After the baby boom of 2015 with three babies being born within a month of each other, my friend has recently announced she is expected her first baby, and is due in late January. Incidentally, not long after she told me her good news, I was looking through my stash and found I’d still got lots of fabric left from when I made my Elephant Soft Toys earlier this year so I decided to make a gender neutral quilted baby blanket for Baby B’s arrival.
If you want to make your own, you will need:
- 2 rectangles 56cm x 50cm patterned fabric of your choice
- 4 rectangles 56cm x 10cm of contrasting fabric
- Wadding (56cm x 58cm)
- Matching or contrasting thread
- Tape measure
- Tailors chalk (or pencil)
- Set Square, T Square, or Perspex Patchwork Ruler to get the perfect right angle
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine
How to make your quilted blanket:
- Pin your contrasting strips to each end of your main fabric piece and pin in place, right sides together
- Sew the pieces together with a 1cm seam allowance
- Press both your front and back pieces with a hot iron to remove any creases and to press your seams flat
- Put your ‘backing’ piece to one side for now
- Pin your ‘front’ piece to your wadding (you could use temporary fabric adhesive if you have some!) and/or pin in place
- Using your squaring tool and tailors chalk, mark out squares on your ‘front’ piece – my horizontal and vertical lines were at 7cm intervals
- Sew along the lines you’ve drawn to attach your wadding to your ‘front’ piece
- Lay your quilted piece on the table/floor (wherever you have enough space) and smooth out the fabric if needed
- Place your ‘backing’ piece on top of your ‘front’ quilted piece so the right sides of fabric are facing each other; pin in place
- Sew around your quilted blanket 2cm from the edge, leaving a 10-15cm gap in the middle of one of the sides.
- Cut the corners of your blanket diagonally to avoid fabric bulk (mind you don’t cut your stitches though – I would recommend cutting 2-3mm away)
- Cut your ‘front’ piece and wadding 1cm from the stitches all the way round your blanket
- Turn your blanket the right way and press with a warm iron
- Top stitch around your blanket for a pretty edge (when you get to the open bit, if you fold your fabric in before you top stitch, you will close the gap and no-one will know where you’ve turned it!)
I can’t wait to see my friend’s face when I give her this present for the baby – I hope she’ll love it!
If you like this idea, have you thought about making it on a larger scale for a Baby’s Play Mat? It’s just as simple to make, and is a really handy idea for when you’re out and about and want to put the baby down for tummy time.
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