Extra large, reversible receiving blankets tutorial…
These extra large, reversible receiving blankets are one of my favourite gifts to make for a new baby.
When my babies were small, I had dozens of receiving blankets; some, I bought for myself, I received many as gifts, and the hospital sent me home with several. My all-time favourite blanket however, was a huge, double-sided number that a friend made for me when my second son was born.
A receiving blanket is a great sewing project for beginners. Measurements don’t have to be precise, and if you can sew a straight line you’ll be fine.
An extra-large, reversible receiving blanket is awesome! The ones I make measure one meter by one meter, and being flannel, and double-sided, they’re really cushy and cozy. Great for swaddling your baby as he gets bigger, or tucking in around the car seat or stroller when the weather is chilly.
This photo should give you an idea of how big the blanket actually is. I set a “Little People” car on it to give you some perspective.
These receiving blankets are also super as a crib blanket or a floor blanket, but I especially loved to wrap my boy up in it after a bath. It was large enough that I used it that way until he was 2 or 3.
Ok, I’m going to walk you through making one of these. And I’m going to assume you’re new to the sewing scene, and make things as simple as possible.
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Supplies for extra large, reversible receiving blankets:
- 1 meter of fabric for front of blanket
- 1 meter of coordinating or contrasting fabric for back of blanket
- spool of thread to match front fabric ( I like to use a contrasting colour that will really “pop”)
- spool of thread to match back fabric
- sewing scissors
- a rotary cutter and cutting mat (handy but optional)
- steam iron
How to make your receiving blankets:
Before you do anything, PRE-SHRINK your flannel, by washing, drying and ironing it.
Lay out your fabric right-sides-together.
Trim to (roughly) 1 meter by 1 meter. You can use scissors for this, but a rotary cutter will make the job a little easier/faster.
Hang on to the strip you’ve trimmed off; we’ll be using that later.
Now, pin your edges together, and move to your sewing machine.
Stitch around all 4 sides of your blanket, leaving an opening about 6 inches long, about half way down one of the sides. You’ll use this opening for turning the blanket right-side-out.
Snip your corners so they won’t be bulky when you turn your blanket. You’ll see what I mean in this next photo. (don’t snip through your stitching!)
Flip your blanket right-side-out through the opening. Then reach in through the opening, and poke the corners out so they’re nice and square. With a warm iron, go all around the blanket, pressing your edges so they’re nice and crisp. When you get to the 8 inch opening, just turn the unfinished edges to the inside, and press in place.
Pin the hole shut, and continue pinning around the edges of the blanket to keep the two layers together during the next/final step.
Now it’s time to put a chunky zig-zag around the edge of your blanket, about 2 inches in from the edge. (I set my zig-zag dial to #3 for this). To lock your stitches in place when starting and stopping your stitching while zig-zagging, set your stitch length dial at this setting:
Your fabric won’t move at all. It will stay in one place while your needle moves right and left, leaving a nice little locked stitch that looks like this: (see the nice, neat knot of thread where the pink and yellow flowers overlap?)
I fold it in half, and stitch it closed with a zig-zag. Then I roll the blanket up, folding it in a way that a bit of the reverse fabric peeks out the top (don’t ask me how – I just mess around until I get it right). And then I tie a bow around the blanket with that strip of fabric!
How pretty are these?
I love to pair my receiving blankets with a couple of repurposed denim bibs.
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