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Baby Quilt Made From Receiving Blankets

May 29, 2014
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 Good Morning!  I have another exciting guest post today here on View From The Fridge!  Christy from Confessions of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer is here to share an AWESOME project (and just happens to be perfect timing for Ben’s arrival!!).  

If you haven’t had a chance to get to know Christy and all her awesome projects … you need to check out her blog … ASAP (just as soon as you’re done reading this post).  She is SUPER talented … she’s handy with power tools, has a great eye for design, has a beautiful home, and apparently … can sew (see this awesome quilt below).  I was just thrilled when Christy volunteered to help me out during these first couple weeks/months home with baby Ben!  I’m simply honored to have her here.  So … without further ado …

Take it over, Christy …


Hi everyone, my name is Christy and I am so excited to be hanging out at View from the Fridge today! I am constantly wowed by the amazing transformations that Katie comes up with, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to guest post while she enjoys time with her adorable little man!

I blog at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer and as the title suggests, I move from one project to the next to the next. I love to drag home all kinds of treasures from who knows where and give them new life! I also love to share my outdoor spaces and easy-to-follow sewing tutorials.

Just in time for Katie’s new arrival, I thought I’d share how to make a baby quilt out of receiving blankets. This takes very basic sewing skills, so don’t run just yet!

My three-year old has one and he drags it all over the house. It is the perfect size at 36″ X 44″, for him to snuggle up with.

I started with a pack of flannel receiving blankets:

Receiving Blanket Quilt 1

These are perfect because the flannel will wash up super soft and the fabrics are already coordinated perfectly. I did need to purchase a few more things:

Receiving Blanket Quilt 2

The chenille adds a bit of fun texture, but I’ll warn you that it does get everywhere when cutting it. I thought it was worth the trouble, but it’s not necessary. (I used it in place of one of the blankets.)

Let’s get started…

Create a Pattern

I created a pattern to use as a guide. You can use this one; just substitute your own abbreviations, or create your own.

Baby Quilt 1

Cut Squares

The best tools for cutting even squares, are a rotary cutter, straight edge, and cutting mat. You can purchase them in a kit at your fabric or craft store. I use my set ALL the time!

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I cut my squares 4 1/2 X 4 1/2. As you can see also, I folded my fabric prior to cutting as the rotary cutter will cut through a few layers very easily, allowing you to cut several pieces at once.

Receiving Blanket Quilt 4

 

Receiving Blanket Quilt 5

Sew Squares Together

Keep your pattern handy as you’ll be referring to it often. Start with your first square (top, left hand corner), and attach it side-by-side to the next square. I started with “BW”, big whale and attached it to “Ch” for chenille.

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You could then add the next square, which for me would be “Cir” for Circles and so on until you have the top row complete. Then move onto the next row and so on.

I started with the same two squares, but instead of adding the third square, I moved to the next row down and sewed those first two pieces together. I continued until I had all of the first two squares of each horizontal row sewn together.

Then I added the third square to each row (following my pattern) and worked my way down, and so on.

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The reason for assembling the squares this way is so that I can “butt” each piece behind the next, through the machine which saves time and thread.

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Either method yields the same results…a set of 11 rows, 9 squares each:

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When you have all of your horizontal rows complete, iron each row.

Then referring to your pattern, sew each row together. You’ll end up with something that looks like this:

Receiving Blanket Quilt 15

Assemble Quilt Layers

Next lay out your quilt batting and place the quilt top face up on top. Pin in place.

Receiving Blanket Quilt 18

Sew around the outer edge. Trim any excess batting.

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Place flannel fabric for backing face down on top and pin in place:

Receiving Blanket Quilt 23

Sew around the outer edge again, this time leaving several inches open to flip quilt right-side-out. Trim any excess fabric.

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Clip the corners to get a nice sharp corner before turning:

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Turn right-side-out and pin opening closed. Sew a seam 1/4″ around the outside edge. This should close up your opening too.

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This is a cheater’s way of getting out of making a binding for the edges!

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To keep things together, I added knots in several places using embroidery thread. I knotted it on the front…

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…and on the other side:

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Stand back and admire, you did it!

I made this for my neighbor to match her nursery and she loved it! I’m hoping it will become her baby’s favorite “blankie” too.

Ours has had a gazillion washes (and looks like it too), but it is so soft and snuggly!

Make a Baby Quilt from Receiving Blankets!

