How to Sew an Easy Baby Blanket

Baby blankets are great for beginner sewers and make awesome gifts. This baby blanket has two sides with a fold over border, and is super soft thanks to the Minky fabric.  I chose neutral colors for either a boy or girl but you can use any cotton print or minky you like!

See our Minky Fabric Product Guide for more information about working with Minky.

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Materials

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Instructions

Step 1: Measure & cut the fabric

Make sure to pre-wash the fabric, especially the cotton.

Measure a 36″ x 36″ square out of the cotton and Minky fabrics. Make sure you’re measuring on the wrong side of the fabric, and cut out both squares.


Step 2: Pin & stitch the fabric

If you want mitered corners instead, check out our How To Sew a Mitered Corner tutorial. This technique works great on this baby blanket!

Place the Minky fabric on the table with the wrong side facing up. Take the cotton and place it in the center with the right side facing up. Fold the edges over 1″ twice on all four sides and pin.

For the corners, snip the extra fabric off at an angle before folding.

Starting at any corner, stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance along the edge. Back stitch at the beginning and the end.

Stitch along the outside edges of the corners to keep them down, and it’s done!


Ready to make one of your own? Take a look at our selection of Minky!


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Shouldn’t the front piece be smaller on order to get the mink ky to become the edging?
A shopper on Oct 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Either way works! Here the cotton fabric is folded up with the Minky but you could also cut the cotton 2" smaller than the Minky.
Is there any reason why minky fabric should not be used on both sides of the blanket?
Cynthia B on Oct 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There's no problem with it being used on both sides. It does stretch a bit, so it might be slightly more difficult to sew without the cotton to stabilize it. See this article for tips on sewing with Minky: www.onlinefabricstore.net/makersmill/minky-fabric/
How do you stitch the outside corner so it doesn’t look weird?
A shopper on Apr 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This mitered corner technique would work well on the blanket: www.onlinefabricstore.net/makersmill/how-to-sew-a-mitered-corner/
How do you keep the two fabrics from separating after washing? They are not attached in the center.
A shopper on Sep 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If separating is an issue, you can sew them together with a couple parallel lines or hand tack them together in a few places.
Can you use a cotton batting in between the fabric if you want it more fluffy?
A shopper on Apr 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, that would work. You can also use fusible fleece on the back of the cotton fabric.
Pellon #987F Fusible Fleece
Pellon #987F Fusible Fleece
Pellon #TP971F Thermolam Plus Fusible Fleece
Pellon #TP971F Thermolam Plus Fusible Fleece
Do you measure and cut all four sides of the fabrics or just two sides?
A shopper on Oct 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You should measure all 4 and cut what needs to be cut.
What if you don't have a sewing machine can you hand sew it?
A shopper on May 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it's a bit time consuming but you can use the back stitch which is very similar to a sewing machine stitch:
www.onlinefabricstore.net/makersmill/how-to-hand-sew-back-stitch/

Or even better, you could use the invisible stitch when sewing the minky to the cotton fabric so that you don't see the stitches. I find this stitch quicker too!
www.onlinefabricstore.net/makersmill/how-to-sew-an-invisible-stitch/
Do you pre wash both fabrics?
A shopper on Jan 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes!
Confused by the cutting of the corners. It says to cut before folding but the picture shows cutting during a fold. Can you clarify?
A shopper on Nov 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can fold once, then trim off the corner before folding it a second time. The other option is making mitered corners, which takes a little longer, but looks neater. See the mitered corner technique here: www.onlinefabricstore.net/makersmill/how-to-sew-a-mitered-corner/