How To Make A Baby Blanket Without A Sewing Machine

Baby blankets are soft, warm, and cute. They are ideal for your bundle of joy and will not cause any irritation or discomfort to the baby. But wait, don’t compare the baby blankets with the ordinary ones.

These blankets can magically calm down your baby when they are waiting for their issues to be taken care of. On the other hand, baby blankets are highly essential for your child’s naptime as well. 

It enables them to have a good night’s sleep and prevents them from waking up in the middle of the night. The blankets are made from materials, which deliver a soft touch. 

But the question is, “Can you make a baby blanket at home without a stitching device instead of buying one?” Well, yes, you can. Several ways will help you make a no-sew baby blanket for your little angel. 

How To Make A Baby Blanket Without A Sewing Machine?

The best way to create a baby blanket without a sewing device is with your hands. Making a baby blanket by hand stands out as an exciting and unique project for all soon-to-be mothers. 

When you make handmade things, it will add a personal touch to them. You can either use the handmade blanket for your soon-to-be-born child. Otherwise, you can give it to an expecting mother. 

But how exactly do you make a baby blanket without a stitching device? Well, you can check the information provided here.

The process of making a blanket for your child by hand is not that difficult. You need to follow the steps correctly to obtain a positive outcome. Here are the steps you must follow. 

Things You Need For The Blanket Making Work 

When you have decided to create a beautiful baby blanket, you will require some essential things for the job. These are:

  • Safety pins
  • An iron.
  •  Pencil.
  • Batting, 34 inches to 35 inches square.
  •  One yard of flannel or coordinating cotton.
  • Contrasting or matching embroidery floss. 
  • An Embroidery Needle. [A large eye needle will also so]
  • A normal thread. 

Once you have all these materials with you, begin your blanket-making work with no hassle. 

Step 1

Begin your work by creating the sandwich. To do this part, you must choose a material, which will become the backing fabric. 

After that, you need to cut around 36 square inches. Don’t know what a backing material is? Well, the fabric that will not be visible. In other words, it will stay on the insides of the blanket. 

Step 2

After you create it into a square shape, make sure to pop the fabric to face downwards. The material or fabric can face down on the floor or the table. You can also use some masking tape as it will help you to keep the material in place. 

Step 3

Now, you can place the batting onto the material. The fabric might not be as smooth as you think. So, you can use this as a chance and flatten it down. 

Step 4

Under this step, you will tackle the top material. Here, you will repeat the process of Step 1. But you have to cut 34 inches square from the fabric. Once the cutting part is done, place the batting on top of the material.

Smooth out all the wrinkles from it, and you are free to use the iron if it’s not that smooth. 

Remember, the top material needs to be around 2 inches smaller than the batting and the backing material.

Step 5

Now, take the safety pins you have with you and start pinning all the layers together. When doing the pinning work, make sure to leave at least 5 inches between each safety pin.

Step 6

Place the blanket on the table or floor and mark the areas where you will put the ties. You can also use a ruler, and it’s pretty useful, and many people find it easier to put the markings. 

Otherwise, you can mark the areas without the ruler as well, no issues with that. 

Step 7

When all your work is completed, it’s time to put all the parts of the baby blanket together and begin the sewing work. You will need a needle and a thread for the job. 

Make sure to tie all the knots on the blanket tightly so that it doesn’t come off. When you want the baby blanket to be a long-lasting one, you have to do the stitching work correctly. 

Also, use the needle carefully, and don’t miss out on any areas you have marked for creating a tie or knot. 

Can You Make A No-Sew Blanket With Minky?

Yes, you can. Making a blanket with Minky fabric is pretty straightforward and simple when you do it through the no-sew method. The steps to create a Minky blanket are given below. 

Items You Need

  • 2 yards of Minky material or fabric. [One yard for each color]
  • Yardstick or a ruler.
  • Scissors. [Make sure they are sharp]

Step 1

Cut down each of the materials to 48 inches x 36 inches and lay both of them down on top of each other on the wrong side. After cutting around 2 inches x 2 inches of fabric from each corner. 

Step 2

You must cut around 2 inches of long slits, and each of them should be 1 inch apart. Use a yardstick for this step. Please do it for all 4 sides of this particular blanket. 

Step 3

Fold up each fringe piece to ¼ inch and make a tiny slit right at the center with a scissor. Be sure not to get too close at the tab’s end. 

Step 4

Under this step, you will do the braiding work. Well, it’s not precisely braiding but more like crocheting. 

Take the fringe pieces on the left side and put them through the hole of the fringe pieces located on the right side. 

Once you pull it, that will become the next hole. Grab onto blanket layers and make them one. 

Step 5

When you reach the end, divide two layers of the last fringe pieces. After that, take one layer and put it through the starting hole. 

Take two more layers of fringe and make a double knot. You can then tuck them within the interiors of the blanket. 

Step 6

Now, you have a beautiful baby blanket made from Minky material through the no-sewing technique. 

What Type Of Fleece Is Best For No-Sew Blankets?

The polar fleece stands out as the best fleece fabric for no-sew blankets. You can separate the polar fleece into two different categories, such as non-anti pill and anti-pill.

The anti-pill stands out to be of premium quality, and after many washes, it will pill or ball up. But the non-anti pill is a lot cheaper. It will start getting pills when it wears off a little or after washing. 

It’s suggested that you spend more of your cash and opt for the anti-pill one. It might be a little out of your budget, and it’s worth buying. It will look great and will last longer. 

Remember, polar fleece comes in different weights. So, it will be much better to opt for the medium weight. They are pretty standard, and you can get them from your local fabric shop.

On the other hand, using polar fleece for creating baby blankets will not be an issue. It’s pretty easy to do stitching or sewing work on this fabric. 

How to Wash a Blanket Made From Minky Fabric?

Washing a baby blanket created from a Minky material or fabric is not that difficult. But you have to clean the blanket alone and not with other clothes or garments. 

Take around ¼ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of white vinegar. You can also use detergents that are labeled as “eco-friendly” or “sensitive-skin.” 

Use the baking soda and white vinegar together and wash the blanket in a cold-delicate environment. 

Please do not use detergents that come with scents and dye or a fabric softener. Once you have washed the blanket, hang it to dry. 

Can I Make A Fleece Blanket Without Sewing?

Yes, you can easily make a no-sew fleece baby blanket without any hassle. You only require three things, a yardstick or ruler, scissors, and fleece fabric. The no-sewing technique is pretty simple, and you will not have any issues. 

You have to cut around 48inches x 36inches, and they both piece above each other on the wrong side. Cut 2inches x 2inches from each of the corners and cut down two long slits with 1inch apart. 

After that, you have to fold the fringe pieces and make a small slit on each of them. This is where you will do the braiding work, where you put the left fringe piece through the hole of the proper fringe piece. That’s it! You are all done.



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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