“He’s All Boy” Baby Blanket Tutorial

Download rounded corner pattern HERE.

Materials needed: 3 Large Men’s Flannel Shirts,  1 yd plain cotton (or lightweight cotton batting) & 1 yd Rose Swirl Minky Fabric.

For matching baby cap tutorial, click HERE.

Cut bias strips of fabric out of the back of each flannel shirt.  I cut 5″ strips out of two of the shirts and 2″ strips out of the third.

Cut a 30″ square of plain cotton fabric (or a lightweight cotton batting if you want a blanket with more weight).  Use the corner pattern to round all four corners.

Loosely arrange the stripes on top of your cut plain cotton rounded square to a pattern of your liking.  Strips will need to be pieced together to be big enough to cover the fabric base. You may need to cut more strips from you shirt using the sleeves of front.

Sew loose strips together as needed using either a clean seam or an overlapped, raw seam like in the picture. 

Lay a loose strips on base fabric, pin and sew one strip at a time.

Lay each strip on the blanket base, overlapping at least 1/2 the previous strip and sew.

Once all the strips have been sewn onto base, don’t worry about the base fabric puckering a little.  The bias cut strips will stretch and retract a little.

Cut off excess length of flannel strips to even up with blanket base.

Lay finished blanket top on top of minky fabric, WRONG sides together.  Measure backing 2 1/2″ larger around all sides of blanket front.

Cut out minky backing as marked.

Fold over backing 1″. Then fold over again 1 1/2″ onto blanket front, pinning into place.

At the rounded corners, fold over twice as on straight sides but place many little tucks into the minky and pin in place to make the corners .

Sew 1/2″ to 3/4″ from inside edge to catch backing and not just fur.  Sew around entire blanket.

You’re finished!  This pieced flannel shirt blanket will just get better and better with each wash as the raw edges soften up.

Paired with the “He’s All Boy Cap”, the blanket makes an excellent gift.

You can also use the same backing technique with a piece of solid fabric for the top.

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