Easy Baby Blankets!

I love making these blankets because they’re so easy – you can make one in just a couple of hours. They’re the perfect baby shower gift if you don’t have time to make a full on baby quilt. The best part is they’re super soft! check out my 5-step tutorial below. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

(Above: a recent baby blanket I made using the same tutorial, but with minky cuddle fabric on the back. When using cuddle minky, my advice is to pin like crazy. I practically basted this blanket,  with pins inches apart all around the edges. Also, use a walking foot when sewing it together to keep the layers of fabric from bunching or puckering.)

Materials:

  • 1 yard of cotton fabric
  • 1 yard of fleece
  • 7 inch strip of double-sided fusible webbing
  • Coordinating thread

Step 1 – Trim both yards of fabric (cotton and fleece) to get rid of the selvages and frayed or uneven edges. Make sure both the cotton and fleece measure the same after trimming. (FYI, selvages are the edges of your fabric that typically have the brand and fabric line printed along it). You’ll end up trimming ~2-3 inches off the perimeter of each yard.

An easy way to do this is to fold one yard of fabric into quarters. Line it up evenly on your cutting mat, and then trim the two sides that are NOT folded, as shown below. When you unfold it, the selvages and uneven edges will be trimmed evenly.


Step 2 – With right sides facing together, layer the cotton and fleece fabric evenly on top of each other.
Pin to keep in place. As shown below, mark an opening (I used tape) away from the corners that’s at least 7 inches long.


Step 3 – Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew along the perimeter except where you marked the 7 inch opening. Start and end your stitch with a back-stitch.
Then trim the corners outside of your stitching.

Step 4 – Through the 7 inch opening, turn the blanket right side out. Press all edges flat with an iron.

As shown below, use the double-sided fusible webbing to press 7 inch opening closed.

Step 5 – Using coordinating thread, sew along the edge of the blanket using a 1.5 inch seam allowance. If you don’t have a seam guider to help guide a 1.5 inch seam allowance, you can use tape as a guide.

Lastly, echo that stitch by simply sewing along the previous stitch using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
That’s it, you’re done! As always, let me know if you have any questions.

Happy quilting!

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58 Responses to Easy Baby Blankets!

  1. pasqueflower July 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Great tutorial. Definitely a keeper! Thank you!

    • Cosette Smith July 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

      These look great and I have several little greats that could use these. Thanks much.

  2. Sandy July 17, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Another awesome tutorial… thank you so much, I will definitely do this. BTW, I love the fabrics you used, they are too cute!

  3. jabeybaby July 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    This is adorable! I love the fabric, can you tell me what it is?

  4. Sandra Àlvarez July 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Nice baby blankets, Jera! I will make one for my sister's babygirl, cause it seems really easy to do and it may be a nice gift for some friends too!

  5. MJ July 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    This is really cute! I'm definitely going to make some of these for gifts in the future.

  6. Quiltingintherain July 18, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    Thanks everyone!

    @ jabeybaby – the fabric with the traveling gnomes is called "Gnome-some Traveller" by Michael Miller. You can find it online if you search 'gnome fabric' on Etsy under 'supplies.' I don't remember where I got the ocean-themed fabric…I think it was probably by Robert Kaufman, but it's an older line.

    • Anonymous August 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      Do you think I could make one of these by hand? I am really really a beginner. Great tutorial. Thank you.

    • Connie December 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      Anything a sewing machine can do, you can do by hand. I quilt by hand, use a heavier thread so the stitching will last through multiple washing

  7. A Girl July 18, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    How Cute!

  8. Deb July 18, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    Thanks for those great instructions. I might give these a try.

    Deb
    from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

  9. Pam July 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Thanks for this. I have a baby shower this weekend, very last minute and wanted to make something, a couple of these will be PERFECT!

