A few years ago, I was short on money and had one weekend to come up with a baby gift. Now, unlike most sane folks, I have a lot of fabric, so I went out and purchased some chenille (picture old bedspreads) but I already had some cute baby flannel. In two hours one afternoon I was able to come up with the project in the picture and it was really easy with just minimum sewing skills … trust me, I’m not that great with a sewing machine and I hate to measure.
First, you need to cut the fabric into even squares. What’s cool about this is that it doesn’t actually matter what size, just even. So, cut out a box top, use a ruler or whatever helps you to line it up and cut it out. I think in the end I used 30, 5-inch squares, 3 fabrics, and so 10 squares of each.
Then sew those squares together in any pattern you want with a consistent seam allowance—I use 1/4-inch because that’s what visually lines up nicely beside my sewing machine needle. Otherwise, I don’t measure—just eyeball it.
When you’ve pieced your top, put it together with the backing fabric front sides together. Sew all the way around with a 1/4 seam allowance leaving maybe two to three inches (depending on how thick your blanket is) in one corner. Turn it right side out, hand stitch up the corner and you almost have a blanket. One trick here … if you cut your corners at an angle inside, when you turn it right side out, it looks better.
Now you’re going to tie the blanket. Put some embroidery thread (or yarn) on a big needle and push it through each corner where the 4 blocks meet. Depending on how you want it to look, you can do this from the front or the back. In my case I wanted it to show, so I tied it at the front. Be sure to tie securely with a double knot. If you’re concerned at all about choking, cut it down fairly far so just a bit of the tie is left.
And then, ta-da! You’re done! The block is an extra 1/2 hour work done with extra pieces of the blocks and a block of foam. Again, sew it all on the backside, but this time sew the blocks together so it takes a 3-D shape. Sew 4 sides into a sleeve and then sew the four edges of the bottom onto a fifth piece. Then repeat that on the top side, but leave about 3/4 of the seam open on the sixth side, then turn it right side out and use that opening to stuff in the foam block. Hand sew the opening closed with a slip stitch.
For an even a quicker and easier idea on how to sew a baby receiving blanket or try this simple blanket with a ruffle from Joanne Fabrics, they want you to pre buy the ruffle, but you can make your own if you’re a little more advanced in the sewing department!
Photo courtesy of Frequently Wrong but Never in Doubt