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How to Sew a Double-Sided Baby Blanket

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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 can tackle this project even if you have only beginner sewing skills!

How to sew a double-sided baby blanket

I made my first baby blanket back in…2015, I think? My friend Caroline was expecting her second little girl, so I decided to try my hand at my first baby-themed sewing project. This project was really special because Caroline is such an amazing friend to me—and she kicked off my obsession with making double-sided baby blankets for my friends who are expecting!

I have since made 5 blankets, including for my own daughter, but I haven’t photographed any of them. Until the one I just made for my friend Erin, who is another very old friend. We actually went to kindergarten together! I can’t wait for Ramona to be the cool older friend who buys her kid beer when Ramona is 23 and her kid is 20.

double-sided DIY baby blanket folded up on a bed
Caroline’s baby blanket, and my first baby blanket

Easy baby blanket tutorial

I don’t claim to be a seamstress of any sort. Or even someone who is really that good at sewing. But baby blankets are so easy to make that even I can do it. I know my way around a sewing machine, but only when it comes to really easy project. And this is one of those. If you can sew in a reasonably straight line, you can sew this double-sided baby blanket.

How much fabric do I need for a baby blanket?

I have made all of my baby blankets roughly the same size: 30 inches by 40 inches. Though you can definitely make them smaller, which is what I did for the latest one that I photographed for this tutorial. It’s probably more like 28 inches by 35 inches. Babies are small. 🙂

I bought 1 yard (36 inches) of each type of fabric I used: 1 yard of the animal print fabric, 1 yard of the solid gray flannel, and 1 yard of the soft cotton batting. The soft cotton batting actually came pre-cut to 1 yard in a bag, so you’ll have very little waste. Make sure to pre-wash and dry everything so you get any shrinkage out of the way!

easy double-sided baby blanket sewing project on a rocking chair with stuffed animals

What is the best material to make a baby blanket out of?

I recommend popping over to your local Jo-Ann fabric (or similar, depending on where you live) and checking out the nursery flannels. While some of the super minky-soft fabrics and stretchy fleeces are really, really tempting, I don’t recommend using those if you are a beginner.

That’s because stretchy knits are much harder to sew. They can get caught up in your machine and give you a lot of hassle if you don’t have the right type of needle and foot for your sewing machine. Instead, the thin nursery flannels work great. They don’t have much stretch and are very easy to cut and sew.

baby blanket fabric laid out on a table
sewing machine and fabric

So here’s what I used.

And here’s my easy double-sided baby blanket tutorial!

Step 1: Cut the pieces

Cut three pieces of fabric at your desired dimensions. As discussed above, 30 inches by 40 inches is a great size for a baby blanket. That’s the size most of mine have been, but my recent one was a few inches smaller. The first piece is your decorative/main fabric (the animal print fabric). The second piece is the back piece (my gray piece). The last is the interior batting.

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. You can also use a rotary cutter, which makes things a bit easier. If you have a pattern on your fabric like I do, 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. The back piece also might not have a right and wrong side depending on what you choose.

baby blanket fabric laid out on a table
baby blanket fabric laid out on a table
baby blanket fabric laid out on a table

Step 2: Pin fabric in place 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 6 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.) You can also trim the excess fabric from around the perimeter of the blanket.

baby blanket fabric and batting pinned shut
baby blanket fabric and batting pinned shut
baby blanket fabric and batting pinned shut
how to sew a double-sided baby blanket
how to sew a double-sided baby blanket

Step 3: Turn right-side out and pin the small opening shut

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. Once it’s right-side out, gently poke the corners out so that they are clean-looking.

Find the 6-inch opening you pulled the blanket through, fold it in to hide the ragged cut and pin shut. You might need to trim the batting a bit to get a neat fold. If you’re having a hard time getting it to stay neat, you can use an iron to press the folded seam area (just watch that you don’t get the iron on the pins—they’ll get hot).

turning the double-sided baby blanket right-side out
turning the double-sided baby blanket right-side out
turning the double-sided baby blanket right-side out
turning the double-sided baby blanket right-side out
turning the double-sided baby blanket right-side out
pinning the opening of the baby blanket shut
pinning the opening of the baby blanket shut

Step 4: Sew the opening shut and sew a seam round the blanket’s entire perimeter

Sew shut with a straight stitch. This seam will be visible from the outside, so to hide it, I like to sew a French seam all the way around the perimeter of the blanket. This ensures the opening is sewn securely shut while also adding a sort of decorative trim.

sewing a French seam on a homemade baby blanket
sewing a French seam on a homemade baby blanket

What’s a French seam?

It sounds fancy, and it’s totally not. When you flip the blanket right-side out, the raw edges of the fabric are hidden on the inside of the blanket. But the edge doesn’t look very polished. A French seam is just sewing a straight seam all the way around the perimeter of the blanket to enclose the raw edge of the fabric on the inside of the blanket.

It gives the outside of the blanket a flat, neat, and polish look. See the difference here? The first blanket below is just a blanket flipped right-side out. The second photo has a French seam sewn around the edges of the double-sided baby blanket.

homemade baby blanket
You can see the regular seam on the first baby blanket I made. I did not do the additional “French” seam around the perimeter of the blanket for this one.
easy double-sided baby blanket sewing project on a rocking chair
Double-sided baby blanket with the additional seam sewn around the edge.

And here’s the finished double-sided baby blanket

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.

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. I have a post about my daughter’s modern neutral nursery you might like as well!

easy double-sided baby blanket sewing project on a rocking chair with stuffed animals
easy double-sided baby blanket sewing project on a rocking chair with stuffed animals
easy double-sided baby blanket sewing project on a rocking chair with stuffed animals
closeup of monochrome animal print fabric for a nursery
easy double-sided baby blanket sewing project on a rocking chair with stuffed animals
easy double-sided baby blanket sewing project on a rocking chair with stuffed animals

How to Sew a Double-Sided Baby Blanket

How to sew a double-sided baby blanket

This post will teach you how to sew a double-sided baby blanket. It’s the easiest and softest baby blanket you can make, even if you are only a beginner with your sewing machine.

Materials

  • Soft flannel nursery fabric; 1 yard of a decorative fabric and 1 yard of solid fabric
  • 1 yard of % cotton batting
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors, measuring tape, marker, sewing pins

Instructions

  1. First cut the three pieces of fabric. 30 inches by 40 inches is a standard size for a baby blanket, but the one I made in this tutorial is just a few inches smaller than that.
  2. Line up the pieces and pin around the edges. First lay the solid piece (the back of the blanket) with the right side facing up. Then lay the patterned fabric with the right side facing down on top of the solid piece. Then lay the batting on top to finish off the stack.
  3. Sew a straight seam all the way around your fabric, leaving about 6 inches open anywhere in the seam. 
  4. Carefully turn the blanket right-side out; fold over the raw edge of the fabric at the opening and pin shut.
  5. Sew the opening shut and sew a straight "French seam" all the way around the perimeter of the blanket to create a polished, finished edge.

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Allison

Monday 19th of February 2018

What kind of batting did you use? Can I use cotton batting?

Joann Gilmore

Thursday 1st of February 2018

Is the 3rd piece of fabric flannel or facing ?

Brittany Goldwyn

Friday 2nd of February 2018

The solid purple is flannel, the white is a batting!

Brittany

Saturday 21st of October 2017

Hi, I attempted my first sewing project the other day; and I was confused about how to close the small gap used to turn the blanket right side out without having to sew around the border again? If I sew just the small gap then there would be stitches in just a 5 inch line?

Brooke

Sunday 5th of November 2017

Use a ladder stitch to close the opening

Janice

Friday 2nd of June 2017

Did you use cotton OR flaannel fabric? Could you use minky fabric?

Brittany Goldwyn

Sunday 18th of June 2017

You can use whatever fabric you'd like! I just chose the softest fabric I could find :)

Shirlee Conserriere

Tuesday 23rd of May 2017

First your baby is darling. I have made quite a few of these blankets and have added a border on the outside edge using using LOVE THAT COTTON from Hobby Lobby. I also add some stitching to the body of the blanket just to hold the pieces together.

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