Mitered Corner Baby Blanket

I think every expecting mother should receive a handmade blanket.  Knitting, crocheting, sewing–any type of blanket will do–it’s the thought, time, and effort put into the gift that really makes it special.

This blanket was a little confusing for me, as it was my first mitered edge blanket. I used Amy Smart’s tutorial here.  Her tutorial really does a great job explaining step-by-step the process for creating a beautiful blanket.

Here are some pictures of the blanket I made. I made it personal by ironing and then sewing “Baby Cooke” to the inside.  In hindsight, I should have used pinking shears on the background to these letters…but I guess that leaves improvement for next time!

A note for the corners…at first I tried to leave the needle down in the corners and turn the blanket (to make clean corners). By the second corner I realized that you need to turn the blanket with the needle at the highest position. Raise the foot, fold the blanket how you need it, and then continue sewing on the next side. No need to cut the thread at the corners, just fold the fabric to the appropriate position for the next side. I hope this is a helpful tip!

Check out Amy’s tutorial and test it out!

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2 thoughts on “Mitered Corner Baby Blanket

  1. What kind of sewing machine do you use? I have never sewed a thing in my life, but there are some projects I’ve been wanting to try and hem tape just won’t do the job. haha. Any tips for a beginner?

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    • Kathryn–I originally learned on my Mom’s old Singer sewing machine–there were no directions, so it was tough! About a year or two ago, I purchased a new Singer 5400 and LOVE it! It’s nothing fancy–I was a little nervous because it was rather inexpensive, but I haven’t had any issues and it works exactly how I need it to! 🙂 I would definitely recommend it, because it isn’t such a huge investment if it turns out that you don’t like it! It comes with a DVD to teach you how to set it up (kind of boring, but helped so much) and also a “Quick Start Guide” which I still turn to occasionally if I forget how something works. Having a sewing machine is so useful and it’s fun to make “original” pieces. Good luck!!

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