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I needed a gift for my pastor and his wife and wouldn’t you know it, the baby is nearly 6 months old and I just got around to doing this.

It’s a taggie blankie, flannel squares of cuteness!

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I found these squares at JoAnn, in a charm square bundle. What could be easier? Oh look! Here they are! I sewed the squares in strips then joined them – yes, this isn’t a “tutorial” so much as a sharing- but you get the idea!

So after I sewed the squares to make the front and back of the blankie, I sewed strips to make little tags. While this was a bit tedious- measuring, cutting, sewing, turning them right side out- it was worth it to coordinate! You can use ribbon- most people do- and I will probably go back to that in the future.

Anyway, I pinned the “tags” inside and then pinned the front and back together. See that tag in the corner? I had to remove it at the end. It made the corners pucker.

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It’s simple and sweet- a nice little “something” to celebrate a ManCub!

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Thanks for visiting! Be blessed!
Kathy Bo

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My GrandLittle turns four today and is he ever the super hero fan! I’m pretty sure he is the “real” Spider-Man – among others, such as Batman, Captain America, etc.
So as we celebrate Asher today, I decided to make this card for him.

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Of course, there is a story to go with it… It seems that Bear is in training to be a super hero and, well, Spidey got the best of him! As a result, Bear is all tangled up in Spidey’s web.
The video version is right here!
Here’s what I used to make this super cute card:
Action Wobble Springs (I LOVE creating with these!), Stampin Up! (SU) cardstock, SU Apothecary Accents Framelits, SU Big Shot embossing machine, SU Cloudy Day embossing folder, SU Cherry Cobbler heat embossing powder, SU Tombow adhesive, SU Happiest Birthday Wishes clear mount stamps, SU Baker’s Twine, Cricut die cutting machine, Cricut Teddy Bear Parade cartridge and I upcycled an image of Spider-Man by cutting it from some packaging.

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I used VersaMark ink to stamp my sentiment and heat embossed the powder. You can see the raised, shiny effect that heat embossing provides. I love to use this method. It is fascinating to see it change from powder to finished image!

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I cut the sentiment by using Stampin’ Up’s Apothecary Accents Framelits, but I left one edge straight so I could hook it on the card by a tab.

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This is how I store my Framelits- there is a magnetic sheet that holds the metal dies in place.

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Here’s the Cricut cartridge I used

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Whew! That’s a lot of info! But what a fun card- my GrandLittle has an awesome sense of humor, so I know he will crack up when he sees this!
Y’all have a blessed day, and thanks for visiting!
God bless,
Kathy Bo

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I have wrapped hard candy in a dish in the living room.

Every single thing I start to sew starts with inspiration of making something for my grandson.

Same with scrapbooking.

I notice games and toys in the store that he might like when he is a year, 14 months, 18 months and so on…

I wanted to buy a pool float that he can use in 2010.

I did buy two suits… one casual, one dress, for him to wear when he is two… in spring of 2011.

He was here overnight and I miss his sweet smell, his soft skin, his wee toes and tiny fingers, his smile, his soft breathing when he is sleeping, his alert eyes, his cooing and his soft hair.

I am smitten, completely smitten with him, especially when I get to hold him like I did this morning and take pictures of his sweet little face.

Dear God, thank you for this beautiful grandchild. I’m in love.

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I made this for my grandson Asher and can’t wait to give it to him and his mom and dad. I hope he will enjoy it! The blanket is flannel with a solid green Minkee backing. As you know Minkee is soooo soft. The “tie” is appliqued with the monkey theme on Minkee background. Here’s the finished set and directions!

The Minkee Monkey Blanket
The Monkey Blanket and Monkey Tie

I cut my fabric with the measurements of 36″ wide and 46″ long. Why? Because that is how much Minkee I had… no big science there. The strips you see on my mat are scraps I used for the tie. I didn’t photograph the making of the blanket but will give you some tips.

  • Minkee stretches! Cut carefully
  • Once you have everything measured and cut, PIN along the edges. Don’t try to rush and shortcut… pinning at this point is very important.
  • While sewing stretchy flannel and / or Minkee, keep it all on the table so the weight of your project doesn’t pull and cause it to stretch while sewing. I don’t use my walking foot when sewing flannel or Minkee.
  • If you have some stretching use the point of a seam ripper to gently feed the excess under the needle.. there should only be a small amount if you pinned properly.
  • Leave an 8″ opening along one side.
  • Trim corners
  • Turn
  • Steam blanket edges with the iron and gently iron on FLANNEL side! Don’t iron Minkee side.
  • Sew opening closed and topstitch around the edge of blanket for stability.
Now for the Onesie and tie!
You can use any Onesie set… I chose Calvin so The AshMan can be a snazzy dresser.

I made a pattern by just tracing near the existing stitches on the Onesie and marking a tie that I thought would be a nice size. You will note the pattern is folded in half. I cut along the lines that are marked so when I opened the paper both sides were exact.

The pattern should be two pieces because I cut the neck separate from the tie, but you get the idea. Disclaimer: I’m not a designer… I made this up as I went.

I used a blanket stitch like this one (image from Craftelf.com) to put the applique onto the Onesie. The illustration demonstrates hand sewing but you get the idea….

I sewed on the neck part of the “tie” and the fabric went up under the flaps at the shoulders.

In the photo below, you can see how the green Minkee is under the fold at the shoulder.

This is where I found the center and marked it. Simply fold the Onesie in exact half to find the lengthwise center. This also works if you need to find the center width, just fold in half width-wise.

I cut one of the cute monkeys from the flannel fabric, found my center and used the blanket stitch to applique it on.

I pinned the tie, matching my center marks. Remember the Minkee is stretchy, so sew gently.

I stitched the tie onto the Onesie, overlapping the Minkee on the curve at the neck. I stitched on top of the tie at the curve to give the tie a “tied” detail.
Voila! A matching Minkee Monkey Blanket and Onesie!

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