No matter how warm it is, I always like to have at least a sheet over me when I’m sleeping. So I had been putting a blanket over our son each night when he went to sleep, but the two blankets he had were both relatively heavy, and more suitable for winter.
I knew I could make a lightweight blanket pretty easily, so I went looking in my fabric supplies to see what I had.
Several years ago my mother in law gave me a box of my husband’s childhood stuff, including his favorite sheets from when he was a kid. They were twin size, so not much use to us as sheets, and the fitted sheet was way past its prime. I had thrown that out, but kept the top sheet in my fabric bin waiting for inspiration to strike. I also had a nice cream-colored sheet that I had found at a thrift store a few years ago and bought specifically because I liked the material so much. It has a super soft, almost silky feel to it, and I knew I could use it for something. These days, I don’t buy anything unless I have a specific need for it, but this fabric was so great that it even got to stay when I purged most of my fabric collection last month.
I cut the flat sheet in half to make it the right size for a crib/toddler bed, and then cut a matching piece from the cream colored sheet. I sewed them together inside-out, leaving a little hole at one corner that I used to turn it right side out. Then I sewed up that hole, and sewed another seam all around the whole blanket, about an inch in from the edge.
The result is an awesome summer blanket that makes my husband smile and keeps our son cozy at night. All it cost was about an hour of my time, since all the materials were already in my sewing basket.
Here’s a picture of our son’s new retro NFL summer blanket: