How to Sew a Simple Baby Blanket
It’s time for a Baby item tutorial and this week is How to Sew a Simple Baby Blanket. Every one liked the Simple Baby Quilt Tutorial and I thought I would share an even more simple blanket idea with you. This particular blanket was made for a baby whose family loves the University of Tennessee.
1 yard Minky (A super soft fabric that feels like fur) or fleece material
1 yard cotton material
Matching or coordinating thread
Basic sewing supplies
Always wash, dry and Iron the fabric based on the manufacturers instructions before sewing. When prepping fabric for a baby blanket, or baby anything really, use baby or hypoallergenic detergent and fabric softener. You do not know if the baby has any allergies or sensitive skin so it is better safe than sorry. Iron the fabric flat so that the pinning is even and there are no puckers in the fabric. Follow manufacturers instructions on ironing. Some fabrics can not be ironed and you must carefully fold or lay them out to keep them from wrinkling. The Manufacturers instructions are on the end of the bolt of fabric. Yards are measured in length while widths vary from 44″ to 61″ and up.
Lay the fabric out right sides together and pin in place.
If your fabric is not the same width trim away the excess fabric after pinning. I like to use safety pins throughout the blanket to keep the fabric from slipping while sewing. The safety pins are less likely to accidentally pin you or come out while sewing. Minky and super soft Fleece are slippery fabrics and you have to pin often and everywhere throughout the blanket to keep everything in place. Do not forget to leave an opening for turning your blanket right sides out.
Snip the corners being careful not to cur through the stitching. Sniping the cornets will help to leave the corners even and non bulky. Be sure to remove all pins from the blanket. You do not want to accidentally leave a pin in and scratch anyone. Turn the blanket right side out. Iron if necessary. Hand stitch the opening closed.
*I had photos for this part but they did not turn out well you can go to the Baby quilt tutorial for photos.
Top stitch around the outer edges. I used a blanket stitch for this one but you can use a straight or decorative stitch. The top stitching reinforces the seams and helps the blanket to lay flat.
I used a soft gray thread that matched the Minky fabric after a few washes the gray side will show no stitching and only the top stitch on the opposite side will show.
For an added detail
I monogrammed the corner of the blanket with the Baby’s initials.
The parents loved the blanket and I hope the Baby does as well.
*Gifting/storage tip Use tissue paper in the folds of the blanket to keep it from creasing while boxed.
Did you have a favorite blanket growing up? Does your little one have a favorite blanket now?
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