Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Extra-wide flannel
- Blanket binding
- Sewing machine
- Sewing notions (thread, scissors, pins)
It seems you can almost never have too many blankets. Blankets serve so many purposes. This is especially true in families with children. For this reason, having an extensive collection of blankets can be a good idea. Making a blanket can be a quick and easy project that anyone with sewing skills could complete. Learn how to make a simple blanket to fit any style or decor.
Determine the size desired for the blanket. This will depend on the planned use for the blanket. If it will be made for use on a bed, make it according to the dimensions of the mattress. Add 1 inch to both the length and width dimensions.
Cut two pieces of flannel fabric that are the dimensions figured in step 1.
Place the two flannel pieces together with wrong sides facing in and right sides facing outward. Line up the edges and the corners and pin to secure.
Baste around all four corners with the sewing machine to hold the flannel pieces in place. Remove the pins.
Place the blanket binding onto the flannel pieces and line up the raw edges of both the binding and the flannel. Fold over the edge of the blanket binding 1/2 inch and pin this fold to secure it.
Begin sewing the blanket binding to the flannel using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Stitch until you reach the first corner. Sew to 1/2-inch away from the end of the flannel, stop and remove the fabric from the sewing machine.
Take the unsewn blanket binding and fold it straight up as shown in the illustration. After folding it up, fold the blanket binding down so that it is aligned with the second edge of the flannel. The fold you just made with the blanket binding should be tucked into the corner. Place the fabric back into the sewing machine and position the needle to begin sewing at the exact place you stopped sewing in step 6. Backstitch two stitches and begin sewing along the edge of the blanket again in the same fashion as in step 6. Sew until you reach the next corner.
Sew the corners and edges using the techniques outlined in steps 6 and 7. Sew until you reach the starting place. Trim the blanket binding so that there is approximately 1 inch of excess binding beyond the starting point.
Fold back the excess blanket binding 1/2 inch so that the beginning fold of blanket binding and the ending fold of blanket binding are over each other. Sew over these folds to secure them. Remove the fabric from the sewing machine.
Turn the blanket over and pull the folded edge of the blanket binding over to the other side of the blanket. You are using the blanket binding to finish the edge of the flannel by covering the edge with the binding. Position the binding so that it is folded and can be sewn along the underside edge to finish the edging of the blanket. Pin the binding along the edges to secure it, making sure that the binding overlaps the flannel by at least 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
Sew along the binding edge to attach the other edge of the binding to the flannel. When you reach corners, adjust the folds of the binding. They should naturally fold into place for you to sew around the corner. Lower your needle into the fabric, raise the presser foot, turn the fabric 90 degrees, lower the presser foot again, and continue sewing around the blanket edge.
Continue sewing around all of the edges and corners until you reach the starting point. Adjust the binding so that the raw edges are concealed and the binding edges are lined up properly. Finish sewing the binding and clip any stray threads to finish the blanket.
Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.