Make the perfect Blanket.
Learn how to create a the perfect blanket for yourself or as cozy gift. The perfect blanket is designed to allow you to make ANY SIZE blanket from king size to baby blanket.
Follow my step by step instructions below. Not sure what size is perfect for you? Check out my simple blanket size chart!
Skill level: easy
Chose what size blanket you want to make. The perfect blanket size chart is available in my free resource library.
For this simple blanket I purchased 1 yard each of two coordinating fabrics and 5 yards of trim from Joanns Fabric to make a baby blanket. I first chose a 100% cotton material that is very soft and smooth. I think it is cooler for baby to lay on in warmer temperatures. The second fabric is a cotton flannel that is very warm, soft and cozy. I washed and dried the fabric. If you want the crisp finish on the fabric, spray Magic Sizing Fabric Finish
Gather your tools together, then put on some favorite music and have a snack available. Get ready to create your perfect blanket!
3. Trim fabric.
Smooth the larger fabric down on a flat surface. Place the smaller fabric on top, lining up one or two straight edges of the fabric. Make sure both fabrics are flat with no wrinkles. Trim edges with a rotary cutter and straight edge to the desired dimensions of the chosen blanket size. The fabrics may be trimmed separately. A fabric pen may be used to draw a line on the fabric to cut with scissors if you don’t have a rotary cutter.
4. Lay out the trim.
Choose which fabric to attach the trim to. I chose the flannel fabric in this blanket but either is fine. Minky fabric is slippery so if I am using this fabric, I usually don’t attach trim to it. Lay fabric flat on surface, right side up ~ the side you want showing. Pin your trim on top with the finished edge towards the middle of fabric.
Sewing trim around corners can be done in a few ways. One way is to pin the trim, rounding the corner. This way finishes with a curved corner. If you prefer a square corner, pin the trim straight into corner. At the turn, fold the trim over, at a 90 degree angle, running the trim down each edge of fabric. Pin the finished edge of trim away from the corner and away from the blanket edges. Make sure the finished edge of trim doesn’t get sewn into edge of blanket.
This is a square corner. The finished trim edge on the left side as you look at picture, or where the 2 white pin heads are, should fold back on itself – towards the right side. Be careful as you sew the trim edge not to sew the end into edge of blanket.
This is a rounded corner. Notice how the trim is pinned around the corner. The wider the trim, the more rounded it will look.
6. Pin the trim.
Pin the trim around the entire edge of fabric then join ends together with a slight overlap to connect them.
If the trim has an opening, the end can be tucked inside the raw end to give a more finished look, as in this picture. If it is a one layer trim, such as a satin ribbon, just overlap slightly and curve off the edge, pin in place. Or hem the edge of the ribbon, overlap slightly and pin in place.
7. Baste stitch trim.
Baste stitch the trim to fabric with a large stitch, close to the fabric edge.
8. Put right sides together.
Lay fabric with the trim, right side up, smooth on a surface. Place the second fabric right side down on top. This will make a sandwich with the trim in the middle.
9. Pin fabric together.
Pin fabric together with trim in the middle. The trim may give a thickness to the blanket, be sure to keep fabric edges aligned when they are pinned. The fabric was trimmed the same size, it is important to keep edges even so the finished blanket lays flat.
10. Sew fabrics together.
Sew fabrics together using the trim baste stitch as the guide to stitch. Stitch with a 3.0 or 3.5 stitch length on the inside of the basted stitch line. Leave an opening from 4-6 inches wide to turn the blanket right side out.
11. Turn the blanket right side out.
Reach into the opening, grab a far corner then pull the corner out of the opening. Make sure the blanket lays flat.
Press with an iron, turning the open area under so that the fabric follows the seam.
13. Pin open area closed.
Pin open area together in place. Pull the fabric taunt to turn the open area under or towards the inside of blanket.
14. Top stitch.
To close open area and finish the blanket, top stitch close to edge. For even consistent stitches use the Handmade Jules handstitch guide in our free library.
The finished perfect blanket!
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I love to DIY, make things by hand and be creative. My goal is to help others learn new things without getting frustrated. Join me in my DIY adventures with simple, complete instructions, and read More about me here.