One thing I have always enjoyed doing when I’ve had a baby, is to make a baby blanket for them. I think I’ve made one for each of my boys. For the last couple of boys I’ve had, I discovered how much I love Minky. It’s not cheap, but it makes the best blankets. I used it to make this Simple Flannel + Minky Baby Blanket that I’m going to share with you today. The burnt orange minky that I used here was some that I got on clearance long before we ever knew we’d have another baby, I bought it to make something for my husband because it’s his favorite color. That same minky is the piece of fabric that inspired me to go with the orange/navy/white/gray color combo, not only for the nursery area but also our master bedroom. The nursery area is in our master bedroom after all.
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Once I decided on the colors for the nursery area and I already had the minky fabric, I had to find some gray and white fabric to go with it. When I started looking, I wasn’t finding anything that I liked. My husband remembered a fabric store that I hadn’t been to in a while and that is where we found this argyle fabric. My husband is the one who found it. Man, he’s a keeper. He remembered the store AND found the fabric. 🙂
I place my fabric down on the floor (minky with wrong side up, flannel right side up) and trimmed it so the minky had a 2″ edge, larger than the flannel. Using my curved basting safety pins, I pinned the flannel to the minky so I could quilt it. (These pins are the best!! Because they are curved, they make it so easy to pin for quilting!)
I was lucky to have a top fabric that had lines on it, so I just stitched on every 6th line.
Once I had it all quilted, I trimmed the corners of my minky, like shown below.
I folded and pinned the minky onto the front of the flannel to create the binding. To make the corners, I folded the edge in about 1/4″ and then folded the sides and pinned it.
I continued to pin all the way around the blanket.
Then I sewed the binding on using a straight stitch.
It was a pretty quick blanket to make, and I adore the way it turned out, but even better, is that my baby loves it!
I still have a thing or two that I want to add to the nursery, I just hope I can get them done soon.