How to Sew a Baby Receiving Blanket

a flannel receiving blanket

Lea Jones / Stocksy 

A receiving blanket is a newborn baby's first blanket and all moms know you need more than one! These free directions will guide you to making your receiving blanket for a special gift or save money at the store. All the available fabrics make endless possibilities.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 20 minutes of sewing time

Needed Materials:

Here's How

  1. Preshrink your fabric.
  2. Trim the selvages off of the fabric and trim the fabric into a squared rectangle.
  3. If you have a serger, use a rolled hem stitch around all the edges.
  4. If you do not have a serger, sew a baby hem by turn under to the wrong side of the fabric 1/4-inch on all the edges. Turn that 1/4-inch under again to enclose all raw edges Pin the edges in place and miter the corners.
  5. Topstitch or hand-sew the hem to hold it in place. Whatever method you use to secure the edges, enclose all raw edges since baby items go through the laundry many times, you don't want the fabric to fray.


  • Use a 1 1/4 yard for a square blanket from 45-inch-wide fabric.
  • Use a decorative stitch to topstitch the hem for a decorative blanket.
  • Use fleece with a serged roll hem, in any size to make a great gift for an adult. A hand-sewn blanket stitch makes a decorative edge on fleece because it does not fray.
  • Make other gifts for a baby with fabric to match the receiving blankets.
  • Use flannel scraps to embellish with appliques on other baby items.