Do you remember the flannel Baby Bundle that I shared with you awhile back? The tutorial showed how to sew a blanket, burp cloth, and bib using only two yards of flannel fabric. Well, get your flannel out again because today I’m sharing another fantastic bundle idea…
With two yards of flannel you can sew a blanket, stuffed animal, and pillow perfect for your little one to use at naptime. Ready to make the Naptime Bundle? Let’s get started!
- 2 yards flannel–1 yd. each of two coordinating fabrics (My flannel came pre-bundled from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.)
- basic sewing supplies (sewing machine, pins, thread, scissors, pinking shears…)
- paper and pencil
Blanket: Lay your flannel out with right sides together. On paper sketch the silhouette of an elephant. Cut your sketch out and use it as a pattern to cut out two layers of elephants in one corner of the fabric. That’s four separate elephant cut-outs. (Although you can’t tell from the picture, one set of elephants was cut with the nose pointing to the right and the other was cut with the nose pointing to the left. Remember to do this, so your pieces will match- up correctly.) The portion of fabric above the elephants will be used for the pillow. The remaining fabric will become the blanket. Use a 3/8 in. seam allowance to sew around the blanket pieces leaving a 5-6 in. gap on one side. Trim around the perimeter with your pinking shears and snip the corners being careful not to cut through the seams. Turn the blanket right-side-out and press the edges. Fold the fabric in at the gap and use the iron to press it down the way you want the fabric to lay. Using a 1/4 in. seam allowance, sew around the outside of the blanket making sure to stitch up the gap as you go. That’s one part down…2 more to go!
Elephant: You should have 4 elephant pieces to work with. Choose two pieces that are of the same flannel fabric to make the stuffed animal. Cut out two ear pieces from felt. Sew a felt ear to the right side of each flannel elephant. Buttons can be sewn on to make the eyes. Lay the two elephant pieces down with the right sides together and insert a few pins to secure them until they are sewn. Stitch around the perimeter of the elephant leaving a gap along his back about 3 in. wide. Snip around the elephant with your pinking shears being careful not to cut through the stitches. Remove any pins. Turn the elephant right-side-out and fill it with stuffing. (Tip: I like to use a chopstick to help me push out all of the corners and to even push stuffing into tight spots.) Once the elephant is stuffed to your liking, fold in the fabric at the gap and sew it closed. Just the pillow is left now.
Pillow: One of the remaining elephant pieces will be used to embellish the pillow. Sew it onto the right side of one of the flannel pillow pieces. (You will have an extra elephant piece that I’m sure you can find a creative use for.) Put the pillow pieces together with the right sides facing each other. Sew around the perimeter, trim the excess fabric with pinking shears, snip the corners, turn the pillow right-side-out, fill with stuffing, and sew the gap closed. That’s it! Now you have three flannel pieces that would be great as a gift, room decor, or naptime comforts for you own sweet child.