Chic Baby Blanket

May 30, 2013 in Projects

Another cute baby gift: a cuddly, reversible, bordered blanket. I wish my camera could have captured the great teal color used in this blanket because it looked really awesome in person (I also have to apologize for some of the blurry photos…they looked good on the camera)! I used a light weight corduroy and a textured fleece-like fabric (from JoAnn Fabrics). The combination of these 2 fabrics is really chic!

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

Things you’ll need:

You’ll also need 4 – 4″ x 44″ strips from each fabric (for the borders) and a 36″ x 44″ rectangle from each fabric. Below, I cut my corduroy first and used it as a pattern to cut my fleece.

Optional: Embroider the child’s name on the side that you’d prefer before sewing anything.

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

First, with right sides together, pin and sew (with a 1/2″ seam allowance) 2 sides along the long edges of your blanket.

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

 Open those strips out.

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

Then, pin right sides together of the 2 remaining sides and sew (1/2″ seam allowance).

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

 Open those out (mine are a little long, so, I trimmed them down).

 Repeat with the other side of your blanket.

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

 Again, start with your long sides…

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

 Open them out and sew the remaining borders on.

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

 Trim down any excess.

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

Here are both sides…

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

Now, you’ll want to understitch. Make sure your seam allowance is facing the thinner fabric (or the darker fabric…as long as you stitch the seam allowances down opposite of the other side of the blanket, you’re good). As shown below, you’ll be topstitching making sure that the seam allowance underneath is being stitched down simultaneously. I like to use the inside of the foot as my guide because you’ll be stitching like an 1/8″ – 1/4″ of an inch away from the seam as shown below.

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

Understitching…

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

As you are understitching, if you are using a textured fleece, keep pushing the fuzzys away from your stitch…you don’t want to stitch them down.

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

This is the understitching on the other side (the seam allowance has been pushed out toward the thinner border (whereas the seam allowance had been pushed in on the other side).

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

And, here we have both sides, ready to be sewn together! With right sides together, pin around the entire rectangle. Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance leaving about a 7″ or 8″ opening (I like to designate my start and stop point with 2 pins pinned closely together so that I don’t end up stitching my opening closed). After sewing the entire rectangle (minus your opening), clip corners and turn right side out. (Sorry I hadn’t removed all of my stabilizer around my embroidery in the picture below…looks kinda silly)

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

Turned right side out…

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

Fold your seam allowances in at the opening and pin (you may be able to press lightly). Now stitch about 1/4″ to 3/8″ in around the entire blanket closing your opening as well!

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

Almost done…

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

 To keep the 2 layers together, I tacked a few spots with 5 stitches back and forth in several spots (6 tacks, I believe…2 at the top, 2 in the middle, and 2 at the bottom).

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

Done!

Totally Stitchin': Chic Baby Blanket Tutorial

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