I love it when someone close to me gets pregnant because that means I get to make a baby quilt! Sometimes though I don’t always have the time to make a quilt. That’s when I pull out my easy peasy flannel baby blanket pattern.
Not only is this blanket easy to make, it’s quick too! It’s one of those gifts every mother will appreciate because it’s so useful (not to mention soft and cuddly!)
To make this blanket you’ll need two yards of flannel, one yard for the front and one yard for the back. May I suggest these gorgeous flannels from the Afternoon in the Attic Flannel collection? The fabrics coordinate perfectly, and you’re certain to find a color combination you like.
After you purchase your flannels, it’s time to make the blanket! This is an easy get it done in an afternoon kind of project.
Cut the flannels
Cut off the selvages, then stack the flannels, one on top of the other and cut them the same size. I cut mine 36” square.
You can also cut rounded corners if you like, by tracing around the edge of a small plate and cutting on the line.
After cutting the flannels to size, prewash them (I call this “preshrinking”). Dry the flannels on high heat and press.
Sew 1/4” from the edge
Layer fabrics RST (right sides together) and pin. Sew 1/4” from the edge all the way around, leaving a 6”-8” opening for turning.
Turn right side out
Clip the corners at a diagonal. Turn the blanket right side out and gently poke out the corners so they are square. Press.
Sew the opening closed
Press under the raw edges at the opening and pin.
With thread that matches the top, sew all the way around, 1/4” from the edge. This will close the opening and stabilize the edge of the blanket.
Create a “border”
Top stitch all the way around, approximately 2-1/2” from the edge. This will create a nice border for the blanket, and further stabilize the edge. To add more interest, you might want to use a contrasting thread and a zig-zag or other decorative stitch.
At this point, your blanket is all done!