I love gifting new Mothers with baby blankets for their newborns. And over the years I have come up with a variety of ways to make easy baby blankets, without all of the work and time quilting requires. After all, I know there is only one handmade baby sewing present that truly goes the distance. A blanket or quilt.
I watch my kids sleep every night on quilts that were given to them when they were born, knowing that they will hand those down to their children some day. Which is why I wanted to share this DIY today. A quick and easy baby blanket, for the non-quilter.
Night Night, Darling Girl, a Non-Quilter’s Baby Blanket.
Skill level: Beginner friendly
- 1 yd Quilting Cotton for Front
- 1 yd Quilting Cotton for Back
- ½ yd accent color of Quilting Cotton for Text
- Pellon 805 Wonder-Under
- 1 package of Cotton Batting for Baby Blanket
- 4.5 yds 2” Wide Single Fold Bias Tape
- Basic Sewing Essentials
Step One: Following the instructions on the back of the Wonder-Under packaging, iron the Wonder-Under onto the wrong side of your Accent Color fabric.
Step Two: Using a pen and ruler, sketch out your text onto the paper Wonder-Under back of your accent fabric. Make sure to draw your text BACKWARDS, so that when you cut it will be facing the right direction.
If needed, print out a large alphabet in a basic font, cut and trace.
Step Three: Cut out accent fabric text. Following the instructions on the Wonder-Under packaging, peel away the paper backing and iron text onto the right side of your Front Quilt fabric.
If desired, sew around each letter for added security.
Step Four: Place your Back fabric wrong side up on the floor. Lay your cotton batting on top of it, and smooth out all fabric to make sure there are no wrinkles. Cut off excess side edges of cotton batting all around.
Lay your Front fabric right side up on top of the batting, matching up all side edges. Once again, smooth out to make sure there are no wrinkles. Pin the layers together in numerous places to make sure the blanket doesn’t shift.
Grab your ruler and a fabric marker, draw straight lines down the entire length of your quilt. It is up to you how many lines you want to sew. I made mine approximately 7” apart in width. *Note – I skipped the fabric marker portion, and simply pinned nice straight lines all down the quilt exactly where I wanted to sew.
Following the fabric marker lines (or pins), sew straight lines down the entire length of your quilt.
Step Five: Add the bias tape around the entire quilt edge. I made handmade bias tape using a beautiful quilting cotton found at my local Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store.
And you are done!
A fantastic handmade baby gift, perfect for baby showers or newborn presents, that will be loved for generations to come.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…