Although these are intended to be Christmas gifts, my kids don't read my blog, so this won't spoil the surprise. This morning I whipped together the easiest Christmas gift ever, and I thought some of y'all might be looking for ideas.
this tutorial on my Mom's blog.
So how much fleece do you need to make your own blankies? The printed panel was easy - they come a specific size - but I actually think they are a bit small for a bigger child, although they are OK as just a throw. For a crib-sized blanket, a one yard piece is perfect. A standard crib mattress is 27 inches by 56 inches, so a 60 x 36 inch blanket is big enough to completely cover the crib mattress without any loose ends. (Side note/Pediatrician hat on - You should never have an infant in a crib with a loose blanket. It is a suffocation hazard and increases baby's risk of SIDS - end rant) For a crib blanket, I like to just pink the edges to remove the printed selvage. Binding or hemming adds bulk to an edge that is otherwise soft and smooth, not to mention that it tucks more easily under the crib mattress without any edge finish in the way.
For an older child, a 2 yard piece of fleece is perfect for snuggling in a "big kid" bed. With this one you can have more fun with your edge finish. Pinking or trimming is an option, or you can fringe the edges.
If you'd like to bind the edges like I did, you will need two packages of blanket binding for either size blanket. It comes in a zillion colors or you can get cool prints or any Disney character you can imagine. Wouldn't Tinkerbelle be cute on a solid green blanket? Or Lightning McQueen on a black and white checkered flag fleece? Get creative!