How to Sew a Baby Blanket

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Making blankets is a great beginner sewing project. They usually only take about an hour to sew, and the lines are all straight. My kids LOVE soft snugly blankets, and I'm a sucker for a cute bright print. Giving blankets as baby gifts to new mothers, or maybe to a friend who is ill, is one of my favorite homemade presents to work on. The whole time I'm sewing them, I am thinking of the recipient, and it makes me happy. It's also a great excuse to turn on "Pride and Prejudice". I love having it on in the background while I work.

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For baby blankets, I use one yard of two different types of fabric. For my big kids, I use two yards, and for my tall husband, I use 3 yards for each fabric. Other than the fabric, you just need a sewing machine, fabric scissors, pins, and thread.(And possibly a seam ripper, if you're prone to mistakes, like me.) 

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It's best to iron your fabric first so everything lays flat. Some people like to also wash their fabric first, but I don't usually take that extra step.

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When I start sewing, I don't start on a corner. I start in a little ways, so it's easier to fold in and sew over the open gap in the next step.

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My kids all love putting the pins in the pin cushion for me, and love to use the back stitch lever. 

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I like to do the shaggy fabric face up. Sometimes it gets caught in my sewing machine if I am going  too fast.

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I push my fingers in the corners to make sure their edges are crisp. Sometimes I use a pen, or end of my scissors to push them out, if the fabric is too tight.

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If your gap is large, you may want to pin this. 

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You're almost done!

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If you don't want to go around again, you can sew a little X in the middle of the blanket, and that will keep the fabric from shifting in the wash as well.

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Now go snuggle someone in your new cozy blanket!!

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