Sew a Boutique Blanket

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Want to make a gorgeous, soft blanket for your home or to give as a gift? In this blog post, I’m sharing a simple tutorial on how to make a beautiful boutique style blanket. You’l learn how to make a blanket step-by-step, plus you’ll learn how many yards of fabric you’ll need for your blanket whether it’s for a baby, toddler, or to use as a throw blanket on your sofa.

Sew a Boutique Blanket by The DIY Mommy

I love soft, cuddly blankets! My favourite combination for a blanket is to sew it using cotton on the outside and buttery soft minkee fabric on the inside. The result is a substantial, high-quality blanket that is wonderful for a baby, as a living room throw for your couch, or for an accent blanket on your bed.

Minkee (or “minky”) fabric can be very thick and slippery. It also is a pain to cut because it can be so furry – fuzz can fly everywhere! In this tutorial on how to sew a “boutique” blanket, I’ll share how I work with this fabric. It’s a little tricky, but the results are beautiful. (Not a fan of minkee fabric? You can use polar fleece fabric or flannels instead!)

Materials

  • 100% cotton quilting (or cotton twill decor, if you want a heavier blanket) fabric
    • How many yards of fabric do I need for my blanket? See size chart below!
  • polyester minkee (minky) fabric (enough for your blanket – see size chart below)
  • thread
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • a rotary cutter, mat and large ruler are helpful but not necessary

Blanket Size Chart

How much fabric do you need for a blanket? Here are some common blanket sizes with the fabric yardage estimate that’s required for each.

Blanket SizeWidthLengthYards of Fabric
Baby (Crib)29″35″1 yard each (minimum 44″ wide)
Child42″47″1 1/2 yards each (minimum 44″ wide)
Adult Medium Afghan/Throw48″71″2 yards each (minimum 54″ wide)
Adult – Oversized Throw55-59″71″2 yards each (minimum 56″ wide)

I love the last blanket size (“Adult – Oversized Throw”). It’s big and cozy and the best use of 2 yards of 56 – 60″ wide fabric. Minkee is usually 60″ wide as is most cotton decor fabric. This is the size of the blanket pictured in this tutorial.

If you’re making anything larger than an Oversized Throw – a Queen-size blanket, for example – you will have to piece some fabrics together with seams. That’s why I prefer to make my blankets throw-sized at the largest when using 60″ wide fabric.

The baby blanket size makes a sweet gift for a baby shower. You can choose fabrics that match the baby’s nursery decor, and it will be a personal and beautiful gift. My girls still use the blankets I made for them when they were babies!

DIY Boutique Blanket Instructions

Sew a Boutique Blanket by The DIY Mommy

Prepare the Fabric

First of all, ensure you have enough fabric to make your blanket. How many yards do you need for a blanket? It depends on the size of blanket you’re making and you can check the size chart above.

If you are making a smaller blanket and have a large rotary cutter and mat, put it down on a large surface (in my case, my only large surface is my floor – if you have a big cutting table you are soooo lucky!). If you are making a larger blanket and/or don’t have a rotary cutter and large mat, skip this step. Lay your minkee fabric down first – with the smooth side down and the fuzzy (right) side facing up.

Next, lay your cotton fabric on top of the minkee, with its right side down and its wrong side up. Smooth the cotton over the minkee with your hands to get ride of wrinkles and to line them up at the fabric salvages and cut edges.

Cut the Fabric

I like to cut both pieces of fabric to size when they are laid out together so no trimming is necessary later to make them match! If you are making one of the three smaller sizes of blankets, you will need to measure and trim off one side of your fabrics to produce the correct width. Make sure to add 1 INCH to the measurements in the chart above to account for a 1/2″ seam allowance! Use either a large ruler and fabric marker and measure evenly from the edge.

I find the trick for large pieces like blankets and curtains is to make sure your measurements are even and all of your lines are absolutely straight! You shouldn’t have to cut the ends (tops and bottoms) of the fabrics unless you are making the “Child” size or unless your fabric has been cut unevenly (Tip: ask the person cutting your fabric at the fabric store to cut it straight so that you can avoid having to do this yourself later)!

Minkee can be VERY messy when cut. Shake your newly cut pieces outside, or have a dust buster on hand!

