I finally pulled out my sewing machine for the first time in months to bring you a really fun and easy tutorial! You know it’s been a while when your husband comes home from work and calls up the stairs, “Is that your sewing machine? I haven’t heard that sound in forever!”. Yep. Guilty. But I was browsing the fabric selections at Joann’s the other week and decided that baby boy needed a blanket made by his momma, because nothing is as sweet as a homemade gift!
Imagine my surprise when I realized this project only took me half an hour from start to finish. That never happens to me. Never. I always end up messing something up and botching the project the first time so I have to start over, but not this time. It was so easy that I decided to make one for a friend who is expecting a little girl in July too! So blankets, blankets for everyone! They’re so easy that even the most beginner of beginners can try this one out, and win. It’s a confidence booster, I’m telling you. But be warned, you’ll feel so good about yourself after completing this project that you’ll want to tackle something even bigger for next time. #sorrynotsorry for being an enabler.
For both of my blankets I decided that they needed to be 40 x 40 so that the babies could grow into them and use them for a while. I also decided to use two different fabrics for the top pieces; the pink is flannel and the green/grey is cotton. Either one will work for this project and I can say I honestly don’t prefer to sew with one over the other!
- 1 yard patterned fabric
- 1 yard minky fabric (this can get expensive so if you have a 40% off coupon use it!)
- coordinating thread
Start by cutting the main fabric, 41 x 41, lay it on top of the minky (right sides facing each other) and pin the two fabrics together. Use your fabric scissors to cut the minky fabric down to the correct size.
Sew all the way around three sides of your blanket, but on the fourth side leave a six-inch hole so that you can flip the fabric right side out when done (I used 1/2 an inch seam allowance).
As a side note, make sure you don’t pull the minky fabric through your sewing machine! It can stretch easily and you don’t want that to happen!
Hand stitch the hole closed (I use this tutorial from Positively Splendid).
And you’re done! See what I mean? It’s so simple!
This sweet and simple blanket will be treasured by momma and baby, and because minky fabric is so soft it will feel amazing on baby’s skin! I wouldn’t mind cuddling up on the couch with one of my own to be honest!
Do you like to make homemade gifts for baby showers?
If you’re looking for more Baby sewing projects, check out my Pinterest board!