Baby blanket sewing patterns are so easy and satisfying to make and make great gifts. Now you can learn how to make a baby blanket from flannelette and other soft fabrics guaranteed to make any baby smile with joy. This is a great first project for beginner sewers, and most of you will be able to make a baby blanket in under 30 minutes. It will take you longer to choose the perfect fabric than to sew!
How to Make a Baby Blanket Tutorial
If you have a new baby on the way, then you need lots of time to prepare and will want simple sewing projects like this baby blanket. Baby blankets and receiving blankets make wonderful baby shower gifts if you have a friend or family member about to have a baby.
How to Make a Baby Blanket - Supplies
Best Fabric to Make a Baby Blanket
For this project, you should use a flannelette or other soft fabric. Make sure it is a natural, breathable fiber and will be soft on the baby's skin. You can purchase fabric that is suitable for baby clothing. New moms will appreciate the thought and care you have put into choosing the perfect fabric.
This how to make a baby blanket tutorial shows you have to make a light blanket. If you live in a cold climate and want a little thicker blanket, you can put an extra layer of flannel in the middle. Alternatively use a pin corduroy that has narrow ribs for one side. Minky fabric is also commonly used for baby blankets.
- Flannel or Flannelette
It is important to wash your fabric before you start to stop shrinkage and to remove any finishing chemicals your fabric may have in it that will irritate the baby's skin. Some natural fabrics also shrink when washed so it is better to pre-wash so your final blanket doesn't wrinkle or pucker.
Fabric Cutting Measurements
Here is a table showing you the finished sizes and what size fabric to cut. You can go by these dimensions or change them to suit. There is no real standard sizing and if you go to any baby shop you'll see a wide variation between brands.
Cut 2 pieces of fabric in the following sizes including those for stroller, receiving, crib and toddler. One piece will be for the front and one for the back.
Further Reading: Prewashing
How Much Fabric Is Needed for a Baby Blanket?
- Stroller Baby Blanket - 1 yard (0.9m) for each fabric (front and back) of fabric that is at least 44" wide (112cm).
- Receiving Baby Blanket - 1.25 yards (1.15m) for each fabric (front and back) of fabric that is at least 44" wide (112cm).
- Crib Baby Blanket - 1.5 yards (1.4m) for each fabric (front and back) of fabric that is at least 60" wide (150cm).
- Toddler Baby Blanket - 1.5 yards (1.4m) for each fabric (front and back) of fabric that is at least 60" wide (150cm).
How to Make a Baby Blanket with Batting?
This is a simple how to make a baby blanket tutorial, and as such this has no batting. You could certainly add some, though. Use a low loft or thin batting. Thicker batting will need a binding edge which is a little harder. Fusible fleece is also a good option if you just want a little extra warmth.
Sewing Supplies for Baby Blankets
- FOOT - You will just need your regular sewing machine and a universal needle and all-purpose foot for this project.
- THREAD - Beginners should use a thread color matching the fabric as the stitches will blend in even if they are not perfect. An all-purpose polyester thread will work great for this project.
- BASIC SUPPLIES - Scissors or rotary cutter, pins, iron, ruler.
Baby Blanket Safety
There are lots of websites and resources covering baby blanket safety and best sleeping practices. If you have a new baby, make sure you read up. It may be that your new baby blanket is a room decoration for a short while until the baby is old enough to safely sleep.
Here are a few links to baby sleeping safety to start with, but there are many reputable sources online. Even if you think you know your baby's best sleeping, blanket, and safety practices, have a read of some new material as new research is emerging all the time.
DIY Baby Blanket - The Video
Watch this YouTube video I made for you on how to make a baby blanket! I post sewing and craft videos on my channel so please subscribe.
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How to Make a Baby Blanket - Step by Step
Here are the written instructions -
The cutting instructions are at the beginning of this article. You should have 2 pieces of fabric cut out. If you don't want a plain quilt, you could join strips to make a patchwork quilt. There are endless combinations of patches you could use. I also have a tutorial on how to make a baby quilt with patchwork.
Step 1 - Round the Corners
You can leave the corners square but rounded corners look professional and are easy to do. Round the corners of your blanket with a cup from your kitchen or another round object. Most tins are a good size as well. Don't use plates as that is getting too large.
To get all corners even, fold your fabric in quarters and cut all 4 layers at once. If your fabric is too thick to do that, then cut two at a time.
Optional: Applique or embroider the top fabric now. What better way to personalize your new baby blanket than to add a name or letter in one of the corners. Just make sure any trims or stitching is safe for the new baby. Don't add any trims that can be pulled off or can catch the baby.
Step 2 - Stitch Edges Leaving a Gap
Put your 2 pieces of fabric with right sides together and stitch all the way around with a ½ inch (12mm) seam allowance. Leave a 3 inch (7.5cm) gap on one straight side.
If you are a beginner, read my article on sewing curves. If you left the corners square, you can just stop, lift the foot, and pivot to sew the next side.
