How To Hand Sew A Baby Blanket In 4 Easy Steps

In this article, you will easily learn how to hand sew a baby blanket at the comfort of your own home.

Have you ever agreed to go to a baby shower but start panicking as you realized you have no decent gift to give? Well, don’t worry because you will learn how to sew a baby blanket in just four steps. Yes, it is that easy!

In just a few hours, you will be able to create a baby blanket with a personal touch. We know you are tired of spending money on cover-ups with low quality, so let’s do this!

 

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What You Need to Prepare

Before you go out to get supplies, decide on what type of fabric you want to use for the blanket. You can choose from cotton, fleece, and silk.

Cotton is convenient to use since it is always available, comes in different patterns and designs, and is cheap! If you have extra money, you may want to make something luxurious and use silk. Although, silk is pretty hard to master, and it doesn’t fit into a baby’s messy habits.

For a warmer blanket, fleece is a perfect choice! Now, let’s proceed with the tools and materials you will need.

Here’s what you will use:

  • The fabric of your choice cut into 90cm × 90cm
  • A fluffy fabric cut into 102cm × 102cm  (you may use fluffy cotton or other fabric if you want a thinner blanket)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Needle
  • Thread (make sure that it matches the color of your fabric)

If you want to go for a more extensive material, the rule is to cut your fluffy fabric 12cm bigger than the fabric of your choice.

 

Hand sewing a baby blanket

Step #1. Lay the fluffy fabric on a flat surface. Smoothen out as many wrinkles as you can. On top of it, lay your chosen fabric on the center.

Step #2. Grab the outer or edge of your fluffy fabric and fold it over the other material. The fold should be at least 2cm to ensure that there is enough grip.

Using your pins and a thimble, bind the edges. Continue doing so until all the sides are secured.

Step #3. Prepare your needle and thread. Remember to use a matching color so that the stitches will be as less visible as possible. Proceed with hand stitching.

Continue until you are done. Stop sewing an inch from the first corner. Then, snip excess fabric, fold down the raw edge, and sew it.

Step #4. For the last and easiest step, cut the excess thread and remove any remaining pins.

Well done! You have now hand-sewn a baby blanket perfect for a gift. In case you want to make things easier, you can stitch your blanket using the sewing machine.

 

In case you want to go an extra mile

If you want more personal touch to your handmade baby blanket, you can add some letterings to it! It is such an adorable way to level up the game and win the ‘best gift’ award on the baby shower.

You can embroider the name of the baby, cut it out, or buy some letters. Stitch the lettering on the blanket before you start sewing. Make sure not to put it too close to the edge.

If you want something easier, you can grab some patches and iron them on your blanket. A few cute little butterflies, bees, and flowers will indeed look good!

For the final touch, you can do some little tricks on the folding and add a cute ribbon to spice up the look. Aside from going the extra mile on the aesthetics, be sure to be on a higher level of safety.

Avoid using accessories like glitters or any small and detachable materials to avoid harm to the baby. A safe gift will always be the best gift.

 

Choosing the right blanket size

Aside from a suitable material, it is also essential to choose the right size for a baby blanket. You wouldn’t want the baby to use it just for a month or two because it’s too small— or maybe just have an adult use it because it is too big.

For a small baby blanket, 18 × 20 inches should be enough. For a bigger one, you can do something that is 24 inches on each side. Usually, an average baby blanket for a newborn is at 28 × 34 inches or 30 inches on each side.

However, if you desire something that can be used for a longer time, you can add at least 5 inches on the average measurements. Just keep in mind that blankets that are too bulky or big are suggested to be kept away from infants. That is why it is still better to just go for the right size.

 

Conclusion

Mastering how to hand sew a baby blanket is that easy. This craft is a great way to stock up some decent gifts, kill time, and of course to save some money!

It will be priceless to see the parents’ eyes light up as they see the baby blanket you made. All the hard work will surely pay off!

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How To Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket: Basic 3-Step DIY Guide

Babies love soft things. If you’re a quilter with a little one, it’s essential to know how to machine quilt a baby blanket for them to snuggle with.

You’ll need a sewing machine, quite a few fabrics, and some patience. If all goes well, your baby will bask in the comfort of a newly quilted blanket in no time.

 

How Do You Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket?

Whether it’s your first time quilting or you need a recap, you need to invest in different fabrics for all the blanket parts.

To start, you’ll need the main fabric that will serve as the centerpiece of the blanket. Regarding measurements, the average starting size for a baby blanket is 40 to 42 inches, so you need the fabric to measure around this range.

You’ll also want a fabric for the backing or reverse side. The material will serve as a good complement for the main design or pattern. Measurements around 1 and ¼ to 1 and ½ yards should suffice.

Next is a binding fabric. This material will help hold the blanket together. You’ll need around 1/3 to ½ yard of this.

You’ll also need batting. The purpose is to ensure the blanket is soft and comfy on the inside.

Forty-two inches is a suitable measurement. Remember, the quality depends on the material, so decide what kind of batting will suit the baby. Last but not least, you’ll need pins, of course.

You might be thinking of pre-washing the fabrics before you start the project. It’s a good idea, no doubt, but many high-quality fabrics are color-safe. You won’t have to worry about pre-washing too much.

 

Step #1: Sandwich the materials

Start with the backing fabric. You probably have already noticed that its size is slightly bigger than the main fabric.

The reason for this is you start machine quilting from the blanket’s top, and everything beneath can move a bit during the process. If your backing is bigger than everything else, it won’t come off smaller than the front by mistake.

Lay the backing flat on the floor. When it’s all smoothed out, place the batting in the center. Repeat this with the main fabric.

Make sure they’re all appropriately centered. You should be able to see all three layers of this “fabric sandwich.”

From here, you can use pins to keep them in place.

 

Step #2: Stitch the layers

At this point, you can now let the machine do the work. Stitching is also the part where you get creative.

It may seem like you’re just trying to stitch the three layers together at first glance. However, the beauty of quilting comes in here as you can decide how the stitches will look on the quilt. This kind of creative control is why there are many ways to stitch a quilt.

When you’ve finished stitching, you don’t stop there. Remember the binding fabric?

 

Step #3: Bind the quilt

Binding is a rather tricky task. With a bit of patience, you’ll get the whole blanket finished and looking good.

Cut out the binding fabric into strips that measure 2 and ½ inches x the width of the blanket. Sew all the strips together by the shorter sides. Fold the result in half and press it down.

You can start pinning the binding on the blanket starting from the middle of one side. Make sure to place the binding on the front side. Start gradually pinning the binding to the side of the blanket.

When you reach a corner, stick a pin and fold the binding 45 degrees opposite the adjacent side. Fold it back into itself so that it aligns with the adjoining side and stick another pin. You should see a triangular flap on the corner.

When you reach the starting point, take both ends of the strips and fold the ends down. Don’t forget to pin both folds down.

Make sure the two ends still meet. You may want to press this part with an iron to make the folds crease.

Cut off any excess to about ¼ inch from the folds. Take off the pins, match the strips’ right sides, fasten with a pin again, and sew a seam on the crease. Open the fold, press it down, refold it, and pin it back again.

Now you can start sewing the binding in place. Start sewing with a ¼ inch allowance, removing pins as you go.

When you get to the flaps, stop when you’re ¼ inch away. Rotate the blanket and make sure the flap is in the opposite direction. Sew the next seam by the edge of the last side.

Once you’ve finished sewing, fold the binding over to the back. At this point, you’ll have to sew it to the backing by hand.

There you have it! Once you see how the blanket has turned out, you can congratulate yourself for a job well done.

 

Conclusion

Quilting sure is challenging, but who doesn’t love a challenge? It’ll be worthwhile once the lucky recipient feels nice and cozy rolling around in it. Now that you know how to machine quilt a baby blanket, your little one will be in for a treat!

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