I thought it would be good to start out with a tutorial for something I make often. I have a huge family (over 40 nephews and nieces) and live in an area where there are many babies born. It would not be possible or affordable to make them each a quilt, so I now make them a tied baby blanket. Here is how I do it.
- Two pieces of flannel about the same size. (I like to use 1.5 yards, but you can use any where from one yard to 1 2/3 yards or even two fat quarters for a doll quilt.)
- Low to medium loft polyester batting slightly larger than your flannel. (You can use a higher loft batting for a puffier quit, but I don't because I once heard that it was more of a suffocation hazard for babies. )
- Matching crochet thread. I use weight 10.
- Basic sewing supplies
Note: Throughout this tutorial you can click on any picture to see it larger.
Trimming and Pinning:
Trimming and Pinning:
Smooth out the flannel so it lays flat on the batting with no ripples. Using a longer ruler (mine is 24 inches), cut off the salvages on both sides for the part laying on the table. I use my big fat rotary cutter because it is really thick cutting through all three layers.
Pin the edges and carefully slide the fabric and batting up so you can access more of the salvage edges. Let the end dangle over the back of the cutting table.
Remember smooth out the layers and pin as you go.
And then the last corner.
On one side I place double pins about 10" apart to remember to leave it open for turning.
Sewing and Turning:
Bring this pinned piece over to your sewing machine. The flatter and larger the surface your machine sits on, the easier the sewing will be. My sewing machine sits down in a cabinet and I love it. This creates less drag and supports the weight of the blanket. I have also done this on the kitchen table.
Sew using your half inch seam mark. I like to keep the batting down and the flannel on top.
Sew three sides of the blanket, back stitching about 3/4 of an inch at each corner.
When you sew the last side stop when you come to the double pins. I do not back stitch here. I realize that the stitches can come undone when turning it right side out creating a larger space to hand sew closed. Speaking from experience...I would rather my stitches rip than my fabric if I am not careful enough.
Once I take out the two pins, I fold back the top fabric and use a quarter inch seam to keep the batting attached to the bottom piece of flannel. (This step will make it easier when closing up the opening.)