Sometimes letting go of the baby blanket our little one adorned on their hospital ride home and nursing sessions is tough. However, we all know we do better without “stuff” just laying around the house. What if you could upcycle the baby blanket into something that is loved again? How about creating a fun and easy DIY cape for your kiddo to “fly” around in?
We have a few receiving blankets laying around the house. I’ve used most of them for sewing into cloth wipes. Still, I had a couple more that I wasn’t quite ready to part with. That’s when it hit me. Our kids love super heroes! Let’s create something that they will make new memories in.
Best part is, this craft is very easy to make. You simply need a sewing machine, a no longer used baby blanket and ribbon. You want to fold over the top of one of the baby blanket sides to create about a two or three inch lap over. This will create a “loop” or “collar” to feed your ribbon through. Pin the folded fabric on the backside to have it lay evenly. Sew along the bottom of the fold over to create the “loop”. You can use whatever stitch you like. Make it simple or fancy!
I like to use a pen to weave the ribbon through. I simply wind the ribbon in the metal clip to hold the ribbon without damaging it. I then feed the pen through the opening to the other end. Leave about four or five inches of ribbon on each side and cut it to size.
From there, it is done! Simply lay the cape over your child’s shoulders, tie and let their imaginations run wild. I find that receiving blankets are best for about ages two through seven years. It tends to lay best on that body size. I’ll recap the instructions below for easier viewing.
DIY Cape Upcycled from Baby Blanket
What You Need
- Sewing Machine and Thread (Color of Choice)
- Baby Blanket
- Prepare your sewing machine.
- Fold one top of baby blanket over about 2-3 inches to create a “loop”.
- Pin the back so that the fold meets the back of the blanket and lays easily.
- Sew the bottom of the fold over so that a “loop” is created at the “collar” of the blanket to weave your ribbon through.
- Use whatever setting of stitch you prefer and sew all the way down to bring the fold together.
- Use a large ribbon (about 2-3 inches in size) to wind around a pen metal clip.
- Feed the pen through the “loop” to bring ribbon to other side.
- Measure about 4-5 inches of ribbon end on each side and cut to size if needed.
- Test out the cape on child to see if ribbon needs to be shortened.
- Have fun!
I hope you find this to be a fun way to still enjoy something special and create new memories with!