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Self Binding Receiving Blanket Tutorial

Baby Blanket Tutorial
Ever wondered how self-binding receiving blankets are made? They can be a bit confusing – until you’ve made one! It’s a lot simpler than you may think, and you’ll have one (or two!) made in no time.
Ready to get started?

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1.5 yard flannel for blanket back/border (make sure to pre-wash)
1.25 yard flannel for blanket top (make sure to pre-wash)
ruler – I use a mat and ruler set similar to this one and couldn’t live without it!


flannel for blanket back/border: 42″x42″
flannel for blanket top: 36″x36″

Note: The sizes you cut your blanket top and back will determine your finished blanket size. In this case, pieces cut at 42″ and 36″ will give a finished size of 39″. If you want to adjust your size, just remember that the finished size will be the median between the two sizes you cut (39″ is 3″ larger than 36″ and 3″ smaller than 42″).
Also, the larger the difference between your the size of your two pieces, the larger the border will be. With the measurements in this tutorial, the border will be 1.5″. If you want a larger border, you can increase the amount of difference between the two flannel pieces that are cut, and of course the opposite is true for a smaller border as well. One thing to keep in mind with a larger border is that the larger it gets, the smaller your finished size will be as well, which is one reason that I like to keep a 6″ or less difference between the two sizes.
1. Fold each flannel piece in quarters and mark center of each edge with a pin. Open pieces up and pin, right sides together, starting at centers and working outwards. Each end will be left with excess backing fabric.
Each corner should look like this:
2. Mark 1/4″ in both directions by drawing a small square on each corner. Using these marks as your stopping and starting points, stitch along each side of pinned pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance. If you’d like, you can start stitching at center of each side and work outward rather than stitching from end to end, but if you’ve pinned well you shouldn’t need to. Leave a 6″ opening on the middle of one side to later turn the quilt right side out through.

3. Matching adjacent seams, fold one corner of the blanket as pictured. The excess backing fabric should form a 45 degree angle, and raw edges should match up, with the blanket front fabric tucked inside.

4. The next step can be tricky to visualize, so just make sure to follow the illustrations and you’ll be fine! Align your ruler with the end of side seam stitching, forming a 90 degree angle with the folded edge.

5. Trace along ruler edge, marking 90 degrees from the folded edge to the end of stitching. Stitch along marked line from folded edge to end of side seam stitching.

6. Trim seam allowance to 1/4″, removing excess backing fabric.

7. Press all seams and turn blanket right side out through opening.

8. Carefully press mitered corners in place. Press all four borders flat, being careful that they are evenly sized on all sides (it can help to put a couple of pins away from where your iron will be hitting to make sure everything will lay nice and flat).
9. Topstitch close to seams on all four sides of blanket, and stitching closing opening. Add a second row of topstitching if you prefer.
Great job! Admire your blanket and make some more!

Self-Binding Receiving Blanket

Doesn’t Michael Miller make the best flannel prints? I think they’re definitely my favorite flannels. I used a couple of my favorites to make this self-binding receiving blanket.

I love that you get to see both fabrics from the front – otherwise it sometimes feels like a waste to have such a cute print hidden on the back of a blanket, ya know?

I was actually planning on using the damask print for the back/border, but in my current state of mind (or lack there-of), cut the fabric out opposite. Now that it’s done,  I think I like it just as well though. Yay for happy mistakes :).
If you’ve never made a self-binding blanket before, they’re a lot easier than you might imagine – I’ll be sharing a tutorial soon so you can give it a try!
…And on another note, no baby yet – maybe I’ll have some news for you on Monday if I’m lucky :).

Simplest Serged Receiving Blankets

I bought this fabric years ago on clearance and was pleasantly surprised to find it in one of my fabric bins the other day. It’s Michael Miller’s Disco Dot, which is still one of my favorite flannel prints. It also comes in pink and gray which would be on it’s way to me right now if it wasn’t on backorder :).

