About three and a half years ago, this little fella was born:
A little while later, I bought this fabric:
(Yikes! Ignore those wrinkles in the picture!!)
You see, I was super excited to finally become an aunt. Both my sisters had been aunts for years and I was the only one who wasn't an auntie. My husband had some nieces and nephews but I was just couldn't wait for my sister's son to be born. So when she decided to decorate his room in the Disney Cars Theme I thought, you know, being the cool aunt that I am and all, that I would make him a blankie. Donovan LOVES blankies. So I started to make him one - no big deal, made a ton of them before, I'll just whip one right up. The cars cotton fabric for the front, some blue fleece for the back and I cut some strips to make a cute little gathered ruffle. I pinned the whole thing and decided the ruffle looked too girlie. I kept trying to "boy" it up a little and couldn't decide what to do, so I threw it in the closet and left it there for three years. Phew! Problem solved!!
Fast Forward a couple of years and I decided to clean out said closet. Donovan still loves his blankies and still loves the movie Cars so I decided its time to finish this darn blanket. I added some checkered flag fabric for a border, left off the ruffle completely and swapped the blue fleece backing for red fleece for a little contrast. Then I top stitched it around the checkered flag border.
Since my dad was traveling to my sister's for a visit, it was good motivation to just get it done so I could send it with him. But my sister has had two daughters since then and guess what? They like blankies too! So I couldn't send one for Donovan and not for them. So I made a quick run to Hancock's and found some Tinkerbell and some Disney Princess Material and over the next two days made two more blankets for the girls.
For Princess Meagan:
(This fabric is really cute - the princess dresses have sparkles on them!)
And for sweet little Mackenzie
So it only took my about three years (and three days) but now all three of them have a
blankie from their aunt Clair!