Preserving Memories with Baby Milestone Blankets
Making and preserving memories is a very special part of life. This is especially true when a new baby is born. Actually, I think it starts even before our little one makes her appearance into the world. I remember journaling my babies’ kicks and hiccups. I still have my notes from each OB appointment. And who doesn’t have at least a couple of sonogram pics in the album?
Now that we have gone electronic and digital, it’s so much easier to keep track of our little ones’ growth and development. We can document moments on our smartphones. Who needs notebooks and 35 mm cameras anymore?! For many of us, the majority of those moments are stored on our devices or in the cloud.
I have the privilege of being Momma to 3 absolutely adorable humans. My oldest was born in 2010 before I was into the whole smartphone thing. At that time, I still used a digital camera with a data card. I can’t tell you how many cards I have with pictures of my daughter from birth to about 2 or 3 years. By the time my second and third children were born, my camera on my phone had become my best friend. But most of those pictures still live stored in the cloud or on my phone or external hard drive.
Back in the day, photo albums and scrapbooks were the way to go. It was rare to attend a baby shower where at least one gift wasn’t a baby photo album. Later, milestones and school year frames became common. I know I have frames for my daughters that have slots for 12 photos. Starting with 1 month, or sometimes newborn, we were able to add a photo each month until the baby turned a year old. I’m sure you probably have a friend or family member who has one of these frames.
What is a Milestone Blanket?
Now, though, the craze has shifted. We’re still into documenting growth with pictures. But instead of albums or frames, the focus is on milestone blankets. Milestone blankets come in a variety of designs and themes. They often match the nursery decor. Some common themes are flowers, nautical, rainbow, and moon and stars. Most have a large space on either the left or right where the baby will be for the picture. On the opposite side are the numbers 1-12, laid out like a grid. A matching frame usually accompanies the blanket. The frame is placed over the number that represents the baby’s age in months. Each month, parents take a picture of baby on the blanket with the frame on the corresponding month.
I’m a little bummed out that I didn’t know about milestone blankets when my children were babies. In fact, I didn’t even know about Cricut crafting either. However, I am thrilled to have recently welcomed a new niece into the world. I’ve been able to fill my craving for crafting all the baby things by making for her. And, you guessed it, she’s getting the milestone blanket we’re making in this tutorial. Here’s how I made it.
Materials and Supplies:
- Baby Milestones file from Creative Fabrica
- Cricut or other electronic cutting machine
- Easy Press or home iron
- Teflon sheet or parchment paper
- Heat transfer vinyl in your choice of colors
- Alternatively, you can iron-on transfer paper for the pattern if you’d like
- 40” square swaddle blanket (I used white, but any color is ok)
- Cardstock (for the frame)
- You can also use Kraft board as a base to make it sturdier
- Craft glue
- Download your file from Creative Fabrica
- Upload the file to your cutting software (I used Cricut Design Space)
- Insert the file onto your canvas
- “Ungroup” the file
- Select the “One Month” marker and “ungroup”
- Move the round frame to the side
- Select the words (“one” and “month”) and the heart with the 1 in it and “ATTACH”
- Continue this process for the remaining months
- Note: you can delete the remaining round frames. You will only need the first one. You can also delete the “New Here” graphic if you will not be using it
- Insert a square and size it to the size of your blanket. It will show as an error in the layers panel. But that is ok. We just need it to help us place and size our blanket
- Change the color of the square to white or another light color and send it to the back
- You may need to zoom out to 50% or less to be able to see your entire work area
- Arrange the months on one side of the square as you would on the actual blanket
- Select “text” and type the baby’s name. Adjust the font and place it where you’d like
- Now you can insert any graphic or image to match your theme design.
- Experiment with the placement of all elements until you are happy with the outcome
- Now you can select ‘Make it” and cut your design. Remember to MIRROR your design on all of your mats before cutting.
- It’s helpful to have your canvas open with the design on it
- Lay out our blanket on a smooth, flat, clean surface. Press lightly to remove wrinkles and moisture
- Lay out ALL of the pieces (like a dry fit) before pressing
- Use your yardstick to line up your elements
- When ready, start pressing, one piece at a time. Be sure to cover with the teflon sheet to avoid accidentally placing the iron directly on pieces you have already pressed.
- Take your time. Be sure to follow the instructions for heat and time according to your iron on and the blanket fibers
- Cut your frame using the cardstock
- Add any embellishments you see fit
- If using kraft board, glue the two pieces together
Now sit back and admire your work!
Here are a few ideas for stretching your use of this file
- As pictured on the site, make matching onesies for baby to wear while taking the picture each month
- Flatten each image and add it to a print then cut design for a scrapbook
- Make a digital frame using your smartphone and a photo editing app
- Also here are some other Creative Fabrica Baby Milestones files you may enjoy:
What can you think of making?
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