How to Make Baby Receiving Blankets

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • 1 yard each of 2 coordinating flannel fabrics (45 inches wide)
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Iron
Make baby receiving blankets from flannel fabric.

After a baby arrives, many mothers quickly discover the usefulness and versatility of receiving blankets. Not only are receiving blankets an ideal weight for wrapping up a small baby, but they also serve well as large burp cloths and quick and clean surfaces for changing diapers. Make baby receiving blankets out of colorful flannel fabric for a fast and easy sewing project. When you make your own receiving blankets, you can select fabrics that coordinate with your baby’s other bedding and make exactly the blankets you desire.

Cut both fabric pieces into 36-by-42-inch rectangles.

Lay out one fabric piece, right side facing up, onto a flat work surface. Place the second fabric piece over the first, wrong side facing up. Align the corners and edges perfectly, and pin.

Stitch around the edges of the fabric using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Leave a 4-inch opening for turning.

Turn the receiving blanket right side out through the opening. Pull out the corners to make them pointed.

Turn in the seam allowance 1/2-inch along the opening to make it even with the surrounding blanket edges. Press the entire outer edge of the blanket.

Topstitch around the blanket edge with the sewing machine, stitching 3/8-inch away from the blanket edge. As you topstitch, you will be sewing closed the gap you left open for turning.

About the Author

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.