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You can sew a quick and easy baby blanket that is reversible! For this project, I decided to “shop” for fabric in my very own craft closet! There's no telling what will turn up in this closet because it's not real spacious and not real organized. Fabric, yarn, floss, books, craft magazines and tools that I find at stores and yard sales all get stored here.
So I found two woven mystery fabrics that complement each other pretty well, a light blue/white gingham and a pretty multicolor zig-zag pattern. Both are quite lightweight, but the trouble is, I don't know specifically what kind of material these are. The pretty zig-zag fabric has a copyright printed on the selvedge: Here Comes the Sun by RJR Fabrics, 2004. (Check out how I personalized this baby blanket for my new granddaughter.)
From my years of experience with sewing, I figured that both cloths are probably a blend of cotton and polyester. Because I am not sure, I prewashed the fabric just in case they shrink different amounts. Prewashing fabric should be done in the same way the finished blanket will be washed. This prevents twisting or warping of the final blanket because of the shrinkage of two different “mystery” fabrics.
It is generally recommended to serge or zig-zag the cut edges of the fabric before prewashing, to minimize any fraying. I didn't do that this time. Call me lazy, I guess! (Hey, isn't this an EASY baby blanket?) Here is how they came out of the dryer.
I trimmed off the frayed edges then ironed both fabrics before I started with Step 1.
2 lengths of cotton/poly fabric (the same size)
Thread to match
Greeting card for corners (any way to make 90 degree corners)
~In my directions, the bold print is instruction; the normal print is my explanation for you.~
On your work surface, lay both fabrics on top of each other with right sides together. Smooth the fabric. Pin the edges together. We need to trim both pieces to be the same size.
Use the tools you have available to make 90 degree corners, like a greeting card or piece of notebook paper. Use a straightedge (a yardstick or edge of a cutting board) to draw the cutting edges. Of course, if you have been working with fabric often for a long time, you may be blessed to have equipment such as a graphed cutting board and rotary cutter. But great results can be had using simple items from around the house.
I used a greeting card, a yardstick, and a pencil to mark the 90 degree corners and straight sides for this baby blanket.
Pin the fabrics together (be sure the right sides are facing each other). When I need to leave some of the side seam open, as in this 2-sided baby blanket, I double-pin where I want to stop.
On your sewing machine, sew ALMOST all the way around the whole blanket. I used a ½ inch seam allowance. Leave an opening 3-4 inches long on a straight side, not a corner. That's why I double-pinned, so I would know where to stop. This opening is for easily turning the baby blanket right side out. Sorry, I missed taking a pic of this step!
Cut the corners on the diagonal so they won't bunch up when you turn the blanket. Be sure not to cut the stitching! Using the opening, turn the blanket right side out. Press all the edges and corners flat.
Sew all around the blanket about ½ or 1 inch from the edge.
Seriously, besides the prewashing and corner-making of the mystery fabrics, it only took about a half hour to make this easy baby blanket! My finished blanket is 31 ½ x 41 ½ inches. You can vary the size of the fabric to make preemie blankets or toddler blankets, too! This pattern is very popular for making easy baby blankets to donate to your favorite children's charity.