So I'm dying over the super adorable printed/stamped baby blankets that are all over the place!
But spending $40+ on one swaddling blanket, seems a little pricey for me :)
So I decided why not just make some!?
I got all my supplies at Joann fabric and used coupons for a total of $28, which got me
2 blankets, 1 stamp, paint brushes, stamp pad and 2 paints!
So now I can make as many as I want :)
Here's how to make your own :)
1. Fabric ( however large you want your blanket to be. I used 1 yard)
I got both a gauze material and an organic cotton that is super soft!
2. Martha Stewart Craft Paint. This paint can be used on fabric!
3. Memento Ink Pad. This ink can also be used on fabric!
4. Foam brushes (if you choose to use the craft paint)
5. Stamps! I bought this is one at Joann, but they also have tons at Hobby Lobby
and they have super cute ones on Etsy!
If you are using the ink pad, press your stamp firmly into it,
making sure to cover the entire stamp.
If you're using the craft paint, take your foam brush and dab on the paint to the stamp
(not too much is needed).
Do not brush it on, because it will leave stroke marks!
If using the ink pad, you will press the stamp down firmly onto your fabric,
evenly distributing the pressure.
If using the craft paint, you don't want to press too firmly.
(Otherwise it will just look like a big blob of paint.)
This is what it should look like when using the ink pad.
You can do complete random placings of the stamp, like I did
or follow a pattern if you'd like.
Okay so this is the important part.
This is going to make the ink completely permanent.
You will need to heat treat each stamped area.
**If using the craft paint you will need to wait at least 24 hours before ironing**
*You can iron almost immediately after using the ink pad*
You will want to use a different piece of cotton fabric or parchment paper to place
on top of the stamped area while ironing.
Make sure your iron is on the highest setting.
Press firmly on the iron and let it sit about 1 minute on each stamped area.
(You will also want to repeat this process on the backside of the fabric)
Once finished, you can hem the blanket for a finished look!
**You want to wait at least 2 weeks before washing the blanket**
Pros and Cons to both Craft Paint and Ink Pad
Comes in a ton of colors and can even be mixed to create endless color choices!
Leaves a stiff feeling on fabric
Doesn't come in a lot of colors
Has a printed feeling, it looks like it actually came printed like that!
And here is the finished product!
I love this gauzey one for summer!
So soft and comfy
I'm going to add some super soft minky fabric to the back
of this one for a more cuddly time blanket :)
Also a baby update!
I had my 21 week ultrasound yesterday and baby boy is already 1lb.1oz!
It kind freaked me out to know that I still have 19 weeks left and hes already a pound! But I seriously can't wait for him to get here!