Hiya! Thanks so much for all your sweet comments about Kaya’s arrival! I really appreciate all your warm wishes and your support – it’s good to know that so many people also struggle with the transition to 2 kids and that it does get better! Things are already feeling like they are falling into place more and more each day.
I just made my first real sewing project for Kaya and I’m soooo excited to share it with you! Rae Hoekstra, of Made by Rae, recently released a new line of fabric called Fanfare, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some a little early. THIS STUFF IS AWESOME. I know that when bloggers do reviews, it always sounds like gushing, but trust me when I say that this fabric is really amazing. It’s adorable, suuuuuper soft and cozy, and wonderful to sew. The fabric is brought to us by Cloud 9 Fabrics which is known to be of great quality AND it’s organic! It makes me so happy to know that I’m wrapping up my little ones in organic fabric, especially since this fabric is so wonderful to snuggle.
After seeing the prints, I thought it’d be perfect for a project for my little newborn. I wanted to make a baby blanket, to take full advantage of just how soft and cozy this fabric is.
I was inspired by the triangle bunting print and decided to piece the fabric together to create a “string” of bunting. I used the solid white flannel as the background.
The back of the blanket is made of strips of fabric. I just love these prints so much, I wanted to showcase them as much as possible.
After piecing together the front and back of the blanket, I basted the mini pom pom trim to one of the layers. I put the front and back right sides together and then added a layer of cotton batting and sewed the layers together leaving and opening to turn the blanket right side out. I sewed the opening shut and then sewed along the inside of each of the triangles to hold all the layers in place.
I really can’t even tell you how soft this fabric is. The best part is that it gets even more heavenly after you wash it. You guys have got to get your hands on some of this fabric . . .
Oh, little baby fingers and toes! And how Kaya loved this cozy blanket! This fabric is perfect for little ones, but honestly, I’d wrap myself up in this fabric if I had enough!!
Since I planned on making a small pieced blanket for Kaya, I had only gotten about a 1/4 yard of each print, but Yuki found the fabrics and immediately wanted them for herself. She was really drawn to the pink elephant print and begged me to make her something with it, but after explaining that the little strip of fabric was not big enough to cover any part of her body, she settled for snagging every little scrap that I cut and keeping them for herself. She started taping the scraps of fabric up around the house and made a pile with the rest – it was really hilarious! So of course, I went and ordered more fabric and as soon as I get it I’ll be making something for her as well. Only seems fair . . .
If you’re wondering where you can buy the fabric, Rae has made a list here. Also be sure to check out all the other fun projects that people have been making with this awesome fabric. There is also a Fanfare Fan Flair flickr group, so if you’re looking for more inspiration or you want to add your own Fanfare projects, definitely go check it out!
Thank you so much to Rae and Cloud 9 for the amazing fabric and letting me be a part of the Fanfare Blog Tour! And congrats on a truly wonderful line of fabric! One of the things I love about Rae is that she is a perfectionist. She really really cares about putting out high quality products – I’ve seen it with her patterns and now with her fabric, she puts a lot of work into getting things JUST RIGHT. And she’s done it again with Fanfare – this fabric will not disappoint you!
*The Fanfare fabric was generously given to me for this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.*
Oh that baby, I really need to acquire another of those. Wonderful blanket!
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I really love that pom pom trim!
gorgeous!!! and I can’t believe you found the time to make it. transitioning to two kids was hard for me. I found myself rubbing scraps of the flannel on my face as I was sewing. hehe
Oh.my.goodness. That blanket is beyond adorable (which is fitting for your newest little) and it looks so cuddly. The might be my favorite project made with Rae’s fabrics. I can’t wait to get some.
cherie, this is *perfect*. the fabric is meant for bunting and pom poms. it’s my favorite thing i’ve seen on the blog tour–i just love it! helps to stick an adorable little baby on top of it, but it’s amazing by itself, too.
Love bunting. That is adorable!
I absolutely LOVE this! 🙂
OH MY GOSH the cuteness! Mini pompoms? YOUR baby? Rae’s Fabric? It’s enough to make a girl cry!
we love it, have you heard of XTRIM QUILTERS? this is a new company from Mexico which makes handmade patchwork products and they produce lots of baby stuff. http://wp.me/p3RYHn-ab
we love it, have you heard of XTRIM QUILTERS? this is a new company from Mexico which makes handmade patchwork products and they produce lots of baby stuff.
I can’t believe you found the time to sew! Love the quilt and the cute baby wrapped in it.
Softness itself 🙂 Just gorgeous 🙂 Oh those little feet and cheeks 🙂
Welcome, Kaya!! Beautiful job with the blanket, too. Love that trim — I have some in my stash, purchased on a whim, and have been waiting to use it. I think you’ve inspired me! 🙂
Beautiful blanket! I love the strips on the reverse and the mini pompom trim–so sweet!
What a sweet sweet quilt for a gorgeous girl!!!
Take a peek at my Etsy shop – a sock monkey would be the perfect addition for prime cuddling!!
Love that blanket. The baby is cute. I wish I could feel that blanket over the net. Nothing like the feel of a new baby in a snuggly blanket.
Thank YOU for making that awesome baby because DANG does she make everything around her look cute too or what!?! 🙂
Seriously love this. You are a genius.
Thanks for sewing along!!
Oh goodness that quilt is fantastic! And congratulations on your little girl- what a sweetie! Our second child was born last month and we are slowly settling into a new routine as well.
This is gorgeous (baby and blanket! Would you mind sharing where you bought the yellow pom pom? I can’t find mini pom pom in the colors I want locally and was about to start hunting online…
Oh! Lovely blanket under an adorable baby! Gotta get my hands on some of this stuff since it sounds like it’s made of clouds.
Your photos on this page are beautiful! I just stumbled upon this page looking for ideas for a quilt for my first grandchild, due in January. Can you please tell me if the white triangles are the same size as the triangles in the print fabric?
Thanks! And yes, I cut the printed fabric and white fabric the exact same size triangles. Good luck!
That is the most adorable baby blanket I’ve ever seen. I love the bunting idea.
So adorable!! The baby and the blanket! I’ll have to get some of this fabric, it looks so cozy!
I Love the bunting look, so great for a baby quilt. I will have to pin this one. Your baby is so cute, I’m amazed at your ability to sew this up with two little ones around. Looks amazing 🙂
This really is gorgeous Cherie! I love your creativity! Kaya is so beautiful!
so i’m a little behind in commenting, apparently – LOVE this blanket, love the mini pom trim, love the bunting piecing, love the baby!! so cozy and pretty.
Lovely blanket, great blog!
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Is there any way you can explain how to close your the blanket corner. How do I topstitch it discretely?
Hi Rachel! Sorry I didn’t answer sooner. It may be too late to help, but basically I sew the layers right sides together leaving an opening, not at a corner, but along one of the sides. When you flip it right side out, you’ll need to hand stitch it in order for it to be the least noticeable. Here’s a tutorial: http://quilttaffy.blogspot.com/2008/07/invisible-closing-seam-tutorial.html Hope that helps!