Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ric Rac Receiving Blanket Tutorial

Hi there! Welcome back to our Oh Sew Baby series! We had a small change in the schedule:

May 27 - ***Open Linky for all Baby Sewing Tutorials! Anyone can participate!***
June 10 - Modern Handcraft
June 19 - Berry Barn Designs

Also, Before we get to the giveaway I wanted to tell you that we made a change in the Oh Sew Baby linky party! Before, we asked you to only link up a tutorial that you have made, but we are opening it up to anyone that has made anything baby related.  It does NOT have to be a tutorial! 

So if you have made anything that is baby related, come on over and share it at the linky party so you can be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Fort Worth Fabric Studio!

Okay, now let's get to it!

If you are visiting and haven't been here before, I would like to take a minute and introduce myself! My name is Lindsey, and I am the head of social media for Fort Worth Fabric Studio! I spend a lot of time here on this blog sharing free quilt patterns and sewing tutorials! We also host a weekly linky party called Fabric Frenzy Friday, where you can link up all your latest projects made with fabric! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the tutorial I am sharing today!   

I am excited to share this super quick and easy flannel receiving blanket tutorial!  This is my go to blanket that I have made for all three of my children.  When I was pregnant with each of my children, this was the first thing I would make for them.  I would usually make about three or four of these for each child and also make coordinating burp cloths.  
Flannel used for this blanket: Happy Hexies and Happy Main

 Let me tell you, these blankets are really great!  They are the perfect size, and they are so warm and soft for a new baby!  They also make the perfect gift for a baby shower because they are so quick and easy to make, and who doesn't love a homemade baby gift?  

So let's get started!

When I made these for my children, there was not a lot of cute flannel on the market at that time! Now, it's everywhere and there are some really great prints out there for little boys and girls! You can check out our full flannel selection right here

Supplies Needed for a 45" square blanket:

1 1/3 yards of flannel fabric (for the front)
1 1/3 yards of flannel fabric (for the back)
6 yards of 3/4" Ric Rac 
Coordinating thread

Step 1: You will cut your front and back pieces the same size.  Depending on the width of your fabric, you will decide what size you are going to cut yours.  If you have flannel that is 45" wide then you will cut your front and back pieces 45" square.

Step 2: Rounding the corners.  Find a plate or bowl to use as a guide to make your corners rounded.  You could leave them square if you'd like, but I think it gives it a nice look when they are rounded.

Step 3: Trace the edge of the plate with a fabric marker or pencil:

Step 4: Cut all four corners so they are rounded:

Step 5: Do the same to your other piece of fabric, so they both have rounded corners:

Step 6:  Attaching your ric rac.  You will pin your ric rac around the entire front piece of flannel.

Step 7: You will stitch the ric rac on around the entire front of the blanket.  Your stitch line will be slightly higher than the middle of the ric rac.  

 Step 8:  Lay your back piece right sides together onto the the front piece:

Step 9: You will want to pin around the entire blanket so the fabric doesn't shift while you sew them together.  You will sew almost directly on the same stitch line that you sewed your ric rac on, you will want to go slightly lower, but not too much otherwise you will lose your fun ric rac points.

I found it easier to sew the pieces together so that the bottom fabric was down and the top fabric was up so I could see my stitch line.

Step 10:  You will want to start stitching on a side--don't start near a corner.  You will leave about a 6-10 inch opening, so you can turn your blanket right side out. 

Step 11: Once you have sewn the pieces together and left your opening, you will turn it right side out and press.  You will then close the opening, by doing a top stitch all around the entire blanket.

That's it! You can also make matching burp cloths to go with the blankets, by using the same method I have shown you with the blankets!   Here is the PDF pattern for the burp cloths!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you here again soon!


nettie said...

These turned out so wonderful.....I love the pic's...great job.......;o)

Anonymous said...

I love these Lindsey! Nice tutorial. I think I'll make a couple with my granddaughters for my new great niece born at 10:30 last night! Girls Rule!

Needled Mom said...

Those are super cute and so practical too.

Ella and Nesta said...

Lindsey, these blankets are so pretty! Love the ric rac and the matching burp cloth. You don't find burp cloths in Italy, I don't know why, they are such a good idea!

gpc said...

LOVE this! Made one this afternoon. I'll need to post it after it's washed and pressed -- I wonder how many days that will take me!

BlessOSU said...

I love making these for baby gifts. I often get material that has the University logo for the parents, which is generally cotton, then use flannel on the back. If it is a summer baby I may use Plisse or seersucker. I generally use piping, and lace if it needs to be a little girly! They are very fun to make.

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

These are so cute, Lindsey! The rid arc really gives it a great touch!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Melanie said...

Super cute! Love the ric rac!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, these are adorable. Gotta make some for my new baby niece!

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

What a great gift! These are just adorable and look easy enough. Great tutorial.

Lorna McMahon said...

These are super cute. I love the way a simple piece of rick rack can fancy up that edge. Looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing, Lindsey!

MalinisQuilts said...

Oh this is just so beautiful!

Unknown said...

Would you wash the flannel before cutting and sewing? I aw lays prewash my quilt cottons.

Meg said...

Adorable - pinned it! Someday will make them! Thanks so much.

Lindsey said...

Hi Leslie, It's completely up to you whether you want to prewash. I didn't for these blankets, but I know a lot of people prefer to prewash! Hope this helps!

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