Critter Nursery Blanket Knockoff

A couple of months ago one of my sweet friends, Michele, from The Scrap Shoppe, needed some guest posts for her maternity leave – so she could spend some time with her darling new little guy.
And oh – is he darling. :)

I wanted to do a “baby” craft – so I went searching for inspiration at Pottery Barn Kids.
I found the cutest little Critter Nursery Blankets and that was it.
I just had to make one!

Here’s my version of their little frog blanket:

And here’s the PBK version:

See the little frog in the back? :)

I made mine a little larger – and a little brighter in color. I wanted a fun green color and I spotted this fuzzy fleece at Joann’s. Perfect!!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own.

• 2/3 yard of 60″ fleece
• embroidery floss
• fiberfill
• Frog Pattern (Click to download)

Cut your fleece into a 24″ square. Cut out your frog pattern. You’ll need to cut two – a front and back.

Trace the face markings onto the fleece with a disappearing ink pen.

Begin embroidering your froggy’s mouth.

Bring the floss up at the left side of the mouth.
Put the needle back through the fabric about 1/4″ along the line. Bring the needle back up between these two points.

Continue this same stitch, putting the needle through about 1/4″ down the line, the back up at the point the previous stitch ends.

Repeat all the way down the line until the mouth is finished.

Sew on the nose next, using small stitches to make it as thick or thin as you want.

For the eyes, do the previous stitch in a circle, outlining where the eye will be. Then fill in the center with straight stitches starting at one side and crossing to the other until the whole eye is filled.

Place the other head piece over this one, right sides together, and sew around the edges with a 1/4″ seam, leaving the bottom open.
Turn right side out.


 I love our smirky little frog so far. ;)

Measure down about 8″ from one corner of the fleece square.
Cut the corner off.

Hem the remaining sides of the square by turning the edges over 1/2″, then 1/2″ again and stitching close to the edge.
Make sure you leave the cut corner unsewn.

Now we’re going to pin the head to the cut corner of the square.
Match up the bottom edges of the head at the seams with each end of the cut corner.
There will be extra fabric in the middle.

Bring the cut corner piece together in the center so that it is the length of the head piece.
Fold flat the extra fabric to make a pleat. Pin this to the face side of the head.

Sew this seam, making sure not to catch the back of the head while you’re sewing.
Now the front of the head will be sewn to the blanket but the back will be open still.

Stuff the head (lightly – don’t go crazy here).
Turn the back of the head under about 1/4″ and hand sew it down to the back side of the blanket square.

That’s all there is to it!!

Such an easy way to make a cute Critter Blanket – perfect for new little ones, baby showers, and gifts!

Not bad when you consider Pottery Barn’s version is $29!

You could easily take the method and make almost any animal! Just draw out the head and cut and sew onto the corner of a square of fabric.
If you don’t want to draw it out – a simple animal from a coloring book would work great too.

Don’t you just want to cuddle him?

When are you too old for a fuzzy fleece animal head blanket?

Hmmmm.

If for some reason you see a pink flamingo head blanket in the background of some picture I’ve taken in the house . . . look the other way, k?
Thanks.

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41 Comments

  • Reply June 4, 2011

    Michelle

    Dang, That is impressive!! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I would LOVE if you would link this up to my Delicately Constructed Fridays Linky Party!!
    Thanks so much!
    Have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    http://www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

  • Reply June 5, 2011

    gail

    awww bev! he’s sooo darn cute! :)
    great job!
    gail

  • Reply June 6, 2011

    Lisa

    This is adorable! I love it! I’m totally going to make one if I don’t get any as gifts at my baby showers.

  • Reply June 6, 2011

    Emily

    Awwww he’s so cute! Great job!

  • Bev, seriously, is there anything you don’t do exquisitely?

    These are sensational. I’m hoping I can inspire my girls to make some of these blankets with my for their little cousins this summer!

    And amidst all your magic-making, you manage to find a wormhole in time to visit my place and link-up. You’re a talent, an inspiration and a true friend! Thank you.

    Jenn

  • I absolutely love this! My little man loves these (he sleeps with his every night) but they are a fortune, and I’d like to supplement his stash without spending too much. I am going to make a TON!

    I loved this so much I featured you in my “tuesday treasures” post this morning. I’d love for you to come check it out!
    http://sweetcsdesigns.com/archives/760

  • Reply June 7, 2011

    abeachcottage

    this is so cute and adorable. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Reply June 10, 2011

    sewashley

    So frickin cute!!! And using fleece would be so soft and cuddly!

  • Reply June 11, 2011

    min

    so cute

    I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

  • Reply June 14, 2011

    Stephanie Lynn

    How cute Beverly! Fabulous job recreating this super cute blanket. The material looks super soft and cuddly! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting – Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • Reply August 23, 2011

    Pam Shultz

    My kids are all over 7 years, and when I am done making this for the neighbors new baby I’m certain that they are all going to want one under the Christmas tree this year! Thanks so much for sharing this post. I absolutely love it!

  • Reply August 24, 2011

    Amanda

    We liked this so much over at Copycat Crafts that we have decided to feature it today! You can view it here
    http://www.copycatcrafts.com/pb-kids-critter-nursery-blanket/

    We’d love it if you’d like to display a featured button! You can grab your button on the right hand side of your post. Thanks!

  • Reply August 25, 2011

    Julie

    So Cute. I want to make one but right now I have no friends or families with babies. My niece is 3 and probably too old for it….

  • Reply October 26, 2011

    Brenda

    Sooo cute! I’m printing this out now for my mom to make as Christmas gifts for my girls and friends. Perfect thanks.

  • Reply December 12, 2011

    Pam

    These are soooo sooo cute! I just bought one at Babies R Us and they are not cheap. Do you have the other patterns for the other animals?

    Love them!
    Pam from Pa

  • Reply February 17, 2012

    Kathy

    I’d like to see the pink flamingo!

  • Reply February 25, 2012

    Joan

    Love it! Am making it today for a baby shower. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Reply August 2, 2012

    Kathleen

    They are soooooo cute!! I wanna to do the sewing for my granddaughters…. So Cute! Where are the pattern?

  • Reply October 11, 2012

    Carrie

    This is adorable and I am making some for the charitable org named Linus. They collect handmade blankets for children in traumas. A “Binkie friend” is what I will call it.

    • November 12, 2012

      Geri Sentman

      Hi – am interested in learning about Linus. I’d love to make some blankets

  • Reply October 30, 2012

    Marty

    This is just wonderful. With your talent I bet you could make more patterns for those of us who are not as talented at pattern making!.

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