My niece is a wonderful supporter of handmade. (She just opened her new Etsy shop called Just Chalk About It – check it out!) She has commissioned me for a number of gifts, especially memory blankets for baby showers! She asks the parents-to-be for some favorite t shirts.

The batch of clothes she gave me were eclectic – including pj bottoms and a tank top and the colors were a bit dark. I wanted to add a little color and whimsy to the blanket, so I bounced a few things off of this photo of some fabric used in the nursery.

I opted to use a brown dot border with green accents at the intersections. I used an orange minky dot fleece for the backing.

This blue fabric is a piece of satin from one of her bridesmaid’s dresses. I appliqued a bird using her pjs.

I added this mushroom to cover a hole in the sweatshirt.