Need a baby gift that you can make in a hurry? This simple tutorial will show you how to make a receiving blanket in about 10 minutes from start to finish. So simple!
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.
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. I love Fabric.com because the fabric that I’ve ordered has always been high quality. 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.
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, this is a good baby blanket size.
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.
Turn the blanket right side out.
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!
I decided to do a decorative stitch around the edges. To do this, simply choose your stitch and sew around all 4 edges!
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 several years ago 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.
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.