Last Updated on December 31, 2023
Hey, everyone! It’s Melinda, and I’m back with another fun and simple sewing project for you. Today, I’m going to guide you through creating what I like to call the “Easiest Baby Blanket Ever.” The best part is No cutting mat or rotary blade is required—just a pair of fabric scissors.
I’ve designed this tutorial to help you maximize your fabric purchase so you won’t end up with unnecessary leftovers.
- Create the easiest baby blanket without a cutting mat or rotary blade – just a pair of fabric scissors.
- Learn how to purchase 1.5 yards of cotton print and 1.25 yards of minke to avoid unnecessary leftovers.
- Pinning is key to ensuring a smooth sewing process, especially when dealing with minke fabric that tends to stretch.
- Use a 5/8-inch seam allowance for initial sewing and a 1/4-inch allowance when closing the blanket, paying attention to corners and openings.
Now, let’s dive into the steps to create this adorable and cozy baby blanket!
- Cotton Print Fabric: 1.5 yards (This will be the main fabric for the top side of the blanket.)
- Minke Fabric: 1.25 yards (This soft and cozy fabric will be used for the backing of the blanket.)
- Fabric Scissors: To cut the fabric as needed. No cutting mat or rotary blade is required for this project.
- Pins: To secure the fabrics together before and during the sewing process.
- Sewing Machine: To stitch the fabrics together. A basic sewing machine will work well for this project.
- Coordinating Thread: You’ll need two types of thread – one for the initial sewing with a 5/8-inch seam allowance (where the thread won’t be visible) and another coordinating thread for the final seam with a 1/4-inch allowance.
- Iron: To pre-wash and press the fabric before starting the project.
- Ironing Board: To provide a flat surface for ironing.
- Measuring Tape: To measure and cut the fabric accurately.
- Optional: Walking Foot for Sewing Machine (While not necessary, a walking foot can be beneficial for sewing through thick or stretchy fabrics. If you don’t have one, sewing slowly with the regular foot will work too.)
|Cotton Print: 1.5 yardsMinke Fabric: 1.25 yards
|Leaving an Opening
|Opening: 6 inches
|Seam Allowance: 1/4 inch
Step by Step Tutorial
Let’s begin with the step-by-step guide!
1. Preparing Your Fabric
Before you start, make sure to pre-wash and iron your fabric. For this project, you’ll need 1.5 yards of cotton print and 1.25 yards of minke fabric. Lay them out with the right sides together, ensuring a smooth and wrinkle-free surface.
2. Pinning and Cutting
Pin the fabrics together and cut the minke fabric around the cotton, using the store’s initial cuts to your advantage. This eliminates the need for intricate cutting.
3. Pinning for Sewing
Once cut, keep the fabrics pinned together. Pinning is crucial to prevent the minke from stretching during sewing. Pin it evenly around the edges, ready for the sewing machine.
Head over to your sewing machine using a 5/8-inch seam allowance. Ensure the minke fabric is at the bottom, letting the feed dogs pull it through evenly. Sew all around, removing pins as you go. Pay attention to corners, pivoting to maintain the seam allowance.
5. Leaving an Opening
Leave a six-inch opening and backstitch, and trim the corners, leaving a 1/8-inch space. Be cautious not to cut the threads.
6. Turning it Right-Side Out
Carefully turn the blanket right-side out, pushing out the corners for a crisp finish.
7. Closing the Opening
Pin the opening closed, aligning the edges. Sew around the blanket using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Go slow, especially around the opening, ensuring a neat finish.
8. Final Touches
Remove pins and backstitch at the end, and voila! You’ve created the easiest baby blanket ever. Admire your work and revel in the joy of a completed sewing project.
Can I use different fabrics for this baby blanket?
You can experiment with various fabrics, but ensure they are baby-friendly and have similar stretch characteristics to avoid sewing complications.
I’m a beginner. Is this project suitable for me?
This is a beginner-friendly project. Take it step by step, and don’t hesitate to watch the tutorial multiple times if needed.
Why is pre-washing the fabric important?
Pre-washing ensures that any potential shrinkage happens before you sew the blanket. It also removes any chemicals or residue from the fabric.
Can I machine-wash the finished baby blanket?
Yes, you can machine-wash the blanket. Use a gentle cycle and mild detergent to preserve the fabric’s softness.
I don’t have a walking foot for my sewing machine. Can I still do this project?
Absolutely! While a walking foot can help, it’s not mandatory. Just go slow, let the feed dogs guide the fabric, and you’ll achieve excellent results.
Can I use a contrasting thread to sew the blanket?
Feel free to choose a coordinating or contrasting thread based on your preference. Just ensure it complements the fabrics.
Where can I get the fabrics for this project?
You can find suitable fabrics at your local fabric store or shop online. Check the fabric requirements mentioned in the tutorial to ensure you have enough for your project.
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed making this simple yet adorable baby blanket. If you have any questions, drop a comment below. Enjoy the satisfaction of a finished project by turning the blanket right-side out, and share your crafting journey with friends and sewing enthusiasts.