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.

Mini Quilt Dresden Design by Alissa from @goldshoegirl

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Amazing mini by Alissa of Gold Shoe Girl featuring our upcoming Everything but the Kitchen Sink due out this fall! Visit her blog to see how the project came together plus a chance to win a FQ bundle of the fabrics she used.

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Make sure to head on over to her blog page for a tutorial on how to put the project together and for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle!

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Summer Quilt Along with Sandra Clemons ~ Quilt Layout

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Cut Sashing, Posts, Borders, and Binding

Light Gray – Cut 1 strip 16 1/2” x WOF and 2 strips 2 1/2” x WOF to subcut 20 logs 2 1/2” x 16 1/2” for sashing.

Red – Cut 4 squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” for posts.

Border 1:

§ Cut 6 strips 2 1/2” x WOF. Stitch the strips end to end to cut the following.

à Side Borders 2 1/2” x 52 1/2”

à Top and Bottom Borders 2 1/2” x 56 1/2”

Border 2:

§ Cut 6 strips 1 1/2” x WOF. Stitch the strips end to end to cut the following.

à Side Borders 1 1/2” x 56 1/2”

à Top and Bottom Borders 1 1/2” x 58 1/2”

Border 3:

§ Cut 7 strips 6 1/2” x WOF. Stitch the strips end to end to cut the following.

à Side Borders 6 1/2” x 58 1/2”

à Top and Bottom Borders 6 1/2” x 70 1/2”

Binding:

§ Cut 7 strips 2 1/2” x WOF.

Summer Sampler

For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page.

Summer Sampler Block 9 with Sandra Clemons

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Cut Block 9

Light Gray:

§ Cut 1 square 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”. (B)

§ Cut 2 logs 2 1/2” x 8 1/2”. (C)

§ Cut 2 logs 2 1/2” x 12 1/2”. (D)

Scraps – Use scraps to cut 39 squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”. (A)

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For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page.

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Summer Sampler Block 8 with Sandra Clemons

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Cut Block 8

Light Gray – Cut 3 squares 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”, then cut diagonally once to make 6 half square triangles. (A)

Dark Gray – Cut 3 squares 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”, then cut diagonally once to make 6 half square triangles. (B)

Navy – Use Template C to cut 4 diamonds.

Aqua – Use Template C to cut 4 diamonds.

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(Print the template on paper, but make sure in your printer setup the print does not adjust the size. Cut the shape out with ‘paper’ scissors along the dotted line. Then, lay the template on top of the fabric, and use your acrylic ruler to cut the shape out. Place the 1/4″ line on your ruler to the solid line on the template, this will give you an accurate cut, then if you were to line the ruler edge to the dotted line. Don’t lift your ruler until all sides are cut, simply rotate the ruler.)

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For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page.

Sandra Clemons Summer Sew Along Block 7

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Light Gray – Use template B to cut 16 triangles.

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Navy – Cut 8 squares 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” and then cut diagonally once to make 16 half square triangles. (A)

Select 4 colors, of each color:

§ Use template C to cut 4 triangles of each color.

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(Print the template on paper, but make sure in your printer setup the print does not adjust the size. Cut the shape out with ‘paper’ scissors along the dotted line. Then, lay the template on top of the fabric, and use your acrylic ruler to cut the shape out. Place the 1/4″ line on your ruler to the solid line on the template, this will give you an accurate cut, then if you were to line the ruler edge to the dotted line. Don’t lift your ruler until all sides are cut, simply rotate the ruler.)

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For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page.

Summer Sampler with Sandra Clemons Block 6

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Cut Block 6

Light Gray:

§ Cut 2 squares 5 7/8” x 5 7/8”, then cut diagonally once to make 4 half square triangles.(F)

§ Cut 2 squares 3 3/8” x 3 3/8”, then cut diagonally once to make 4 half square triangles.(G)

§ Cut 4 rectangles 3” x 4”. (H)

§ Cut 1 square 4“ x 4”. (I)

Blush:

§ Use Template B to cut 4 triangles.

§ Use Template D to cut 4 triangles.

§ Cut 2 squares 3 3/8” x 3 3/8”, then cut diagonally once to make 4 half square triangles. (A)

Red – Cut 8 squares 3 3/8” x 3 3/8”, then cut diagonally once to make 16 half square triangles. (C)

Navy – Cut 6 squares at 3 3/8” x 3 3/8”, then cut diagonally once to make 12 half square triangles. (E)

(Print the template on paper, but make sure in your printer setup the print does not adjust the size. Cut the shape out with ‘paper’ scissors along the dotted line. Then, lay the template on top of the fabric, and use your acrylic ruler to cut the shape out. Place the 1/4″ line on your ruler to the solid line on the template, this will give you an accurate cut, then if you were to line the ruler edge to the dotted line. Don’t lift your ruler until all sides are cut, simply rotate the ruler.)

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For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page, or send a quick email to us at quilwithlove [at] rjrfabrics [dot] com and we’ll share them!

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