DIY Receiving Blanket
May 09, †Ј Follow along with Jennifer to see how this beginner-friendly self-binding baby blanket comes together. Check below for links to the free download, kit, tools. Jun 06, †Ј Place the right sides of the fabric together and sew around all four edges. Make sure to leave an opening of several inches so that you can flip the blanket right side out. When you are done sewing around the edges, cut off any excess fabric to prevent bulk. Turn the blanket right side out.
Learn how to make an easy receiving blanket for baby. This quick sewing project is easy enough for any beginner. Receiving blankets are also often called swaddle blankets because they are perfect for, well, swaddling!
They are also great if you need something to lay under baby for a quick clean surface. I love that making your own receiving blanket allows you to customize it reveiving the look you want.
I ended up with an adorable matching baby set because I had already made some easy burp cloths with the same fabric!
Making a matching set of receiving blankete and burp cloths would also be a fun gift for a baby shower! Lbankets the black button above to get the free pattern. Or get the ad free version of this receiving blanket pattern mwke tutorial in my Etsy shop.
This is a no trim pattern. Just line up each page to the black line of the next page and tape or glue it together. Pre wash and iron your fabric to eliminate any wrinkles. Once the fabric is prepped and ready to go, either use the PDF pattern to cut your fabric, or cut out a square measuring 30 inches by 30 inches.
If using the measurements, continue with the next step. You can do this on each individual corner, or you can do them all at once. To do it all at once, Fold the fabric in half making sure receiivng are no unwanted folds. Put a medium sized mixing bowl upside down on the corner that has no folds. The corner that allows each layer of fabric to peel apart individually Line up the mixing bowl so that it just touches the edges of the fabric.
You should have a bit of a triangle over hang. Either use a rotary blade and a cutting mat and trim off the triangle corner, or mark it with a fabric marker and cut it off with scissors. All four t of your blanket should now be rounded. If hoa want to do the corners individually, howw the folding steps above and just use the mixing bowl on each corner. Take the fabric to the sewing machine and sew the edges all the way around. You can either do this using an overcasting stitch If your sewing machine has that how to ask tough questions. Over lap the stitching at the end by about an inch.
If you use an overcasting stitch, make sure to check your sewing machines manual to see if you need to change your presser foot or if there are specific settings needed. Trim off any remaining threads and iron the edges and corners of the receivibg. Skip to content. Fabric marker Optional if not using the pattern.
How to Make a Receiving Blanket
Sep 05, †Ј If you have a sewing machine, some thread and a yard of flannel, then you can make these DIY receiving blankets. They make a great gift for new babies. Recently my sister had a baby, so of course, I had to make her some baby blankets. Normally, I use my serger to make receiving blankets. Oct 13, †Ј With your sewing machine (or by hand if you are sewing by hand), sew around the edges of the two pieces of flannel using a 1/2'У seam allowance. but donТt go all the way! Leave an opening approximately 8ФФ long along one edge. Be sure to backstitch at . Sep 21, †Ј Steps for a DIY Receiving Blanket Begin with 1 yard of fabric At each corner, use a large round object (like a bowl) to draw a curve. This Servings: 1.
When my daughter was born, a friend of my mom gave us a stack of flannel receiving blankets similar to these. I was SO wrong. Those flannel blankets ended up being the single most useful thing we had for our baby. We used them for impromptu changing pads, tummy time, burp cloths, swaddling cloths, baby carrier sun shades, stroller sun shades, car sun shades, or any time we needed to protect either the baby or the surface from the other. We used them in the car, on trips, at the park, at home.
We used those blankets well into her toddler yearsЧevery single day until they were completely worn out. I came up with my own design to add the decorative flange around the edge. The project does include a few inches of hand-stitching, but I was still able to finish all four of these blankets in an afternoon. I chose to make the front and back contrasting flannels, but you could make them all the same.
You need a total of 2 yards for each blanket, 1 for the front and 1 for the back. Please, be sure to buy quality flannel from a quilting shop or reputable online shop!! Inexpensive flannel will pill almost instantly, so if you want them to last, buy quality!
