Since I’ve been sewing for only a few years, I feel like I have no business doing a sewing tutorial. But I think I can manage showing you how to put together a simple baby blanket. I’m going to share with you my go to method for a quick and easy baby blanket. Here it goes, my first sewing tutorial!
I made this baby blanket for my husband’s sister. She recently had a baby boy. I had purchased a gift for the new member of the family, but also wanted to make something that hopefully will be a keepsake for a long time to come. Baby blankets are definitely a favorite gift of mine to give. All it really takes to turn this simple baby blanket pattern into something fabulous is the right fabric… one that makes a statement on it’s own!
For my main fabric, I used this beautiful fabric from Michael Miller’s Peacock Lane Collection. As soon as I saw it, I just had to get it! I thought the color combination and print were definitely something that would make a baby blanket stand out. For the backside of the blanket, I used the teal plaid fabric. I used the ivory flannel as the batting. I normally do use regular batting (the natural batting is my preference), but I wanted to make a lighter blanket that can be used throughout the summer months.
I used a yard of each fabric. You can make your blanket any size you would like.
First thing is to wash and iron your fabrics (I don’t iron the batting). I admit I sometimes do cheat on this part if I’m in a rush. Ssh don’t tell the sewing police…whoever they may be;)
Once your fabric is ready to go, place each layer on top of each other with the right sides of the front and back fabrics facing each other.
Pin your three layers together leaving an opening to turn your blanket inside out. I tend to leave a 4-5 inch opening, and I use double pins as my markers of where to begin and end when sewing the layers.
Now sew all three layers together beginning and ending at your opening markers. I use a 1/2″ seam allowance. Be sure to backstitch at each end.
Once you are done sewing, clip your corners. If needed, clip your edges as well. Then turn your blanket inside out, pushing out the corners.
Fold in the raw ends of your opening and with an iron press the fold.
Top stitch 1/4″ inch from the edge all the way around the blanket starting on the side of the opening. Start at the corner and end at the same corner.
Your blanket is all done! Wasn’t that simple?
Now fold it up and tie a ribbon (or two.. or three!) around it if you would like. Your simple yet fabulous baby blanket is all ready to be gifted!
If you do have a tag like I do and would like to add it, sew it on prior to sewing your layers together. I always place mine on the “backside” fabric near the bottom corner.
I hope my tutorial was easy to understand. If you have any questions, please let me know.
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