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4 Best Baby Blanket Sewing Patterns To Try Out For Yourself

Creating a baby blanket is an amazing way to show your love and care to a little one – and sewing your homemade version is a chance to make this extra special and personal.

Whether you are sewing it for your own child, grandchild, or friend’s baby, the end result is sure to be appreciated.

4 Best Baby Blanket Sewing Patterns To Try Out For Yourself

In addition, sewing is also a great way to pass down inherited skills and create something special that can be kept as a treasured memento.

Keen for more inspiration? Then read on to discover some of the best baby blanket sewing patterns, and find one that’s perfect for your next project!

What Will I Need?

Before you get started on any of the patterns below, it’s important to make sure you have all the materials and tools necessary for the task. These can include:


The first thing you will need is some fabric for the actual blanket, plus some extra for binding and trim if required. Choose a material that is lightweight and soft – perfect for snuggling up with!

Minky fabric is a unique material that is incredibly soft, plush, and perfect for creating homemade baby blankets. It is made from 100% polyester, which means it’s also lightweight and easy to work with.

This fabric is available in a variety of colors and patterns – so you can find one to match any nursery decor!

When using minky fabric for your blanket, it’s important to make sure that you use a walking foot on your sewing machine. This will help avoid any puckering or bunching of the fabric as you sew.


You will need thread to match the fabric you have chosen. It’s important to make sure that your threads are strong and durable, as this will be a long-lasting item that needs to be sturdy.


You will also need to choose a pattern – and we will take a closer look at some of the best options in just a moment.

Sewing Machine

For best results, it is a good idea to invest in a quality sewing machine. This will help create clean, neat stitches – and a baby blanket that is sure to last.

Best Baby Blanket Sewing Patterns

So, just which are the best patterns for a baby blanket? Here are a few ideas to help spark your inspiration.

1. Quilted Patchwork Blanket

This pattern uses colorful patches of fabric cut in squares or rectangles to form the blanket – perfect for those who like adding pops of color! It’s also great for using up any leftover scraps of material you have lying around.

You Will Need:

  • Patchwork fabric
  • 1 yard of base fabric – minky fabric is great for this project
  • 1-1.5 yards of interfacing – try and make sure this is lightweight.
  • Matching thread

Gather your materials, and cut the fabric into four squares measuring 9″ x 9″. Sew the 4 strips of 4 squares, leaving a seam allowance of 1/4″, and then arrange the squares to your liking.

Press the seams open, and sew all the strips together, ensuring that the seams are lined up. Press the seams open again, and then iron the interfacing to the completed quilt – this will help keep the fabric in place.

Remove any excessive interface that you have left, and then place the minky fabric and patchwork top right sides together, and pin well before trimming any excess fabric

Sew around the edge of the blanket, taking care to leave a few inches spare on one side, and then trim the corners, and turn the blanket so that it is right side out.

Add pins to the gap, and then topstitch across the top of the blanket – aim for around 1/8 of an inch in. Topstitch along the gap to close it – this is also your chance to add quilting if desired.

2. DIY Swaddling Blankets

A quality swaddling blanket is a must-have for any new parent – and it’s easy enough to make your own!

You Will Need:

  • 2 1/2 yards of your chosen gauze fabric
  • Two 1 1/4 yards of cotton fabric 
  • Embroidery thread
  • 100% cotton thread in your chosen color

Start by cutting the gauze and one of the shot cotton into 43-inch squares, and then pin the pieces together around all four sides.

Then, sew around the edges of the pieces, leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance, and leave a gap of 3 inches in the middle of one side – don’t forget to backstitch the start and end of each seam. 

Snip the corners, and flip the fabric pieces, so they are right side out. Then, iron the piece to create sharp, pointy corners, and iron the gap closed.

Snip off the corners and turn the piece right side out. Iron the piece right side out, making sure the corners are nice and pointy, and iron the gap, tucking in the seams neatly.

Add a running stitch around 1/4″ from the edge using embroidery thread – this closes the gap and creates a cute feature on your blanket.

3. Flannel Baby Blanket

Flannel is a great material for a baby blanket – and this pattern is simple enough to make in just a few hours.

You Will Need:

  • 2 pieces of flannel, each a bit more than a yard 
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors

Start off by pre-washing the flannel – this can make it easier to handle and work with. Once your flannel is clean and dry, fold it twice, and then cut out two squares, each 36″x26″.

Next, place the pieces right side together, and pin them, leaving a 6″ gap to allow you to turn the fabric once it is sewn.

Sew around the edge of the squares, leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance, and then trim off the corners. Use the gap to turn the blanket right side out, and bring the corners out.

Press the seam allowance towards the inside, and then close the opening and topstitch.

Once everything is neatly sewn, give the blanket one last press to finish it off, and ensure that all lines are smooth and neat.

4. Fleece Baby Blanket

If you are looking for something to keep the baby warm and cozy, then a fleece blanket could be just what you are looking for – and this easy pattern will allow you to create a personal blanket in no time!

You Will Need:

  • Polyester fleece fabric
  • Scissors
  • Thread in your chosen color
  • Pins 
  • Sewing Machine

Start by cutting out your chosen size from the fleece, and making sure that the edges are neat and square.

Once you are happy with your piece, round off the corners using a small plate or bowl as a template – you can round one corner, and then fold the blanket to ensure that the other corners match perfectly.

The next decision you will need to make is how to finish the edges – the good thing about fleece is that it does not tend to fray, so you can leave the edges raw without the need to sew.

In this case, simply cut off the selvages and make sure everything is neat and tidy.

Alternatively, you can add fringe to the edge of the blanket by marking out the depth and chopping the edge of the blanket into fringes – this can then be left as is, or tied for a more textured edge.

If you do want to sew the edges of your blanket for a stronger look, then a blanket stitch tends to be a popular option – simply fold the edges of the fabric half an inch and pin, and then bring the needle up from the bottom, bring it around the edge, pull the thread under the tip of the needle and pull – repeat all along the edge of the blanket.

If using a sewing machine, you can also use bias tape to secure your edges – this can be a great way to add contrast and is perfect for adding a little extra pop of color to the bottom and edges of your blanket.

Final Thoughts

These are just four of the many great baby blanket sewing patterns out there – and with a little bit of practice and patience, you can create something beautiful and special for your little one.

A handmade baby blanket is an ideal way to show your love and dedication, and with the right pattern, you can create something truly unique that will stand the test of time.

So why not try out these patterns for yourself, and make something unique and special for your own little bundle of joy, or for a friend or family member?

Liz Miller
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