Baby blankets are easy to make at home. This is a way for you to save money the next time you need to buy a gift for a baby shower, or if you want to welcome a new addition to the family.
How To Sew A Baby Blanket
When using flannel or fleece to make your baby blanket, all you need to do is cut and hem. You can use about a yard of fabric, with the width ranging between 40 and 50 inches.
A good way to put a personal touch on the blanket’s design is to embroider a design or the name of the baby. If you do not have embroidery skills, buy a cute embroidered patch to iron or sew onto the blanket.
For a warmer blanket, use a layer of cotton batting between two layers of flannel or one flannel and one printed cotton fabric.
How To Crochet A Baby Blanket
The usual process for crocheting a baby blanket would be to start by creating a chain that matches the blanket’s width before forming rows of double crochet stitch. This could be all one color or you could change the yarn every few rows to form stripes, or use multi colored yarn. After finishing the full sized blanket, then you can work around the edges, making three chains in each of the four corners for a clean-looking trim.
Alternatively, crochet different colored squares of 3-5 rows each and attach them together. Utilize the concept of contrasting colors by using about two or so pastel colors in the mix.
You can stand out with your design by following a pattern. You have to understand all the stitches that would be required to complete the pattern. You wouldn’t want to waste all your hard work by discovering that the one specific stitch needed for the design’s success is the one stitch you cannot master.
A hand knitted baby blanket can be an alternative to crochet. Use the plain knitting stitch (not knit and purl) or for a more solid blanket, moss stitch (one knit one purl, doing a plain stitch where there was a purl in the previous row and vice versa). Again you can either knit the whole blanket at once in one color or stripes, or you can knit squares and then sew them together later.
Using the method of joining individual squares, you can even make the blanket grow along with the baby by adding more squares as the child gets bigger.
It is important to choose your yarn carefully. Don’t buy anything that would be an irritant to the baby. Be wary of the fabric used – it’s better to go with pure cotton blankets for babies with sensitive skin, and to avoid synthetics at all costs.
Made with love, beautiful baby blankets can be something that parents and baby will treasure all their lives.