How to Sew Blankets With Names

by Ainsley Patterson

Blankets keep us warm and cozy whether drifting off to sleep, enjoying a good book or recovering from a cold. Many children become attached to them, carrying them around wherever they go. Create a special gift for a child or adult you love by sewing a personalized name blanket for her. The soft blanket will keep will remind her of how much you love her each time she snuggles up with it. And because her name is spelled out across the front, no one will mistake it for their own.

Items you will need

  • 2 yards cotton quilter's fabric
  • 2 yard flannel
  • 1/8 yard coordinating cotton quilter's fabric
  • Iron
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Batting
  • Disappearing ink fabric marker
  • 4-inch letter stencils
  • Basting spray
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Safety pins
Step 1

Machine wash and dry all your fabric. Iron all the wrinkles and creases from the fabric straight out of the dryer, so they don't have time to set.

Step 2

Cut a 41-by-61-inch piece from both 2-yard cuts of fabric and the batting. Set the flannel and batting aside for now.

Step 3

Using the stencils, trace the letters necessary to spell the name on the 1/8 yard cut of fabric using a disappearing ink fabric marker. Most letter stencils break certain letters, such as A, B and D into multiple pieces. You can connect the pieces with lines before cutting out the letter, or you can leave them as is. Cut out all the letters.

Step 4

Lay the large piece of cotton quilter's fabric on your work surface, right side up. Spray the back of the fabric letters with basting spray, and stick them on the right side of the large piece of fabric. You can put the name anywhere you want so long as you leave the outer 3/4 inch of each side of the blanket clear.

Step 5

Sew around the perimeter of each letter using a zigzag stitch to permanently adhere the name to the front of the blanket.

Step 6

Place the flannel piece on top of the name piece with the wrong side facing up. Place your batting on top of the flannel. Pin all three layers together along all four edges with straight pins.

Step 7

Sew the three layers of the blanket together along all four sides with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Leave a 6-inch opening in the center of one side for turning the blanket. Remove the straight pins as you sew, so you don't break your machine's needle or bend a pin.

Step 8

Turn the blanket right side out through the 6-inch opening. Iron the blanket flat, paying special attention to the seams. Turn the raw edges of the fabric in 1/2-inch when you come to the 6-inch opening, and iron the folds. Pin the opening closed with straight pins.

Step 9

Sew around the blanket again, this time with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Remove the pins from the blanket when you come to the opening. This seam holds that opening closed, and helps hold the layers of the blanket together.

Step 10

Pin all three layers of the blanket together with safety pins to create a grid of pins, with the rows and columns 4 inches apart. Drop the feed dogs on your machine, and set it to sew a 1/8-inch-wide zigzag stitch.

Step 11

Remove the safety pins one at a time, and in their place sew a bar-tack stitch -- you already set your machine to do this. You only need to make this stitch where you have safety pins. The stitch is a zigzag stitch that sews back and forth over one spot, such as when you attach a button. After each stitch, pull the bobbin thread to pull the top thread through to the back side of the blanket. Tie the two threads together to hold the stitch.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can make a larger blanket, but you may need to piece together the front and back pieces of fabric to get pieces large enough.

About the Author

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.