When I first started sewing, I purchased a few yards of super soft, cuddly minky fabric and wouldn't you know it, the poor stuff has been just sitting there, waiting patiently for the perfect project. Or, I guess it could be sitting there because I have been afraid to use it. Regardless, it has been sitting there. But when my sister recently lamented about how she could never find the perfect size blanket for my 4 year old nephew, coupled with she said he loved to rub the soft edging of his favorite pillow, I knew the minky had found it's perfect project!
My nephew also LOVES Thomas the Train! I mean, LOVES! What boy doesn't you ask? Well, my little boy for one....he LOVES animals and robots and pirates (on a side note, have your kids seen the Veggie Tales Pirate Movie? my kid is obsessed!!) , but he doesn't particularly love Thomas the way my nephew does. On a recent trip to the fabric store I found the PERFECT (pictured above, pay no attention to my husband's green flip flops) Thomas the Train fleece....it is super soft and snuggly and I loved the print. And coupled with my 50% off coupon, it was a steal!
So, over the weekend I sewed together the super soft, snuggly fleece with the super soft, cuddly minky and voila! The perfect blanket for my super sweet 4 year Thomas the Train fanatic nephew!!
I even got to use my walking foot for the first time! What's a walking foot you may ask? It is a special tool that helps feeds thick or stretchy materials evenly through your sewing machine. The walking foot was a MUST for making this blanket turn out so nicely, a huge THANK YOU to my stepmom for purchasing it for me before I even knew I would need it!!
I CAN.NOT.WAIT. to give my newphew his blanket and to see his little face when he sees he gets to snuggle up with Thomas every day! What's the most anticipated gift you've given lately?
Join me over at these link parties this week (as well as the ones on my sidebar) to see other neat projects made by crafty people!