Here is a baby blanket pattern for the crib blanket I made for my son's room. The baby blanket was quite inexpensive to make compared with other nursery bedding sets I had looked at.
The top is made from Creatures and Critters fabric by Amy Schimler for Robert Kaufman, and the bottom is chocolate minky dot fabric.
I wanted a decorative edge around the outside edges of the blanket, but since I sew everything by hand, I didn't want to use traditional binding, which I thought would add a lot of extra stitching and make the project too time consuming. I couldn't find a baby blanket pattern online to suit my needs, so I just worked it out for myself. My solution is below.
* note 36x45 is a bit large for a crib blanket, but I wanted to make a generous sized blanket. You can always adjust the measurements of this baby blanket pattern to make a smaller blanket if you like.
Gather your supplies. You'll need:
Wash and dry your fabric to pre-shrink it (again, check with your fabric shop for any special care instructions for the fabric you choose to use).
Pre-shrinking is important if you are making a baby blanket. Life is busy enough with a new baby, the last thing a new parent needs is a crib blanket that has special washing requirements.
Measure and cut the minky fabric in a rectangle 38 by 47 inches (I added one inch to the finished size all around for trim and seam allowances).
Miter the corners: Lay the minky fabric on a table with the right side facing up. Make a one inch fold along each edge of the fabric (toward the center). Pin the edges to keep in place. Sew each corner to miter. Trim excess fabric from each corner.
Measure the minky fabric. At this point it should measure approximately 36 by 45. Cut your top fabric to the same dimensions of the minky fabric (again, probably 36 by 45).
Lay the top fabric on the minky fabric right side down (right sides of minky and top fabric will be together).
Baste edges of minky fabric and top fabric together. DO NOT sew through to the bottom layer of the minky fabric. Sew around all four edges; leave an 8 inch opening to turn the fabrics right side out.
Turn fabric right sides out. You will have approximately a half inch border of minky fabric around the top side of the blanket.
Sew all around the blanket. This time, you should be sewing through the top fabric and all the way through to the bottom layer of the minky fabric. Your stitch should be just at the edge of your top fabric. Be sure to sew through both layers of fabric, and be sure to keep the width of the minky border consistent, which can be a bit of a challenge since the minky fabric is stretchy.
When you get to the space that you left open to turn the fabric, you'll need to fold in the edges of the fabric so the raw edges of the fabric are not visible. Also, be sure to fold the minky fabric so it forms a border that matches with the rest of the minky border.
Finally, if you have any loose threads of wide stitches showing form the basting you did in step 6, you can pull them out. For the most part, you basting should be hidden inside the layers of the blanket at this point.
That's it! You'll now have your own unique baby blanket.
When you make your own baby blanket, your fabric choices are much wider (and in my opinion)) much nicer than your choices of pre-made baby blankets, and this project is fairly inexpensive.
If you want a unique baby blanket, and you're not finding anything you like in stores, it can be well worth the bit of effort it takes to make your own, handmade, unique baby blanket from this simple baby blanket pattern.
A reader contacted me to ask for a few clarifications about the baby blanket pattern and instructions on this page. I have included a summary of her questions and my response below in case other readers have similar questions.
The reader mentioned she was a beginner sewer and was a bit confused about the basting section of the baby blanket pattern instructions. She asked:
About basting in general
Whether she should tuck the top layer fabric in the 1 inch minky border because it kind of looks like that on the picture.
Where to put the basting stitch - At which edge or in the middle?
Following is my response:
Thanks for your email. I loved making that blanket and received so many compliments on it when I took my son out in his stroller all snuggled up in his blanket. I reviewed the page you were asking about (it's been almost three years since I wrote it and since I made that blanket). I hope this information helps.
On step six, where I said to baste the minky fabric and the top fabric together, what I meant was to sew it together using large stitches. The reason why I basted them was to hold the whole thing together once I turned everything right side out (I didn't recommend pinning it together because the pins would have ended up inside, so the basting to hold it together made more sense to me.
Try to keep your basting stitches to the inside edge (it can be a bit tricky because the minky is stretchy). If you do find that any of your basting stitches are showing once you have turned the blanket right side out, you can pull them out after you have completely finished sewing up the blanket (just cut the thread from the basting stitch that is showing and pull gently, the fabric will gather, and you can then snip off the thread near the fabric then pull the fabric out straight).
I will mention, as I noted in the original article, I worked this baby blanket pattern out on my own, so it is probably not be a completely conventional way of doing things. Also it is not the most simple way to make this type of baby blanket. I wanted to work out a way to end up with minky trim around the edges of the top fabric without doing an enormous amount of sewing, which is why I made it this way.
If you don't care whether your top fabric is trimmed with the minky fabric, here is a much more simple way to make this type of baby blanket. This baby blanket pattern is what I'd suggest if you are a beginning sewer. It's a lot less complex than the pattern above, and the result is very close (minus the minky trim around the edges).
I hope that helps. Best of luck with whichever baby blanket pattern you choose for your project.