This is the last Christmas gift that I am going to be posting about. I have shared a lot of the things that I made for my oldest daughter for Christmas but she is not the only one that I made gifts for. I made more for her than I did for any of the other kids, we hardly bought any of her gifts, but I did make a few other things. One of the other things that I made was a baby doll quilt for my middle daughter, Lucy. She got a Cabbage Patch doll for Christmas. We joked a little that it was like 1980 something in our house on Christmas morning, in addition to Lucy's Cabbage Patch doll, our youngest daughter got a Care Bear and our youngest son got Transformers. It was like we were reliving our childhood Christmases. Anyway, back to the quilt. I thought that Lucy would like a few little accessories to go along with her baby and of course one of those things had to be a little doll quilt.
I bound the quilt with a solid pink using a method that I had seen someone use on Instagram where you use a blanket stitch to sew the binding down. You can find the tutorial here. In the Instagram picture I saw using this technique I thought it looked interesting so I tried it on both of the doll quilts that I made. It was nice because it was a lot quicker than sewing it down by hand, especially for a doll quilt, but the truth is I didn't really care for the way that it turned out. I had a hard time keeping it nice and straight. I will probably with stick with the way that I have always done it rather than doing it this way again. To be fair some of the issues were probably because I was going simply off of what I saw in a picture, I only found the tutorial for this post, so I didn't exactly follow the directions. Maybe I will give it another try after reading through the tutorial, but I don't know. After trying it I decided that I think that I'm just not a fan of the way it looks.
I backed it in some old flannel that was given to me by my husband's grandma and happened to match really well. Because I used scraps and fabric that had been given to me this little quilt cost me nothing to make. Just by spending a little time in the evenings I was able to make something to add to my daughters Christmas gift without spending any more money and going over the budget that we had set. That is one of the things that I love about sewing, and other crafts, I can often make nice gifts for my kids or for other people without needing to spend a lot of money. And, it is always fun to give a gift that is completely unique so you know that they won't be getting the same thing from anyone else.