Fanfare by Cloud 9, Organic Cotton Flannel, 2 Yards
Bright Owl Allover by Springs Creative Products, Cotton Flannel, 1 Yard
Sweet Meadow Panel by Springs Creative Products, 100% Cotton, 1 Panel
Owl Blanket – 35.5″ wide x 40.5″ high
Elephant Blanket – 34″ wide x 41″ high
1. LAUNDER FABRIC by washing, drying, then ironing fabric. Be sure to wash and dry as appropriate for the fiber content and as you would in the future.
2. LINE UP FABRIC to ensure you are working with clean edges and fabric prints are properly aligned. Trim edges to square up corners and make straight. Adjust placement so both pieces are oriented as desired. Trim again to make equal. See Notes for more on how to properly “true up” fabric.
3. PIN FABRIC by placing right sides of fabric facing each other (so only wrong sides are showing). Make sure corners and edges are lined up correctly, smooth out fabrics. Iron if necessary. Repeat until well aligned. Pin along sides to make sure fabric stays in place.
4. MARK FABRIC using fabric chalk or pins. Mark a 6-inch wide opening on one side where you will not sew. This opening will be used to turn the blanket inside out. Optional: Create a rounded corner by placing a cup or bowl in the corner, trace, and trim.
5. SEW FABRIC using a 5/8″ seam allowance beginning at one mark and ending at the other. Be sure to leave the 6-inch opening un-sewn and backstitch at each mark.
6. PRESS OPEN SEAMS before turning inside out. For rounded corners, cut notches in corners to reduce bulk. Fold open flaps and iron flat along seam to flatten.
7. TURN INSIDE OUT by pulling corners through opening. Poke out corners with a butter knife or pen.
8. IRON OUT EDGES to ensure nice clean folds at the seams.
9. TOP STITCH along border to finish! Choose a traditional Straight Stitch or try a decorative stitch if your machine provides them. Stitch using 1/2″ seam allowance. Polish off by ironing along border to press topstitch flat.
“True up” your fabric to give all edges a straight clean line and re-orient the weave of a fabric to make it lay flat and square giving it 90-degree corners. It will help printed fabrics like stripes or checkers and nap fabrics like Corduroy lay perfectly on your piece. Here is a great tutorial on how to “true-up” or “square-up” your fabric on The Daily Sew. She uses a striped fabric which is a great example.
In a nutshell, you will remove selvedges by snipping and tearing along grain line, tug fabric on the bias across entire piece and back, remove the jagged edge by finding the weft thread and pull to find the crossgrain line, cut along that line. Don’t forget to steam and iron between each step.
I chose easy prints like Polka Dots because it’s an allover print. For first time sewers repetitive patterns that have no orientation are more forgiving. Prints like stripes, plaids, and checkers can be more difficult because they have a direction with straight lines and angles that must be aligned, cut, and sewn accordingly.
Buying Fabric – Choose cotton or cotton blends. They’re the easiest to work with for beginner projects. Make sure it’s machine washable and dryable. Usually sold by the yard or portions of a yard, fabrics can come in 42-59 inch wide bolts. Just read the bolt or ask someone to find out the fiber content or width.
1 yard = 36 inches. So 1 yard of 42″ fabric will give you a 36″x42″ piece. If a larger than the bolt size is needed, you may have to turn the fabric sideways and sew together more fabric to create one larger piece. If the fabric has a pattern, aligning the pattern exactly where the cuts meet and buying enough extra fabric to account for that is required. How best to sew and cut so seams look nice will depend on the size of the piece and the print pattern.
Here is a nice cozy cowl for my doggie! The chunky, soft rib knit makes the cowl stretchy yet snug for easy on and easy off while providing extra warmth. It stretches to almost double its flat size and can fit a variety of sizes and shapes. Can also be worn unfolded to cover the dog’s ears. It is knitted in the round from the bottom up with an optional buttonhole for the leash tab.
1 Ball Bernat Softee Chunky, Teal Twists, Bulky, 100% Acrylic, 128 yds, $3.29
Locking Stitch Marker
Needle: US Size 6 [4.00mm] Circular Needles 16″ or less
Skill Level: Beginner
(Measurements taken flat)
CO 42 sts, place marker, join.
