Baby receiving and swaddling blankets are soooo soft & super simple to make! Choose some great flannel, set aside an hour, and you've got a great set for your sweet pea OR a great Baby Shower gift!
You can never have enough receiving and swaddling blankets those first few months! I received so many as gifts for my little one, I was sure I'd would never use them all! But, alas I did, and my pre-schooler still uses them today, as blankets for all of her baby dolls. With so many soft flannel fabrics with terrific designs available today, you can really treat a new mom with a few unique blankets she & her little one will treasure!
Things you'll need:
- 1 yard 44/45" fabric (Primary fabric)
- 1 yard 44/45" fabric (Coordinating fabric)
- Flannel & not too stretchy knits work best
Getting Started - Wash & dry the fabric
As all fabric shrinks some in the wash, you'll want to pre-wash to ensure the final blanket is the size you intend. I also like to press my freshly washed fabric before cutting.
'Pattern' Layout & Cutting:
Just 1 simple square - times 2!
1) Cut a square of the size you'd like in your first fabric; I used 33 1/2" to match the size of blankets that works best for swaddling
To make cutting easier, I used my cutting board with built-in rulers & cutting lines. Place the unfolded fabric with the selvage ends straight on your cutting lines (Figure 1). Measure 33 1/2" along one side and mark. I snip a bit with my scissors to mark the right length (Figure 2).
Measure 33 1/2" along the 2nd side and mark. Cut along along both sides to get a square.
2) Cut the same size square in your 2nd fabric
TIP: By placing it right side up, you get a head start on the next step of putting the front & back together.
Place the square you just created in your primary fabric over the 2nd fabric, right side down (Figures 4 & 5). As mentioned earlier, having the right sides together now gives you a head start when you attach the 2 pieces later.
TIP: If your fabric has a 1-way design/motif, be sure both squares have the motif facing in the same direction.
Cut around the top layer of fabric (Figure 6); this ensures both pieces are the same size and shape.
Assembly:Just 2 simple steps!
1) Attach the front & back
Pin all sides together and mark an area on one edge to leave open (Figure 7). This opening will be used to turn the blanket right side out.
Stitch on all sides, leaving the opening marked earlier to allow you to turn the blanket right side out (Figures 8 & 9).
Use 3/8"-1/2" seam, and if using a standard sewing machine, be sure to finish the seam with a wide zig zag or other appropriate stitch. The blanket will need to survive a great deal of washings!
2) Top-stitch & stitch the opening closed
Carefully turn the blanket right side out. Be sure to push each corner out to create a nice slightly rounded corner & press (Figures 10 & 11).
Fold under the seam allowance of the opening, press & pin (Figure 12).
Top-stitch around all sides with a very narrow stitch (Figure 13).
TIP: Start sewing at the opening where you've folded under the seam allowance. I know I'm more likely to carefully stitch this closed with a nice neat stitch if I start here. Once I get sewing, I'm not likely to pay as close attention :).
TIP: I use my presser foot as a guide to be sure I keep a narrow, straight stitch.
|Swaddling Blanket |
Pink/Blue Whales & Dotted Chevron Flannel from Riley Blake
|Super Soft Flannel makes a great Swaddling or Receiving blanket!|
That's really it! Have fun choosing fabrics for a variety of them for your little guy or girl!