I've tried to make one for each of my nephews (since I don't yet have a niece) and my own daughter. In August 2012, my sister-in-law, Melissa, told me she was expecting her first child and I immediately started thinking of what I would do for her. At first (I believe she was really hoping for a girl), she told he she was going to do an owl theme for the nursery. Since the blankets take so long for me to do, I went to Joann's that same week and found my next project.
I started working on it in September 2012. I worked on it as often as time would allow (I did have a full time job and was a full time wifey and mommy duties that took precedence, ya know). I took it on a weekend trip out of town with the hubby and worked on it all day on a Saturday while he was in a meeting all day.
|Stitching while the hubby is sitting in a boring meeting.|
As I worked the blanket, I had a lot of idea running through my head. I wanted my sister-in-law to be able to actually use the blanket instead of just saying "it's too pretty to use". So many ideas and no clue as to what to do.
After almost four months of working on the blanket and praying that I would get it done before the baby arrives, I finished it just after Christmas.
|The finished product|
|Melissa and I at her baby shower on January 21th|
I brought the blanket home with me after the shower, still trying to figure out what to. My hubby looked at it and told me that I should have the baby's name put on it to personalize it and then add a backing to it to hide the stitching on the back. Thinking it was a great idea, I set out to do just that. I ended up taking it to an embroidery place here in town and had them stitch my nephews name and birth year on it.
|(Embroidery done by California Embroidery)|
Well, a few weeks ago, with the help of my mother and stepfather and a friend of my mom's, I was finally able to finish it and get it done the way I was picturing it in my mind and exactly how I wanted to get it done.
|Got the backing sewn on!|
I was so excited when it was done. And the best part. I had done all of it myself! My sister-in-law is so excited to use it. Hopefully soon, I will be able to add a picture of my new nephew with his new special blanket!