When I’m in the mood for a snack, I crave nutty, salty, and a little sweet. These chewy granola bars totally hit the spot. They take a little time to make, maybe an hour of actual labor, but this makes a whole pan, and they can keep for up to three weeks (if they manage to last that long in your house). In our house between my two year old and me, they’re gone in a week!
Mermaid tail blankets have been all the rage. But they’re stinking expensive if you try to buy one already made! I not only have three nieces, I also have two nephews. I’m pretty sure neither of those boys would be thrilled with a mermaid blanket. But a shark blanket? YES. Honestly, these blankets are super easy to sew together. You’ll need to first draw your pattern on some wrapping paper. In this blanket’s simplest pattern, you’ll have three pattern pieces to cut out. You’ll have the body, the tail fin (in which your kid’s feet will fit), and the top, or mouth. Depending on how big you want your blanket will determine how much material to get. I like the warmth and feel of anti-pill fleece fabric. If you’re making a shark or other animal like this example, I bought some starchy felt that had a sticky peel-off backing for the eyes and teeth.
To make the body pattern, either have your kid lay down on the paper to measure how long the blanket needs to be, from armpit to ankles, or use your own legs. Since this is a blanket, you want to make it roomy. Draw just one side of the body so that when you fold it over, the sides match and look the same. I made my body pattern 45″ long and 13″ wide. The skinny end is 7″ wide, but you’ll want to make sure that will accommodate your kiddo’s ankles. To help you cut out the material correctly, write on the pattern. Your material should stretch widthwise, and you will want the fold of your material on the straight long edge. You will cut 2 on the fold, so that when you finish cutting, you will have a front and back body of your blanket that is 26″ wide at its widest point and 14″ wide at the ankles.
For the fin, again, you will only draw one side so that when you cut on the fold, the tail fins are mirror images. Ensure that the material stretches the width of the fin, and the fold is the length. The little skinny end at the bottom should be the same with as the skinny end of your body pattern. You will cut 2 of these fins on the fold, again so that you have a whole front and back fin. My fin is 15.25″ at it’s widest point, and 10.5″ at the straight fold. So, when I cut out my material, I would have a fin 30.5″ wide.
This is the mouth of the blanket. You’ll want the stretch to run the length of the material, and the fold on one of the long sides. Mine is 6″ wide and 26″ long. The length of the mouth should be double the width of the top of your body pattern. So when I cut the material, I would have a 12″ wide, 26″ long strip.
Now that your material is cut, it’s time to piece everything together. First, determine the “right” and “wrong” sides of your pieces of material. The right side is the side that the pattern is intended to be seen. The wrong side is the side you want to be hidden. Next, it’s time to sew your mouth pieces on to the front body piece and on to the back body piece.