How To: Quick & Easy Baby Blanket
When our boys were small, they loved to carry around a blanket bound with silky satin ribbon. I still have the one our youngest carried around. It’s torn and tattered and was much loved. I’m planning on giving it to him for his next birthday. He thinks it got lost at his grandmother’s house many years ago. 🙂
Today’s project was inspired by that sweet memory.
I’ve made a smaller blanket that I like to call “stroller size”. It’s about 20-22” wide by about 32” long. It’s just big enough to tuck around a little one on a chilly day or for a toddler to carry around. There’s no extra lining so it’s fairly lightweight and simple enough that a beginning sewer can make it. These would be a great addition to your gift closet.
- Here’s what you’ll need:
- May Arts HA-25-17 – 2.5” Double Faced Satin Ribbon
- 1 yd. Minky Fabric
- 1 yd. flannel fabric
- thread to match
Cut fabrics to desired size. Sew around the edges using a 5/8” seam. Measure and cut your ribbon to go around the blanket allowing extra to round the corners and fold over the raw edge.
Iron the ribbon in half. This makes it easier to apply. Fold and pin the ribbon over the seam and sew. If your ribbon is a bit uneven when using a straight stitch (guilty here!), you can do what I did and use a decorative stitch to make sure the edges are sewn down. Even the most basic sewing machines come with a few decorative edging stitches today.
That’s it! A sweet little blanket in no time at all. Most major fabric stores run ½ off sales so buy your Minky and flannel and save them until you have time to cut and sew for greater savings.
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Other Supplies Used:
- Minky fabric (JoAnn Fabrics)
- Flannel fabric (JoAnn Fabrics)
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread