How To Make A Doll Blanket? Quick 3-Step Tutorial

Knowing how to make a doll blanket is fast and effortless in just three steps. You don’t even need complex techniques. Children often have security blankets, and it’s not surprising if your child also wants his/her toys to have the same lovey blanket. 

Why not make a customized doll blanket that looks the same as your little one’s favorite security blanket? We even included a step by step guide for a no-sew version below:

 

How To Make A Doll Blanket

How Do You Make A Doll Blanket?

 

Step 1. Prepare two fabric pieces and pin them together

You can use any fabric type for the doll blanket, but cotton would be great as the top layer and materials like fleece or flannel for the blanket backing. You can even add fleece or batting in the middle. Cut the cotton fabric at 18 by 22 inches and the backing fabric at 19 by 23 inches or according to the dimensions you want. 

If you use batting for the blanket’s middle layer, it should be an inch smaller than the top fabric. Then, lay your back fabric right side down and top fabric right side up. Pin them together and sew by hand or with a sewing machine, starting in the middle. 

 

Step 2. Sew the doll blanket securely

Sew a few stitches before backstitching, and then continue sewing forward until you reach the end. Don’t forget to backstitch from the finishing point to secure the doll blanket and prevent it from unraveling through uses and washes. 

 

Step 3. Add blanket edging to finish 

Finally, finish the doll blanket borders with binding. You can cut any extra fabric so that it’s big enough to fold over the blanket edge, sandwiching the top and bottom material. Pin the binding in place and sew with backstitching once you reach the end. 

If you enjoyed adding binding to this blanket, you could read our guide on how to make a fleece blanket with binding. Binding is an excellent way to finish blanket edges for aesthetics and keep the fabric from fraying. 

 

What Size Should A Doll Blanket Be?

Doll blankets vary in size, but the most common dimensions are 18 by 24 inches. Remember that the doll blanket will be relative to the toy, making it larger or smaller than this average doll quilt size. Apply the same concept of ensuring that the blanket complements the size of the intended user when making DIY dog blankets or any other blankets.

 

What size is a crochet doll blanket?

You can also crochet a doll blanket if you don’t like to sew. The crochet doll blanket size can vary from 10 by 12 inches to even a 24-inch square. For Barbie-sized dolls, you can make a 14 by 18-inch blanket. Do note that you want to use the suitable yarn and crochet hook size, especially when crocheting something as small as a doll blanket. 

Here is a crochet hook size guide for your reference. And if you want to personalize the doll blanket more, why not crochet the child’s initials onto it using crochet letters?

 

How many stitches do you need for a doll blanket?

The stitches you will need for a doll blanket will depend on its size and gauge. Usually, you will cast 40 stitches if the blanket is 10 inches wide with a gauge of 4 stitches per inch. By multiplying your knitting gauge in stitches per inch to the blanket width, you will get the stitches you need to cast on.

Then, work on the rows until you reach the length you want for the doll blanket. Here is a step-by-step on estimating how many chains to start a blanket.

 

How Do You Make A No Sew Doll Blanket?

If crocheting and sewing are both not your cups of tea, you can also make a doll blanket with two fleece fabrics, scissors, and masking tape. This project is similar to the popular fleece tie blankets, and they also make cute doll blankets. However, use durable fleece fabrics that won’t stretch or fray easily.  

 

  1. Cut two fleece fabrics but add two inches to the height and width on the front piece
  2. Pin them over each other and mark the extra two-inch material with tape
  3. Cut squares on the corners and fringe the edges around 0.5 inches wide
  4. Tie the top and bottom slits and trim the fringe if needed once done

How Do You Make Doll Bedding?

  1. Cut two fabric pieces according to the doll bed with an inch of allowance in the length and width
  2. Place the fabric pieces together and sew around the edges with seam allowance and the top edge open
  3. Turn the comforter right side out and stuff with cotton before sewing the opening shut
  4. For the pillows, you can cut two fabric pieces measuring 2 by 3 inches
  5. Place the pillow fabrics together and sew with a small seam and one side open
  6. Turn the pillow right side out and stuff it with cotton
  7. Sew the pillow close

Conclusion

A fun activity to try with kids is DIY doll blankets and bedding. In this tutorial on how to make a doll blanket, you can create one with and without sewing. You only need to layer fabric pieces and bind the edges or tie two fleece fabrics for the no-sew doll blanket. 

Did you enjoy this complete doll blanket guide? Let us know in the comments if you have other techniques to share. 

 

how to machine quilt a baby blanket

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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