Round 1 – 60: K2, P2 until marker.
(Or until 12″ high)
Bind off. Weave in ends.
Optional Buttonhole: About 7.5 inches up from bottom, place a buttonhole anywhere during a round. Begin on a K2. Do not knit. Instead YO 3 times, p3tog, continue with pattern. This creates a 1-inch buttonhole for the dog collar loop to poke through.
Knits up quick! Can be started and finished in one weekend of ambitious knitting. Great for a last minute holiday gift for your dog buddy!
Sizing – This one size can fit my dog (puggle size) all the way up to large full-sized dogs. Dogs with long thin necks like whippets or short stocky necks like bulldogs to retrievers or boxers. It will just have a slightly different look. It will be too big for toy dogs like chihuahuas or dachshunds.
Customize this pattern for your own dog. Modify the number of stitches and rounds to accommodate your dog size. Or move the placement of the buttonhole. If using a gauge swatch, make sure to circular knit the swatch. Or you can just eyeball it. This pattern and the fit is very forgiving, so if it’s too big it can just be folded down. If too small at first, it should stretch to fit.
Here is another pair of baby booties I made for my new little nephew. Aren’t they darling?! I found the pattern on Mon Petit Violon by Vita Apala. She makes THE CUTEST baby bootie patterns. I also made another pair of Baby Moccasins by Vita.
Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Medium Weight, 100% Acrylic, 315 yards, $4.29, in 2 colors:
Soft Green # 9739 WW110596
Taupe #9783 WW1109940
Off White #9702 WW111316
Crochet Hook: Size E [3.50MM]
Skill Level: Beginner
3.5″ Length x 2.25″ Width x 1″ High
Simply Cute Bootie Pattern [pdf]
Simple Bootie Cord –
Ch 60. Fasten off. Snip about 1/8″ from knot.
I made these with 100% Acrylic yarn that is also washable and dryable on high heat! To make these easy care and hygienic!
I like the cord because it can be cinched to help them stay on wiggly baby feet!
These crochet up so quick, they can easily be started and finished in one sitting.
About the Designer:
These designs are from Mon Petit Violon by Vita Apala. Her website has many more cute baby patterns and fun stuff.
She has a whole book of the most wonderful baby bootie designs, above, Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet $17.15.
8 Skeins Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, Bulky Weight,
55% Acrylic 45% Cotton, 120 Yards, $5.99 in 2 Colors:
3.5 Balls Cotton Ball (Bright White) #925-100
3.5 Balls Honey Bee (Buttercup Yellow) #925-157
Needles: US Size 9 (5.5mm) Knitting Needles Circular
24″ or longer
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Measurements/Sizing: Approx. 36″ x 36″
Cast on 5 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K3, yo, k2.
Row 3: K3, yo, k3.
Row 4: K3, yo, k to end of row.
Rep Row 4 until you have 144 sts on needle.
Next (decrease) row: K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end.
Rep last row until 5 sts remain. Bind off. Weave in ends.
I made this diagonal stripe baby blanket for my brother who’s expecting!! I wanted something warm and bright, snuggly yet light. So I paired this sunny and cheery color scheme with a heavier weight yarn.
The color scheme also makes it more versatile, accommodating a wider variety of decor. Girl or boy! Not light enough for Summer but perfect for Fall/Winter.
I used Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, a Bulky Weight yarn that knits up quick and is SO SOFT! It has a slight spongy feel. I loved the colors – muted and soft yet cheerful. It’s Cotton/Acrylic but on the heavy side.
I chose this yarn for its softness, color palette, and because it’s 100% washable and dryable on high heat! So it’s easy care and easy to keep germies away. Bulky Weight yarn is also a great option for knitting large pieces like a blanket since it speeds things up.
Original Pattern – Octavia Blanket by Lion Brand Yarn
This knits up in a diamond shape basically. So in the beginning you will be knitting a giant pyramid by increasing stitches then halfway through you will be decreasing stitches to knit the second pyramid. When complete and turned horizontal, the piece will have diagonal stripes!
For changing colors, I carried the colors up the side so there would be less ends to weave in. Twist yarn and pick up color at the beginning of each Right Side row to “carry” the yarn up the side of the piece. Only change colors on Right Side of work (when Right Side of work is facing you).
