Easy Flannel Baby Blanket with Jennifer Fulton

Easy Flannel Baby Blanket

Hi! I’m Jennifer Fulton @Inquiring Quilter, and I’m pleased to share one of my favorite sewing projects.

I love it when someone close to me gets pregnant because that means I get to make a baby quilt! Sometimes though I don’t always have the time to make a quilt. That’s when I pull out my easy peasy flannel baby blanket pattern. Not only is this blanket easy to make, it’s quick too! It’s one of those gifts every mother will appreciate because it’s so useful (not to mention soft and cuddly!)

To make this blanket you’ll need two yards of flannel, one yard for the front and one yard for the back. May I suggest these gorgeous flannels from the Afternoon in the Attic Flannel collection? The fabrics coordinate perfectly, and you’re certain to find a color combination you like.

After you purchase your flannels, it’s time to make the blanket! This is an easy get it done in an afternoon kind of project.

Cut the flannels
Cut off the selvages, then stack the flannels, one on top of the other and cut them the same size. I cut mine 36” square.

You can also cut rounded corners if you like, by tracing around the edge of a small plate and cutting on the line.

Prewash
After cutting the flannels to size, prewash them (I call this “preshrinking”). Dry the flannels on high heat and press.

Sew 1/4” from the edge
Layer fabrics RST (right sides together) and pin. Sew 1/4” from the edge all the way around, leaving a 6”-8” opening for turning.

Turn right side out
Clip the corners at a diagonal. Turn the blanket right side out and gently poke out the corners so they are square. Press.

Sew the opening closed
Press under the raw edges at the opening and pin.

With thread that matches the top, sew all the way around, 1/4” from the edge. This will close the opening and stabilize the edge of the blanket.

Create a “border”
Top stitch all the way around, approximately 2-1/2” from the edge. This will create a nice border for the blanket, and further stabilize the edge. To add more interest, you might want to use a contrasting thread and a zig-zag or other decorative stitch.

At this point, your blanket is all done! To download this free pattern from RJR Fabrics click here.

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    Toby

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    This is a wonderfully easy blanket. Thanks for sharing. One question…why do you wash it after you cut it? Wouldn’t it be just as easy to wash it first, iron, and then cut them both the same size?

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    admin

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    Hi Toby, I think this is Jennifer’s preference on how she does her pre-washing! It will work your way as well. Great suggestion!

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    Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter

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    You’re quite right Toby–you can cut first wash later if you like. I chose to cut first because prior to washing, the fabric has sizing in it that for me, helps me cut it straight and accurately. After I wash my flannel it gets a bit wrinkly and seems to take a lot of ironing to get nice and flat for cutting. But there is nothing wrong in doing it the other way! Do what works for you, that’s what I always say.

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    Hi Jennifer

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    Thanks. I was just wondering because I thought that after you washed it it would be harder to get the edges even when you go to sewing the layers together. If it works for you, great!

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    Debbie

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    Another question about washing the flannel (which I enjoy working with, btw, even in Florida climate. ..lol!): doesn’t it ravel?

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    linda gregg

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    What is cost of flannel and do you not have a catalog?

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