Country Critters Baby Blanket

Materials

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique White, Burnt Orange, Buttermilk, Cocoa, Country Red, Deep Midnight Blue, Desert Sand, Forest Green, Gingerbread, Hauser Light Green, Khaki Tan, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Medium Flesh, Milk Chocolate, Mustard Seed, Peony Pink, Sapphire, Warm White, Wild Orchid
  • Brushes: Loew-Cornell: La Corneille Golden Taklon: Liner, Series 7350, #0; Angular Shader, Series 7400, 1/4”; Round Scumbler, Series 2014, #4; Specialty: White Bristle Stencil, Series 1136, 1/8”, 1/4”
  • Textile medium
  • Cotton fabric: white, 1/2 yd.; print of choice, 1-1/2 yds.
  • White flannel, 1 yd.

Tools

  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
  • Heat transfer pencil
  • Iron

Directions

Preparation

  • 1. (Note: You may choose to use different coordinating print fabric for back of blanket if you desire.) Wash all fabrics and dry; do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets. Press with iron.
  • 2. Cut five 11” squares from white fabric, thirteen 11” squares from print fabric, and nine 11” squares from white flannel. Nine print squares will be used for the back, five white and remaining four print squares are for front, and flannel squares are for centers.
  • 3. For one complete block, layer three squares together with right sides of cotton fabrics facing out and flannel square in center. Sew around block in 1/2” seams. Repeat same for remaining blocks.
  • 4. For fringe, clip around edges of each block spacing 1/2” apart; wash blocks again. Press each block to remove wrinkles.
  • 5. Print out patterns; turn tracing paper over and lightly retrace with transfer pencil following manufacturer’s instructions. Secure patterns to white fabric squares and iron.

Artist’s Tip

  • 1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for use of Textile Medium; add medium to paint before painting.

Chicken

  • 1. Base body Cocoa. Use Milk Chocolate to shade body and to wash in feathers. Use Country Red to float cheeks; base waddle and comb. Use Lamp Black to shade waddle and comb. Base beak Mustard Seed and shade Milk Chocolate. Use Warm White to highlight beak, top of head and top of feathers. Paint legs Burnt Orange. Use Lamp Black to paint eyes, eyelashes, and nostril lines. Use Warm White to highlight dot eyes, cheeks, comb, and wattle. Use Hauser Lt. Green to float grass and to randomly dot background.

Wabbit

  • 1. Base body Khaki Tan and shade Milk Chocolate. Use Gingerbread to base nose and to shade around muzzle. Shade nose Milk Chocolate. Shade inside ear with Gingerbread. Lightly stipple entire body Warm White. Use Milk Chocolate to paint x’s and dots on cheeks. Paint eyes and mouth Lamp Black. Use Warm White to highlight dot eyes and cheeks. Float grass Hauser Lt. Green. Randomly dot background Mustard Seed.

Cow

  • 1. Base body, head, and ear Buttermilk; shade Milk Chocolate. Use Lamp Black to paint spots and eyes. Base muzzle Medium Flesh; shade Gingerbread. Base hat Sapphire and shade Deep Midnight Blue. Base hat band Peony Pink and shade Milk Chocolate. Randomly dot background Sapphire. Use old toothbrush to spatter Lamp Black. Float grass Hauser Lt. Green.

Pig

  • 1. Base pig Medium Flesh and shade Gingerbread. Deepen shading around muzzle with Milk Chocolate. Base hoofs Milk Chocolate. Float cheeks Country Red. Base nostrils Gingerbread; shade Milk Chocolate along bottom and highlight Warm White.
  • 2. Base collar Hauser Lt. Green; shade Forest Green and add vertical squiggle lines. Use Wild Orchid to add dots on collar between lines and to randomly dot background. Float grass Hauser Lt. Green.

Sheep

  • 1. Base wool Antique White; shade Milk Chocolate and stipple Desert Sand. Stipple again with Warm White. Base face, ears, and legs Lamp Black. Paint eyes and cross hatching on cheeks Warm White; line mouth. Dot pupils Lamp Black. Randomly dot wool Warm White. Randomly dot background Peony Pink. Float grass Hauser Lt. Green and paint grass blades.

Finishing

  • 1. Heat set paint: place thin cloth over painted surface and press with warm iron.

Assemble Blanket

  • 1. Use photo as guide for block placement. For first row, sew three blocks together with fringed edges up. Repeat same for second row and third row. Then sew first row to second row and second row to third with fringed edges up.

Tip

  • 1. Keep the theme throughout the room and paint these adorable characters on wall canvases, or how about on a step stool or toddler chair, or perhaps even on a refurbished dresser.
by Betty Bowers

Patterns

http://dd4t7shsv7606.cloudfront.net/patterns/3082/12b2ad6d-f359-4ab9-b31b-32563916a127.pdf



Country Critters Baby Blanket
Country Critters Baby Blanket