MAKE: an easy DIY baby blanket.
Brrr! With the temperatures dropping this month I thought I’d share a cozy and cuddly craft to warm up your morning. I made these simple flannel blankets before our baby was born… they are a great handmade gift you could make this fall for a child you may know. (They also could make a great adult lap blanket if you wanted sew a larger version!)
I think I’ve told you before that my sewing skills are very basic. (Read: I can sew straight lines… don’t ask me to do much more than that!) And I can assure you that making these blankets could not be easier for a beginner sewist. All you are doing is sewing up a simple square shape (using fun fabrics, of course!).
I used soft cotton flannel in coordinating patterns and colors to make these blankets. Most flannel fabrics come 42 inches wide, so I just cut my fabric in a 42” x 42” square as a base.
I pinned the fabric with the right sides together and stitched around the square shape with about 1 inch seam allowance, leaving 4 to 5 inches of the perimeter ‘open’.
I cut the corners off the fabric (being careful not to cut to the sewn lines), trimmed the seam allowances if needed and then turned the piece right-side out through the opening.
Then, I ironed the fabric to get a crisp edge on the blanket and topstitched around the perimeter edge. (The topstitching closed the section of the stitching I left open to turn it right-side out.) That’s it!
These blankets are so simple to make… I want to make more soon! (When I have time between diaper changes and naps with this cutie, right?)
These blankets are quite handy with our baby. They are warm and great to use for playtime on the floor or to cover up for a walk with in stroller. Perfect for cuddling on a cool fall day!