Paula is a wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoys exploring and writing about the Texas Hill Country and spending time with her grandsons.
A Baby Blanket Project for You!
With a little effort, you can produce beautiful baby blankets. I recommend that you give yourself a few days for completion. I work during the week, so I set a goal of finishing one step each weekend, during my free time. Seeing the blankets come together was fun and challenging: well worth the effort!
How to Get Started
- Choose your fabric! I went to Walmart for my purchase. The fabric selection was plentiful. It was fun choosing my favorites from the different colors and designs. There were three light baby flannel materials that seemed perfect. I had originally planned to use a cotton fabric but felt that flannel would hold its shape better. Light flannel has a touch of warmth and a soft feel that cotton doesn't have.
- The materials should be 45-50 inches wide. I purchased 45-50 inches of length for each fabric to make a square blanket. I also found matching thread and a package of satin blanket trim for each blanket to compliment my fabric color(s). Personal labels were the finishing touch to make each blanket special.
- To begin, trim any unfinished borders with pinking shears. This will eliminate loose threads and any unraveling giving you a finished edge. Wash the fabric in cold water and dry before sewing.
Pinning the Blanket Trim
Attaching Your Blanket Trim
It is essential to carefully pin the blanket trim to the blanket edge. The width of my selected trim was about two inches. The trim will add stability to the blanket shape.
I inserted the material between the two sides of the trim, securing the blanket edge into the fold of the trim. The edge of the material fit snuggly against the fold. I used straight pins every four inches along each side. One package of ribbon should be sufficient to finish the edge around your blanket.
At the corners, square the trim by folding it, as shown above, and securing the corners with pins. You will need to square both sides of each corner.
Securing the Corners
Stitching the Corners
Take a needle and matching thread to methodically stitch each trim corner, on both sides. Your stitches will complete the trim corner. Don't attach the ribbon to the blanket material. Your corner stitches should be invisible on the reverse side and uniform in distance and width.
Sewing the Blanket
On the sewing machine, begin your stitching at one corner along the outer edge of the ribbon. Use your favorite stitch. I prefer a form of the zig-zag stitch. If you have a fancy sewing machine with a myriad of choices, choose a fancy stitch or work with a simpler format. This is your opportunity to be unique and creative.
After stitching the outer edge, square your corner stitches by pivoting at the corner and maintain the same distance from the edge and keeping it uniform. Continue along the next side. As you finish, reverse your machine for a few stitches and cut your thread.
After completing the outer edge, you will need to stitch along the inner side of the trim. Keep it close to the edge so that little fingers can't get caught In the seam. Complete the inner corners in the same way.
Add any extra stitching to complete your personal design. An extra row of stitches can be fun.
Choose a Label
Finish Out for a Professional Look
From the beginning of the project I wanted to add a label to my blanket, something that said "especially for you." In searching the fabric stores, I found some cute selections. This is another opportunity for your creativity to shine.
- Pin the label to the blanket and hand stitch around the edges, keeping your stitches as uniform as possible. Make sure that the labels are secure. I used a double thread.
- If you have an embroidery machine, this would be an excellent opportunity to practice your creativity. Instead of purchasing a label, embroider the baby's initials, a phrase or a creative insignia onto the blanket.
- Iron your finished blanket and trim any stray threads to give it a finished look. You want your gift to look its best when it is presented to the recipient.
Enjoy your new creation!
RTalloni on April 12, 2019:
So glad you were able to finish in time! Thanks for sharing your sweet project.
Paula Kirchner (author) from Austin. Texas on April 10, 2019:
Thank you Peggy! It’s been a fun project and they were well received at the shower
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2019:
It has been many years since I made a baby blanket. Adding a tag is a cute idea. I would have no idea if they were available for purchase decades ago. Your baby blanket looks cute.