Last Christmas I made my mom this family blanket so she could put it on her bed as a reminder of how blessed she (and dad) was… and how much she was loved.
It took me awhile to decide how I was going to make this “family blanket”. I finally decided to make fabric hearts with everyone’s name on them. I decided to use a fabric marker for the names because my machine didn’t do embroidery and I didn’t want to hand stitch them on either. For the hearts I used blue fabric for the males and pink for the females.
I went a little further and picked different blue and pink patterns for mom and dad, 6 children, 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 10 spouses. I ended up needing 5 different pink patterned fabrics (for the females) and 5 different blue patterned fabrics (for the males). I used fat quarters because they came in so many different colors and patterns.
For the heart sizes, I choose 6” hearts for mom and dad and 5” hearts for everyone else. I made heart templates using my cricut machine…love my cricut!. I ironed interfacing to the back of the fabric pieces before I traced and cut out the hearts. I figured the interfacing would help keep the edges from fraying and make them look more like appliques.
Once I had all the hearts cutout, I made name templates on my cricut and traced them onto the hearts with a black fabric marker. The templates worked out great… no way I could have done it freehand.
After all the hearts were done, it was time to decide how to place them on the fleece. After trying different arrangements, I ended up placing them along the sides, in family order, with mom and dad’s hearts overlapping in the center.
I pinned the hearts in place and sewed them on using a blanket stitch with pink and blue (of course) embroidery thread.
All in all it didn’t take that long to make. It was worth every minute when I saw the surprise on my mom’s face!
Now, what am I going to give her this Christmas?