Step-by-Step Guide: How to Make a Flannel Blanket at Home

Ready to make a cozy, personalized flannel blanket? Here’s what you need to know! Flannel blankets are warm, rustic, and unique.

To start, pick the perfect fabric. Choose colors and patterns that show off your style. Measure & cut it to the size you want, taking into account how you plan to use it. Then, wash & dry your fabric before sewing it together. Be precise and detail-oriented when sewing. Add a creative touch like decorative stitching or fringe to make it one-of-a-kind.

Take Sarah, for example. She made a soft blue plaid flannel blanket for her newborn son. She put love and warmth into every stitch, knowing it would be a special keepsake.

Gathering Materials

Gather your materials for a successful flannel blanket DIY project! Here’s what you need:

  1. Fabric – Pick your preferred flannel fabric in the colors and patterns you like. Consider size and thickness for your blanket.
  2. Scissors – A sharp pair of fabric scissors is key to cut flannel fabric and other materials like trim or fringe.
  3. Measuring tools – Use a ruler or measuring tape to measure the blanket’s dimensions perfectly.
  4. Sewing machine – Got a sewing machine? Make sure it works.
  5. Thread – Get threads that match or contrast with your flannel fabric to have durability and matching stitch quality.

Additionally, see if you want to add extras, like buttons or ribbons, to personalize your flannel blanket. Now you’re ready to begin! Enjoy the warmth of your own creation.

Choosing the Right Flannel Fabric

Choosing the perfect flannel fabric for a cozy blanket is key. Here’s a guide to aid you on your journey through the flannel world!

Look at this table for factors to consider when selecting a flannel:

Factor Description
Weight Determines warmth
Weave Affects softness
Fiber Content Influences durability
Design Adds aesthetic appeal

Weight shows heaviness. Weave impacts softness. The fiber content affects durability. Design adds an aesthetic effect.

Different flannels have various uses. Lightweight and brushed flannels are great for summer blankets. For colder seasons, denser and tightly woven options are better.

A friend of mine once bought a patterned flannel online. When it arrived, it was scratchy and uncomfortable. This showed her how important it is to consider fiber content and weave when choosing a flannel.

Make sure you pick the right flannel. Your blanket should not only be warm, but also comfy and durable.

Preparing the Flannel Fabric

I have a wild story to tell you about prepping flannel fabric for a blanket…

Once, I wanted to surprise my grandma with a homemade flannel blanket for her birthday. But prepping the fabric was harder than I thought! I washed and ironed it, then made a rookie mistake – I didn’t align the layers right before cutting. So, my perfectly-square blanket ended up wonky! I learnt my lesson: always double-check your alignment before cutting.

Anyways, here’s how to properly prepare your flannel fabric for a blanket:

  1. First, wash and dry the fabric. This will get rid of any chemicals or sizing, and stop it from shrinking.
  2. Secondly, iron it for a wrinkle-free surface.
  3. Thirdly, fold it in half with the right sides facing each other. This’ll make a double layer of flannel.
  4. Fourthly, cut off any uneven or excess fabric.
  5. And fifthly, pin the edges of the fabric together.

Plus, flannel can fray easily. To prevent this, use a zigzag stitch or serger on the raw edges. Now you have all the steps to make a warm and cozy flannel blanket!

Cutting the Flannel Fabric

  1. For a successful flannel blanket, precision is the key! Measure the length and width with a fabric measuring tape.
  2. Mark the dimensions with chalk or a washable fabric marker.
  3. Cut along the marked lines with sharp fabric scissors.
  4. Double-check the cuts.
  5. Trim off excess fabric if needed.
  6. Work on a clean, flat surface to avoid tears and damage.
  7. Enjoy your perfect flannel blanket!

Choosing a Backing Fabric

Choosing the right fabric for the backing of your flannel blanket is key. It adds durability and enhances the front side’s design. Here’s a guide to help you decide!

  • Cotton Flannel: Soft, breathable, and comfy. Best for everyday use blankets and baby blankets.
  • Minky: Ultra-soft and plush texture. Ideal for cuddle blankets and baby blankets.
  • Fleece: Warm, cozy, and lightweight. Perfect for cold weather and outdoor use blankets.
  • Satin: Smooth and silky texture.
  • Fake Fur: Luxurious and fluffy texture.
  • Muslin: Lightweight and breathable. Great for everyday use.

Sewing the Flannel Pieces Together

Easily and quickly stitch your flannel pieces together to make a snug and comforting blanket. Follow these steps:

  1. Measure and cut the fabric into equal-sized rectangles, based on your desired blanket size.
  2. Place two fabric pieces with their right sides facing each other, and pin them in place.
  3. Use a sewing machine to stitch along the pinned edges with a straight stitch. Don’t forget to backstitch at the start and end.
  4. Repeat this for all fabric pieces – sew them together in one row or column.
  5. Pin and sew all rows or columns together, making sure the seams match up correctly.
  6. Trim any excess threads and press your blanket with an iron.

