Hello, hello, hello, all my sewing friends! Today I have for you a sewing tutorial. I’m going to show you how to make a SUPER EASY baby blanket! Make one for an expecting mama in your life… she will definitely appreciate you for its larger-than-most size, warmth, and reversibility! It only takes about 30 minutes to make.
As many of you may know, my dear mother is expecting. In the past I’ve made some of these blankets for my local pregnancy center, but this time… *drumroll* I MADE ONE FOR MY LITTLE SIBLING! How cool is that?! I made a blanket for a boy and a girl as we are waiting to find out the gender until Baby’s birthday. I couldn’t help but wonder while sewing these which one we would end up keeping…
What you will need:
- 1 yard of flannel fabric (I used this, they have it in pink and blue)
- 1 yard of contrasting flannel fabric (I used this, they have it in pink and blue)
- matching thread
- 14 (90) needle, universal or ball point
- basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, scissors, pins, iron, etc.
- Pre-wash your fabric. I washed mine on cold/gentle cycle and dried on low/delicate cycle.
- Lay both cuts of fabric RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER with the selvage meeting at the ends, like so:
The flannel will want to stick together in funky ways so make sure you get all the folds out by sliding your hands across the top fabric.
- Pin the two fabrics together approximately every 6 inches, 3 inches away from the edge of the fabric:
- Despite the fact that you got the same amount of fabric for each cut, there will be a little variance in size between the two cuts. The goal of this step is to make sure that both pieces of fabric are basically the same size. Notice that my top fabric is tad bit smaller than the one below it. Go ahead and cut the excess fabric off whichever piece it bigger. In my case, it was the bottom one.
Cut the selvage off both ends of the fabric on both pieces of fabric…
In the end it should look something like this:
- Before you begin sewing, it is VITAL that you mark where you will begin sewing and where you will end. I have made the mistake on other projects, to think that I would remember to stop sewing where I would leave a hole. I would then continue sewing only to find that, while my mind was in the clouds, I had sewing the entire piece SHUT! Many hours of unnecessary seam-ripping has taught me to never trust myself when it comes to this…Using two pins, mark a gap of about 6 inches on your fabric, one where you will begin sewing and one where you will stop, on the bottom in the middle of your blanket…
- Set up your sewing machine to a basic straight stitch and put in the appropriate needle. Using a ½ inch seam allowance, begin sewing the two pieces of flannel together by starting at one of the pins you placed in the last step…
Go backwards and forwards a couple times to reinforce the stitching and then start sewing around the perimeter of the blanket, pivoting at the corners with your needle in the fabric…
When you reach the pin that marks where you should stop, go backwards and forwards a couple times to reinforce the stitching.
- Remove the pins you placed in step 2 and clip the corners, like so:
Reach your hand into the hole at the bottom of the blanket and carefully turn the blanket inside out. Poke the corners out. I like using a chopstick for this…
- Get your iron and ironing board out. With your iron on warm and without steam, press the perimeter of the blanket so that the edges are straight, showing as little as possible of the opposite side:
The hole that you used to turn the blanket inside out should be pressed so as to make it straight and looking like the rest of the edges.
- Using a ½ – ¼ inch seam allowance and a straight stitch, top stitch the entire perimeter of the blanket. This will close the opening shut as well. Again, go backwards and forwards a couple times when you begin sewing and finish sewing.
- Ta-da! You have yourself a lovely baby blanket.
Now go make another one…
If you have any questions, drop me a note in the comment box below. Y’all have a great week!