Flannel fabrics are just made for the winter months. Their soft cosiness is just perfect for snuggling up in. It’s lovely to sew with too (if you can stop stroking it for long enough), and perfect for whipping up a simple and quick baby blanket.
This is so easy to make I hesitate to call this a tutorial.
Fabric, I am using 2 pieces 75cm x 95cm to make a crib size, but you can cut the fabric to whatever size you choose. Just remember to cut 2 pieces.
You will also need pins, scissors, rotary cutter and mat, ruler, fabric marking pen, hand sewing needle and embroidery floss. Oh, and a sewing machine of course.
Take the two pieces of fabric and place on on top of the other right sides together.
Now pin all the way around the blanket. In the middle of one short end leave a gap about 6 inches, this is to turn through the blanket after it is stitched. (If you are making a larger blanket, leave a bigger gap)
Sew all the way around the blanket with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, removing the pins as you go. DO NOT sew over the gap you left when pinning.
Your blanket is now inside out.
Take your scissors and carefully cut off the corners, making sure not to cut through the stitching. This will give you nice sharp corners when the blanket is turned.
Now, stick your hand through the gap and turn the blanket right side out, like you would a pillow case. Give the seam at the gap a quick press, this will help with sewing the gap closed.
Use a slip stitch to close up the gap. If you use a thread which matches the fabric the stitch is almost invisible. (Not sure how to do the slip stitch? Watch this video by Made To Sew.)
Here’s my blanket keeping the bush warm
You could stop here, but I like to add a little detail with some hand sewing.
With your ruler and the marking pen draw a line around the blanket 1/2 inch from the edge. Now use 2 strands of your embroidery floss and sew a simple running stitch around the blanket following the marked line. Remove your marking as instructed.
You now have a very cosy and cuddly flannel blanket. It’s so quick and easy to make, you can whip one up in no time.
All the flannels I have used are organic cotton, beautifully brushed making them soft and warm.
Family Owlbum by Birch
Twig Tomato by Birch
Brrrthday by Birch
Feathers Mineral by Birch
Don’t forget to visit the shop for more organic fabric loveliness.