Try Magic Knot Join for adding yarn or switching colors as seen here. A nice yarn joining technique for synthetic (non-felting) yarns. Otherwise, Russian Join is my go-to technique for natural fiber yarns (feltable)! (more…)
It’s BABY TIME! I made this little hoodie & hat set for my brother who’s expecting!! This easy baby hoodie is cinched with a pull cord and comes with a matching hat! Perfect for Fall/Winter and makes a lovely Christmas present that crochets up quick. I made this with 100% Washable and Dryable on High Heat yarn! Always a must for my every day baby projects.
2 Skeins Lion Brand Yarn Cotton Ease, Sea Spray, Worsted Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 yards, $7.69
1 Skein Lion Brand Yarn Cotton Ease, Almond, Worsted Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 yards, $7.69
Crochet Hook: US Size H8 [5.00mm]
(Smallest Size in Pattern)
Chest: 12.25″ Wide x 9.5″ Tall
Sleeve: 4″ Long x 4.25″ High
Hood: 7″ High x 5.5″ Wide (folded)
Hat: 6″ Diameter x 6″ High
Skill Level: Beginner
Crochets up quick! Clear and easy to follow. I crocheted the piece exactly as the pattern instructions directed. I did not choose a contrasting color for the border but still completed the edges as directed.
I had some issues with the number of stitches matching up with the stitches in pattern but assumed it was just me since this pattern has been done by many others on Ravelry without anyone mentioning this. I just made sure the corners were correct.
I made a thicker pull cord by chaining 30″ then going back and slip stitching through back post of each chain!
My brother is expecting and it’s (we think) a BOY! I was having trouble finding cute patterns for boys. I trolled Ravelry and Pinterest until I discovered these baby moccasins by Mon Petit Violon – Stylish, whimsical, classic! Extremely easy to follow with helpful photos, they were really fun and quick to make. So I made a bunch! Patterns, my completed items, and more about the designer below! OMG Heart!
Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Medium Weight, 100% Acrylic, 315 yards, $4.29, in 3 colors:
Lt Country Blue #9709 WW105887
Off White #9702 WW111316
Taupe #9783 WW1109940
Crochet Hook: Size E [3.50MM]
Skill Level: Beginner
Measurements: 3.5″ Length x 2.25″ Width x 1″ High
Pattern: Baby Moccasin Pattern [pdf]
Baby Moccasin Back Loop –
Leave a 12″ long tail after fasten off.
Ch 6, sk next st, sl st into next st, fasten off. Weave in ends.
Baby Moccasin Crochet Button –
Ch 3, sl st into post of starting ch.
Ch 1, sc 6 into center of ring, sl st into ch 1.
Fasten off leaving a 12″ long tail.
Mine came out slightly different than the original. I did not add a button to the moccasin, I just left the strap in front plain. I also added a loop in the back of the shoe in case they needed to pin these to pants! I wasn’t convinced these would stay on wiggly baby feet. Loops can be handy for hanging somewhere in baby’s room as a cute accent too.
Here are some crochet baby hats in two styles – Earflap and No-Earflap! They are part of a series of baby items I made for my brother who’s expecting! :) I made them in two sizes as well – Small and Big! Quick and Easy Peasy! I chose Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, a super soft, bulky-weight yarn in gorgeous colors. It gave it a stiffer feel without much stretch but has a slightly spongey feel. They’re sort of like soft helmets to protect newborn noggins! 1 skein is enough for both hats! 100% Washable and Dryable on high heat.
1 Skein Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, Splish Splash #925-106,
Bulky Weight, 55% Acrylic 45% Cotton, 120 Yards, $5.99
Locking Stitch Markers
Hook: US Size J/10 [6.00MM]
Skill Level: Beginner
Simple Hat: 4″ Diameter x 4″ Tall
Hat with Ear Flaps: 6″ Diameter x 5″ Tall
Flap: 3″ Wide x 2″ High; Cord: 7″ Long
Pattern SMALL HAT:
Begin: Chain 2, slip st to join
Round 1: Sc 3 into center of ring
Round 2: Sc into sl st from beginning chain, sc 3
Round 3: Inc in every st, sl st to join (8 sts)
Round 4: [Sc, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 5: [Sc, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 6: [Sc 2, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 7: [Sc 3, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 8: [Sc 4, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 9 – 15: Sc until end of round
Round 16: Hdc until end of round
Sl st, fasten off.