Here’s my biggest tip for this project (and for working with minkee in general): pin, pin, pin, pin, pin! I used to hate pinning, thinking it was a waste of time, but the more pins you use the better the blanket will turn out and it will save you a lot of seam-ripping later! Pin the pieces together, all the way around, in at LEAST 4 inch increments. Minkee is very slippery and stretch across the grain, so pinning will prevent puckering and/or stretching of the fabric.

Sew a Boutique Blanket by The DIY Mommy

Sew the Blanket

Now you will be machine sewing the pieces together all the way around. This is a great project if this is your first time working with minkee because you will be sewing from the cotton fabric side which slides along nicely underneath a presser-foot. Start sewing in the middle of one side and leave a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Keep your fabrics taught with your free hand as you sew, making sure they don’t pucker between the pins. If you’ve pinned enough, this should be pretty straight forward. If you are sewing a large blanket, you may want to have a chair or small card table beside you to hold the weight of the blanket as you sew (a tip from my talented sewing mother).

Don’t sew all the way to where you started – leave at least a 6″ hole that will be used to pull your blanket right-side-out. Trim the corners of your blanket at an angle (this produces a nice square, crisp corner when the blanket is turned out).

Sew a Boutique Blanket by The DIY Mommy

Finish the Blanket

Turn the blanket right-side-out by pulling it through the hole you left. Poke the corners out with a knitting needle or scissors to create nice square corners. Pin the opening shut by first turning in your cotton and minkee fabrics 1/2″ to the inside, then pinning.

Top-stitch the blanket all the way around, approximately 1/4″ from the edge (again, you have your cotton fabric facing up so it’s easier to sew). This sews the opening shut and also keeps the top layer from bunching over the bottom layer. With this blanket I only did one row of top-stitching, but I’ve also made blankets that I’ve top-stitched a second time 2″ from the edge for a little more stability/detail. You could even try a zig-zag instead of a regular stitch for some added detail and charm!

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55 Comments

  1. This is great! I love the minky fabric you have here, but can’t seem to find it on Fabric.com – what was the style name? Great fabric choices!

    1. Hi Amy! The minkee I used for this was “Minky Frosted Zebra Cuddle Grey”, but one of their higher pile rosette minkees would be equally as cozy!

    2. My suggestion is to go to your local fabric store and purchase your minky there or Walmart has it too! Fabric.com is owned by, who else, amazon! The small business destroyer! Besides, if you purchase it locally, you are keeping your dollars in your own home town and you can touch and feel and caress your lovely fabric, whereas if you purchase it from online, you are depriving yourself of the pleasure of the whole experience.

  2. I love this blanket and it looks so cozy!!! What is the name of the Cotten fabric? I want to order some!

    1. Hi Amanda! The fabric I used is “Premier Prints Twill Suzani Storm Grey”. It’s actually 56″ wide!

  3. Hi Christina,
    I would also like to know what the cotton is called. I’m having trouble finding nice patterns in a 60″ width.
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Ashley! The fabric I used is “Premier Prints Twill Suzani Storm Grey”. It’s actually 56″ wide! So sorry about that – I’m going to adjust the post so that the largest blanket is this width up to 60″ wide. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. thanks Christina! Unfortunately, I ordered some 58″ wide fabric before I saw your reply. It’s actually a jersey knit and I didn’t realize – practically impossible to work with! I cut and pinned and the fabric just keeps stretching! Then I sewed some and it’s just not working out. So I just ordered some of the fabric you used. Ha, we’ll have identical blankets! I’ll share pictures when I’m done ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for the tutorial!

    1. Aw, sorry Ashley! Yes, jersey knit (especially if it’s thin) can stretch out. ๐Ÿ™ You’ll have to save it for another project. I can’t wait to see your finished blanket!

  5. Hi! I was searching the web for cute ideas for baby gifts when I ran across your blanket – which would be perfect for the person I had in mind, same material, colors, everything…..but as I went to look at the twill material the care instructions say to not machine dry, to air dry, line dry….UG. Baby blankets need to be easy to care for! My question is – how has your blanket held up? Have you dried it in the dryer? Any problems, shrinkage, etc.? Please let me know as I am eager to get started! Thank you!

