This free baby blanket pattern is for my friend Cristin‘s crazy cute newborn daughter, Margot. And in honor of Baby New Year I’m sharing it with you today.
It’s a simplified, pocket-less, and slightly-larger version of my Kid’s Travel Toy Blanket with VELCRO Loops. I realized that I was fresh out of my beloved Snag-Free VELCRO so I used ribbons only, but you could add in the VELCRO to attach toys if you’d like.
I love the floral fabric that I got at Jo-Ann, great black-and-white contrast for newborns, feminine, and elegant just like Cristin. The impossibly snuggly gray fabric on the back is also from Jo-Ann in the baby fabric aisle.
This DIY baby blanket pattern is easy enough that you should finish it in a couple hours. Pair it with a couple handmade baby burp cloths with loops for toys and binkies and you’ve got a smart-looking, handmade baby gift.
Supplies for making a DIY Baby Blanket (finished size blanket 24″ x 30″):
- 3/4 yard patterned fabric for the front
- 3/4 yard fabric for the back
- Assorted ribbons – I collect ones from gifts, boutique purchases, etc. in my ribbon drawer
- or new ric rac
- Good fabric scissors
- Good iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Rotary fabric cutter, self-healing cutting mat and clear acrylic ruler
How to make an easy DIY Baby Blanket:
Cut your fabric pieces for a finished size blanket 24″ x 30″:
- One 25″ x 31″ rectangle for the front
- One 25″ x 31″ rectangle for the back
You’ll be sewing 1/2″ seams throughout this project.
Cut a pile of assorted ribbons into 4″ long pieces. Fold the pieces in half and pin around the perimeter of the blanket front so that the raw edges line up. Space the ribbons 4″ apart or closer if you’d like more ribbons.
Secure the ribbons to the front by sewing around the perimeter 1/4″ close to the edge.
With right sides together, put the blanket back onto the blanket front. Ignore my creases …I ironed them out later 😉
Sew the back to the front using a 1/2″ seam, making sure to leave an unsewn edge about 8″ long so that you can turn the blanket right-side out later.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just sewn the blanket shut and had to get out the seam ripper, so I like to make an “X” with my pins to remind me to stop. STOP!
OK now clip your corners.
And turn right-side out.
It’ll look like this …almost done!
Iron everything nice and crisp. I know it’s tempting to skip this step but buck up and do it.
Fold the opening under and pin the opening shut.
Pin and sew around the entire blanket close to the edge to topstitch the blanket and close the opening shut. This picture cracks me up because I used about 1000 pins to hold the opening together, obviously you need a lot less.
And now your baby blanket is all done! Add a couple quick handmade baby burp cloths with loops for toys and binkies and wrap up your handmade baby gift.
Copyright stuff: You’re more than welcome to use this free project and tutorial for personal use. Contact me for commercial use and etsy sales.