How To Make A Baby Blanket
Does your little one have a favorite blanket? My teenagers did and their favorite blankies are tucked away for them. I have been sewing a lot of baby blankets lately for friends and family members that are having babies. I love to give them a couple of double sided flannel receiving blankets for their little one. These blankets are big and soft, perfect to swaddle a new born and big enough to cover your toddler. These blankets are so easy to make that I thought I would share the instructions.
- 2 yards of your favorite flannel
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine
If for some reason your flannel is really wrinkled you should press your fabric before you start sewing.
Open up your material and fold your flannel in half. Make sure that the right sides of the material are together.
Pin the edges of the 3 unfolded sides together so that they do not move apart while sewing. (I hate when that happens!)
I use a 1/4 inch seam when making these blankets. You could also just place the material so that it is even with your presser foot.
With the folded edge of your material at the top sew down the right edge of the material. Make sure that you back stitch a little at the beginning and the end of your seam.
Now flip the material over and sew down the other edge of the fabric. Make sure that when you start sewing the folded edge of the material is at the top.
The only part of the blanket that should be open is the edge opposite of the folded edge (would be the bottom of the blanket).
Sew this edge of the blanket leaving a big enough opening to put your hand in. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your seam. (This will help keep your blanket together.)
Put your hand into the opening and grab one of the far corners of your blanket and turn it so that the right sides are showing.
Fold over your edge that is not closed and press. This is a good time to press the whole blanket. Make sure and get the edges. I do not like to iron, but this step helps to make the blanket look nice.
This is where you can have a little bit of fun. Choose either a matching color or contrasting color of thread. Pick a fun stitch on your sewing machine to top stitch around the edge of your blanket. I usually use a zigzag stitch if I am pressed for time.
Start with the corner of your blanket that is not sewn closed yet. Make sure and sew close to the edge so that you are actually closing up the blanket. (Some people like to hand sew this opening closed before they top stitch.)
Sew around all 4 edges of your blanket, back stitching at the beginning and end of your sewing so that the blanket stays together.
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You could also purchase 2 coordinating 1 yard pieces of flannel for your blanket. You would follow the same steps above, except you would not have a folded edge of material, you would have 4 sides to sew close. Remember to leave an opening big enough for your hand to fit through.
This such a great blanket to give to your child or to someone special. The flannel will get softer each time the blanket is washed. This blanket is sure to bring a lot of warmth and comfort to a beautiful new baby.
Have fun sewing!