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!

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  1. Where do you get your cute flannel? I am looking for some contemporary prints for receiving blankets like that.

    Thank You–

  2. Just finished my second one of these — thanks so much for the tutorial! Easy to follow and a very forgiving project for a newbie…

  3. So sweet! I wish I could find cute flannel fabric like you used to make some of these for gifts. :-)

  4. love the blanket, I’ve made one – and am very happy with it. Thank you

    you can see my effort on my blog :)

  5. Thank you for the easy to follow instructions. I’m off to make one today. Fabric is washing and drying right now. Love the ric rac edging!

  6. Finally made one yesterday night! Thanks for the tutorial, they are really quick and fun to make. This blanket was on my to do list for over a year now but as my sister just had her first baby, there was a great opportunity to try it out!

  7. This is so cute and I have a ton of rick rack. I would make a couple of additions: 1) Flannel can shift with washing so I usually make a few tack stitches discretely all over the blanket, or stitch around the appliques with a straight stitch to secure. and 2) To make the hand stitching of the opening easier, I press the seam allowance where the opening is, following the stitching line. That way when you turn it, it is clear where you need to handstitch and it is nearly invisible.

  8. I LOVE the fabrics you used. Its so hard to find cute fabrics that aren’t too girly. Where did you get these and what are they called?

  9. Hi. That fabric would match our nursery perfect! Can you share where you purchased it?

  10. I’m a quilter – love this cute receiving blanket idea with the rickrack – like ones I make but without the rickrack!

    Any good quilt store should have these flannels, I’ve not seen them at JoAnn’s, etc.

  11. Anon & Kate: both fabrics were purchased from quilthome.com. They are from the “urban flannel” and “Della” lines, both by Valori Wells :)!

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