  10. Tasha July 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Fantastic tutorial… Where did you get your "brand label"?
    Thanks,
    Tasha

  11. Anonymous July 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Wow those are some great looking baby quilts, I am wondering what type of sewing machine you use? Thanks for all your fun project ideas and directions.
    Take Care
    Molly

  12. sewsewgirly July 23, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Soooo…..I'm presuming we'll be seeing some more baby-inspired creations from you in the months to come?? :))) Congratulations to both of you Jera, you're in for a fantastic new journey, welcome to 'the club'.

    Tania. xx

  13. Jozefien July 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    What great and simple idea. I love it! Where do you buy your labels? It looks great.
    Marijke

  14. Vickey Hughes August 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    These would be great to donate to a local hospital for newborns. I love it! Thanks!! 🙂

  15. Sue L November 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Wow – easy! AND, it gave me the solution to my Christmas placemats I am making – double sided fusible web! Double stitch around the edge! Awesome!

  16. jodiren June 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    This tutorial helped me (a very novice sewer) make a very cute baby blanket for a friend. It didn't take me long at all…..see many more blankets in my future! Thank You!!!

  17. Chumkie January 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Lovely blankets for baby! Please
    link in to this week’s theme of Baby Quilts!

  18. Anonymous February 6, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    I am always looking for quick, easy blankets. I am going to start making blankets and donating them to a group that then donates them to a local hospital. Thank you for the tutorial, I can't wait to get to the fabric store!

  19. Lucy Parson February 23, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial, so cute and looks way easy! I just bought a bunch of fleece fabric by the yard so I can make blankets for my friend that just had a baby. Yay!

  20. KidZ March 31, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    I am also wondering where did you get your personalized label from? They really add a finished and professional look to the blanket. Thanks for the great and easy project.

  21. Anonymous April 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    It's very cute. I've used flannel previously but fleece is great. it would be a wonderful item to donate. Thanks for the idea!!

  22. Anonymous April 24, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    Hi there the blankets looks awesome!!! Not sure if you can help I'm trying to sew my blanket and I'm having the hardest time keep each side of my 2 fabrics lined up one is longer then the other even after pinning them 🙁 I'm also getting pills or overlapping sewn into the fleece fabric….I'm not the best at sewing…lol

  23. Anonymous July 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I did not see any batting. Could u put a piece before sewing sides. And how much small should batting be in order to avoid bunching on edging?

    • Quiltingintherain July 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

      This baby blanket does not use batting. If you want to add batting, use a low-loft batting cut to the same size as the blanket.

  24. Anonymous July 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    do you preshrink your fabric before cutting and sewing/ I want to try this right away..so cute! I've never tried using different types of fabrics together for fear of them shrinking differently

  25. Anonymous July 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    IF YOU WANTED TO MAKE A BIGGER BLANKET FOR A 7 YEAR OLD HOW MUCH FABRIC WOULD YOU USE AND HOW WOULD YOU JOIN THE FABRIC

  26. Priscilla August 7, 2013 at 6:03 am #

    Hi Jera,
    Beautiful baby blanket! Do I need to wash the cotton fabric prior to cutting & sewing the blanket?
    What if the cotton shrinks but the fleece won't?

  27. Priscilla August 7, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    I love all your tutorials but this question has not been addressed & I know I'm not the only one wondering about this: to pre-wash or not prior to cutting & sewing quilts.

    • Zenia Rene August 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Priscilla, I'm also curious to hear Jera's take on pre-washing. I've been quilting for 2 years and was taught to always pre-wash…so that's what I've done. Only one of the 20+ quilts I've made over that last couple years has called for un-washed fabric.

    • Priscilla August 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Hi Zenia,
      I'm very new at quilting & I'm still learning but I found this web-site where she addresses this dilemma; http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/09/beginning-quilt-long-week-2-choosing.html
      I hope this helps… I found a family owned fabric store in my area where they give quilting classes & I ask an instructor there & she does not pre-wash her quilting fabrics(good quality) & she uses a "color catcher" if her quilt has any dark colors (black, red, purple, etc…) or dark batik fabrics. Happy quilting!

