Homemade Baby Blankets

It’s baby shower season. I know this because we’re booked for birthday parties every week from now until July. Sure it’s simple to find a baby shower gift in a big box store but I promise a new mom to be will love a homemade present more.

Pre-made baby blankets tend to be thin and small,  fine for a baby born in July in a house without air conditioning. A homemade   flannel blanket is a blanket a mother, and baby, will love, it’s warm and snugly. And look at the fun fabric you can choose. I was not allowed any vote in the fabric, the kids took the reins.  Happily I think they will match the animal themed nursery they are headed to.


homemade baby blankets

I used the same technique as the table linens sewing tutorial on a larger scale.  I opted for 2 metres of fabric, which is pretty close to 2 yards. I wanted BIG blankets. The size is totally up to you.

Wash and dry your fabric first, then give it a good pressing with your iron. Flannel is so very warm and fuzzy after it’s washed, it was hard not to make myself a pillow case out of it. Hmm, there’s an idea.

The hardest part of this project was cutting the fabric. My cutting mat was not big enough to accommodate 2 metres of fabric but I managed, with a little swearing and sweating. Do spend a few minutes thinking the project through and drawing out the dimensions before cutting.

Now if you excuse me I must get these mailed off to a special little boy who’s due to make his appearance in a few weeks.

Do you give homemade gifts to new mothers? What’s your favourite baby shower gift to give?




  1. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for posting that! I think I might just take some of my leftover fabric and make one for myself :) Oh wait – yup just got a good swift kick of approval… guess I should get sewing :)

  2. I try to give a knitted or crochet baby blanket to new parents…but sometimes there are more babies due then time for knitting allows!

    This is a great idea- as a blanket could be completed in an afternoon :) Another idea I have seen (but not yet tried) is to make a fabric blanket and then add a fancy crochet border to it.

  3. They will be much loved by his mom who just had a really rough day and couldn’t have asked for a better present to read about!
    Smiling again :) xox

  4. Jessica Anne says:

    Cute! I wish I had some babies to make them for. Maybe 3 little girls instead. :)

  5. Homemade baby shower gifts are the best. Blankets especially. One of my BFFs has a ton of gorgeous soft blankets her mother made and she is complimented endlessly on them.

  6. I love this idea!

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