Hello amazing friends! Today I thought I’d pull this fun project from a few years ago out of my archives. This is a super simple tutorial for making a baby blanket out of receiving blankets. It still brings me lots of traffic from Pinterest, and with all the babies that are on the way in the next couple of months (thanks to those holidays that get all the feel-goods going!), I thought it was a good time to reshare. 🙂
But first up…my exciting news! NO, I am NOT pregnant ha ha! Did I fool ya’ll with the baby quilt thing?? We are so done in that department!
Our super exciting new is…drumroll…we bought a house!! Can I get a woot woot?? We close one week from tomorrow so I figured it was close enough that I could spill the beans without jinxing anything. (If anything happens at this point, I’ll just post a big crying face emoji and go find a hole to burry myself in somewhere!)
I don’t want to keep you in suspense, but I’m trying to wait to share photos until after it is official and we have the keys in hand, just in case.
Remember in the Spring when I shared how I easily updated our faded outdoor light fixtures without taking them down? Or how about how my kitchen cabinets have been holding up since I painted them three years ago, and how easy it was to touch them up? Yep, we were getting our current home ready for the market!
Lot’s of small projects have been going on around here, but thankfully because ya’ll have been so awesome about me resharing a few old favorites, I have still had time to enjoy some quality time with my babies. (At almost 15 and 7, can I still call them my babies?)
We just started officially packing yesterday. Our move-in date is scheduled for August 4th. Hopefully that will give us time to get some painting and a couple other projects tackled at the new house before we move in.
I will have tons of new projects to share since I will have a bigger house to furnish, so I am super excited about that! (I may have already bought a thing or two to redo!!)
If you read all that, thank you! I can’t wait to share more details and photos soon! 🙂
Okay onto today’s project!
This blanket takes very basic sewing skills, I promise, so don’t run just yet!
My youngest has one just like it that he still sleeps with. It is the perfect size at 36″ X 44″, for him to snuggle up with. I’m sharing this one I made for a neighbor first. Then I made another for my sweet niece with a few adjustments that I liked better. I’m sharing both of them today.
To make the first quilt, I started with a pack of coordinating flannel receiving blankets:
These are perfect because the flannel will wash up super soft and cozy, and the fabrics are already coordinated perfectly. Plus it’ll save you an hour standing in front of the baby flannel section at the fabric store trying to make up your mind!
I did need to purchase a few more things:
The chenille adds a bit of fun texture, but I’ll warn you that it does get everywhere when cutting it. It did add a fun texture to this quilt, but it’s not necessary. (I used it in place of one of the blankets.) I also purchased one yard of quilt batting and one yard of nursery flannel fabric for the back.
Let’s get started…
Create a Pattern
I started by creating a a pattern to use as a guide. You can use this one; just substitute your own abbreviations (BW=big whale, CH=chenille, etc.) or create your own. (I share another later in this post.)
The best tools for cutting even squares, are a rotary cutter, straight edge, and cutting mat. (I now have this set HERE.) I use my set ALL the time!
I cut my squares 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. As you can see also, I folded my fabric prior to cutting as the rotary cutter will cut through a few layers very easily, allowing you to cut several pieces at once.
Sew Squares Together
Keep your pattern handy as you’ll be referring to it often. Start with your first square (top, left hand corner), and attach it side-by-side to the next square. I started with “BW”, big whale and attached it to “Ch” for chenille.
You could then add the next square, which for me would be “Cir” for Circles and so on until you have the top row complete. Then move onto the next row and so on.
However, I started with the same two squares, but instead of adding the third square, I moved to the next row down and sewed those first two pieces together. I continued until I had all of the first two squares of each horizontal row sewn together.
Then I added the third square to each row (following my pattern) and worked my way down.
The reason for assembling the squares this way is so that I can “butt” each piece behind the next, through the machine which saves time and thread. (Using those old quilting skills!)
Either method yields the same results…a set of 11 rows, 9 squares each:
When you have all of your horizontal rows complete, iron each row. Be sure to iron all of your seams in the same direction.
Then referring to your pattern, sew each row together. You’ll end up with something that looks like the picture below.
Assemble Quilt Layers
Next lay out your quilt batting and place the quilt top face up on top. Pin in place.
Sew around the outer edge. Trim any excess batting.
Place flannel fabric for backing face down on top and pin in place:
Sew around the outer edge again, this time leaving several inches open on one side to flip the quilt right-side-out. Trim any excess fabric.
Clip the corners to get a nice sharp corner before turning:
Finish off the Edges
Turn right-side-out and pin opening closed. Sew a seam 1/4″ around the outside edge. This should close up your opening too.
This is a cheater’s way of getting out of making a binding for the edges!
To keep things together, I added knots in several places using embroidery thread. I knotted it on the front…
…and on the other side:
Stand back and admire, you did it!
I made this for my neighbor as a baby shower gift to match her son’s nursery and she loved it!
Ours has had a gazillion washes (and looks like it too), but it is so soft and snuggly!
Don’t worry if your squares don’t align perfectly. Those little imperfections are what make it special.
Hand-made gifts are a gift from the heart.
Here is the one I made for my niece:
Her mama was not a fan of the color pink so this was a pretty alternative for a girl. Only two of the patterns in this particular blanket are receiving blankets though since I had a hard time finding girlie printed receiving blanket sets that weren’t pink! I purchased the flannel butterfly fabric and the dots and hearts fabric from JoAnn Fabrics. I used the pretty aqua butterfly fabric for the back:
I did a few things differently on this one that I like better!
I kept this one more simple and just used all flannel instead of adding the chenille for texture. It was a bit easier to put together.
Another thing I did differently for this one was I changed up the pattern and I think I prefer this one:
Ci=Circles Qu=Quatrefoil Po=Polka dot Bu=Butterfly
And lastly, I added a stitch about 1/8th of an inch from the seam along one side of each row, lengthwise and widthwise, on the top layer only. (Before stitching, be sure the seams are all ironed to face the same direction and that this additional stitching runs over top of the folded-over seam. I hope that makes sense?!)
It makes the squares sit more neatly.
This was added to my brother and sister-in-law’s baby shower gift basket:
See what else I made in there HERE!
I love the idea of using a pack of receiving blankets to make a quilt. There is the perfect amount of fabric, and everything is perfectly coordinated. Again, it also means you don’t have to spend an hour in the baby flannel aisle trying to make up your mind. That’s a win win win for me! 🙂
It was fun for me to look back at these quilts because they were made for sweet babies I love! I hope you enjoyed it too!
If you’re looking for me this weekend, I’ll be knee deep in boxes packing my little heart out. Yay!!
UPDATE: Ready to see our new house??? You can HERE!!
See ya’ll Tuesday!
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