I had to be real with myself this week. It was time for Jax to get into some big boy bedding. Or at least some “bigger” boy bedding. Slowly he went from just laying on a sheet and having nothing in his crib to collecting little stuffies in the crib corners and using a throw blanket as a comforter. So I went online and looked at all the dreamy toddler comforters that were out there and of course fell in love. The trendiest of the trendy, the ones that definitely seemed reasonable until of course you look at the price tag. I will admit I probably could have swung it if needed. But seriously?! We are moving soon, and there are so many other things we need/(want) for the new house. And the reality of the situation was, this isn’t something difficult to sew. It’s actually super easy. Not to mention, even if you have a mess up or two, the blanket is for a toddler. Someone who probably won’t complain about it too much. Best part? I made mine for 22 dollars.
This comforter took me the length of about two Jaxon naps (approx. 3 hours)
On to how it’s made!
You need : 3 yards of fabric (I chose a cotton blend), 80 in of batting (I grabbed the thickest they had), and an extra pillow from around the house
Cut your fabric into 4 pieces: two pieces of 40 in x 45 in and two pieces of 20 in x 30 in
Cut your batting into 2 pieces: both 40 in x 45 in
To figure out the dimensions I needed for the pillow I stripped an old pillow of its case and measured it out. The pillow case measured out to be 19 in x 27 in. To account for a .5 in inseam on either sides I made the width 20 in and because I wanted my pillow to have a decorative fold over around the opening I added 3 inches to the longer side. Making the size of the unsown pieces of fabric 20 in x 30 in.
The size of the blanket honestly was dependent on the leftover fabric that I had. I ended up being very (very) lucky that it fit into the crib perfectly!
For the pillow case: Take the two smaller sized pieces of fabric and sew together (wrong sides facing out) both long sides and one of the short sides. Then cut off the extra fabric along the outside of the seam and do a zig zag stitch around the edges to stop any fraying. Before flipping your pillow case right side out find the side that was left open and measure 6 inches down all around the opening. Fold the open edge down to meet the markings all around the pillow case and pin them down. This should leave you with a 3in fold. Do a zig zag stitch around the folded edge. Pillow case done!
For the comforter: Grab the other two pieces of fabric and face them together (wrong sides out) and sew along three sides the same as the pillowcase. Before flipping your comforter right side out, lay it on top of the stacked pieces of batting and make sure everything lines up. If it does than great! If not, cut it to make sure that it does (like I had to). Once everything lines up you can either flip your comforter right side out and stuff your batting in, or you can adhere it to the sides to help it stay in like I did. I sewed it to the two sides flanking the opening. That way I knew it would stay together as it was being tossed around by my toddler. I used the longest and widest stitch, and loosened the tension of the thread all the way to do this.After the batting is attached flip everything right side out. Then as long as that same toddler isn’t crawling around on top of it, fold in the unsown edges and pin them together. Sew them together as close to the opening as possible. Then let your little one enjoy! The comforter and batting may take a couple of nights to “loosen” up, but it is super warm, and super snuggly!