Don’t worry if your squares don’t align perfectly. Those little imperfections are what make it special.

Make a Baby Quilt from Receiving Blankets!

 

Make a Baby Quilt from Receiving Blankets

Hand-made gifts are a gift from the heart.

Thanks so much, Katie for letting me hang out with your lovely readers today!

I hope you guys will stop by my place and say hello!

XO,

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Katie here again … A HUGE thank you to Christy for sharing this awesome project today!  Learning how to make a quilt is on my list of 20 wishes for 2014, so this post is PERFECT!!!  I’m not exactly sure when I’ll be able to get back to the sewing machine, but when I do … this is top on the list!  Be sure to stop over to Christy’s page and browse through all her awesomeness!  

Thanks for stopping by!  More pictures of Ben coming soon …

signoff

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply Julie May 29, 2014 at 6:44 am

    This is such a cute idea! I would love to do this with my little one’s blankets but I am THE WORST with a sewing machine. haha!

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  • Reply Megan Walker May 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I love this! It looks like a good project for a quilting beginner.
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    • Reply Katie May 29, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      I was thinking the same thing, Megan. It looks like something I could almost make! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule May 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    No, you did it! 😉 (not me!! lol) That is amazing Christy…and I can just imagine how soft and wonderful it feels! What a thoughtful gift. :)
    Nancy
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    • Reply Katie May 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      I agree … SUCH a thoughtful gift. Chrsity’s neighbor is lucky!!

  • Reply Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer May 29, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks again for having me today, Katie! XO
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  • Reply Jodee Weiland May 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    This is beautiful and with the directions given, I think I could do this! Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Agy May 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    This is soooo lovely. I’ve never made a quilt but your tutorial sure makes it look simple. I’m pinning it!
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  • Reply Patti May 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

    This post was so good that I pinned it twice AND stumbled!
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    • Reply Katie May 30, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Hi Patti! I agree, this is a great tutorial from Christy! I totally pinned it to my sewing to-do board! Have a great weekend!

      Xo,
      Katie

  • Reply Renee @ CreativeMamaMessyHouse May 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I have saved all my son’s receiving blankets in hopes to make one of these quilts for him. Thanks for the tutorial!
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  • Reply Jean May 30, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I love this adorable quilt. I think I might even try making it. :-) Any reason why you didn’t use the whales with the blue background? My OCD self wants to know. 😉

  • Reply Kristina & Millie May 31, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    love this and such a great idea to use the receiving blankets! Very beautiful!
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  • Reply lisa@ the thrifty challenge June 2, 2014 at 2:28 am

    This is a really good tutorial- very precise. I love the end quilt- so cute!

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  • Reply Coombemill June 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    It looks like a great result and lovely photos for the tutorial
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  • Reply Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY June 3, 2014 at 12:30 am

    What an amazing idea! I wouldn’t have thought to make a quilt like this in a million years! Way better than the awful quilt I attempted to make my oldest when I was pregnant. I’m keeping this in mind for future baby shower gifts!
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  • Reply Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com June 3, 2014 at 6:07 am

    This is adorable! Thanks for sharing how you made it. :) Pinned!
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  • Reply Deana June 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    What a beautiful quilt. Great idea!!
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  • Reply Emily June 7, 2014 at 9:13 am

    what a great way to get soft fabric, I love this!! Featuring it today at Nap-Time Creations…You are part of the weekend features from the Create Link Inspire party. I’ve also spread the word all over my social media and I would love a reshare or two ;o) Happy Weekend! Emily
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  • Reply Katie Adams June 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You have been featured and pinned! Thank you for sharing.
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  • Reply Andrea @ loveandcake June 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    This is adorable, I can’t wait until life is a little less hectic for me and I can get my sewing machine out! Thanks for linking up to this weeks #parentingpinitparty
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  • Reply Christine June 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Such a pretty quilt!!
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  • Reply Teresa Cumberland January 6, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Hi Christy,
    Congrats on a great idea. I have a couple of questions about the construction of the quilt. When cutting the squares – are you trimming off the serged edges or including them in your squares.
    My “Carter’s” blanket have rounded corners–Did yours have this? Will I have enough blanket left to get 25 squares? In order to “square off” the blanket, I will probably have to take over 1 inch from each side.
    I also had the thought of making a simple stuffed animal out of the chenille and trimming it with the matching blanket fabric. These will go into my “Grandmother’s Hope Chest”

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