This is the easiest flannel baby blanket to sew. It’s a great project for beginners and makes the perfect baby shower gift!
A simple yard of flannel fabric creates a soft and warm receiving blanket that your baby will love for years. Use it as a play mat as they grow. They may even choose it as their special blanket that goes everywhere baby goes.
Flannel is inexpensive and easy to work with. With only four lines of stitching, this sewing project really is beyond easy. It can be made in minutes with a myriad of designs. There is sure to be one suitable for the baby (or grand baby) in your life.
Supplies to Make an Easy Flannel Baby Blanket
- 1 yard Flannel Fabric (1.5 yards for toddlers)
- Coordinating Thread
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Seam Gauge
- Straight Pins or Clips
- Ironing Board
- Sewing Machine
Flannel is soft, warm and perfect for snuggling. One yard of flannel works great as a receiving blanket for babies. One and a half yards is a better size to grow with the child as he or she becomes a toddler. Flannel is available in a large variety of colors and prints that will match any nursery or decor. It is fun to have older kids choose fabric for their own special blanket too.
How to Make an Easy Flannel Baby Blanket
First, wash, dry and press your flannel fabric. This is important to see how much the fabric shrinks. You don’t want to end up with a blanket too small to be useful for the baby.
Then square up your fabric using a quick and easy method found here. If applicable, cut off the selvage end with the store label on it after squaring it up.
Place the fabric right side down on a flat surface. Then, beginning on any side, fold the fabric up 1/2″. A seam gauge makes this step super easy.
Press the fabric in place to make a sharp edge.
Now fold the fabric over another 1/2″. Simply turn over the fold you already created to skip measuring again. Use straight pins or clips to hold the fold in place.
Then repeat for the opposite of the flannel fabric.
Next, top stitch the two folded sides with your sewing machine. You will be able to see the stitches, so choose thread in a color that coordinates with your fabric.
The seam allowance should be between 1/4″ and 1/2″ – just check to make sure the stitches are catching the fabric on the underside. An easy way to sew a straight line is align the edge of the fabric with the right side of your presser foot.
You can find more clever ways to help you sew a straight line here.
Using scissors, trim off a small triangle at the corner of the fabric being careful not to cut through the seams. This will cut down on bulk in the corners and help the blanket lay flat.
Now you are ready to work on the remaining sides. On the raw edges that are left, turn them under 1/2″ and press. Repeat, press and pin or clip to prepare for sewing.
Then top stitch the two remaining sides. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your seam for maximum hold.
Your blanket is ready to snuggle or be used as a play mat. These make fantastic and cheap baby shower gifts too!
Don’t forget to pin this project for later, and check out some more easy sewing projects for beginners listed at the bottom of this post.
- Square up fabric (tutorial here).
- Fold one side of fabric over 1/2".
- Fold over same edge another 1/2".
- Pin in place.
- Repeat on opposite edge.
- Sew with 1/2" seam allowance.
- Fold remaining sides over 1/2".
- Fold over again.
- Pin to hold.
- Sew with 1/2" seam allowance.
Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of each line of sewing for a durable hold.