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When life hands you babies, make baby-ade! Wait, that’s not how the saying goes. Let’s try that again. When life hands your friends babies, you make taggie blankets from Disney Baby receiving blankets! Yes, that sounds a lot better than baby-ade.
I’m not one of those people who gives baby gifts off of the registry. Mothers-to-be either love or loathe people like me. The thing is, I try to give gifts I know will be practical for a new mom, gifts she will use for a long time to come, and something that came from the heart. I know when I was a first time mom, I registered for things that I absolutely didn’t need. They became the things that were passed on to other people and were never used. I don’t want my gifts to become unused garage sale fodder, so I spend a little time coming up with something functional and from the heart.
One of my best friends and I used to work at Disney together. We have some really great memories from slinging BalZac balls in Tomorrowland, some not so great memories slinging BalZac balls in Frontierland, and some really cool, shady memories slinging balls in EPCOT. When I found out that he was having another baby – a GIRL of all things – I was so excited to buy her something beautiful. I had a blanket in mind, one that was a bit of a budget breaker. It just so happened I was at Walmart one day picking around, and I stumbled upon their really sweet, pastel Disney Baby line. It immediately made my heartstrings start vibrating, so I loaded my cart up with all things Minnie Mouse and walked away, floating on the memories of Disney summers past.
This friend is the same one who had a heart transplant very recently. He has spent most of his time, since his daughter was born in November, in and out of the hospital. He first received a diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure, had an open heart surgery to install a heart pump, and when that didn’t work, was put on the fast-track for a new heart. The thing about hearts is that they’re hard to come by. I mean think about it, you cannot live without a heart, and no living person can gift you their heart, because if I could have done that, I would have.
I live nearly 7 hours away from my friend and his wonderful family, and I can’t be there to be a support system, so I made a blanket for my sweet Molleigh, that has been bound by love and wrapped in memories.
Receiving blankets have such a short shelf life, so I took a few of the Disney Baby receiving blankets, cut the edges into strips, and tied them together to create two sweet blankets that Molleigh can cuddle; with taggie strips that ALL babies love to touch, feel, and tug.
It really couldn’t be easier to make these Disney Baby no sew baby blankets. To make one blanket, choose two receiving blankets and put them back to back with the design sides out. OK, so there are two ways you can do this next part. I’ve done these blankets both ways, but the first way is my favorite. Keep in mind that your cuts don’t have to be perfectly straight, and they don’t have to all be exactly the same size. This is not a project for perfectionists!
1. Place the blankets back to back.
2. Cut a 6″ cut in the middle of the first corner, then another strip about 1-1/2″ from the first cut, making sure to cut both blankets at the same time.
3. Take the two strips that have been created and tie them together in a double knot.
4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 all the way around the blanket, until complete.
- Place the blankets back to back.
- Cut 6″ strips about 1-1/2″ apart all the way around the blanket, making sure to cut both blankets at the same time.
- Once the whole blanket has been cut into a fringe, begin tying the strips together in double knots to complete the blanket.
I’m a sucker for a themed gift, so I bought several other things from the Minnie Mouse Disney Baby line, along with a princess hooded towel, because – duh – and packaged it all together into a fun, themed gift for Dee, his wife, and their sweet girl.
New babies are so special, but when they belong to people who hold your heart, they are even more special, which is why I think it’s so important to pour your heart into a new baby gift. I can’t apologize for gifting something that wasn’t registered for when it came directly from my heart, right?