Comfy Cozy Knit Baby Blanket Tutorial

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing,Tutorials

Michael Miller just released a bunch of beautiful new lines, including some new knit fabrics by Patty Young! Lately I have been all about the knits – they’re so soft and comfy and … comfy. I love comfy for me, for my kids, it’s what I need in my life right now.

I have a little pattern review planned for these bright stretchy pieces – I’m going to use several different shirt patterns and compare them to find my top favorite boy’s shirt pattern for future mass production use. I’m always finding knits that need repurposing, so I need a fail-safe favorite pattern. You too? Good.

But first.

knit baby blanket tutorial

I’m pretty much done with regular woven cotton blankets for babies. Little knit blankies are so much softer, warmer, and as cozy as blankets come. And waay cheaper, easier, and faster than making an a quilt or other kind of crib blanket. Knit blankets are my go-to baby shower gift from this day forward.

interlock knit baby blanket tutorial

Project: 1 interlock knit baby blanket 36″ x 48″

MATERIALS

**please forgive the atrocious photography and the awful coloring. I blame artificial light in a dungeonous basement in the wee hours of the morning. I hope to have a main level office by the end of the year…

Cut the blanket piece – if you have exactly 1 yard of fabric, straighten the ends and cut 12″ off the width so you end up with a 36″ x 48″ rectangle.

Round the corners (fold in half to do 2 layers at a time) with a CD or plate or whatever you have handy.

And now for the binding – almost done!

If you choose a rib knit, cut 2″ wide strips of fabric straight across the width of the fabric. If you choose a jersey knit, cut 2″ strips on the bias. I used jersey, but other than the way you cut the strips, all other steps are identical.

You need 170″ of binding in total.

1. Join the binding strips together as shown in step 1 above with right sides together. Pin and sew the seam right where that orange line is at a 45 degree angle to the outside edges of the binding pieces.

Join all the strips together and press the seams open.

2. Press the binding strip in half.

3. Open and press both edges in halfway toward the center and press flat.

4. Pin so the blanket layer is sandwiched in between the binding so the edge of the blanket meets the center fold of the binding. Pin and sew 1/8″ from the inside edge using a walking foot.

That’s it! This blanket is so easy to make and sooo comfy cozy!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angela May 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

Hey Kelsey!
I love, love this! And I think I could do it with my very limited sewing skills! I was trying to get the fabric but can’t figure out how to buy it online. Do you know what stores sell this kind of fabric? Also, I want to make curtains but I want a trendy looking fabric. What website do you recommend?
Hope you and the boys (including Boyd =)) are doing well!
-Angela

2 Kelsey May 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I love Fabric.com for home dec fabrics. They carry Premier Prints that has lots of great prints and colors and it’s very inexpensive as far as home dec fabric goes. Fabric.com also has knits, this is an interlock knit so search for that. I know Fabric.com carries some Michael Miller but this one is really new and I don’t know if it’ll be for sale quite yet. I should find out…

Anyway, you can totally make this blanket! Knits are tricky to sew with because they’re stretchy, but they’re also very forgiving for the same reason.

Have fun!!!

3 Judy Blinkenberg August 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I am working on one of those baby blankets, the kind that most mothers save, even though you wish they would use them, and I thought, I need to make this great grandma something more practical to give to her great grand-daughter. Well I sure thank you for your practically and the tutorial. This will be so nice to go along with the quilt.

4 Sarah R October 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I just bought 4 different patterns for my little one. And I bought them at Hancock!

5 maria de la rocha January 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

Hi Kelsey!
Love the tutorial and the idea! Can you please tell me how many hours did it take for you to make this blanket? (from start to finish!!)
Thanks and have a great 2013!!!

6 Kelsey Norwood January 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Oh…probably 1-2? Including cutting and preparing the binding, etc.

7 Lindsay May 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I really want to try this! I’ve never made a blanket but I was wondering if you think a minky dot fabric would be easy to use for the bottom.
Thanks!

8 Kelsey Norwood May 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I just did a single layer of fabric for this blanket, putting minky on the back would make it a much more complicated project as you’d have to quilt it, but you could try it!

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