How To Make A Receiving Blanket Without A Serger

Every parent of a newborn baby requires more than one baby receiving blanket. You can buy them ready-made from the supermarket or you can make one by yourself. Receiving blankets is one of the easiest sewing projects to work on. You can do it as a beginner or at an advanced sewing level expertise. Making it with a serger is quick and easy. However, you don’t need a serger to make a receiving blanket.

How To Make A Receiving Blanket Without A Serger?

You can make a receiving blanket without a serger. All you need is a sewing machine and the best smooth fabric you can find for a baby blanket. You can also make it by hand, although a sewing machine is your best bet if you don’t have a serger. You can also make a self-binding receiving blanket without a serger.

Receiving Blanket

With the right fabric, you can make a baby receiving blanket quite fast. Baby blankets need to be soft. For this reason, many people prefer to make baby blankets with flannel. Here is how you can make your baby receiving blanket quick and easy. Helping you to save money and have a comfortable baby.

How To Make A Baby Receiving Blanket With A Sewing Machine?

Receiving Blanket With A Sewing Machine

  1. You will need to buy your best baby receiving fabric. It should be a smooth fabric that will make the baby comfortable. 2 pieces each 1 yard of flannel will be enough for the blanket. You will also need to buy a matching thread. Since we will not be using a serger, you will need to have a sewing machine. You will also need an iron and an ironing board. A cutting tool of your choice, a measuring tool, and pins are also important supplies you need for this project.
  2. Wash and dry your flannel before you start sewing your baby receiving blanket.
  3. Layout your flannel and make sure that all the edges are straightened out. Cut off any crooked parts and hanging strings to make sure that your flannel is ready to use. Also, ensure that both fabrics are the same size.
  4. Pin the two pieces of fabric together with the right sides together
  5. Sew round the flannel pieces leaving a ½ inch seam allowance. Leave some few inches not sewn.
  6. Make the corners round. You can use a round object to help you cut perfectly rounded corners. You could also mark with a pencil where to cut to make sure you cut at the right spot to make rounded corners. Make sure that you cut in the area above the sewing.
  7. Through the gap you left in your sewing, turn the flannel pieces inside out. Bringing the right side out.
  8. Using a crotchet or chopsticks push out the corners of the receiving blanket to straighten the blanket completely. Make sure that all four corners are flat without any excess fabric left inside.
  9. Iron around the four corners of the blanket to make sure that it is sharp and smooth.
  10. Now stitch around the blanket. Sew a zigzag stitch around the blanket. You can also decide to use a decoration stitch at this point to embellish the blanket.
  11. Iron the full blanket.
  12. Your baby receiving blanket is now ready to give as a gift or to be used by your baby.

How To Make A Self Binding Receiving Blanket?

Self Binding Receiving Blanket

  1. Assemble your tools. Get all your cutting, measuring, and sewing tools that you will require to make the receiving blanket.
  2. You now need two pieces of flannel fabric of different sizes. A large one at least 10 inches larger than the smaller one. The larger flannel fabric for the back and the smaller flannel for the front of the blanket.
  3. Lay the two pieces of fabric on your working table with the right sides together. The smaller fabric lying on top of the larger one.
  4. Mark the center of all four sides of the fabric with pins or pencil marks.
  5. Pick a side and align the center pins then pin them together. Pin the length of that side of the blanket too.
  6. Repeat the above step for the other three sides. Make sure that you have excess fabric on each corner. This is because the back fabric is larger than the front fabric.
  7. Start sewing from one side. Stop sewing at least ½ inch before you get to the edge. Leave a larger gap on one side.
  8. Fold the blanket so that it is shaped like a triangle. Sew on every corner, a line from where you made your last stitch to the fold. This line is at 90 degrees to the fold.
  9. At the gap you left while sewing, turn the blanket inside out bringing the right side up. Check that the corners are looking good. If they are, turn the blanket back inside out.
  10. Cut the excess fabric from each corner.
  1. Now, turn the blanket right side out. Lay it flat on your working table and press it flat.
  2. Now, sew all around the blanket with a decorative stitch. Or, you can make a topstitch close to the seams on all sides of the blanket.
  3. You now have your self-binding baby receiving blanket.

Uses Of A Receiving Blanket

Wrap Baby

Wrap Baby

This is the most obvious use of the baby receiving blanket. Wrap the baby with it wherever they are with a lightweight cover. It will keep the baby warm and comfortable thanks to the flannel fabric.

Use In Public

There are several uses of a receiving blanket in public. If you need to change the baby in a public place, you can lay a receiving blanket for the baby to lie on as you change them. This keeps the baby from contact with public surfaces whose cleanliness is questionable.

If you are breastfeeding in public, you can use this blanket to cover yourself and baby for privacy.


While nursing on the bed, it is important to have a blanket laid on the bed. This helps protect your bed sheets from spittle from the baby.


If you need your baby to be more comfortable wherever they are, lay a blanket by their side while sleeping. OR behind them when carrying them in a stroller. When they start to sit, you can fold it up and put it by their sides or behind them for support and comfort.

How To Select The Right Receiving Blanket For Your Baby?

Right Receiving Blanket For Baby

The first thing you check for when buying a receiving blanket is the material it is made from. A receiving blanket needs to be soft to touch. It should not be harsh to the baby as their skin is too fragile and light. Therefore, make sure that your receiving basket is made of pure cotton. Cotton is smooth and will also keep the baby warm.

The other aspect of a baby receiving basket you should consider is the size. Make sure that you buy a large enough blanket that will snugly cover the baby. A large blanket will be used for a considerable amount of time before the baby outgrows it.

What Is The Difference Between A Receiving Blanket And A Swaddling Blanket?

Most times, these blankets are used interchangeably. The best way to differentiate between these two blankets is their size. The swaddling blanket is much larger than the receiving blanket. 

Swaddling blankets are also more elastic so that they can stretch to wrap the baby completely. The cotton used to make the receiving blanket can hardly stretch. This is another distinguishing feature of the two blankets.

 Further, the swaddling blanket may have buttons or Velcro to keep them well wrapped around the baby at all times.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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