Blankets, Handmade, Product Stories

Avocado or avocuddle? Flannel Baby Blanket

Ever see something and know you need it but not sure what for? That’s exactly how I felt when I saw this avocado couple flannel I tossed it in my cart. While I was still shopping for other material that was actually on my list, I decided I wanted to love on the traditional flannel swaddle. It is a classic baby blanket that has stood the test of time, used by mothers from all over.

Most of the mommas I’ve spoken with complained that the flannel swaddles they had were too small and difficult to use. Simple solution: make it bigger! The final dimensions of this baby blanket ended up being 35″x40-something… naturally, I can’t remember now that I’m writing this. I will, of course, remeasure it before uploading it to the shop later tonight. *settled deep into our big comfy chair watching the most recent episode of The Bachelorette so I can’t do it right this moment.

Baby blankets are strange things. Sometimes they mean more to mom or dad than the actual owner. Others are deeply loved by a tiny human and cherished forever. What an amazing feeling it is to know that something I made could be loved so deeply by someone so gentle and pure?

*pulls self together…
So my thought with the avocados was 1. the halves make a whole – precious 2. avocados make guac and who doesn’t love that?! Just kidding. I can understand how someone may not love guacamole, but only if you’re a texture person. The flavor is too wonderful to dislike.

With guac on my mind, tacos follow closely behind. I destroyed four classic corn hard shell tacos tonight. It was magical.

If you know a soon to be momma that’s been craving tacos and or guac, can I make a suggestion? Shower her with this adorable avocado swaddle and toss in the taco bout awesome burp cloths!

Blankets, Handmade, Product Stories

Blanket Gift Set Swooning You Have Needed In Your Life

I’ll start by saying I totally believe in signs. I also love every baby blanket. While shopping for some other fabric last week, I saw this adorable donut and sprinkle cotton material that I fell in love with. I typically try to stick to my list when shopping and didn’t have delish donut cotton listed, so I reluctantly left it behind.

Within a few days, a good friend requested a donut themed baby blanket and headband set.

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Our original plan was to find a knit material and pair it with a burp cloth she had seen and wanted. Unfortunately, I wasn’t finding what i wanted in the knit section so I asked for some creative freedom with the project. Bless her heart, she let me run wild.

I knew those tiny sweet colorful donuts were coming home with me! I decided to duplicate the blanket my sister had gifted to Ivy the day she was born. It’s a beautiful black base cotton with yellow floral cuteness backed by a soft yellow minky.

Naturally, I thought the minky wouldn’t be too much to handle. I was almost right. With a few hiccups and “dang it’s”, the blanket is completed. Now for the sprinkles on top; the headband.

Ivy refused to wear bows and headbands when she was tiny. Now she’ll pick out headbands herself and bring them to you randomly throughout the day. One of my personal favorites is light denim with white polka dots.

I measured the three segments and went to work. My first duplication, beautiful olive floral material for a sweet redhead, was slightly off but still functional. The second round of noggin decorating cuteness called for a few changes. I’m quite satisfied with my new changes. I think I can say I’m ready to go to town on these bows!

The size I based the design off fits Ivy’s average 15-month circumference measurement. She’s also been wearing that original design for a few months so I’d be confident saying it’ll fit a wide age range as it still has plenty of elastic expansion left.

I think this may be one of my favorite items to make now that I figured out the little details. Keep an eye out for more headbands to come!

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The Swaddle Struggles Are Real

I’ve swooned over many floral swaddles since 2016 especially with a matching headband or hat. Something about a sweet little nugget bundled in beautiful colors just melted my heart. The way in which I had viewed swaddles was purely for their aesthetics. I foolishly ignored the articles about how many newborns prefer snuggly swaddles over loose limbs. Even as our wonderful nurse took the time to show us before we left the hospital, I smiled and listened. I didn’t practice while I had the mind and hands of experienced swaddler right there to give all the advice and guidance a new mom could want. I’ll blame hormones and sleep deprivation. That’s reasonable right?

After two weeks of miserable sleeping decisions, my husband resorted to swaddling. Magic. We went from a baby that refused to sleep anywhere but our chest or arms to a knocked out nugget of swaddled cuteness. We had two go to blankets. One was pink flannel hand me down. No idea where it currently is. The second, a handmade cotton and minky floral blanket gifted by my sister. Neither were specifically designed for swaddle but were totally functional.

After realizing the vitality of a swaddle in our home, I wanted to venture into the swaddling world as a maker. During the research process, I found there are quite a few different opinions on the best size for a swaddle. So I’ll be trying a few different sizes and material types. For my first attempt, I wanted to try using a stretchy knit material. When I came across this yellow floral design I couldn’t resist! Most of the complaints regarding swaddles seemed to be that they were too small making it difficult to finagle. I decided to go big or go home! I find that saying funning considering I love being home, going to my original home (mom & dad’s) as well as visiting the in law’s and my sibling’s homes. Back to business – I cut my material to be a solid 48″x48″ square. It was one of the first items I posted on my social media and it was the first item to be spoken for! A beautiful little lady will get wrapped up in this later this summer.
*Yes, that is indeed a bath towel that I swaddled. Ivy was sleeping at the time so I didn’t have access to any cute teddy bears.

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Although there were many learning opportunities that arose during this project, I still love the final result. If one was to look closely at the edges you would see the realness of a first timer. The buyer was made entirely aware of the lack of perfection. Which I think is a great place to start as a new mom.

There are so many blogs and articles we expose ourselves to as expecting mothers. With good intention we read and try to apply someone else’s thinking and values to our own lives because that seems to be what is best. I stopped reading shortly after I started. I felt pressured to believe and do the exact same thigns as these women who live entirely different lives. While other mothers are fantastic resources, be sure to not compare your family to others. Its entirely unfair to yourself.

Just like with the yellow swaddle, learn and made adjustments. For me, the yellow floral material was too challenging so next time I’ll use another material type. In my almost 16 months of parenting, I have already learned it is all about making adjustments!