Flannel blankets are usually used for baby receiving blankets which is what I made this particular blanket for. However, I don’t see any reason why they can’t be made for many other uses! They make great gifts and are super easy to make!
You can make some this season to donate to a local animal shelter so each animal has a snuggly blanket. They are good for a lightweight car blanket, stroller blankets, picnic blankets, baby doll blankets. The list goes on and on.
I’m not a fan of rules when it comes to sewing. (or most other times, actually) You can make your blanket any size you want depending on what you are going to use it for. I made this blanket 40″ x 32″.
Pick two flannel fabric patterns. Flannel often goes on sale at the fabric stores so you can get it at a pretty reasonable price!
Cut your fabric to the desired size.
I like rounded corners on blankets but this is optional. If you want to make rounded edges you can use a bowl or cup or anything round to trace a curve. You can make it whatever size you want. I use a disappearing ink pen but a pencil will work if you cut on the inside of the line.
Align your fabrics so that the right side of the fabrics are facing one another on the inside. Start sewing around the edges leaving about 4″ open so that you will be able to turn the blanket right side out.
I like to sew around the blanket again using a zig-zag stitch to make it extra durable. Next, turn the blanket right side out and press along the edges to make it nice and crisp. Fold under the edges of the opening to make it even with the area that is sewn.
Sew around the blanket to close the opening and to give it a nice finished look. I used a decorative stitch but you can use a regular stitch if you like. If you use a regular stitch I would recommend doing it twice about 1/4″ apart so it looks more polished. You can use coordinating thread or contrasting. I like the look of contrasting thread most of the time.
These blankets are lightweight but also warm. I really like the look of them and they fold up rather small so they are easy to pack in a bag.
I made this blanket in about 30 minutes so that is nice! Again, there are no rules. Make it the size you want. You can have coordinating fabrics or use the same on both sides. You can use a fancy stitch or regular. You can sew lines across it to make it look more like a quilt. Have fun, do it your way!
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