One of the most beautiful ways to welcome a new baby is with a homemade baby blanket – agree? I’m sure you do 🙂
We have friends that have given us baby blankets with all of our babies, and although we are officially done after having baby 5, it doesn’t mean that I can’t get excited about friends and family of mine having babies. My brother just welcomed his first child this past month and we made two blankets for him and his wife – a minky dot blanket and a second blanket with cuddle yellow.
Having a baby in Minnesota in September means preparing for the blustery cold. I can’t think of a better way to keep warm than with a soft cuddle blanket.
If you make your own baby blanket for friends or family, you have the option of using minky or cuddle fabric – both can be somewhat thick and very slippery. We made one with minky dot fabric and one with cuddle yellow fabric and yellow fuzz was everywhere.
A baby blanket is super easy to make – while most people may assume it took you hours and hours … it’ll only take you an hour or less (provided you don’t have any interruptions). Crazy right?! Once you make one you will want to make several, and before you know it, you will have a pile of baby blankets ready to go for all of those new babies that you see grace your Facebook feed.
Or, a pile ready for all those people in your family that are having babies – it’s so fun to be able to give them something personalized, and made with love by you. ♥️
- thread (preferably a color that matches the material)
- quilters pins (a pack of 175-250 is sufficient for a baby blanket)
- sewing machine
- fabric scissors
- 1 yard minky or cuddle fabric (Joanne has a great selection, too!)
- 1 yard cotton flannel (have fun with the baby/nursery prints!)
I find it easy to wash both the cuddle fabric/minky and the flannel before you begin this project – use a cold wash on delicate, then tumble dry low.
The cotton flannel will shrink considerably, so it’s important to start with a larger piece of fabric so you can achieve your finished size. If I’m making a baby/crib blanket, I usually pick up a half yard extra of the cotton flannel — once I wash (cold, delicate cycle), it gives me enough room to trim down to size, and if it doesn’t shrink quite as much as I think, then I use any remaining for burp cloths.
Square up your fabric to make sure that the corners are perfectly square – you will need to snip the fabric with your scissors and tear the fabric on each side.
Lay the minky or cuddle fabric on the floor (or your craft table), right side up, and then place the cotton on top, right side down to line up the edges. Trim the fabric as needed to make a perfect seam.
Pin pin pin! The key to sewing minky or cuddle fabric is pinning like crazy so it doesn’t move – so pin around the outside of the blanket, every 1 1/2 – 2 inches, leaving at least 1/2 inch on the edge for the seam.
Pin the entire blanket with the exception of a 6″ gap on one side. I usually do this 6″ gap in the middle of one of the sides.
With a straight stitch, sew around the edge, leaving 1/2 inch seam allowance, and removing the pins as you go. Do not sew the 6″ gap, I would recommend doing a backstitch on both sides of that gap to reinforce. You will be pulling the fabric through that hole and the backstitch will ensure that the seam doesn’t rip.
You may choose to sew a second time around the blanket as a reinforcement, making sure to skip the 6″ gap. If you do a second reinforcement, sew right on top of the first stitch.
Pull your hand into the 6″ gap, and gently pull out the blanket, making sure to push out the corners with your finger. Now, the blanket should be right side out, with a 6″ gap on one side. Trim any little bits of string, and make sure all pins are removed – sometimes those little buggers get stuck in there and once you sew that gap shut you won’t be able to get them out.
Finish by sewing the gap shut – using a 1/4 – 1/2″ seam allowance and a straight stitch. You may want to sew around the gap a second time as reinforcement, using the first straight stitch as a guide.
That’s it! You have yourself a minky cuddle blanket. Your first may have taken you a little longer than an hour, but once you get the hang of it, you will be able to crank out blankets in no time 🙂
I think the pinning takes longer than the actual sewing – but if you can ask your older daughter for help, it’s a great way to teach them basic sewing skills that they can, in turn, use to make these blankets on their own.
Have you ever made a baby cuddle blanket? What are your favorite prints to use?