My niece just announced that she is expecting her first child. Her baby will be the first grandchild among her siblings, and the first great-grandchild on that side of the family. To say that there is excitement to meet this little one might be a bit of an understatement!
Because she is far away from family, on assignment with her husband in the military, I wanted to send out a tangible congratulations. I’ve made quilts for my nieces and nephews — and great-nieces and great-nephews — but we don’t yet know if this baby will be pink or blue. Until we find that out, I decided to send out a receiving blanket with cuddly minky and an adorable baby print that would work for a boy or girl.
This is a quick and easy gift for any baby shower for which you need to be prepared! This style of blanket retails at my local baby boutique for $45, but you can make one yourself for a small fraction of that cost.
For 30″ blanket:
3/4 yard minky fabric
1 yard quilting cotton (the fabric I used was Baby Safari by Carina Gardner, and is no longer available, but this adorable print from Michael Miller is very similar)
For 40″ blanket:
1 yard minky fabric
1 1/4 yards quilting cotton
- Cut a square of your minky fabric. For the 30″ blanket, cut a 27″ square. For the 40″ blanket, cut a 36″ square.
- Cut your quilting cotton into a square 7″ larger than your minky square. (If my cotton is the full 45″ wide, I like to use it all, but if not, trim it down to a square.) For the 30″ blanket, cut a 35″ square. For the 40″ blanket, cut a 42″ square of your quilting cotton.
- Mark the centers on all four sides of each fabric square.
- Align the center of the minky square with the center of the quilting cotton on one side, right sides together. Pin every couple of inches (minky likes to shift when you sew), and stitch two sides together with a 3/8″ seam allowance, stopping and starting 3/8″ from the edge of your minky.
- Repeat step four on two more sides, so that three sides are now fully stitched.
- On the fourth side, pin the two sides together and then stitch, but leave a 4″ gap in the middle of your seam unsewn. (This will be used to turn the blanket right side out).
- On one corner, align the vertical seam line with the horizontal seam line. This will make the minky fabric that is the center of the quilt pull at a 45-degree angle. To make sure that the seams stay lined up, it helps to put a pin an inch or two away from the point. With a ruler, draw a line across the quilting cotton, extended the straight line made by the folded minky. This will be your stitch line. Stitch along this line, then trim the excess fabric down to a 3/8″ seam allowance. Repeat this process for each of the corners, then turn the blanket right side out through the gap you left in step 6.
- Press the edges of your quilters cotton so that your corners and borders are sharp. If you are using bumpy minky, as I used in the sample, do not iron the minky, as it will lose the bumps under the iron.
- Pin the raw edges of the minky under at the gap where you turned the blanket right side out. Top stitch the minky in place, then continue to top stitch around all four sides so that the blanket will stay lined up through use and washing.
You are finished! Wrap this up with a pretty bow, and it’s sure to be a hit with any new mom. The whole project should take about 20 minutes to complete. If I find a fabric I love in a sale bin, I make three or four of these at a time, so I always have one on hand for baby gifts. I hope you’ll enjoy!