How to Sew a Blanket

    by Michelle Mathews

    About the Author

    Michelle Mathews has spent the last two years as a freelance writer for and "The Catholic Herald," a Sacramento, CA-based Catholic newspaper. She has prior experience in corporate communications and book editing. Mathews holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Santa Clara University and has earned her Competent Communicator award from Toastmasters International.


    A homemade blanket makes a great baby shower, birthday, holiday or housewarming gift. All you need are a few yards of fabric and some basic sewing tools. The choice of fabrics determines how soft and warm the blanket will be, so be sure to pick some out that feel good as well as look good. The simplest blankets only take a few hours to sew but will be treasured for years to come.

    Things You'll Need

    • Printed fabric
    • Coordinating solid-colored fabric
    • Quilter's batting
    • Iron
    • Ironing board
    • Thread
    • Needle
    • Pins
    • Scissors
    • Ruler
    • Self-healing cutting mat
    • Rotary cutter
    • Sewing machine

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    Pre-wash and dry your fabric before you start sewing. This prevents the final product from shrinking the first time it's washed.

    Prepare the fabric by trimming off any loose threads that may have unraveled during the wash cycle. Iron the fabric to remove wrinkles.

    Determine the finished size of your blanket. Measure some blankets you own for comparison.

    Measure and cut your fabric and batting to the finished size you determined for your blanket, plus 1/2 inch on all sides for seam allowances. Cut the fabric using a ruler, rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat, or use scissors.

    Lay the printed fabric on your work surface right side up. Place the solid colored fabric on top of the printed fabric, lining up all the edges. Place the batting on top of the fabric layers then pin all three layers together along the four edges.

    Stitch all three layers together using your sewing machine, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance and making sure to leave a small opening on one edge. Sew with the batting layer at the top and the printed fabric layer at the bottom.

    Turn the fabric layers right side out through the opening you left on one edge.

    Fold the edges of the opening to the inside of the blanket, pin the opening together and then slipstitch it closed by hand using a needle and thread.

    Topstitch close to the edge of the blanket with your sewing machine to give it a finished look.

    • If the blanket is a gift, consider personalizing with the recipient's initials or a graphic in embroidery.
    • Dress up your blanket with ribbon, rickrack or other trimmings.
    • Use thicker batting, or multiple layers of batting, to make the blanket warmer.
    • Accurately measure and cut your fabric to make sure the finished product is a perfect square or rectangle.