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Self Binding Receiving Blanket Tutorial

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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. Read on to learn how to make a receiving blanket my favorite way!

Pair a cute blanket with some burp cloths, and you have the perfect baby gift! Ready to get started?

how to make a receiving blanket

How to Make a Receiving Blanket

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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! Now that you’ve learned how to make a receiving blanket, admire your blanket and make some more!
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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!

Ric Rac Receiving Blanket tutorial.


Baby blankets are one of my favorite gifts to a new or expecting mom. You can really never have too many! This ric rac receiving blanket tutorial will guide you through making this simple blanket! This project is great for even a beginner, and can be done in less than an hour. The ric rac adds the perfect touch to this easy project!


This tutorial will guide you through sewing a double layer flannel receiving blanket trimmed with ric rac. You may also use the same directions to make burp cloths. It is a great beginner project, and can be done in less than an hour or so. Let me know if you have any questions!
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1.5 yd flannel fabric
1. Prewash and dry both pieces of flannel. Cut each piece to 39″x39″. This will give you a finished blanket of 38.5″x38.5,” which is a nice large size, but feel free to adjust it if you would like a smaller blanket. Using a bowl or tupperware lid as a guide (or eye-ball it if you’re lazy like I am), trace and cut the corners of the flannel into rounded corners.


2. If you would like to place an applique on your blanket, now is the time. For a great tutorial on how to do an applique, go here.

3. Place ric rac on one piece of flannel so that the middle of the ric rac is 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric. Leaving a 3-4″ piece of ric rac before you start your stitches, sew ric rac to the flannel using a 1/8″ seam allowance. You should be catching the “bottom” curve of the ric rac as you sew. Gently curve the ric rac as you sew around the rounded corners. Note: if you are using extra wide jumbo ric rac (as pictured at top of post) you may want to align the ric rac on the fabric with the curve hanging slightly off the edge of your fabric so your seam allowance doesn’t need to be so large.

4. When you have almost sewn the ric rac around the entire piece of flannel, continue to sew until the end and beginning of ric rac overlap about 3/4″, pulling each tail end of ric rac off to the side of the flannel (see diagram). Trim ends of excess ric rac.

5. Right sides together, place your flannel piece on top of co-ordinating flannel fabric, matching all sides and corners. Pin together. Stitch 1/4″ from edge around all 4 sides of blanket, leaving a 5-6″ opening to allow you to turn the blanket right side out.

6. Turn blanket right side out through the opening you created. Press blanket edges, pulling ric rac outward with your fingers as you press (please don’t burn your hand as I often like to do) to help ensure that the seam is pressed neatly outward. Handstitch the opening where you turned the blanket through.

7. Topstitch around entire blanket, close to edge of flannel.
8. Admire your great work, you are finished!