10 Minute Simple Baby Receiving Blanket Pattern

by Merissa on February 25, 2015

in Sewing Projects

Making a Baby Receiving Blanket in just 10 Minutes! - Little House Living

10 Minute Simple Baby Receiving Blanket Pattern

I love blankets for my babies. I'm not sure what my obsession is about, but there is just something about snuggling a warm little baby in that soft blanket that makes me want to have a whole bunch of them! Blankets that is....

For our little ones I've picked up some blankets here and there at rummage sales and been passed down a few, but the receiving blankets are always so thin. They don't do much to protect my babies from the floor and they aren't much for wrapping them in so that we can cuddle.

Making your own custom receiving blankets is so easy! All you need is a few yards of fabric and some thread and you are good to go. If you are ambitious or don't have a sewing machine you can do these by hand but it's much quicker if you have even a basic machine. Plus, you can make these super cute if you, or your machine, can do some decorative stitches.

How to Make a Baby Receiving Blanket in just 10 minutes!

All you need for this blanket is:

  • 2 yards Flannel Fabric
  • Matching Thread

If you aren't able to get fabric locally you can buy online as well through places like Fabric.com. If you are on a budget, you will want to check out my post on Finding Cheap Fabric. Make sure to wash, dry, and iron the fabric before sewing.

How to Make a Baby Receiving Blanket in just 10 minutes!

Start by cutting the stray ends off your fabric pieces so they are the same size when put them together. I tried to get an exact measurement, but it will depend on the width of your fabric and how crooked it was cut! You also might choose to make your blanket a little bigger or a little smaller...it doesn't matter, either way. Mine ended up being roughly 31 inches wide by 36 inches long.

How to Make a Baby Receiving Blanket in just 10 minutes!

Place the right sides of the fabric together and sew around all four edges. Make sure to leave an opening of several inches so that you can flip the blanket right side out. When you are done sewing around the edges, cut off any excess fabric to prevent bulk.

How to Make a Baby Receiving Blanket in just 10 minutes!

Turn the blanket right side out.

How to Make a Baby Receiving Blanket in just 10 minutes!

Iron the blanket and make sure to press all of the edges well so that they are flat and even. If you can't or choose not to do a decorative stitch at this point, all you need to do is whip stitch the opening shut and you are done!

How to Make a Baby Receiving Blanket in just 10 minutes!

I decided to do a decorative stitch around the edges. To do this, simply choose your stitch and sew around all 4 edges!

How to Make a Baby Receiving Blanket in just 10 minutes!

I love this little stitch. It's cute and fits with my blanket. I have this Brother Computerized Sewing Machine and I LOVE it! I upgraded when my basic machine broke last year and I'm not sure how I lived without this machine. It doesn't need to use a foot pedal which is perfect for me since I don't really get along with machines with them.

How to Make a Baby Receiving Blanket in just 10 minutes!

Then you are done! If you choose to do the decorative stitch this baby receiving blanket pattern will take a little longer to finish, but then it makes such a cute blanket for you or for a gift! If you don't do the extra stitch this blanket will be done in 10 minutes and you can make several if you need them. I love these. They are so soft and much thicker than receiving blankets that you buy from the store.

Need another fun and simple sewing project to try next? These DIY Pillow Covers can be made in just 15 minutes and this super cute Easy Fleece Hat Pattern is just a single row stitch project.

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1 Leslie February 25, 2015 at 8:03 am

I love the stitching you did! How cute is that. I’d like to make one of these blankets for myself! I’m so ready for this cold weather to be over.

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2 Merissa February 25, 2015 at 2:38 pm

I’m right there with you Leslie, so ready for just even a glimpse of spring!

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3 Tejas Prairie Hen February 25, 2015 at 8:21 am

When I was born, one grandmother made the receiving blankets and the other grandmother made the quilts. Almost 60 yrs. later, I still have them, after using them some with my own kids. One grandmother was still alive when I had my first baby and she made more blankets for him. I made receiving blankets for my three grandkids, as well. I’ve also made them for gifts. I like to edge them with ric-rac for boys and lace for girls. I think the handmade-with-love blankets are so much more special than those bought off the shelf/online. Love is a genuine keepsake 🙂

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4 Debbie Perry February 25, 2015 at 9:36 am

I make mine that way and put the blanket binding on. Extra expense but wait for store coupons so get 40-60% off. makes them so special. Thanks.

