Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Flannel Baby Blanket Tutorial

The day after Thanksgiving, you can usually find me out at JoAnn's buying flannel for $1.49 a yard. I often buy 10 yards or more of print and solid color flannel to make baby blankets for baby showers. Since I was making one today, I took pictures along the way for this tutorial.

After you have washed and dried the material, I cut a 30 inch square from one print and a matching solid. Place the materials so that the right sides are facing each other.

Then I take some sort of round object (plate, bowl, etc.) and round out the corners.

To keep the material from shifting while sewing, I do pin the material all the way around the blanket.

Take the material to your sewing machine and sew almost all the way around the blanket. I usually use about a half an inch seam.

Be sure to leave an opening wide enough for your hand to get in and pull out the right side of the blanket.

Before pulling the right side of the blanket out, I clip the corner seams. This helps the blanket to lay down nicely.

Pull the right side of the blanket out through the opening.

Take the blanket and press the seams all the way around the blanket.

Change your sewing machine to a zig zag stitch and stitch all the way around the blanket about 1/2 - 5/8" from the edge.

Then thread a needle with similar color thread and stitch the opening closed.

Give the blanket a once over with the iron and you now have a homemade baby blanket for the next baby shower you are invited to.

Next week, I will show you what I do with some of the scrap material for another baby shower gift idea.


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