There is no need to finish or use a serger on the edges since they will be hidden inside once the blanket is turned the right way out.
Step 3 - Clip and Turn Right Way Out
Clip the curves to reduce bulk. This will allow the corners to sit nicely when turned to the right side. Turn the blanket the right way out through the gap. Make sure the corners are well poked out.
Give your baby blanket a good press. Pressing sewing projects is a little different from normal ironing. You will be using an up-and-down motion rather than sliding.
Press the seam allowance to the inside at the gap.
Step 4 - Topstitch the Edges
Topstitch around the edge of the blanket. This will close the gap. If you have used a different fabric for the top and bottom, you can put matching colors in the top and bobbin.
I have just used one row of stitching, but you could add multiple rows for decoration. The blanket could even be quilting across.
Design Idea: Instead of a regular straight stitch, you could even use one of the fancy stitch options on your machine for a pretty contrast and a pop of color.
How to Make a Baby Blanket by Hand?
If you don't have a sewing machine then the best hand-stitch is a backstitch. When done with small stitches this is a really strong but still easy stitch. Hand stitching will take a little longer so put your feet up and your favorite tv show in the background. You'll be surprised how relaxing it can be.
- Step 1 - Same
- Step 2 - Sew with a backstitch
- Step 3 - Same
- Step 4 - Here you will be topstitching around the blanket. Rather than a backstitch, it is easier to use a running stitch. This is a simple up and down stitch. Make the stitches small still.
How to Make a Baby Blanket - In Conclusion
Here is a pretty pink blanket I sewed for my Youtube video. I used cotton fabric on the top and flannel underneath. Now, this soft little blanket is all ready for the baby's approval! Once you have learned how to make a baby blanket, you will want to make them for gifts too!
Don't forget your baby blanket safety practices, and enjoy your new baby.
More Free Baby Patterns
If you have a new baby coming into the family, then get sewing to make a burp cloth and baby skirt. These are both free patterns from my blog. Baby items are really fun as they take such a small amount of fabric.
- Burp Cloth Pattern - 3 styles including rectangle, one-sided contour and two-sided contoured. There is a printed pattern in this tutorial and a sew-along video to make things even easier.
- Baby Skirt Pattern - This tutorial will show you how to make a baby skirt for any size baby using simple waist and length measurements. Includes a video as well as photos and instructions.
- How to Make a Baby Quilt - Learn how to make a patchwork baby blanket with an attractive bias tape border. This style has batting in the middle, so is suitable for warmer climates.
- How to Make a Fleece Blanket - Fleece blankets can be simple and quick to make since the edges do not fray. You can even use a no-sew option and keep the edges raw. If you are making a baby blanket, choose one of the options without fringing.
- How to Crochet a Blanket - Baby blankets can also be crocheted. Use a simple stitch such as double crochet to make it fast.
How to Make a Baby Blanket
- Sewing Supplies Scissors, Needle, Thread
- Fabric Use flannelette or other soft fabric. Natural fabrics are best.
- Cut 2 pieces of fabric in your desired size (Cutting chart in article). Round the corners using a small saucer. If you fold the fabric in quarters you can easily match all the corners.
- Put the 2 pieces of fabric right sides togheter and stitch all the way around with a ½ inch (12mm) seam allowance. Leave a 3 inch (7.5cm) gap on one straight side.
- Clip the curves and turn the blanket to the right side. Press. The seam allowance should be folded to the inside.
- Topstitch around the edge of the blanket. This will close the gap.
A walking foot is definately the best to stop that shifting. You could also try a teflon foot. It tends to glide over fabric better than a regular foot. Also look at eBay or Amazon for a generic brand walking foot.
Hello, I am just getting finished with one blanket. I bought enough for 2 baby blankets yesterday. I am doing the stroller size. I thought that was a useful size. My best friend has 3 small boys plus a new born. I wanted to handmake something since its so much more personal. My issue is the presser foot, I do not have a walking foot. I purchased extra feet for my Singer heavy duty and when they arrived- they didn't fit. I returned them so ya, I am still using the presser and it is shifting the materials. I pinned everything but the presser still pulled some of it. It seems to come out Okay- not perfect. There is a little pucker in one spot that may not be noticeable. If it is I will have to re-do.
Any advice, welcomed. Thank you. 🙂 ~Gail
Most fabrics will hold together but you can certainly put some quilting or stitches through the center if you wish.
Wont the two fabrics sewn together come apart in the middle while the blanket is being used? Can that be avoided?
Hi Hannah, I used flannelette but any soft fabric can work. Natural fabrics are best.
Great Collection Thanks for sharing
What is the name of the fabric? Thanks.
That makes sense that you won't want to leave any threads that could catch on the baby's toes or fingers. I could see how that would be harder for them to get free since they might not be able to break the string. My wife is making a baby blanket for our friends, and she is running behind and asked me to help, so I'll have to remember to avoid any loose threads if I do any stitching.