A few months ago I shared the how-to on this easy baby quilt made from receiving blankets, in a guest post at View from the Fridge. Katie had just welcomed baby boy #3, and I thought this was the perfect post to share while she was enjoying some time off to spend with her precious new man. Today, I’m going to share it with you!
This blanket takes very basic sewing skills, so don’t run just yet!
My four-year old has one and he drags it all over the house. It is the perfect size at 36″ X 44″, for him to snuggle up with.
To make this 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.
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. I thought it was worth the trouble, but it’s not necessary. (I used it in place of one of the blankets.)
Let’s get started…
Create a Pattern
I created a pattern to use as a guide. You can use this one; just substitute your own abbreviations, or create your own.
The best tools for cutting even squares, are a rotary cutter, straight edge, and cutting mat. You can purchase them in a kit at your fabric or craft store. 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.
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.
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.
Then referring to your pattern, sew each row together. You’ll end up with something that looks like the picture below. Be sure to iron all of your seams in the same direction.
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 to flip quilt right-side-out. Trim any excess fabric.
Clip the corners to get a nice sharp corner before turning:
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 to match her nursery and she loved it! I’m hoping it will become her baby’s favorite “blankie” too. (Update: 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 a similar blanket I just made for my niece, Eva, who is due to arrive in October:
Her mama is 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. I purchased the flannel butterfly fabric and the dots and hearts fabric from JoAnn Fabrics to give it a more feminine feel. I used the pretty aqua butterfly fabric for the back:
I did a few things differently on this one.
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.
I still 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, which means you don’t have to spend an hour in the baby flannel aisle trying to make up your mind. 🙂
You can see what else I made for my niece’s nursery here.
I’m hoping she enjoys this cozy blanket as much as I enjoyed making it for her. 🙂
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