Flannel receiving blankets are often plentiful, but they’re also usually quite small. With this easy DIY, you can make your own fringed blankets that are large enough to be used for swaddling. They’re so simple to make that anyone who can sew a straight line can make them. Sew and snip a few for your nursery or to give as a shower gift!
There are tons of adorable flannel fabrics available these days, so you’re sure to find some that coordinate with your style. You can make all of your blankets the same, or choose some fabrics and threads that complement each other to create a little set.
For each blanket, you will need:
1-1/4 yards of 42/44in wide flannel
Pen or pencil
Rotary cutter and mat (optional, but helpful)
Cut the selvedge edge off of the fabric. It’s easiest to do this with a rotary cutter and ruler, but you can certainly mark it with a ruler and then cut it with scissors.
Fold the top corner down diagonally to meet the lower edge so you can make the blanket square. Mark the fabric and cut away any excess fabric.
The weaving on snuggly printed flannels aren’t always perfectly straight, so you may need to trim multiple edges to get the flannel square. Technically, it doesn’t need to be perfect, but it looks (and folds!) much nicer when it’s square. And you definitely want to keep that in mind if you’re making these for a gift.
Place a piece of tape on the footplate of your sewing machine to mark out a 1/2in seam allowance. Sew around all four sides of the flannel. This continuous line of stitching will stop any fraying.
Snip a fringe around the edges of the blanket. Space the cuts about 1/4in apart, cutting very close to the stitching, but without cutting through the stitches.
Cut a tiny square out of the corners.
Your blanket is all ready to use! As these blankets are washed, the edges will fray and fringe a bit more, making the edges softer. But that row of sewing will prevent the fringe from going anywhere.
Depending on the width of your flannel, your receiving blanket will be about 40 inches square, plus the fringe. It’s a good size for wrapping up baby or for your toddler to tote around with them!
The longest part of making these blankets is cutting the fringe, but even that is easy. You’ll want to make bunches of them in all of the cute flannel fabrics that are available!