    • Zenia Rene August 25, 2013 at 5:07 am #

      Thanks Priscilla! I am a very thrifty quilter. With that being said, I usually buy my fabric at Goodwill (everything is 50% every other Saturday!) I've accumulated quite the stash buying my fabric this way. Obviously I'm not too particular about specific fabric, it just has to be cotton and low priced. Most of the time the fabric is brand spanking new but I still wash it regardless. I have used color catchers though, and they are fantastic!

    • Priscilla August 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

      Zenia, I didn't know Goodwill sold fabric, thanks! I got to check it out! Yes, I'm finding out that buying cotton fabric is expensive!

    • Zenia Rene August 26, 2013 at 4:48 am #

      Quilting is not cheap. Are you on Pinterest? I'd like to see what you've made so far. Follow me on Pinterest and check out my My Quilts board.

    • Priscilla August 27, 2013 at 4:12 am #

      I just joined & need to learn how to post. I just finished my very first baby quilt this past weekend & it turned out beautiful! It's a strip quilt I made for my niece's baby girl. I will find out how to check your quilt board. Thanks!

  28. Zenia Rene August 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Jera, I made one of these last night. It took a little over an hour. It turned out so cute. Thanks for this super simple and quick tutorial! These are perfect for baby shower gifts!

  29. Julia Williams September 1, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    They looks really simple, oh how I wish I could make the same with the smooth end…. But good thing I overcome it.

    Love to get things in time, in just the right time
    Julia
    Choofie – Onwer
    baby blanket

  30. Mary September 21, 2013 at 2:03 am #

    This is so cute 🙂

    I love the tutorial and very easy to make.

    Mary of baby gifts personalized

  31. Sunita Chaudhari September 23, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Great !!! This is so phenomenal!!!That is very impressive! Blankets & Quilts are gorgeous and the makeover is totally amazing. I love it. You really did a super job with the Blankets & Quilts! I use to do buy online Blankets & Quilts as its time saving.

  32. Anonymous October 20, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    I'm still unsure whether to wash the fabric first. I have never washed it first! I think the cotton would definitely shrink some but the fleece will not. So I'm assuming that the cotton needs washing???? What is the solution?

    • Anonymous December 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

      I'd love to know this answer also. I hear both yes and no – obviously. from the best sewers.

      • Marie Dunphy Harding July 22, 2016 at 12:58 am #

        I would wash both fabrics (separately) first. The fleece will shrink a little. Also, if it’s a baby quilt you’re doing, it’s best to wash fabric, to remove any chemicals that may be in the fabric. I like to iron both pieces after washing, before cutting, for better accuracy in measurments. Marie

  33. QuiltandPatch June 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Have you quilted /stitched the fabrics in the middle at all to hold them in place or kjust the edges?

    • Marie Dunphy Harding July 21, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

      That would have been my question. I believe I would, so to keep both pieces together with washing; and if it’s a baby quilt, it will be washed plenty! Marie

  34. Topazshell November 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    It almsot seems too easy. Thanks for sharing. Babies like that softness.

  35. Chris January 3, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Hi. I love how easy this is and can't wait to try it. One question….is there any concern about the fleece melting when ironed?

    • Marie Dunphy Harding July 21, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

      Fleece does not ‘melt’. marie

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  37. Head Soccer January 11, 2016 at 2:55 am #

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  38. Monica February 22, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    How about putting in some batting?

    • Marie Dunphy Harding July 22, 2016 at 12:52 am #

      Monica, you’re turning the two pieces inside out. I don’t think you could manage batting. Marie

  39. buba May 10, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    do you wash the fabric first?

    • Grace May 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

      I would wash both fabrics first since one is cotton and the other fleece

  40. Harriet December 28, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    This quick baby blanket/quilt. Is great for giving to various groups. My sewing group just had a baby shower for Bella house for pregnant women. So many charities would love your help. I bought cotton clothing from the thrift shop and cut it to make many quilts. Read the labels….fabric has gotten so expensive especially for seniors on a fixed income. Many sewing groups provide the fabric if you sew for charity. I love to sew these for baby gifts….nice tutorial , thank you.

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