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Tutorial: The World's Easiest Square Blanket

I hesitate to call this a tutorial. It really is so easy that there are hardly any instructions. Anyway, here's how I made it.

Supplies:

  • 1.5 yards each of two different fabrics, home dec weight (54" wide)
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

Instructions:

  1. One and a half yards equals 54", so by using 54" home dec weight fabric you will get a square piece of fabric without having to do any cutting or piecing. You may want to advise the shop when you buy it that you want an exact cut as sometimes they cut a little extra or give you the end of the bolt.
  2. Put wrong sides together and sew around edge leaving a 3" to 4" gap in the middle of one side. 
  3. Pull the blanket right-side-out through the gap.
  4. Iron edges and top-stitch around perimeter (which will close the gap).
  5. Machine quilt or tack to keep layers together. Dense quilting is not necessary as there is no batting to keep in place. I put in a few wavy lines of quilting in the direction of the pattern.

Notes:

  • Home dec fabric is not as soft and drape-y as quilting cottons. This blanket will be heavier and stiffer than a traditional quilt.
  • This blanket would be nice as a picnic blanket as it is very durable.
  • No batting is necessary due to the weight of the fabrics.
  • When doing the quilting, start and end your quilting a few inches before the top-stitching to prevent the fabric from bunching up and puckering.
  • This blanket is not so heavy and stiff as not to be enjoyable or unfamiliar. It will make a nice, weight-y throw or blanket. It also softens up with repeated washings.

More notes:

  • I made this blanket as a bridal shower gift for a friend. I scoured her bridal registry to come up with colors and motifs I thought she might like.
  • I appreciate the help and advice of my Twitter friends in the making of this blanket. Thank you to: @Marci_Girl, @rlovies, @MichelleBencsko and @restitcherator.
  • I learned through Twitter that Heather Bailey made a quilt with home dec fabric on both sides and no batting. She presented it at Spring Quilt Market (which I did not attend) to be used as a picnic blanket. Aside from that, I do not know anything else about her blanket, I have not seen it or learned of the dimensions. Any similarity beyond what I just stated is purely coincidental.

 

[Supplies]

Fabric:

Impressions by Ty Pennington, home dec weight purchased at Sew, Mama, Sew!

Thread:

Gutermann All-Purpose, Color 20, White purchased at JoAnn Fabrics