by Christina Dennis

Sew a Boutique Blanket for Baby by The DIY Mommy - Tips & tricks for choosing baby-friendly fabrics and sewing with minky

This post on how to sew a generously fluffy boutique blanket has been quite popular for the last few months, and I’ve also received a few questions via comments and emails on how this blanket would work for babies (as a great shower gift, perhaps).

When it comes to baby & toddler blankies, I think it’s important that they not only be soft but washable and sturdy as well. While the fabric I used in this tutorial is wonderful for a living room throw or a master bedroom accent blanket, I like to use quilting cotton instead of decor cotton for the primary side of a blanket like this. Here is my suggested method on how to slightly tweak the boutique blanket to make it a boutique blanket perfect for a baby!

Materials:

  • 1 yard 100% cotton quilting  fabric (pre-wash it so that it doesn’t shrink later!)
  • 1 yard polyester minkee (minky) fabric
  • thread
  • a rotary cutter, mat and large ruler are helpful but not necessary

I purchased my fabric for this project from fabric.com:

Orders of $35 & up Ships Free.

I make all of my baby blankets to measure about 35 inches wide by 29 inches long (which uses up almost a yard of cotton quilting fabric nicely and then you can use one yard of minkee for two blankets because it’s 60″ wide).

Directions:

Follow all of the directions for the Boutique Blanket. Optional: Sew an extra line of stitching 2″ inside the topstitched line, as shown in the picture below.

Sew a Boutique Blanket for Baby from The DIY Mommy - Tips on choosing baby-friendly fabric and sewing with minky

These cuddly blankets make a beautiful gift for a new little baby bundle and they’re fun and easy to sew! If you’ve sewn a cotton + minkee blanket like the one in the original Boutique Blanket post or like one shown here, please comment and let me know how you found working with the fabrics together. I love to see all of your projects!