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5 MelissaM February 26, 2015 at 11:20 am

I’ve done this with one side the flannel and the other a woven. I rounded the corners (the inside of a roll of making tape is perfect) Then I make my own binding (or can use pre-packaged) to finish the edge. I like the blanket a bit bigger to use on the floor or in the crib when baby get’s bigger.

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6 Diana February 27, 2015 at 9:47 am

This is a great idea as a baby gift especially as a blanket you can keep in the car for when unexpected cold weather hits and you need something to keep little ones warm. Looks so easy I’ll try it!

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7 Elizabeth Cotten February 27, 2015 at 10:26 am

Perfect timing! I have a friend who is having a baby soon and was trying to figure out what to get her!

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8 Diane R February 27, 2015 at 11:04 am

We make them 44″x44″ or 45″x45″. The flannel is often 44″x45″ so I use the entire width,(cutting off only the edges)purchasing 1 1/4 yard of fabric, for one side, 1 1/4 yard of contrast for the other side…. This is the way my grandma made hers and I have found that this is such an awesome size to wrap and cuddle with plus they grow with the kids…mine are now 40 years old and still in great shape…needless to they they wore well.:) Just a little info for you and your readers…good luck with your sewing…

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9 Anna February 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

I have been making this pattern for years. My go to shower gift is two of these blankets in fun colorful patterns. I buy about a yard and half so I can make a square that comes out to about 42 by 42. I saved all the extra fabric from over the years and recently made a quilt top in the disappearing nine-patch pattern. So easy and turned out super cute – it will always remind me of all the babies wrapped in my homemade blankies. I love how you make your top stitching decorative. I have always done straight stitching.

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10 Holley February 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

I’ve made something similar to this to send on mission trips to Haiti for the orphanages! I just winged it though! Thanks for all the tips. Next time will be a breeze!

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11 Debbie February 27, 2015 at 5:18 pm

I love the baby blanket it is really cute I usually just take a yard of baby patterened flannel and serge around it to makean oversized receiving blanket I think i’ll try yours next time Love the decorative stitch too. Keep up the good works….

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12 Sarah J March 3, 2015 at 9:18 am

Popping over from Merry Monday =) It looks so cozy! Pinned to my Sew Much To Do board, not that I’ll ever do it, but perhaps… Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 11pm EST to Fri 11pm EST) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don’t already!

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13 Rachel March 4, 2015 at 6:58 pm

I love the decorative stitching! This made my heart melt. I miss those days. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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14 Joy @ Yesterfood March 8, 2015 at 2:11 pm

I love making baby blankets, and yours is SO cute, Merissa! The decorative stitching really is the perfect finishing touch. Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday! Pinned! 🙂

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15 April Keener March 12, 2015 at 7:29 am

That finishing stitch is perfect!!!! Now, how should I break my sewing machine so I can get one of those 😉

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16 Denise March 21, 2015 at 8:15 pm

love your tutorial…. I have been looking and researching several different ways to do these blankets…… most say to stitch corner to corner (making an “X”) so the blanket keeps it’s shape thru washings…. do you think it is necessary, or do they hold up with just the top stitch around the edge? thank you for you time

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17 Merissa March 22, 2015 at 7:44 am

The flannel appears to be staying together so far for us. If you planned on using a cotton you may want to stitch the corner though.

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18 Denise March 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

thanks for the quick reply, I plan on using flannel,so I think I will skip sewing an “X” across the blanket on them… tried it on a sample one and did not really like the look….. since they are intended as gifts,I want them to look extra special……

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19 V French November 5, 2016 at 3:34 pm

If you are worried about the two layers shifting, there is an easy fix. On items like this I use a zigzag stitch or your buttonhole stitch. Set the stitch length very short and make tiny bartacks. You can match the thread or contrast it, work your bartacks into the pattern, or decide on aa random pattern. One tack every 8 – 10 inches is plenty to hold things in place. I always wash the material,dry, and iron so I don’t have to deal with shrinking, because I can guarantee they will be washed and dried often!

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20 Toni April 3, 2015 at 7:04 pm

My mom made these for my kids and I made them for my grandbabies. I just buy a yard of flannel a yard of cotton and work with that. You can buy fabric but watch when they cut to make sure you get a square yd. You can trim. If they don’t cut it right leave it with them. You have to watch Hancock’s too. So many ideas.

