How to Make a Flannel Baby Blanket

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    Gather Your Materials

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    Two Flannel baby Blanket withDecorative Stitching. Deborah Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This baby blanket is warmer than a receiving blanket and not as warm as a fleece or quilted blanket, making it perfect for those in-between temperatures. Using two layers of flannel make this a unique weight baby blanket. Other fabrics besides flannel can be used to make this blanket, but flannel is the choice fabric in this example. Mixing fleece and cotton prints can also create an adorable blanket.

    Supplies

    Round up these tools and materials when you're ready to start making your flannel baby blanket: 

    • 1 1/4 yard 45" wide flannel
    • 1 1 /8 yard of 45" wide flannel
    • Thread to match your fabric choices 
    • Decorative thread (optional) - You can choose a matching thread or opt for an accenting color for a decorative stitch.
    • Measuring tools - Rotary cutting rulers and cutting tools are a great way to assure you're cutting square and straight.
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  • 02 of 04

    Cutting, Marking, Sewing the Sides

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    Matching the Sides. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Be sure to preshrink all fabrics. Flannel fabrics are prone to shrinking so it's important to use warm water and the dryer to shrink the fibers.

    • Squarely cut the 1 1/4 yard piece into a 42" by 45" rectangle. Your rectangle may have to be smaller if your fabric shrank in the wash, but use as much of the fabric as possible to cut a rectangle.
    • Squarely cut the 1 1/8 yard piece into a 32" by 35" rectangle. If your larger rectangle is a different measurement subtract 10" from each side and make your smaller rectangle with the new numbers.
    • Mark the center of each side of both rectangles.
    • Mark 1/2" from each corner.
    • With the wrong sides of the fabric together, match the center marks on the two layers and pin them in place.
    • Pin the sides from the centers to the ends where the 1/2" mark is at the corners.
    • On one side make double straight pins to mark off a 6-8" area that you will not sew so that it will be open to turn the blanket right side out.
    • Sew the sides using a 1/2" seam allowance, stopping at the end corner marks and leaving the area between the double straight pins un-sewn. Using a seam guide will assure accurate seam allowances.
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    Finishing the Corners

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    The Corners of the Baby Blanket. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Once your blanket's sides are sewn, it's time to complete the corners: 

    • Lay the blanket on a flat surface. Even out the edges of the larger fabric so it is even on all sides and flat.
    • Hold the corners up so that you can see where the seam should lay.
    • Press the corners back so that you now have a press line to pin and follow for a seam line.
    • Pin the line to hold the seam in place, removing the pins as you sew..
    • Sew the corners from the corner to the 1/2" corner mark closing the corners.
    • Trim the seam and press the corner seams open.
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  • 04 of 04

    Turning and Finishing

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    Turned and Finishing the Baby Blanket. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Once your corners are completed, follow these steps to complete your flannel baby blanket: 

    • Turn the blanket right side out through the opening you left in the side seam.
    • Lay the blanket out flat, bringing the edges even on all sides.
    • Press the side seams towards the edges. You will be able to lift the fabric and guide the seam allowance toward the edge as you press.
    • Press the entire blanket flat.
    • Pin or baste in place.
    • Using a decorative stitch, sew with the stitching centered over the seam that joins the two fabrics, joining the layers. Pivot at the corners. If you do not have a decorative stitch available, sew a straight line of stitching on each side of the seam which joins the two fabrics. Use your presser foot as a guide to keep your stitching and even distance and straight.
    • Optional: Add additional decorative stitches if desired.