Knowing how to make a doll blanket is fast and effortless in just three steps. You don’t even need complex techniques. Children in the UK often have security blankets, and it’s not surprising if your child also wants his/her toys to have the same lovey blanket.
How Do You Make A Doll Blanket?
Step 1. Prepare two fabric pieces and pin them together
You can use any fabric type for the doll blanket, but cotton would be great as the top layer and materials like fleece or flannel for the blanket backing. You can even add fleece or batting in the middle. Cut the cotton fabric at 18 by 22 inches and the backing fabric at 19 by 23 inches or according to the dimensions you want.
If you use batting for the blanket’s middle layer, it should be an inch smaller than the top fabric. Then, lay your back fabric right side down and top fabric right side up. Pin them together and sew by hand or with a sewing machine, starting in the middle.
Step 2. Sew the doll blanket securely
Sew a few stitches before backstitching, and then continue sewing forward until you reach the end. Don’t forget to backstitch from the finishing point to secure the doll blanket and prevent it from unravelling through uses and washes.
Step 3. Add blanket edging to finish
Finally, finish the doll blanket borders with binding. You can cut any extra fabric so that it’s big enough to fold over the blanket edge, sandwiching the top and bottom material. Pin the binding in place and sew with backstitching once you reach the end.
If you enjoyed adding binding to this blanket, you could read our guide on making a fleece blanket with binding. Binding is an excellent way to finish blanket edges for aesthetics and keep the fabric from fraying.
What Size Should A Doll Blanket Be?
Doll blankets vary in size, but the most common dimensions are 18 by 24 inches. Remember that the doll blanket will be relative to the toy, making it larger or smaller than this average doll quilt size. Apply the same concept of ensuring that the blanket complements the size of the intended use when making DIY dog blankets or any other blankets.
What size is a crochet doll blanket?
You can also crochet a doll blanket if you don’t like to sew. The crochet doll blanket size can vary from 10 by 12 inches to even a 24-inch square. For Barbie-sized dolls, you can make a 14 by an 18-inch blanket. Do note that you want to use the suitable yarn and crochet hook size, especially when crocheting something as small as a doll blanket.
How many stitches do you need for a doll blanket?
The stitches you will need for a doll blanket will depend on its size and gauge. Usually, you will cast 40 stitches if the blanket is 10 inches wide with a gauge of 4 stitches per inch. By multiplying your knitting gauge in stitches per inch to the blanket width, you will get the stitches you need to cast on.
Then, work on the rows until you reach the length you want for the doll blanket. Here is a step-by-step on estimating how many chains to start a blanket.
How Do You Make A No Sew Doll Blanket?
If crocheting and sewing are both not your cups of tea, you can also make a doll blanket with two fleece fabrics, scissors, and masking tape. This project is similar to the popular fleece tie blankets, and they also make cute doll blankets. However, use durable fleece fabrics that won’t stretch or fray easily.
- Cut two fleece fabrics but add two inches to the height and width on the front piece
- Pin them over each other and mark the extra two-inch material with tape
- Cut squares on the corners and fringe the edges around 0.5 inches wide
- Tie the top and bottom slits and trim the fringe if needed once done
How Do You Make Doll Bedding?
- Cut two fabric pieces according to the doll bed with an inch of allowance in the length and width
- Place the fabric pieces together and sew around the edges with seam allowance and the top edge open
- Turn the comforter right side out and stuff with cotton before sewing the opening shut
- For the pillows, you can cut two fabric pieces measuring two by 3 inches
- Place the pillow fabrics together and sew with a small seam and one side open
- Turn the pillow right side out and stuff it with cotton
- Sew the pillow close
A fun activity to try with kids is DIY doll blankets and bedding. In this tutorial on how to make a doll blanket, you can create one with and without sewing. You only need to layer fabric pieces and bind the edges or tie two fleece fabrics for the no-sew doll blanket.
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