Recently our youngest nephew Greyson had his 1st birthday, yay! I've gotten in this tradition where for all the nieces and nephews they get a baby blanket or quilt for their first birthday and then a twin sized quilt for their big-kid bed when they turn two. This year was a little overwhelming since I had two "big kid" quilts, my nephew's 1st bday quilt and my mom's 50th bday quilt but so far I'm getting them all done on time (go me!).
Earlier this year I saw a super cute blanket on Pinterest that was unlike any quilt I had seen before. I love chevrons and I was intrigued by the idea of trying out a new project so I knew right away it would be perfect to make for Greyson's birthday (click the pick below to see the original tutorial).
Basically, you just need to order about a yard (or a little more if you want your blanket slightly larger) of a chevron print and three flannels. Layer them together - for the flannel, whichever color you put on the top will be the one you see the most of.
Next, just use the chevron fabric as a guide and sew along the edges. I used the Riley Blake Chevron "Large" but I would recommend using "medium" instead - you'll see why later. I recommend doing at least some of the rows from the center outwards but it would probably be fine if you sewed them all the way across.
You could also go with a large chevron like I did and also sew mid-way between each chevron. After you've sewn along all the rows of chevrons, use scissors to carefully cut through all the layers of flannel. Just be careful not to cut through your chevron print!
After you have done that, sew on the binding and then put the quilt through the washer and dryer a couple times. You'll see in my pics I hadn't sewn on the binding before I washed it and it made it harder to get the binding sewn on smoothly.
It didn't come out exactly like i expected (I think mostly because of the size of the chevrons) but I think Greyson will still like it. I also think I would have preferred to have more blue and less white on the back but oh well. It feels really neat and I can just see him grabbing fistfuls of the blanket and feeling it between his little fingers. Happy 1st Bday G-man!