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    DIY Minky Satin-Trimmed Baby Blanket

    If you missed our last post, we're currently working on furnishing a nursery. Good news - it has a floor! We have paint picked out, Baby D's dresser is done, and new windows and carpet should be going in shortly. While Chad was finishing the manual labor projects, I spent a couple of sleepless nights making a, blanket....for D. It's not really a quilt, because I didn't "quilt" any of it. But it is a nice, heavy well-made blanket that's double-sided and edged with satin.

     DIY Minky Satin-Trimmed Baby Blanket

    [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="570"] I found this inspiration while shopping Etsy. I loved the coral, gray and white combo and decided I am good enough at sewing straight lines with my sewing machine to take on a blanket.[/caption]

    Skill level: Some sewing experience. I once followed a tutorial for making my own grommet curtains, and I have sewn a duvet cover and some pillow covers. None of which I would have considered high quality enough to sell to someone else, but good enough for us!

    Cost: More than buying it off Etsy. Likely because I didn't have time to shop for the best deals on fabric, nor was I buying in quantity. The gray chevron minky was particularly expensive, and I couldn't find it at any of the "box" stores so had to custom-order online. Time: Not much. Will vary depending on your sewing skills, but I'd say 2 hours, tops. I worked on it for 20 minutes here and there when I couldn't sleep.


    White thread 45" square of fabric for each side Sewing machine Pins Satin Blanket Binding (I purchased at Hancock Fabrics)

    We already had the coral fabric because I plan to make curtains for D's room from it - I bought extra in case I decided to make an extra set to sell in the store, or to do small projects this blanket!

    Coral Suzani Fabric from

    Chad and I stopped in at Hancock Fabrics one day to grab some minky. He had no idea what "minky" was - and for those of you who also don't know - it's SUPER soft fabric that feels like it sounds. People even make cloth diapers out of this stuff, it's so soft! I showed him the options, and he didn't like the dotty minky (like in the inspiration photo). This guy has something against polka dots in general.... So I found the chevron stuff online!

    Gray Minky Chevron from

    I figured I didn't even need a pattern to re-create the inspiration photo. Pin the "good" sides of the fabric together in a square, sew 90% of it together, turn it inside out so the "good" sides were out, and sew about 1/4" in from the edge to finish. Bam.

    But, I wanted a nice, satiny edge, too! Babies love satin, right? I want this to be "the" blankie that D loves and keeps until it just won't keep together any I found this inspiration:

    And then I found this tutorial online, which I followed step-by-step (with the exception of her fabric choices, obviously).

    [caption id="attachment_547" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Baby D's Coral Suzani and Gray Minky Handmade Baby Blanket with Satin Trim How gorgeous is the bassinet my Mom found us, too? Chippy white paint (don't worry, it's been sealed with zero-VOC clear sealer to prevent any lead paint issues) and original wood. We <3 it![/caption]

    I am sooooo happy with how it turned out! Halfway through adding the satin trim, I showed Chad - and even he was impressed. He said something along the lines of "family heirloom."

    Baby D's Coral Suzani and Gray Minky Handmade Baby Blanket with Satin Trim   The best part? It matches her new dresser so beautifully. Here is a sneak peek at the dresser - which is another blog post waiting to be finished. It's obviously a work in progress in this photo, but you can clearly see the finished color on 3/4 of it! 20140707-110727-40047475.jpg What projects did you work on last weekend?

    The New Primitive: Milk Paint Dresser Makeover in Chippy Trophy

    I have always been in love with that primitive, hundred-years-old, covered-in-ten-layers-of-paint look. I mean, just imagine the stories those pieces could tell... Sometimes we're lucky enough to find the true, original, primitive pieces. And sometimes, we create our own. This dresser was structurally in good shape, but was living out her life in a small-town secondhand store. She looked sad, so we thought we'd best take her home. She came with some scars; her veneer was peeling a bit on each side. We thought that set her up perfectly for a chippy finish. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser   As much as I love keeping original hardware on pieces like this, even after they are refinished, she was missing on pull on a top drawer, and a ring was missing off one of the other pulls. Boo. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Check out the detail and lines on the base of this piece. Gorgeous! Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser She got one coat of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Trophy. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser See how the chipping has just started, below? ooooooh, it makes me so excited! Please ignore my high-tech paint studio. It's our dining room, with some old moving boxes from the basement. Chad complains a lot less about me painting in the house, now that I'm using Milk Paint {no smell, and zero-VOCs}. In fact, he even moved the dresser inside for me. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser I smoothed the first coat out with a high-grit {220} sandpaper, just to get off some of the flakes, and gave her a second coat of Trophy, then followed with more sandpaper. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser I'm dying over here. Could it look any more original? Does anyone else find it a little funny that we put so much effort into making something old look even older and in poorer condition than it probably was to start? I like to just think positive, and consider it giving her more character. Now she's truly one-of-a-kind. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Doesn't the paint look like it's been there for 100 years?? A coat of clear wax, and she'll be all finished and ready for a new home. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Ugh, my good camera broke. Like, broke & needs to be sent away to be fixed & I want to cry. So, you get iPhone photos. Sorry {for me & you}. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Can you tell we pushed our dining room table out of the way just to take some staged shots? Yep, those chairs in the reflection in the window don't really belong there. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Who wants to take her home, before I decide to keep her?? P.S. Trophy is the Miss Mustard Seed Color of the Month for March, which means quarts of Trophy are 10% off. Carver Junk Company Milk Paint Trophy Dresser Is the chippy look for you? Would you put her in a bedroom as a dresser? In a dining room as a buffet? Maybe as a TV/Media stand?