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21 Crystal May 7, 2015 at 9:56 am

Thanks for the tutorial, Merissa. These blankets sometimes come into the non-profit I volunteer at. We cater to mom’s and their families, both with pregnancy support, and baskets for the family. We never have an excess of receiving blankets, as the moms may “buy” them with their earned points, as well as get them in their baskets. Also, you jogged my memory… My mother made night diapers for my babies. They were one yard square, white with red hearts all over. I used them for receiving blankets, before the kids needed that serious of a diaper.

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22 Carolyn May 21, 2015 at 8:00 am

Thank you so much for this pattern. Our sewing club are making quilts for charity right now, We will be including these with our quilts. I am new to quilting so I like easy projects to do along with the quilting.I am a grandma and great grandma, and love doing things for children of all ages.

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23 Mary May 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm

good idea for baby shower gifts. I like to use flannel on one side and cuddle cloth (Minky) on the other. I am not sure if you meant to say walking foot instead of presser foot! When using cuddle cloth make sure you pin every 1 1/2 – 2 inches and use a walking foot to prevent the fabric from stretching!

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24 LisaGLier June 16, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Great blankies to give for gifts… I try to make 1 for church baby showers and if enough time add 2 or 3 easy burp cloths. PERFECT gifts! I use cotton/flannel – Flannel/flannel or flannel/minky dot combinations.

Handmade is ALWAYS BEST!

Thanks for your ideas!

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25 Laura June 26, 2015 at 9:26 am

Hello,
I love these blankets and already made 4 for my baby boy (wish I had this a couple years ago for my daughter but it’s not too late). I was wondering how you wash them to keep the flannel nice and soft. Also I noticed mine seem to need ironed to stay together. I could sew a line down either side but I’m afraid it won’t look as nice. I plan on making some more very soon and would like washing tips and how to keep both sides sticking together after they are sewn.

P.S. I used the same fabric from Walmart. 🙂

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26 Merissa June 27, 2015 at 11:02 am

Did you do the decorative stitch? It seems that helps to keep it together. I just wash our blankets (only if needed) in cold water with other towels and blankets and they seem to stay alright.

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27 Janice August 14, 2015 at 8:48 pm

I was inspired quite a while ago when I saw this tutorial for the first time and I recently made the receiving blankets and some burp cloths for my daughter who is expecting a baby this week. She said they are the most awesome receiving blankets she has ever seen. (This is her 3rd child). Thanks for the idea!

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28 Dee September 1, 2015 at 11:41 pm

I just finished my first blanket for my soon to be born granddaughter. It turned out perfect! Thanks!

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29 Cas September 23, 2015 at 11:03 pm

I LOVE this tutorial (found through Pinterest). I know a TON of people have babies right now, and it would be awesome to give them some blankets! Thanks for the post on how to find cheap fabric as well, I’m always looking for a deal!
However, I DO want to say, please don’t bash on WalMart. The store in my town is amazing, the people are there everyday (other than their days off) and there are plenty of people there who know how to correctly cut the fabric. Not all WalMarts are the same.

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30 yvonne mccain October 7, 2015 at 6:11 pm

I luv your blanket I too have an brother/embroidery sewing machines
how do I do that stitch? do I use the 4×4
tray I just got the sewing machines.
ty yvonne

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31 Angela Atwell October 31, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Thank you for your help. I wish to God I would have read this before getting my fabric cut at Walmart. I’m a newbie and I need to make to blankets, approximately 30″x30″. I figured 2.5 yards would be more than enough. When the associate said “that’s like 7 feet, it’s too much,” I hesitated. She assured me that she’s worked in the department for 10 years and she knew I only needed 1.5 yards. I was exhausted being older, I trusted her opinion. Now that I’m home, and looking over my fabric, I am so so short. I called and complained but of course they won’t take it back. Please, trust http://www.littlehouseliving.com when they tell you, get your fabric anywhere else than Walmart.

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32 Cristina January 8, 2016 at 10:01 am

Hola me encanta la mantita, yo hago muchas cosas del ajuar del bebé y creo que te encantaría poder ver, si contactar por email conmigo podemos intercambiar ideas hay cosas para los bebes preciosas y se hacen muy fácilmente, ánimo para seguir haciendo cosas tan bonitas

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33 Bruna January 8, 2016 at 9:57 pm

How funny – I bought these exactly same fabrics to make the very same project! AND the lady who cuts fabric at Walmart wasn’t there and it took them FOREVER to figure it out, lol.