I had enough yardage to make two large single layer receiving blankets. I made a couple before Wyatt was born, and they were some of my very favorites when he was little, especially in the summer when it was hot (surprise, surprise, his were also made out of Disco Dot, but in blue).
Making these blankets can’t get any simpler. I cut them as large as the fabric width would allow – about 40″x40″, and serged around all four sides.
I’ve never found blankets close to 40″ in stores, so for me these are a staple! They are the perfect size for swaddling a new baby without adding a ton of bulk.

What’s your favorite blanket for swaddling a baby? Anything that’s a must for you?

Ric Rac Receiving Blanket and Burp Cloths

Joel’s brother and his wife are having their first baby this fall, and it’s a girl! I was probably as excited as they were when I found out the gender, because it meant I’d get to make some girly things for a gift!

I used my Ric Rac Receiving Blanket tutorial and Della Flannel by Valori Wells to make this blanket.
Doesn’t Valori design adorable flannel?
Using the same technique as in my tutorial, I also made a matching burp cloth. Does the piecing look like it was on purpose? Cause it totally was :).
I think that jumbo ric rac is about one of the best things ever created, don’t you?

I can’t wait for the little one to arrive – she’ll be my 10th niece!

Rag Edge Receiving Blanket Tutorial.

When Wyatt was born my MIL gave me a blanket and burp cloths that were similar to this.  I loved them so much that I made a bunch more burp cloths the same way (I even found the exact same camo fabric that she had used!).  Here’s a tutorial so you can make your own too.  They would be great for your own baby or for a gift.  Leave me a link if you use this tutorial, I’d love to see your finished project!


This tutorial will guide you through the steps to sew your own rag edge receiving blanket.  It is a perfect beginner project, and I promise it will be the simplest receiving blanket you’ll ever make!  It can easily be done from start to finish in less than an hour.  At 40″x40″ when finished, this blanket will be perfect for swaddling your baby as he or she grows and outgrows other smaller receiving blankets.
Materials Needed:
1.25 yd flannel fabric
1.25 yd co-ordinating flannel fabric
matching thread
1. Pre-wash your flannels.  Cut each piece of flannel to a square 40″x40″.  Make sure that the selvage edge is cut off, or that edge will not fray properly when the blanket is finished.
2. Fold each piece of flannel in half into a rectangle, and then in half again into a square.  Stack the two pieces of flannel on top of each other, matching up the 8 free corners.  Using a round bowl or lid as a guide, trace a curved line onto the top layer of the free corners.  Cut along line, forming curved edges.
2. Open up both pieces of fabric and lay flannel squares on top of each other, wrong sides together.  Match up the four sides, and pin in place.  Using a ruler stick, trace a line from each corner to corner, forming an X in the middle of the blanket.  Pin near the X lines to hold the two layers together.  If you’re too lazy to go find a ruler stick like I am, just fold the flannel in half into a triangle, and pin along the folded edge to mark your sewing line.  Next fold the flannel into a triangle using the opposite corners, and again place pins along the folded edge to mark your sewing line.
3. Sew along either your marked lines or your line of pins from each corner to corner, forming an X in the middle of the blanket.
4. Using either a narrow zigzag stitch or a decorative stitch, sew around the entire blanket 0.5″ from the edge.  If using a zigzag stitch as is pictured (for a farm themed blanket I thought it was more appropriate than a decorative stitch), adjust your stitch length to be short enough so that the stitches are fairly close together.  On my sewing machine, I set it at a “1”.  Whichever stitch you choose, just be sure that it will be sturdy.
5. If desired, stitch again around the entire blanket using a co-ordinating thread, 0.25″ in from the first stitch line.  Depending on which type of stitch you use, you might want to skip this second row of stitching.  I thought it would be cute with this particular blanket, but use your own judgement.
6. Now for the fun part… Get out the ol‘ scissors and start hacking.  Just kidding, that would be very counterproductive.  Every 0.5″, make a small snip around the edge of the blanket perpendicular to your sewing line.  Clip fairly close to your stitch line, but not through it.
7. Wash and dry the blanket 1 or 2 times to allow the clipped edges to fray.  The best part about this blanket is that it gets better and better with each wash.  Great work, you are done!