Need a handmade baby gift in a hurry? Try this: the self-binding flannelette baby blanket.
Because it’s suddenly cold in Brisbane (and really – how often does that happen!?) I’ve been inspired to whip a few up.
I learned how to do this courtesy of Jenny Doan at the Missouri Star Quilt Company. She has a video tutorial on how to do it, which you can access here. If my instructions ever don’t make sense, her video will!
Here’s the basics. Cut two squares of flannelette: one 30″ square, the other 40″ square. Fold each side in half to mark the middle point with a pin.
Lay the two pieces of fabric right sides together with the edges lined up, and also line up the pins that mark the midpoints. Sew the two pieces of fabric together along each edge, leaving a hole on one side to be able to turn it through later. Importantly, start and stop sewing each side 1/4″ before the end of the smaller piece of fabric.
When you’ve done that, there should be floppy bits of the bigger piece of fabric at the corners. You need to use these bits to make mitred corners. Fold out the floppy bit by lining up the side seams and smoothing it out. Use a ruler to mark a line that runs 45 degrees from the point where the seams line up. (I hope that makes sense).
When you have done that, sew along the line, then cut off the floppy bit 1/4″ from the seam, on the pointy side.
It mightn’t look like it yet, but you have just mitred the corner. It’s at this point that your efforts to leave the 1/4″ gap at the end of each of the side seams will pay off.
Your whole item should look a bit like this:
Now is the time to use the hole you left earlier to turn the blanket the right way around. When that’s done, give it a press.
Sew in the ditch between the two different fabrics. You can use a straight stitch, but I used a blanket stitch that I thought looked quite nice.
Take the ends of the thread and use a needle to tuck them into the fabric so your blanket stitch doesn’t unravel. The project is complete!
It’s the perfect thing to make for visiting a friend with a new baby. Bring one with you. Of course, you can also bring food. All new mothers love it when people bring food. When I had just had my little girl, I think I nearly squealed with delight when a guest brought a lasagne!