This post will teach you how to sew a double-sided baby blanket. It’s the easiest and softest baby blanket you can make, and you could easily incorporate minky fabric instead.
How to sew a double-sided baby blanket
My sweet friend Caroline is expecting her second little girl in a few weeks, so I decided to try my hand at my first baby-themed sewing project! This project is so incredibly special to me because I have watched Caroline’s first daughter grow up over the past year and a half.
I’ve photographed her as a newborn, as a six-month-old, and at her first birthday party. So I’m so excited for number two.
I decided to sew an easy baby blanket that also happens to be super comfy and sweet. Caroline’s nursery is lavender and white, but you can easily customize the fabric based on your preferences or the baby’s nursery. (Or you can do what I want to do now and make an adult-sized version because it is so warm and comfy.)
You could also easily swap out the base fabric (in my case, the light purple fabric), with a minky fabric if you want to have one side be minky instead.
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- Soft nursery fabric. I spent about an hour browsing Jo-Ann and decided on a pretty print for one side of the blanket and a complementary solid fabric for the other side. Here is the exact butterfly fabric I used, and here is a similar solid lavender fabric.
- Soft & Bright Batting (here)
- Scissors, measuring tape, marker, sewing machine, pins
And here’s my easy baby blanket tutorial!
Step 1: Cut the pieces
Cut three pieces of fabric at your desired dimensions. The first piece is your decorative/main fabric (my butterfly/flower piece). The second piece is your back piece (my lavender piece). The last is the interior batting.
I cut mine to 30 inches by 40 inches. Since it can be hard to cut in a straight line, I recommend using a yard stick or another long straight edge to draw your cut line. If you have a pattern on your fabric like I do, be mindful of that as well. You may want to lay your patterned fabric out fabric side up to visualize where you want to cut.
After you’ve cut all of your pieces, lay them on top of one another like this. (It seems weird, but trust me! And remember, the interior batting layer doesn’t have a right and wrong side, so don’t stress too much about that.)
Step 2: Line up and sew
Carefully line up all the corners as best you can and pin the fabric in place. I like to put an anchor pin that goes down through the middle of all three pieces. Then I put pins around the edges.
Sew a straight seam all the way around your fabric, leaving about 5 inches open anywhere in the seam. The easiest area to do this is probably an area that butts up against a corner. This is where you’ll flip the blanket right-side out.
When you’ve finished sewing the seam, clip the corners, which will give you sharper corners. Maybe sure you don’t clip the line you sewed, though! (Yes, I have done that when making pillow covers…more than once. Patience is a virtue.)
Step 3: Turn right-side out and finish
Carefully flip the blanket right-side out by pulling it through the 5-inch opening. Don’t be discouraged if the fabric doesn’t want to give. Just slowly work it through.
Then, find the 5-inch opening you pulled the blanket through, fold it in to hide the ragged cut, pin, and sew shut with a straight stitch. This seam will be visible from the outside. But it’s a very small area, so chances are no one will notice.
That’s it! Really, it’s that easy to make a thoughtful, practical gift for your buds who are expecting! This blanket is also machine washable, and you can put it in the dryer, so it’s easy to take care of. I wouldn’t dare give any new parent something that couldn’t be easily machine washed!
And since this is washable, it would also make a great pet bed topper or pet bed itself if you wanted to use a thicker interior batting.
And I made a matching pillow using the leftover fabric…I used Poly-Fil to fill it. Sorry, no tutorial for that, but I do have a few pillow sewing tutorials: make an envelope closure pillow cover, how to make an easy zipper closure throw pillow cover, and an easy no-sew pillow or pet bed.
I also have a simple tutorial on making burp clothes, which would be a perfect coordinating gift to make with the scraps leftover from the blanket. And if you’re in the mood for baby stuff, I have a post about my daughter’s modern neutral nursery up as well 🙂
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