DIY Project Profile: More Adorable Blankets for More Literate Babies

AlphabetBlanket

Here is a thing about babies: they need blankets.

Here is another thing about babies: eventually, they will need to know the alphabet.

Use these two universal truths to your advantage and make a scene-stealing gift for the baby in your life — no quilting, sewing, knitting, or other fiber arts required. New parents will love it. If that baby was verbal, they’d thank you for it, too.

1. DOWNLOAD YOUR PICTURES FROM THE WEB

If there was ever a time to take advantage of our “web photo search” feature, it is now, because you’re going to need a representative photo for each letter of the alphabet, and not everyone has a good radish picture on hand. (Alternate R suggestions: Rabbit, Rainbow, Rorschach test.)

This will involve singing the alphabet song under your breath a lot. Be warned.

2. ADD YOUR TEXT

zebra

Once you’ve gathered your images (A through Z), you’re going to need to edit each one individually. This is a slightly labor-intensive process, but then, do you love this baby or not? Also, it can be done while watching TV. (This particular blanket was made with love during House Hunters International.)

For each image, we added two text boxes: a big one for the letter itself (A), and a smaller one for the rest of the sentence (is for Apple). This is also an exceptionally good time to experiment with different fonts.

3. JUST KIDDING, THERE IS NO THREE

If you want to rearrange your images, it’s easy — just drag them and drop them until you get a layout worthy of future generations. If it already looks good, you’re done. When that baby learns to read,  it will all be because of you. In the meantime, their nursery will look pretty great.

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