This is a simple and super cute project you can whip up in just a couple of hours! I made this for a family at school who just had a baby.
You can make it any size and use any materials or combination of materials you like. I bought new fabric. Often I use vintage or remnants that I find.
Finished size: 25” x 34”
Cotton fabric: 1 yard – pay attention to pattern orientation – I wanted the bears to line up horizontally along the short width, so the length is just shy of the 1 yard measurement.
Fleece fabric: 2/3 yard – fleece is very wide, about 55”, I decided to buy 1 yard to have extra for another blanket
Batting: buy the small bag of the crib size 45” x 60”, your preference poly or cotton, you will have extra for another project
Binding: 2 packs Double Fold Bias Tape Quilt Binding; each pack is 3 yards – my blanket required just about 118 inches of bias tape, so I needed the 2 packs and I have leftover
Step 1: Cut out one piece of cotton, one piece of fleece and one piece of batting in desired size, here I used 25” x 34” paying attention to pattern. I put the bears a certain way and lined up the blue and white squares of the fleece. If you are a careful cutter, you can lay all 3 on top of each other and cut at the same time.
Step 2: Lay cotton piece right side down with batting on top and finally put fleece on top of batting with right side up – just as it would look when finished. Pin together.
Step 3: Sew through all three pieces as you would like. I’m not a quilter, so I chose vertical and horizontal lines on the fleece to follow, sewing straight stitches and zigzag stitches. I did a very simple pattern. I also printed out a clip art bear head outline, pinned it on and sewed around it for a cute effect.
Step 4: Sew quilt binding around all edges. Pin in place, fold at corners and fold under at end seams. I used a large zigzag stitch making sure to catch the back side as well.
The blanket is machine washable on warm and tumble dry low-medium. I washed it first!