I love making these blankets because they’re so easy – you can make one in just a couple of hours. They’re the perfect baby shower gift if you don’t have time to make a full on baby quilt. The best part is they’re super soft! check out my 5-step tutorial below. Thanks for stopping by!
(Above: a recent baby blanket I made using the same tutorial, but with minky cuddle fabric on the back. When using cuddle minky, my advice is to pin like crazy. I practically basted this blanket, with pins inches apart all around the edges. Also, use a walking foot when sewing it together to keep the layers of fabric from bunching or puckering.)
- 1 yard of cotton fabric
- 1 yard of fleece
- 7 inch strip of double-sided fusible webbing
- Coordinating thread
Step 1 – Trim both yards of fabric (cotton and fleece) to get rid of the selvages and frayed or uneven edges. Make sure both the cotton and fleece measure the same after trimming. (FYI, selvages are the edges of your fabric that typically have the brand and fabric line printed along it). You’ll end up trimming ~2-3 inches off the perimeter of each yard.
An easy way to do this is to fold one yard of fabric into quarters. Line it up evenly on your cutting mat, and then trim the two sides that are NOT folded, as shown below. When you unfold it, the selvages and uneven edges will be trimmed evenly.
Step 2 – With right sides facing together, layer the cotton and fleece fabric evenly on top of each other.
Pin to keep in place. As shown below, mark an opening (I used tape) away from the corners that’s at least 7 inches long.
Step 3 – Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew along the perimeter except where you marked the 7 inch opening. Start and end your stitch with a back-stitch.
Then trim the corners outside of your stitching.
Step 4 – Through the 7 inch opening, turn the blanket right side out. Press all edges flat with an iron.
As shown below, use the double-sided fusible webbing to press 7 inch opening closed.
Step 5 – Using coordinating thread, sew along the edge of the blanket using a 1.5 inch seam allowance. If you don’t have a seam guider to help guide a 1.5 inch seam allowance, you can use tape as a guide.
Lastly, echo that stitch by simply sewing along the previous stitch using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
That’s it, you’re done! As always, let me know if you have any questions.