Baby Blanket and Wash Cloth Tutorial

Last week I was putting together some gift baskets for a silent auction the youth group at our Church is putting on.  I wanted to do one for women and one for a baby girl but when I put the stuff in the basket for the baby girl it seemed pretty empty still so I decided to stitch something up quick.
Baby blankets are always a quick sew and I’m the first to admit you really can’t have too many baby blankets.  Extra soft wash cloths are also really nice to have to so I made some of those as well.  While I stitched I snapped some pictures, in poor lighting of course, so bare with me.
On to the tutorial!
Flannel and Fleece Baby Blanket
 
Materials:
1 yard flannel
1 yard fleece (or another yard of flannel)
thread
sewing machine
Decide on the size you want your blanket to be.  I made this one 36 inches by 36 inches.  Nothing is more annoying than trying to swaddle baby in a blanket that’s just not big enough!
Cut one 36×36 inch piece in both the flannel and the fleece.

Place fabrics on top of each other, right sides together and pin all the way around.

 
 Stitch around all 4 edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and leaving a 3-4 inch opening on one side.

Clip all four corners to reduce some bulk and then turn the blanket right side out.  Use a point turner if needed to get your corners nice and smooth.

Press all the edges of your blanket on the FLANNEL side.  If you used fleece for the other side be extra careful not to touch it with the iron or it will melt!
Top stitch all the way around your blanket to finish it off and to close up your turn hole.  I like to use a zig zag stitch but a straight stitch works just fine too!
That’s it! Your done the blanket! Now on to the wash cloths!
Super Soft Wash Cloth
Materials:
7.5×7.5 inch piece of flannel
7.5×7.5 inch piece of minky dot fabric
thread
sewing machine
Basically we are making the blanket all over again only in smaller form!  Cut out your two pieces of fabric.  Lay them on top of each other, right sides together and pin.
Stitch all the way around with a 1/4 inch seam allowance leaving a small 2-3 inch opening.

Clip all four corners to reduce bulk then flip cloth right side out through the slip hole.  Use a point turner if you want to make the corners nice and smooth.

Press the cloth on the flannel side, taking care not to press the minky fleece with the iron or it will melt!

Stitch around all four sides finishing the wash cloth off and closing up your turn hole.  Again I use a zig zag stitch but a straight stitch would work just fine too!

Now make a couple more and you’ve got a great addition to a baby gift!

4 thoughts on “Baby Blanket and Wash Cloth Tutorial

  1. Boopster

    So cute and easy – great job. Your project turned out fantastic! One of the things I like to do is pick up those double-sided “no sew” fleece blanket sets on sale and do exactly what you do instead of tying all those knots. Bigger blanket, less work.

    Thanks for the info on where to get the tags – I was going to ask that myself!

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