Last week I shared with you how to make a soft, minky baby blanket with wide binding. My friend just had a baby and got one of those baby blankets. Her 7-year old daughter said:
"Mom, I wish you were friends with her when I was a baby."
I guess she wanted a blanket as well. How could I not make one for her? She wanted a twin-size blanket, which is 66" x 90", and picked out her fabrics. Here's how you can make one as well.
- 4 1/2 yds main fabric
- 2 1/2 yds minky
- 1 1/2 yds binding fabric
- Batting(Warm & Natural)
- Coordinating thread
1. Cut your main fabric in half lengthwise, so you have two pieces that are 4 1/2 yds x 22". Then cut each of those in half so you end up with 4 pieces 2 1/4 yds x 22". You'll only need three of these. They will make up the top layer of the blanket. Sew the three panels RST (right sides together) using a 1/2" seam allowance, along the 2 1/2 yd side. Press seams. The baby blankets are so small that we didn't need to quilt them to prevent the layers from separating, but with a twin-size blanket we need to quilt it somehow to keep the layers together. I also used batting so the blanket was still soft and plush. I'm not a quilter and do not have a long-arm machine. I also really wanted to keep the minky soft and full, and not completely stitched over, so I went with a very simple quilting pattern that I could do on my sewing machine. It's kind of like a snake that winds across the blanket. Click on the picture above to see it better.
I used a dinner plate to trace the circular parts. Then used a ruler to trace the lines, making sure that the lines were 10" apart the entire length of the blanket. Then I pinned a lot because minky tends to stretch and I didn't want it bunching between all the stitching. After it was quilted, I trimmed up all the sides so all three layers were the same size. Pin frequently around all the edges. I finished it with the wider binding. See here for instructions. The only difference is you will need (8) 6 1/2" strips instead of (4) to cover the entire perimeter of the blanket. Now you should have your finished blanket. Final measurements for this quilt was 66" x 84".