    1. Hi Anne! Thanks for visiting and for your comment. I’ve washed this twill three times by machine and machine dried, and it has held up great. For a baby’s blanket that gets washed more often, you might want to go with a quilter’s cotton for the other side instead… just in case! It’s a little softer and meant for more washings. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Hi Christina!
    I was wondering when making the Adult Oversized Throw is there a seam at all in the minky before matching it up with the top? Or just 2 yards layed out? Hope this makes sense

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  9. This is exactly what I was looking for in the adult sizes. I want to get started on Christmas gifts. Do you recommend prewashing the fabrics? Also instead of the cotton fabric could I use a flannel fabric? Your thoughts?

    1. I definitely pre-wash my fabrics if they are a natural fiber that could shrink at all (cotton, linen etc.). Yes, I’ve used flannel instead of cotton twill for blankets before and it works great! Just make sure to get the higher quality, thicker flannel that washes well. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  12. ok, i am sewing 2 large queen-ish size quilts for my kids, 1 ninja turtles flannel print and the other spiderman. I am using 2 pieces of 2 yards each flannel for each blanket, each are 40″ wide for each blanket, so they are nice and big. I also bought a batting, and for the back i am using ultra fluffy fabric, which is like a micro plush, super soft, like minkee. How should i sew the 2 pieces of flannel together so they prints match up? and do you think i can sew them together then somehow attach it to the batting, then sew inside out to the fluffy fabric? the fluffy fabric is 60″ wide so i guess i will sacrifice 20″or so, or do you think i shouldnt do it inside out and do a self binding seam all the way around with the flannel print? I am so torn, i have no idea what i am doing lol

  13. Love this! Just tried it with a small piece of minky and a small piece of twill. Here’s what I found — using a walking foot makes this whole thing much easier and it allowed me to sew with the minky side up (more control, I felt). Can’t wait to turn this into Christmas gifts for the grands this year!! Thank you for this wonderful tutorial!

  14. Hi, nice blog. The baby blanket is one of the best options for people to keep their kids warm in winter. Your blog makes aware people how to make the boutique blanket. Keep sharing more information like this.

  15. Hi! Thank you for this tutorial. I’m planning to make the oversize throw blankets for gifts this Christmas. I’m wondering how warm the finished product is if you use minky and cotton? I want something that feels substantial and is nice to snuggle up under. Should I consider adding thin batting in between or using flannel instead of cotton twill? I love the look of the cotton, but I’m afraid it might not be warm enough.

    1. What a great Christmas gift to give. Christina did find that the blankets were warm enough how she made them. However, you could most definitely add a thin batting to make it extra warm.

  16. I want to make the child sized blanket for my daughter. Is the 43/44โ€ wide material too small for this in your opinion?

  17. I love this! My husband is wanting to use two pieces of cotton with a cute hot rod/car print but not the minky…how would I adapt the directions to do 2 pieces of cotton instead? Some kinda of batting in the middle? I’m still pretty novice in the sewing world and I just dont want him to end up with a sheet LOL!

  18. Hi, Can I do this same method with fleece and fabric? If so what kind of fabric do I need to purchase? I am a beginner at sewing.

    Thank you, Tana

    1. Hi! You can absolutely use fleece and fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

      Really any kind of fabric would work well. Since you’re new to seeing, I’d avoid anything too slippery (like a faux fur) because it’s a bit more challenging to sew. Good luck and let us now how it goes for you!

  19. Hi! Iโ€™m โ€˜pandemic sewingโ€™ ? and I was going to use up some of my stash to make myself a throw blanket for the couch. I have a LOT of minky and a LOT of hoodie material which is fuzzy on one side and knit? If that makes sense? But itโ€™s not Jersey. Itโ€™s like a double knit? I bought it about 8 years ago to make hoodies but I only made one haha.
    Anyway. I washed the material and Iโ€™m going to start sewing it together. But my question is, with such a huge blanket, would it be ok to sew more than just around the edges, so the layers donโ€™t separate, if that makes sense? Sorry Iโ€™m new at this!

    1. Iโ€™m pandemic sewing, too! I want to make this, but I have the same question as you! Would it work to do little pintuck stitches at regular intervals through both layers? And how to launder this blanket? I just love it and want to make one!

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