DIY – Mitered Corners Baby Blanket

Are you looking for an easy to make baby gift? This diy mitered corners baby blanket is a fun sewing project that only takes a little over 30 minutes to whip up. The contrasting binding and the crisp mitered corners really add charm to this cozy flannel receiving blanket.

Don’t let the mitered corners intimidate you. This baby blanket really is a snap to sew up. I love mixing and matching different flannel colors and prints. Once you sew one up, you will want to make more.

 

If you are a visual learner and would enjoy a video tutorial, I have filmed the process and offer it for FREE on my youtube station.

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To make a 34” square blanket you will need:

1- Prepare Fabric

  • The question I always come to when making up a baby blanket is: Do I pre-wash the fabric or not? Here is a good article that states the pros and cons of pre-washing fabric. What do you do? If I am making it for a gift, I usually don’t pre-wash. It just looks like it has been used when it has been pre-washed. It doesn’t have that crispness and sharp color. However, you take a risk of the two fabrics not shrinking equally and causing the blanket to distort a little after washing. There usually isn’t a problem with good quality flannels, but I have had it happen.
  • Remove the selvage edge of your fabric pieces. (Finished edge, that sometimes has print on it)
  • Mark the selvage edges with a safety pin.

2- Cutting Out

  • Decide which fabric you want to be the back and border piece. Cut it to be 40″ square.
  • Cut the front piece to be 30″ square.

3- Align and Pin

  • Fold the ends of each side together and mark center point with a pin.

 

  • Locate the selvage edges on both pieces. (the side with the safety pin)
  • Place selvage edges Right Sides Together (RST)
  • Line up center points and pin together. (ya, ya I know you are thinking…How is this going to come together?) Trust me, it will.
  • Make sure that the excess fabric has the same measurement on each side.

3- Create Stop Points

  • Take the top piece and measure 1/4 inch from each edge at the corners and mark with a pencil or pin. Do this for all four corners of the front piece.
  • Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew from stop point to stop point. Do not sew past that point. It is real important to sew right up to this point but not any further.
  • Do the same thing on the other side, directly across. (remember that there is going to be excess fabric) Line up center points.
  • Pin in place and sew from stop point to stop point.

4- Sewing Seams

  • Flip the blanket and align the remaining edges together, matching center points. Yep, the corners will seem weird at this point, no worries.
  • Leave a space about 6 inches open on one of the side seams. (This is where you will turn the blanket inside out)
  • This is what the corners will look like at this point.

5- Miter Corners

  • Holding the corner, fold the blanket so the two seam edges meet.
  • Mark a 90° angle from the FABRIC FOLD to the stop point. You can use a simple piece of paper to get the right angle. Just make sure the bottom of the paper edge is along the folded edge, not the seam edge.
  • Mark a line with a pencil.
  • The photo below is the WRONG way to mark the corners. The right angle needs to be lined up with the fabric fold.
  • Sew along the pencil line, back stitching at the beginning and end of seams.
  • Trim seam allowance to 1/4 inch.
  • Repeat these steps for all four corners.

Press and Turn

  • Lay the blanket out flat with the small piece on top. (notice that the back panel folds over the front) Isn’t this the coolest thing ever!
  • Before you turn the blanket inside out, press the seams toward the outside.
  • Turn the blanket inside out through the gap you left in the seam.
  • Poke the corners out using a point turner or pen with a lid on.

Finishing

  • Lay the baby blanket flat so the border is equal width on all sides.
  • Press in place, making sure the seam allowance is folded toward to blanket edge.
  • Pin around the blanket especially where you left the hole.
  • Top stitch around the blanket close to the seam edge.

You can use all kinds of different decorative stitches if you want to dress it up a little.

This baby blanket makes wonderful baby shower gifts. Throw in a upcycled jingle ball and you have a baby gift that is easily handmade and from the heart.

Have fun sewing!

jan3

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    Make It With An Upcycled Sweater

    Do you have an old sweater kicking around that you never wear? Perhaps you can give it a second life and upcycle it into something fabulous. You can make a cozy pair of mittens, slippers, a hat or even a skirt. For those of you who follow me, know how much I love making things with an upcycled sweater. I think creating something from a felted wool sweater is just one of the best things ever! Cotton and mixed fiber sweaters can also be used to make fun projects.

    In this post I am going to:

    1. Show you how to make the most out of your sweaters by properly cutting out your projects to minimize any fabric waist. (After all, felted sweater material is like CRAFTING GOLD).
    2. Give you some great tips on what part of the sweater to use for what kinds of projects.
    3. Show you what you can make with the SCRAPS.
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    Let’s begin with some wool sweater BASICS.

    In  previous posts I have shared information on

    Check these out if you want more information on these topics.

    Cutting out

    Maximize you sweater fabric by placing pattern pieces as close together as possible. SAVE YOUR SCRAPS! I will show you what to do with the scraps later in the post.

    If using felted wool, most likely you do not have to worry about placing pieces on the grain because felted wool stretches both ways equally. (not always). Unless the pattern says to place on the stretch or grain, you can place the pattern pieces any which way to not waist fabric.

    What part of the sweater should you use for what?

    Here is a little sweater anatomy.

    Bottom & Sleeve Cuffs

    The bottom cuff and sleeve cuffs are great to use for Slipper Boot cuffs, Pilot & Pixie Caps, Mitten cuffs and Beanies.

    To use the bottom cuff for projects like these I cut off 4 inches from the bottom cuff and store in a bin for future projects.

    * If you think you will be making beanies or caps, hold off on cutting the 4 inches off. Leave the sweater intact.

    The rest of the sweater can be used for all kinds of fun projects.

    1 Beanies & Hats

    2 Mittens

    3 Slipper Boots & Boot Socks

    4 Slippers

    5 Heart Hand Warmers

    6 Baby Balls

    7 Mitten Cuffs

    Patterns to make these items can be found in my store, my Etsy and Craftsy shops

    Get the FREE DIY UPCYCLED SWEATER COURSE here. (NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED)!

    Here is the link to my Skillshare online video classes.

    Sweater Thickness & Texture

    An upcycled sweater  will vary in thickness and texture. Some sweaters are good for some things and not so good for others.

    Thick, Heavy Weight: Good for slipper soles, bags and anything that needs a little more structure. Not good for mittens, slipper tops or hats.

    Medium Weight: Good for most projects.

    Thin Weight: Good for lining things like mittens & hats. (Cashmere sweaters work really well). Not good for projects that need any kind of structure to them.

    I like to use the inside of the sweater as the outside on a lot of my projects. This adds a different texture and gives some character.

    What to do with the felted wool sweater scraps?

    You will be amazed at what fun things you can do with a small piece of felted wool.

    Mini sweater balls, mistletoe, Valentine hearts, laundry dryer balls, hand warmers and so much more!

    Click on the links above to see the whole project tutorials.

    When you cut out all your sweater projects, DO NOT THROW the SCRAPS AWAY! Get a bin to keep all your scraps in, you never know when a little piece of felted wool will come in handy.

    Go find a lonely sweater and and make something fun!

    Whew! To those who made it through the whole post, you get rewarded. How about a 30% discount off any pattern two patterns ordered from my shop.

    When you are checking out, just type in coupon code:

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    Enjoy!

     

    jan1

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