In Quilting/Home Dec

Nani Iro Lap Blanket

One of the things I love most about my day job is how often I get to sew at work. And sew with lovely fabrics I might add. These Nani Iro “lap duvet” blankets as seen on the Purl Bee blog have been really popular at Nido’s snack and sew nights because they’re so darn easy to make!

My co-worker Stephanie and I both decided to give these blankets a try. Stephanie is an extremely talented knitter but a beginner sewist, and I just loves me an instant gratification sewing project! So these were definitely perfect projects for us.  (Her blanket is on the right. Great job, Stephanie!!)

Anyone who hasn’t sewn with Nani Iro cotton double gauze is really missing out! Not only are the prints amazing, but this stuff is so soft. These fabrics are a great way to make such a simple project really gift worthy. I may just have to gift one for myself! Or steal the one I made for the shop 😉

When I said this project was easy, I wasn’t kidding. You literally just sandwich some batting in between the two fabrics and then machine tack or hand tie it together. I hand tied mine because I had never done it before and I wanted to make it up as I went along learn something new.

I used an older Nani Iro fabric backed with a solid shot cotton. I love that Stephanie picked a border print for hers! It looks so nice.

Well, I don’t know about you but I already want to make one for my house! …because I can’t actually steal the shop sample. That’s just wrong. …plus it would be really obvious that I “misplaced” it.


Happy Weekend!



  • Thewallinna

    I love NaniIro too! Probably 1/3 of my hand-sewn wardrobe is made of NaniIro. I am lucky to live in the country of NaniIro and last weekend went shopping for their winter collection. Oh, those gorgeous fleeces and double gauzes!

  • Irene

    I couldn’t resist and ordered 2 pieces of Nani Iro from the Nido online store 🙂 Thanks so much! By the way, do you know when you might be getting the Autumn/Winter collection in?

    • Hi Irene! I just sent that order out this morning and would have never known it was going to you if you didn’t mention it! Honestly I’m not sure when the Winter collection is due in. We ended up getting the 2011 winter collection in reaallllyyy late because it got stuck in customs. That happens pretty often with fabric that’s imported. It gets here when it gets here 🙁

      • Irene

        Thanks for the info! I’m sorry you had to deal with all the hassle with the importation, hopefully it’ll go more smoothly this time 🙂

  • sallieforrer

    Oh I love Nani Iro double gauzes!! Anything made with them is instantly boosted in the soft and cuddly department! Perfect for these little blankets. Would make a very cute gift.

  • Maddie964

    I’m still very jealous of your day ob. Can I just say that?

  • futurenakano

    These are FABULOUS! I bought a yard of the Nani Iro double gauze cotton months ago and have not had any idea what to do with it! This blanket would be perfect!!!

    • Awesome! Well if you make one please be sure to share! I’d love to see it 🙂

  • They are both so pretty!! I must admit that your lovely floral one has stolen my heart!

  • Miss Crayola Creepy

    Your work is so beautiful!

  • Lizzy

    I’m really curious about this double gauze fabric, think I’m going to have to track it down in Australia!