Perfect for summer at the seaside! At the beach, on the boat, or biking! This summery medium weight top is great for mornings or casual evenings out. It’s also super simple. Just make 2 big rectangles, join them together, and voila! The entire project also uses the classic Stockinette Stitch. EZ PZ.
3 Balls Lion Brand Yarn Cotton-Ease, Seaspray (830-123), Medium Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 Yards, $7.69
2 Balls Lion Brand Yarn Cotton-Ease, Almond (830-099), Medium Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 Yards, $7.69
Finished Dimensions (Approx.):
Width 22 Inches
Height 20 Inches
One Size Fits All
Knit all odd rows (or Right Side rows)
Purl all even rows (or Wrong Side rows)
Cast on 85 sts. (Alice Cast-On)
Rows 1 – 14: 14 Rows Blue
Rows 15 – 16: 2 Rows White
Rows 17 – 26: 10 Rows Blue
Rows 27 – 30: 4 Rows White
Rows 31 – 38: 8 Rows Blue
Rows 39 – 44: 6 Rows White
Rows 45 – 54: 10 Rows Blue
Rows 55 – 58: 4 Rows White
Rows 59 – 66: 8 Rows Blue
Rows 67 – 68: 2 Rows White
Rows 69 – 82: 14 Rows Blue
Rows 83 – 90: 8 Rows White
Rows 91 – 96: 6 Rows Blue
Rows 97 – 98: 2 Rows White
Rows 99 – 108: 10 Rows Blue
Make one more panel following the above
pattern for a total of 2 panels.
- Weave in ends.
- Turn upside down so First Row is at the top (neckline) and face Wrong Sides together.
- Pin together where arm and neck holes should meet with locking stitch markers. Try on the piece to see if the markers work. Adjust accordingly.
- Turn inside out (so Wrong Sides are on the outside). Whipstitch together sides and top sides leaving middle and armholes un-stitched.
- For Top/Neck: Whipstitch about 7 inches in on each side leaving a 7.5 inch wide neck opening.
- For Sides/Armholes: Whipstitch about 10 inches up on each side leaving a 10 inch high armhole opening. (Basically up to the top edge of the 4th white stripe from the bottom)
- Crochet edges of armholes to keep from rolling inwards if desired.
- Knits up quick! Dedicated knitters can knit this up in about a week or so! My least favorite part is weaving in ends…
- I actually made the front panel larger than the back panel to give the neckline some slouchiness. About 95 stitches wide for front and 75 stitches wide for the back panel. Two equal panels is easiest to work with though.
- I did not use a full 5 balls. I used just over 2 balls of the blue and just over 1 ball of the white.
- Change to a new color on the Right Side of work (or in this case a Knit Row) only.
- I made these stripes using good old-fashioned eyeballing! However, you can also get irregular stripes by using this handy Random Stripe Generator found here, http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker.php.
- Create a size that fits you by using the stitches per inch I got while working up my project as a gauge. Or knit up your own 6in x 6in swatch for a more accurate gauge. Just make sure to increase the number of balls you buy accordingly.
Stitches per Inch on US 9 Needles:
4″ x 4″ = 14 stitches x 20 rows
28″ x 28″ = 100 stitches x 144 rows
I upgraded my Ski Hat with Giant Pompom pattern by adding a basic ribbed brim. Oh, what a difference! The simple 1×1 Rib gives it some extra length and style for a more finished look. I now love the way it has just the right amount of sag to the top!
The full pattern is in my previous post here. Follow the entire pattern from beginning to end. After you’ve completed the pattern, continue by following these additional instructions:
Pick up the stitches on the back loops (the ones facing the inside of hat) of your last completed row. Pick up 1 additional stitch. You should have 82 stitches on your needle (half the number of stitches in the original pattern plus 1).
Rounds 1-36: K1, P1 until end of round.
Bind off loosely to allow for stretch in the ribbing. Fold up and wear! :)