Since I am a quilter, I prefer to use my quilting mat, rotary cutter and ruler, but you can also use a straight edge, pencil and scissors. I will give alternative instructions at each step. Just use a basic running stitch everywhere there is machine stitching. Take your first piece of flannel and fold it selvedge to selvedge edge. You can be sure that it is on the straight of grain by making sure that there are no wrinkles on the folded edge.
Then fold the selvedges toward the folded edge so that the entire piece of fabric has been folded in half twice making a long skinny strip with the raw edges on the end. Position your ruler so it is square with the edge of the fabric and double check to make sure that all of the raw edges are to the right of the ruler.
If you are using scissors, mark a line with a pencil and cut with scissors. Flip the fabric around, keeping the edges lined up.
If for some reason your flannel is too short this sometimes happens with extra shrinkage , find the largest measurement that will fit and make sure to make all the pieces the same measurement going forward. Place your ruler at the spot where the pin is.
Make sure the ruler is square to the edge and tight with the pin. Remove the pin and cut the end off with the rotary cutter. Again, if you are using scissors, mark with pencil and cut with scissors. Unfold your flannel and refold it with the cut edges the long way, edge to edge and then again. You should now have a long skinny strip with the selvedge edges on the short end as pictured above. If you are using a different measurement, use the same one every time. Position the ruler at the pin position, remove the pin and cut off the end of the fabric.
You can save this larger piece for using in another project. Using the same instructions as for the front, cut your second piece of flannel for the back. Open up both pieces and position them right sides together, matching up all the edges and corners. You can brush the flannel with your hands like a broom to gently adjust the position. To be honest, I rarely pin things, but in this case I do. Because the two pieces of fabric are so large, you are likely to have movement and end up with the edges or corners not matching.
To prevent this, pin around all edges. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and ending of your stitching. When you are finished, you should have an opening along the edge. Turn the project right side out by pushing all of the fabric through the opening. Use a blunt took to run along the edges and corners from the inside put your arm through the hole so the fabric is completely turned.
You can use a chopstick or the handle of a butter knife. I personally use a burnishing tool that my husband gave me it is an art supply item that he had on hand. Just be sure it is blunt!! Learned that the hard way! Poke the tool into the corners to get them as square as possible. Now you should have a right-side-out square of double-thickness flannel with some floppy seams. Using your iron, carefully press around all the corners and edges so they are nice and flat.
Where the seam is open, press the edges in so it forms a continuous line with the stitched section. You should now have something that is starting to look like a receiving blanket, except for the seam that is still open.
Close the opening using the Ladder Stitch, which is a running stitch but where the stitches switch sides of the opening. If you need more help on this stitching technique, check out my tutorial How to Sew: Ladder Stitch Tutorial.
You are almost done! All that is left is to topstitch the flange. The flange is not only decorative, it helps keep the receiving blanket flat and square in the wash. Mark with pins. Backstitch at the corners for added durability.
Now that you know how to make one, you can make several. They are so fast and easy to make they make excellent gifts, especially when rolled in a little bundle and sent along with a cuddly friend. If you do, definitely let me know! Comment below or come on over to on Facebook or Instagram.
Cart 0. Back All Gardening. Step 2: Fold Flannel for Cutting. Step 3: Square Up the Raw End. Step 4: Measure and Mark. Step 5: Cut to Length. Step 6: Cut a Tie. Step 7: Refold the Flannel. Step 8: Trim off the Selvedge Edge. Position the ruler square and cut off the selvedge edge. Step 9: Measure and Mark. Step Cut the Final End. Step Cut and Position Back. Step Pin. Step Sew Around Edges. Step Turn. Step Refine the Seams and Corners. Step Press. This is how your edges should look:.
Step Close the Opening. Step Measure and Mark the Flange. Step Topstitch the Flange. You Are Finished! You have finished your baby receiving blanket!