Looking for a baby shower gift you can easily create over and over again with custom fabrics? Or maybe some beautiful decor for a new nursery?
Today we'll teach you how to create a beautiful mitered corner baby blanket from two squares of fabric. It couldn’t be easier! We used super soft Minky and Embrace Double Gauze from Shannon Fabrics to create this blanket, but you can use any soft material for yours. Switch it up with flannel, fleece, and quilting cotton for the gift for mom and baby- find it all on fabric.com! Let's get started.
- 1.5 yards (for a 45” piece) Shannon Minky Cuddle Dimple Blush
- 1 yard Shannon Embrace Double Gauze La La Llama Blush
- 12.5” Square Acrylic Ruler
- Coordinating Thread
- Marking Pen
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter
The basic idea of this blanket is that your backing and binding fabric will be a large square and your “main” fabric will be a small square the finished size of your blanket.
We’re making a 35” sized blanket which is perfect as a baby blanket, with a 45” backing and binding piece. The Minky will create a border that is 5” on every side, since we are using a 10” bigger piece than the Gauze. You can make any sizes you’d like with as wide or small of a border as you’d like, by playing around with the dimensions of the cut pieces. If you make a blanket larger than 54” square, we recommend tacking the front and back together a few times at regular intervals to keep them together.
First, cut your Minky fabric into a 45” square. You can leave the selvedge on, it will not show on the finished blanket. The easiest way to do this is to ensure your edges are straight and fold into a 45 degree angle to cut.
Cut your gauze fabric into a 35” square using the same method.
On the wrong side of the Minky fabric, with your ruler and marking tool, mark a line 4.5” from the corner as shown. We are using ½” seam allowances here, so the finished border will be 5” once sewn.
*Tip – if you are using your own dimensions, take the width of your border and take out ½” for your own corner measurements.
Cut these marked corners off.
Fold your minky to the wrong side of the fabric ½” and pin. This will ensure that you have nice finished binding on your self binding blanket.
Fold your corner right sides together and sew at a ½” seam allowance. Make sure these are VERY accurate, it will affect your finished results!
Repeat this for all four corners.
Flip all corners out - almost done!
Tuck your gauze piece into all the corners, it should fit exactly. Make sure this is flat so your finished blanket isn’t bunched. Pin in place.
Pin down your binding on top of the gauze with a ½” fold under all the way around.
Topstitch the binding in place about ¼” from the inside edge. You can also use a blanket or zig zag stitch for this. A walking foot is essential for even binding.