Guest Author - Susan Kramer
Sewing a doll blanket is a fun beginning project before trying the intricacies of making doll clothes and costumes. An older child could try this project. It is a good way to use scraps of fabric from different sewing projects and can be a welcome present that only costs the thread to sew it!
If you use centimeters, the conversion is 1 = 2.5cm.
The finished size of this blanket is 21 by 24 and is made with just 2 alternating colors.
Each finished square is 3 by 3 with 7 rows across and 8 rows down.
- Cut each square 3.5 by 3.5 to allow one quarter inch seam allowance on all sides of the square.
- Youll need 28 squares of plain fabric and 28 squares of print fabric. I use cotton so it shrinks evenly when washed. It is lightweight enough to go in the home washer with towels of similar color.
- Lay out your pattern in 7 strips of 8 squares each.
- Sew squares together in each strip, end to end.
- Last of all, sew all strips together to finish the quilt.
- For the lining, lay your finished quilt, right sides facing on your backing material, pin down and cut out backing along outside edges of quilt. With ¼ seam allowance sew all around border except for a 6 gap for turning right side out. Clip corners, turn, press, blind stitch opening closed.
- Did you think I forgot to tell you about the stuffing? No. A doll blanket needs to be flexible and just the quilt topping and backing make it thick enough!
- Now, by hand or machine, top stitch ½ in from the edges to hold the blanket shape. A finishing touch I like is to embroider the initials of the child it is for in one corner of the top. If youd like, hand or machine stitch across the blanket in the middle, left to right, and top to bottom.
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Article and photo credit Susan Kramer