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34 Ann January 11, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Our 4-H club is making a variation of this type of blanket with flannel on one side and cotton on the other. I like the addition of the decorative stitching around the border. Some of the youth in the club have sewing machines that have some pretty stitching. I’ll suggest it to them when they sew next time.

The blankets are part of items we are making and have purchased that will go into bags that are given to children and teens entering the foster care system.

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35 MJ January 18, 2016 at 10:59 am

This is a great idea! Don’t know why I never thought of doing this! Will definitely do this!
But please don’t be so negative about Walmart. Ours is such a wonderful place and resource, filled with the nicest, lovely employees who work so hard and do a very good job. The company runs lean at every level, even at the top, to help customers save money. Not everyone has the money or the time to shop around other places.

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36 Alyssa January 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

I love you tutorial! looks so soft and comfy. Only thing is I take “offense” to your Walmart statement. It is true most of the time but not at mine. Mainly because I work the fabric area at Walmart Lol. 😛

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37 Denise/DIY Crush January 27, 2016 at 6:19 pm

I love this!! Such a cute project and a great tutorial! Would love to see you at my craft party which is new Thursdays at 7pm EST. I pin every instruction post! Have a great rest of the week!

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38 Katherines Corner January 31, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Thank you for sharing this cute diy at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature tomorrow xo

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39 Rebecca Dockum February 3, 2016 at 12:04 pm

These are so sweet! Recently I read about human touch. How our mothers touch is imprinted on our lives. Her caress or the brush of her lips is there deep within. Just reading about it brought back memories of touch. My pink baby blanket came to mind even after 50 years. I did keep it around longer than some but I still remember brushing it across my lips when I needed comfort and mom wasn’t around. These lovely little blankets can do the same for some sweet newborn.

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40 Ann Story March 19, 2016 at 5:20 am

Love your idea! I’ve made several of these just in the last couple of weeks. Our little quilt group may do a bunch of these for the local abuse center.

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41 Laurie Sanders April 12, 2016 at 9:48 pm

I love your pattern…and the idea of doing the decorative stitch around the edge of the receiving blankets. I don’t have any babies nor does anyone in the family have any babies small enough for receiving blankets anymore but I decided this year that I would donate 200 items to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and this seems like a perfect project for that. For those who don’t have flannel locally, Thousands of Bolts (https://www.thousandsofbolts.com/) is a great source with tons of flannels–most of it $4.95 a yard.

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42 Andrea April 14, 2016 at 10:03 am

I’ve made some quick blankets like these before when my kids were born but the new fabrics you can buy now are sooo much more cute!! These are great for new moms because when diapers overflow they can be washed up quickly and having more than a couple helps keep the baby clean and comfortable! Never can have too many!

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43 ramona espinoza April 15, 2016 at 7:09 pm

This is soooo me, simple and a useable gift!! Thank you for the sewing tips.

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44 Annabelle Spender April 16, 2016 at 8:25 am

Oh this is such a cute and easy idea! I’m going to dust off my machine and have a go at making one of these. I love the cute fabrics and decorative edging that you have done – they look incredible. I can see why you like them so much!

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45 Charlene Asay April 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

These are always great to keep on hand for baby showers .THanks for sharing with us all . I hope you link up with us again this week at Family Joy Blog.

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46 Suzy Godfrey April 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm

So simple and love the decorative stitching!

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47 Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids April 17, 2016 at 9:39 pm

Cute and simple! Stopping by from the Creative Corner Link-Up.

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48 Helen Fern April 18, 2016 at 8:55 am

There is nothing more special than a handmade baby gift. This is lovely. I’d love it if you shared this on the brand new DIY party!

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49 Kate - The Chaotically Creative Mom April 18, 2016 at 12:07 pm

This is my go to for baby blankets! So simple, yet so perfect 🙂 I just had a little boy in February and made a few blankets like this. I love the stitch you did!

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50 Pam @Threading My Way November 14, 2016 at 12:40 am

Soft, cuddly baby blankets make great baby shower gifts. Very clever idea to add the decorative stitching, Merissa – easy to do, but oh, so effective. #meetupmonday

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51 Lisa Beynon December 1, 2016 at 9:57 am

Thank you! I love the idea of the decorative stitch! I must try this!

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