Here’s a long, but easy craft for girls to do that turns into a cute little blanket for either Barbie or a baby doll, depending on the size she decides to make.
What You’ll Need
What You’ll Do
- Cut off a piece of cardboard to about the size that you want to make your blanket.
- Cut quarter-inch slots into one end of the cardboard. Make them about a quarter-inch long and wide.
- Do this to the opposite end as well.
- Take your yarn and tape the end near the first slot at one end.
- Guide the yarn through that slot.
- Wrap the yarn around the piece of cardboard guiding it through the slots one right after the other.
- When you’ve wrapped all of the cardboard and you’ve come to the last slot, cut the yarn and tape it to the cardboard.
- I bend the cardboard to make a boat-like shape, makes it a little easier.
- Take another color yarn, cut off a LOT of it and tape one end to a pencil.
- Guide the end of the pencil with the yarn taped to it over and under each alternating piece of yarn attached to the cardboard.
- Pull it all the way through until you have just a little of it sticking out the side you started on which is where you need to tie the new color of yarn in a knot. Push the yarn to the end near the slots.
- You can either continue with a single color or take another color yarn and repeat steps 9 – 11 but start from the opposite side.
- When you start from the other side, be sure to go either under or over the yarn being sure to be opposite from the first line of yarn. So, if yarn line one has the first color of yarn going under it, then your second color of yarn will go over it.
- Push that line to the end near the slots.
- Keep alternating the yarn going back and forth. As you go, be sure to push the lines up against each other. Don’t pull too tight, or your blanket will look like an hour glass.
- When you get to the length that you want, be sure to tie the ends of each color of yarn in a knot to one of the base strands.
- Cut the base strands that are attached to the cardboard off the cardboard leaving about a two-inch length.
- Take those base strands and go two by two and tie them together in a knot. This will hold the overlapping yarn in place.
- Do that to both ends and then you can trim those base strands to be smaller.