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I have never had minky fabric in our apartment until I won some and used it for a baby girl quilt. When I was working on it, my son loved lying on it and cuddling with it. He never seemed jealous, but there was never a baby wrapped up in. He needed a jungle quilt. Make these other free quilt tutorials!
Also, my son got lots of baby quilts and blankets when he was born, but he’s kind of grown out of them now. I decided to make my son a toddler/child sized jungle quilt by combining two baby quilts and backing it with minky, so there would be no jealousy over blankets.
I had two quilts roughly the same size. One was a jungle animal theme that came with his bedding set. I still really love it and all the animals.
The other quilt was one that I made my son. It’s a simple tied quilt with an adorable lion print. I cut the lion quilt into four pieces and sewed them around the jungle quilt.
I didn’t unpick anything and didn’t even take out the ties. (I know, all you quilters out there are cringing because I took major shortcuts and did it unconventionally.) When I laid out the quilt to get a picture, my wanted to cuddle on it. At least it shows you the size ratio!
I got the minky fabric at a Joann’s Black Friday sale. 50% off is the only way I’d buy this fabric, and it still seemed too expensive to me. I used the minky as the back and did some machine quilting around the animals, so there’s a cool pattern.
Since I used other quilts, I didn’t have to worry about sewing through all the batting because it had already been done! Then I used the minky to self-bind the edges which I sewed with a machine because I hate hand-stitching.
Here’s how to make a minky blanket the easy way.
Here’s the quilt on Henry’s new toddler bed. We switched him from his crib to this tent bed last week, and he has done fabulous. I think he sleeps better on his bed than he did in his crib! The tent is $20 from Ikea. I was going to make him a tent, but I didn’t want it falling on Henry in the night if he wiggled too much. And $20 is probably how much I would’ve had to spend on fabric and supplies for a tent anyway.
This is also the progress on the shared nursery. This picture is from the doorway; the rocking chair and dresser are in the closet to the left. I’m getting through my list of projects I want to do before the baby comes. The only things left I have to do are making a cushion for the bookshelf bench, recovering the chair (that one might not happen; it’s way too hard to bend over), putting new pulls and legs on the dresser, making a rope hamper (a big question mark on if I still want this), and making a new diaper bag (halfway done!).
You can also make a sweet DIY swaddle blanket!