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January 23, 2014

Sew Well - Dragon Baby Blanket

It seems like ever since I started sewing, I’ve had a ton of friends having babies.  And, because I was introduced very early on in my sewing career to the Cotton Ginny’s Animal Blankets and Ball pattern through the sewing classes that came with the purchase of my machine, nearly every single one of those friends got one of these blankets.  I started with the pattern’s bear, elephant, and hippo blankets, making many, many multiples of those, and then I ventured out into cats, giraffes, unicorns, and dogs.  One year I counted eleven blankets made.  But, it’s been awhile since I made one of these baby blankets – well over a year, in fact.  My friends kept having babies, but the focus of my sewing changed to almost exclusive garment sewing (with a small craft binge here or there) after joining MSN.  Yet, these blankets take almost no time to make, so I’ve really had no excuse!

I figured it was time to break out the minky again and make one for my impending arrival.  The animal of choice this time around was a dragon.  A green dragon.  Green felt neutral, and whether I have a boy or a girl, I hope they’ll grow up to think dragons are pretty cool.

Sew Well - Dragon Baby Blanket

I mean, look at that face!

I used the same head and ear pattern pieces for the dragon as I used for the giraffes, only I added a seam down the center of the back head piece.  I also added a seam down the center of the back blanket piece.  Those extra seams allowed me to easily add dragon ridges and wings, all drafted on the fly.  And, I can tell you that that wooden point turner that came with the quilting kit I bought for $6 for the July Block of the Month Dresden plate class came in super handy as I turned ridge spike after ridge spike.  Also, would you believe these wings are my first ever scallops?  Somehow I got by without making anything with a scallop a few years ago when it felt like scalloped hems and necklines were all the rage in the sewing blogging world.

Sew Well - Dragon Baby Blanket

Sew Well - Dragon Baby Blanket

The tail was also drafted on the fly and was mostly based on the yardage of minky I had on hand.

Sew Well - Dragon Baby Blanket

Now all that is needed is a bit of patience.  The dragon’s happily waiting, and I’m trying…  But, seriously, come on, baby!

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandra permalink
    January 23, 2014 6:06 am

    So adorable and you did a great job.

  2. January 23, 2014 6:58 am

    oh he is gorgeous! I have to make a present for a friend’s boy this weekend, I was planning clothes, but I think I may have just changed my mind!

  3. January 23, 2014 7:47 am

    Aw, I’m so glad you made one for your own baby!! The dragon is so cute :)

  4. January 23, 2014 8:04 am

    This is so sweet!! And I love that you found time to make something for your own little one after lovingly making them for friends. So very special. And who doesn’t love dragons?!

  5. January 23, 2014 8:09 am

    SO CUTE! that’s all i have to say. SO CUTE! SO CUTE! SO CUTE!

  6. January 23, 2014 8:35 am

    so cute – he looks a bit like ALF! (or are you too young to remember ALF?)

  7. My Sewing Suite permalink
    January 23, 2014 9:00 am

    Super cute. I have not seen these patterns before.
    It is hard to be patient, hang in there.

  8. January 23, 2014 12:00 pm

    I love it! That is so super cute!!

  9. January 23, 2014 12:39 pm

    I love that!

  10. January 23, 2014 12:58 pm

    Oh how cute.. I love dragons and this one is pretty cool.

  11. January 23, 2014 3:39 pm

    Dawwww…that face of patient waiting! I think every kid should think dragons are cool; what a fun choice for a blanket! Good luck with the waiting!

  12. January 23, 2014 5:37 pm

    Aw, so cute! In sure it will get lots of love!

  13. January 24, 2014 6:17 am

    So cute! Every baby needs a dragon!

  14. katemcivor permalink
    January 24, 2014 3:08 pm

    Your baby will love this! This morning, my daughter asked if she could bring her blankie to college. :)

  15. January 25, 2014 2:54 pm

    She”ll love it!

  16. January 25, 2014 8:26 pm

    Congratulations on your beautiful daughter! So many dreams ahead!

  17. January 26, 2014 3:47 pm

    So, so cute! Thinking of you and your exciting time ahead :)

  18. January 27, 2014 11:36 am

    This is so cute!

  19. February 10, 2014 11:11 pm

    he is so lovely!!! i wish i could sew

  20. February 11, 2014 9:52 am

    SO ADORABLE!!

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