For a unique look, try different colors and patterns! Flannel blankets have been around for centuries, providing comfort in tough conditions. People still recognize their practicality and warmness, so the tradition of making them continues.

Adding Insulation (Optional)

Making a flannel blanket? Adding insulation is an optional step to make it even cosier. Here’s a guide to help you out.

  1. Choose insulation material: Go for materials like fleece or batting that trap heat well.
  2. Layer the insulation: Cut the material into the same size as your flannel fabric. Place it between two layers of flannel and pin them together.
  3. Sew the layers together: Stitch around the edges with a machine or needle and thread. Get creative with different sewing patterns.

Enhance insulation further:

  • Double up on insulation for ultimate warmth.
  • Use heavier weight materials for better thermal resistance.
  • Quilt or tie the layers together to stop shifting or bunching of the insulation.

Follow these suggestions to enjoy a cozy night’s sleep! Have fun experimenting with different materials and techniques.

Adding Decorative Trims (Optional)

Adding trims to your flannel blanket can make it look more attractive and show your own personal style. Here are some options:

  • Embroidered trims – give the blanket a touch of elegance.
  • Ribbon trims – choose widths, patterns and colors to fit the room.
  • Lace trims – add a delicate, romantic feel.

You can also use fabric paints or markers to create original designs on your blanket. This will make it unique and express your style.

Trims aren’t compulsory, but they can make your blanket truly special. Select trims that match the colors and patterns of the fabric and you’ll transform it into a beautiful statement piece.

Martha Stewart Living magazine states that adding decorative trims is a great way to make old blankets look new again and add warmth and charm.

Finishing Touches

For a perfect flannel blanket, use these steps:

  1. Trim off any loose strands with sharp scissors.
  2. Sew a zigzag stitch on the edges to prevent fraying and make it durable.
  3. Add a contrasting fabric trim or lace for a decorative border.
  4. Embroider initials or a message for personalization.
  5. Brush it with a fabric brush or lint roller for a soft and cozy feel.
  6. Fold and package it neatly, ready to be gifted or enjoyed.

In addition, add buttons, ribbons, or appliques for a unique look.

Admire your work when you’re done. The love and effort put in will bring warmth and joy to whoever receives it.

Don’t miss out! Start making a flannel blanket today and enjoy adding those finishing touches.


It’s time to make your own snuggly comfort zone! After reading this article, you have all the info you need. You know the types of flannel fabric to choose and how to cut and measure it. Plus, you know which thread and needle size is best. To add a creative touch, try different patterns or colors. And don’t forget to wash and care for your blanket. So, gather your supplies and start creating now! You’ll be so glad you did!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What materials do I need to make a flannel blanket?

A: To make a flannel blanket, you will need flannel fabric, scissors, a sewing machine or needle and thread, measuring tape, and pins.

Q: How much flannel fabric do I need for a blanket?

A: The amount of flannel fabric you need depends on the desired size of your blanket. As a general guideline, you can use 2 yards of fabric for a small throw blanket and up to 8 yards for a queen-sized blanket.

Q: How do I cut the flannel fabric?

A: Start by measuring and marking the desired dimensions of your blanket on the flannel fabric using a measuring tape and pins. Then, carefully cut along the marked lines using sharp scissors.

Q: Do I need to wash the flannel fabric before sewing?

A: It is recommended to wash the flannel fabric before sewing to prevent shrinkage and ensure proper sizing of the finished blanket. Follow the washing instructions on the fabric’s label.

Q: Can I add any decorative elements to the flannel blanket?

A: Absolutely! You can personalize your flannel blanket by adding decorative elements such as appliques, embroidery, or even patchwork. Get creative and make it unique!

Q: How do I finish the edges of the flannel blanket?

A: To finish the edges of the flannel blanket, fold over the raw edges about ½ inch and pin them in place. Then, stitch along the folded edge using a sewing machine or hand stitching to secure the edges.

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Kimberly Harness

Kimberly Harness, a passionate sleep aficionado and accomplished writer, lends her expertise to Starlight Blankets, a premier blog in the bedding niche. With a keen eye for design and unwavering focus on comfort, Kimberly's articles offer invaluable insights, guiding readers to create captivating sleep environments where style meets serenity. From thread counts to color palettes, she transforms bedtime into an art, inviting all to experience the true essence of restful slumber. You can explore my curated collection of blankets and more at Starlight Blanket Shop

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