Written by contributing writer, Trina Holden.
Swaddling has been the secret to many babies sleeping well, but most blankets are too small once the baby grows past the infant stage. This blanket is made from a 45in. square of cloth – a generous size for swaddling, draping a car seat, or even a play blanket when the baby is older.
You can often find cute coordinating nursery prints on sale so the total cost of a blanket can be as little as $6. I love to make them for new moms because I think no one should have a baby without one of these great blankets!
What you need:
1 yard, 10 in. of 45 in. wide flannel fabric
1 yard, 10 in. of 45 in. cotton fabric in a complimentary print or pattern
Iron and Ironing board
Step One: Trim and Pin
Lay both squares of fabric on top of each other, right sides together. Trim edges to a tidy square. Smooth wrinkles and pin all the way around the four sides.
Step Two: Sew
Sew all around the blanket with a straight stitch, using a ¾ in. seam allowance, and leaving a 6 in. opening for turning.
Step Three: Trim Corners
Clip excess fabric from the four corners of the blanket so the corners will be able to turn nicely.
Step Four: Turn and Press
Turn the blanket right-side out, using a blunt pencil or knitting needle to poke corners out neatly. Iron the blanket, pressing the seam allowances inward at the turning hole – you will be top stitching this closed.
Step Five: Finishing
Set your machine to a decorative stitch if you have one, or just use a zig-zag stitch. Choose a thread that will stand out against your fabric to add to the decorative effect. Sew all around the outside of the blanket at a ¼ in. seam allowance. This will close the opening you used to turn it and keep the blanket from rolling and wrinkling along the edges.
Now go wrap up the nearest baby in your lovely new blanket!