Create this soft, silky baby lovey blanket to help your sweet little bonbon sleep more soundly!
Inspired by a Valentine quilted table runner on Pinterest, I imagined the heart-shaped ends as an adorable lovey security blanket for my granddaughter. Belle still wakes a few times at night, and I thought that maybe a lovey blanket would help her sleep more soundly. She recently passed the one-year mark, so it’s safer now for her to have items like a blanket in her crib.
Not all children need a lovey security blanket to sleep well. But many benefit from it. For those who seem to sleep best on mommy or daddy's lap, the parent may have become the lovey. This article by Heather Turgeon with sleep.org sheds light on what a lovey is, how to use a lovey, and the practicality of having at least two that are identical or very similar.
1. The first thing I did was make a pattern for the heart shape. I have a heart-shaped plastic basket, so I used it as the initial pattern on a piece of newspaper. It was only 10 inches across, though, and I needed 14 inches. So, using a ruler, I added two inches all around.
You can use the time-tested childhood method of making a heart by using the fold of your newspaper. Draw a half of a heart freehand, cut it out, and trim it until you’re happy with the overall shape when you unfold it.
2. Lay your pattern on the silky fabric, pin it (or draw around it), then cut it out.
3. Crochet the sheep bodies and weave in the ends with your yarn needle.