If you ask us, making a baby blanket for an expectant parent is one of the best gifts you can give. They’ll always need a blanket to keep their little one warm and you’ll get the satisfaction of making something lovely from scratch and seeing their faces like up when you gift it! Baby blankets are also simple sewing projects for beginners and great ways to practice some of your basic techniques.
Just in case you’re as in love with the idea of making homemade sewn baby blankets for those you love as we are, if not more, here are 15 of the cutest, simplest, and nicest looking designs we’ve come across in our never ending search for great ideas.
1. 30 minute double sided baby blanket
The beauty of being able to make something yourself is that you can choose the features and details, so why make something single sided when you can make it double sided instead? We love the way Taking Care of Monkey Business used two different types of cozy fleece fabric to make a blanket that’s soft no matter how you wrap it but has some contrast too.
2. Cute and colourful bunny blanket
If you’re going to make a blanket that has some personality to it, would you actually rather create an adorable little character with it? Then we have a feeling you’re going to get along very well indeed with this bunny rabbit blanket that’s made complete with ears, an embroidered face, and little hands to hold. We love the contrasts in colour and pattern! Get the full details for making your own on Sew Toy.
3. Easy beginner’s baby quilt
What if your idea of the perfect baby blanket is actually a quilt, but you’re a total beginner who has only ever done smaller quilting projects before? In that case, we think you’ll find this helpful starter’s guide from The DIY Mommy very helpful indeed! They walk you step by step through the process of making a double sided, patchwork pieces quilt with a lovely binding border.
4. Quarter Cut baby quilt
Just in case we caught your attention with the idea of quilting but you’re not sure the design we showed you above is quite what you have in mind, here’s one that’s slightly more advanced but still manageable! We love the way Debbie Jeske outlines this lovely striped squares quilt in a nice, clear way.
5. Fleece and flannel baby blanket
Just in case you love the double sided baby blanket idea but you’d rather work with more than one soft material rather than just fleece, here’s a fantastic tutorial for adding warm flannel into the mix! Patchwork Posse shows you how it’s done and gives you some tips for working with two different fabrics, just in case.
6. Cuddle and flannel double sided blanket
If you’ve never worked with “cuddle fabric” then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out, because it’s a lot of fun to work with and very cozy indeed to wrap Baby in! Sew 4 Home shows you how to make sure your sewing machine is adjusted to handle the baubles on the cuddle fabric properly, as well as how to add a little scalloped detail to the edges.
7. Self binding receiving blanket
No matter what you’re sewing or what fabrics you’re working with, edges can be tricky for beginners. We used to find it hard to keep ours constant in thickness all the way around, as well as to keep them straight and neat. That’s why we thought this self-binding design, outlined step by step on Sew Much Ado, was such a good idea!
8. Bunny “grow with me” baby blanket
If you’re a slightly more advanced sewing enthusiast and you’re feeling up for a challenge, here’s a fantastic idea that will transform with Baby as they grow! We love the way Dolls and Daydreams created a plushy bunny themed “grow with me” blanket that changes in different ways for swaddling, then comfort, then play as the child gets older and needs it differently.
9. Quilted flannel burp blanket
Lovely, cozy blankets are all well and good when you’re gifting to new families, but those aren’t actually the only kinds of blankets they’ll find themselves needing! We’re totally in love with the way Jedi Craft Girl created double thick burping blankets that are very simple to wash but that are also lovely to look at, with a pretty edging.
10. Stripy rag quilt
Perhaps you’ve got a large supply of fabric scraps and you’re interested in quilting but you’re still practicing the skills required to get all your stitches and seams very neat? In that case, we’d suggest taking a look at how The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood made this lovely stripy rag quilt! We like this idea because unfinished edges and a slightly purposely worn quality is all part of the cute aesthetic.
11. DIY swaddling blankets
Now you’ve seen several tutorials for comfort blankets and also one for burp blankets, but what if baby needs swaddling in the stroller without folds or large, thick blankets? Perhaps they’ll be a summer baby so they need a blanket that’s a little cooler than what you’ve seen so far. In either case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Purl Soho created these light DIY swaddling blankets.
12. Pouffy bubble quilt
Do you feel like getting very unique indeed and challenging yourself a little further than some of the ideas you’ve seen so far might? Well, if new techniques and cool textures are up your alley, then we have a strong feeling this awesome pouffy bubble quilt might be as well! See how it’s done in more detail on Awaiting Ada.
13. Minky and cotton blanket
Just like we said when we started talking about cuddle fabric, you’re missing out on something fun and trendy if you haven’t made a “minky” blanket yet! This incredibly soft material is comforting even just to touch, so it’s definitely popular for baby blankets. Take a look at How Does She to find out some great tips and tricks for working with its particular fuzzy texture.
14. Ruffled baby blanket
Just in case you’re still convinced that a baby blanket with a bit of extra personality to it is the best idea for you but you’re not quite up to the challenge of the bubble blanket, here’s another idea that you might get along with very well indeed! Check out how Sweet Red Poppy made this stunning ruffle all the way around the edges in a lovely, silky fabric.
15. One-hour triangle quilt
Are you actually still thinking about how much you loved the idea of making a baby quilt and, even though you’d like to keep things pretty simple, you’re convinced you could stand a slightly harder pattern than just straight vertical and horizontal lines? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how See Kate Sew made this stunning triangle patchwork blanket with a snazzy metallic border.
Have you made other kinds and styles of sewn baby blankets in the past that you were very pleased with when you finished but that you don’t see anything quite similar to on our list? Tell us all about how you did it or link us to the pattern and photos of your blanket in the comments section!