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Making a photo blanket is not for everyone. It is more appropriate for people with little creativity spans who are comfortable making doodles and decorations on the blanket.
Decide what kind of blanket you want
Having a clear idea of what kind of blanket you want can make the difference between trying this out and having it ready in minutes! There are many kinds of blankets to try. Some are plain, some are patterns, and some are details!
The most popular kind of blanket today is the circle blanket. These look like small circles stacked on top of each other, with a thumb and little fingers spread apart. They are beautiful!
A very simple circle blanket looks just like the one below. Just stack two equal parts of material together to create your circle. One way to make more complicatedblankets is to add more layers of material or more shapes.
Another popular blanket is the Swiss cheese blanket. This one has two long sides, one short side, and a few different points in the center. The long sides have little hills on them so it looks like a Swiss cheese.
Buy the material for the blanket
If you are going to be making this item for a very specific reason, then you should buy the material that is required to make the blanket. These products are known as substrate materials or fabric supplies.
The substrate material contains printed or painted paper, fleece, wool, fleece, etc. These materials are used to create backgrounds, linens, and bedding. There are many different kinds of these materials to choose from so you will not run out.
The blanket examples shown in this article were made from white fleece, black fleece, and gray fleece. Each of these blankets had a unique look and texture so you can use them as a starting point.
Decide how big you want the blanket to be
When baking a cake, you want to know how big the dish you bake the cake in is? How tall your oven is? How high your cakes rise during baking.
The same goes for blankets! A large blanket may not be the best idea for some people. If you like a small blanket, then make sure that it is durable enough to hold up while being knitted.
A very thick blanket may not be the best choice either. The person whom you are snuggling may find that they are cold after a long night of sleeping. A thinner blanket may help with this same reason.
Look at the size of your person and how big they are when they are fully awake.
Cut out the photos and place them on the blanket
Now, fold in the bottom of the blanket until it is evenly folded up top of the blanket. This will create a large space where you can place the photos.
Now, lay your phone in the space and use your app to automatically organize and arrange your photos into a blankets. Many apps offer different ways to organize your photos, so try some of them out to see if you like the way it works.
Once you have arranged all of your photos, let it dry before adding any details or decorations. You want to add some before the water evaporates due to being wet.
Now that it is dry, start adding your decorations! Try some paper chain or painted shapes to help create some texture on your blanket.
Crochet or sew together the edges of the photos
Add a simple blank to the photos and add a little sentiment or detail to them!
If you are making the wrapping for the blanket in crochet, use crocheting chains and loops to create your blanket edge. If making in sew-together mode, use heavy fabrics or those with high thread counts to ensure sufficient support for your baby.
Make sure to take your time to check your finished product for safety and security before allowing your baby outside!
Many companies offer double-blind patterns that require an exchange of supports if they are removed. These are great ways to prevent form-filling but keep them safe and secure in case they need to get out of bed or go outside if it is winter.
Wash and dry your photo blanket
After you have taken your photo, it is time to wash and dry your blanket. To do this, you will need a flat-to-the-body camera gear bag or case.
Make sure to remove all of the card holders and other accessories that may be in the way of washing and drying your blanket. Remove any glue residue using a damp cloth or towel and then gently wash and dry.
Fix any tears or rips in your photo blanket
If your photo blanket gets torn or folded in a way that causes minor tears, you can still make a new piece by piece!
This is very possible. It requires some careful folding and fixing of the pieces back together.
To do this, find a heavy duty kitchen towel or pool towel. Then, fold one side of the towel in towards the other side of the towel and pin. Now, carefully fold one side of the pinned piece back over the top and secure with some more folding and pinning. You should have a smooth, seamless wrap.
Now, you are ready to make your photo blanket! Set it out to dry so it can fully dry itself.
Keep it soft by washing it with soap or conditioner
Once your blanket is made, it is time to put it to use! Use it as a decoration or play with it.
If you want to take your blanket for a trip, then you can wash and dry it once again before storing it. Then, when you need it, just drop it into the dryer and voila!
To enjoy your newfound power of self-illumination, light a candle or two around the blanket and let the soft glow fill your home. If you like low light photography, this is the way to do it!
Self-illumination is an easy way to show off your new product! Try one of these tips out and see what effects you can create.