Yesterday I explained how to make a single blanket. Today I will explain how to make a double. The pictures are actually a burp cloth and not a double blanket, but they are made the same exact way and are much smaller and easier to photograph. I make my blankets out a snuggle flannel fabric from JoAnn’s. I made the burp cloths out of two different types of fabric. One side was a snuggle flannel that matched the blankets and the other side was a more absorbent fabric like terry cloth.
How to make a double-sided baby blanket:
First wash and dry your fabric before you cut or do anything to it. If possible wash with a non-scented detergent like ALL-free and clear. After the fabric is washed, follow these steps to making a blanket.
1.) Cut your fabric to be a yard and ¼ (about 45 inches). It doesn’t have to be exact. I have made blankets from 1 yard of fabric too. Trim the edges so that all four sides are straight. Iron the fabric if it is wrinkly. You can use the same fabric for both sides or use two coordinating fabrics.
2.) Once your fabric is cut to the desired size than you place the two pieces of fabric together. Place the right sides facing each other. You should only be able to see the wrong side of the fabric on both sides. Pin the fabrics together. Sometimes I only pin one side at a time to make sure the blanket continues to lay flat and not get off. Other times when I am in a hurry I pin all the way around.
3.) Start sewing the edges of the blanket. You will want to leave an opening about 8 to 10 inches long so that you can turn the fabric right side out. It is better to leave the opening in the middle of a line instead of at a corner so that your corners lay flat and are easily sewed together. Backstitch on both sides of the opening. I use a straight stitch to sew all the way around the blanket. (Pins are showing you where I left the opening-this is a burp cloth so the opening is smaller)
4.) Once all the sides are sewn together except for the opening, turn your fabric right side out through the hole. (If you have a lot of excess material I would trim it off. You only want about ¼ of an inch from the seam of fabric around the blanket. You can also trim the corners if there is excess. This will help the blanket lay flat. Just make sure you do not cut the seam!)
I normally reach my arm into the hole and pull a corner through and work my way around the blanket until it is all out.
5.) Iron your blanket flat, taking special notice of the edges and corner.
6.) To close the opening, fold both pieces of fabric inward into the blanket and pin the two pieces together.
7.) Then you will stitch a second time all the way around the blanket about ¼ inch away from the edge. I normally start on the side that has the opening. I start in one of the corners and work my way around the blanket. I do not sew all the way to the edge but stop about a ¼ of an inch from the corner. Then instead of cutting the thread I rotate my blanket and continue sewing the second edge until I am back where I started. I normally backstitch at every corner but this is probably not necessary except at the beginning and the end if you do one continuous stitch. I use a straight stitch but this is where you can use a fancier stitch if you would like.
(note this is a burp cloth and not a blanket…blankets do not have the two inner lines sewed into it. This picture is to show you the edges around the whole burp cloth. That is what your finished edge will look like.)
Here are my completed, full package gifts. Each has a double and a single blanket, a few have 2 single blankets. They also have a burp cloth to match. Sometimes I use scraps to make the burb cloth, other times I buy an extra 1/4 of a yard to make it coordinate with the blankets.