How to Sew a Baby Receiving Blanket

Baby Blanket Made with Tow Layers of Flannel
Two Flannel Baby Blanket with Decorative Stitching. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

A receiving blanket is a newborn baby's first blanket and all moms know you need more than one! These free directions will guide you to making your own receiving blanket for a special gift, or to save money at the store. All the fabrics that are available make endless possibilities.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 20 minutes sewing time

Here's How:

  1. You will need:
    • 1 yard of flannel or soft washable fabric - Choose a fabric that is not very loosely woven. A loosely woven flannel will usually shrink enough in the laundry to bring the fibers closer together but you lose a lot of fabric in the process. Choose a fabric that has a soft warm feel to it even before it is preshrunk. Because flannel is probably going to shrink, you may want to buy a little extra fabric to maintain the planned size rather than work with what is left after you preshrink the fabric.
    • Thread - How to Choose Thread Color to Match Your Sewing Fabric
    • A sewing machine or a serger.
    • Straight pins
    • Scissors
  1. Preshrink your fabric.
  2. Trim the selvages off of the fabric and trim the fabric into a squared rectangle.
  3. If you have a serger, use a rolled hem stitch around all the edges.
  4. If you do not have a serger, sew a baby hem by turn under to the wrong side of the fabric 1/4' on all the edges.Turn that 1/4" under again, to enclose all raw edges Pin the edges in place and miter the corners as shown in  How to Make Cloth Napkin.
  5. Top stitch or hand sew the hem to hold it in place. Whatever method you use to secure the edges, enclose all raw edges since baby items go through the laundry many times, you don't want the fabric to fray.

Tips:

  1. Use a yard and a quarter for a square blanket from 45' wide fabric.
  2. Use a decorative stitch to top stitch the hem for a decorative blanket.
  3. Use fleece with a serged roll hem, in any size to make a great gift for an adult. A hand sewn blanket stitch makes a decorative edge on fleece because it does not fray.
  1. Consider sewing a Warm Double Flannel Baby Blanket as a very useful blanket as the temperatures drop.
  2. Make other gifts for a baby with fabric to match the receiving blankets.
  3. Use flannel scraps to embellish with appliques on other baby items.