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Valentine Lovey Security Blanket ~
soft, silky comfort for restless sleepers

Create this soft, silky lovey security 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.

Research about loveys 

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 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.    

Here’s how I made the Valentine lovey security blanket

Materials: (looks like a lot, but most of it is pretty basic)

  • Silky fabric – 18 inches square (Prewash and dry)
  • Fluffy fabric (Short nap faux fur or minky) – 18 inches square (No need to prewash if it's polyester fleece)
  • Fabric scraps for decorative hearts
  • Bias binding - one inch wide = edge on front and back – store-bought or handmade (see link below)
  • Yarn for crochet sheep bodies ~ see below for hook size, etc.
  • Crochet sheep appliques - See directions below for the crochet bodies
  • Black felt – enough for the heads and legs
  • Sheep head template
  • Iron-on adhesive
  • Spray adhesive - Spray 'n Bond
  • Thread - appropriate colors and monofilament
  • Embroidery floss – if desired for appliques
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Lint roller (if your fluffy fabric sheds like mine did, you’ll want this for cleanup!)

FRONT of the security blanket

Make a heart pattern from newspaper. I used this heart-shaped basket as a template, then measured 2 in. larger all around.Make a heart pattern from newspaper. I used this heart-shaped basket as a template, then measured 2 in. larger all around.
This is the newspaper pattern pinned to the silky fabric so I can cut it out.This is the newspaper pattern pinned to the silky fabric so I can cut it out.

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.


Crochet the sheep bodies in an oval using the puff stitchCrochet the sheep bodies in an oval using the puff stitch


Yarn - Caron Simply Soft White

Crochet hook - 5.5mm


Yarn needle


·       Do not turn your work

·       Two rounds for small sheep

·       Three rounds for large sheep

How to make a puff stitch (PS): (YO, insert hook, YO, pull up) 3x in same ch, YO, pull through all 7 loops, ch 1.

Begin: Ch 10

R1: Puff stitch in 4th ch from hook, sk1, PS, sk1, PS, sk1, 3 PS in end ch [this makes the curve],

[now crochet in same foundation chain directly opposite the puffs you just made - you're making an oval shape]

PS, sk1, PS, sk1, 2 PS, sl st in top of dc to join.

R2: [For R2 and more, PS in space between puffs of previous round (2 PS when needed at ends). Skip stitches will not be mentioned again.]

Ch 3, 4 PS, 2 PS in same space, 2 PS in next space, 3 PS, 2 PS in same space, 1 PS, sl st to join.

R3: Ch 3, 5 PS, 2 PS in same stitch 3x (next 3 spaces), 4 PS, 2 PS in same stitch 2x, 1 PS, sl st to join. Fasten off.

4. Use the sheep head template to cut out two heads from the black felt. Also cut eight legs. Make the baby sheep head and legs a little smaller than the mommy/daddy head and legs.

Cut out some decorative hearts to place around the two sheep.

5. Now take a few minutes to artfully arrange the sheep and hearts on the silky material. Make a quick sketch on paper, if needed, to remember where you placed each item for your design. Be sure to place the decorative hearts far enough away from the edge to allow room for your binding.

6. From the iron-on adhesive, cut matching pieces for your decorations, except the white sheep bodies. (I didn't use the adhesive for them.) Follow the manufacturer’s directions to adhere your decorative elements to the silky heart.

7. Hand-sew each item in place with the blanket stitch, using thread or embroidery floss.

If you have mad sewing machine skills, you may prefer to machine-applique your design pieces. Check out this machine-applique baby blanket with my granddaughter’s initials.

BACK of the lovey security blanket

Use the same pattern to cut out the back furry piece.Use the same pattern to cut out the back furry piece.
The edge stitching isn't perfect, but it will be covered with the bias binding.The edge stitching isn't perfect. It will be covered with the bias binding.

Use the newspaper pattern to cut out a heart from your fluffy fabric. It should be the same size as the front silky heart.

I used Spray 'n Bond to affix the front heart to the back one (wrong sides together), so the fabrics wouldn't slip when I sewed them on the machine.

On the sewing machine, straight-stitch the front to the back. A half-inch seam allowance should be fine. Then go around again, this time with a 3/8" seam allowance. Use a zigzag stitch to alleviate fraying.


For the final step, sew the blanket binding around to cover the raw edges. Use a machine to sew the bias binding to the heart.

Bias binding is necessary because you can make it lie flat around curves without creasing.

First, sew the binding to the back side. Then fold it to the front.First, sew the binding to the back side. Then fold it to the front.
Pin the binding so it's a tiny bit wider on the front than on the back. You'll know because the pins will go through the fluffy side of the back, not the binding.
Use monofilament on the top and a thread to match the fluffy back on the bottom.

I shopped all over for a 1-inch bias binding in a design to complement my sheep and satin heart, with no luck! So, I found a couple youtube videos for how to make my own. This first one shows how to apply the bias binding, but the one by the National Quilter’s Circle shows how to make bias binding from fabric of my choosing. Each presenter shows how to attach your binding to the project, but their method for doing the ends is different. Do whichever works best for you.

NOTE: Bias binding should first be sewn on the back side, then folded over and sewn on the front side.

Your local quilt shop can be a great source of help, if you’re new to bias binding. Just ask! Betty at the quilter’s guild here answered my questions and even helped me cut and sew  a length of binding in the workshop at the back of the store.

L’amour pour votre bebe

All that remains is to introduce the lovey to your sweet bonbon and train him or her to find sleepytime comfort with it. Then maybe you can get a little more sleep too!

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