The trickiest part of those cute handmade baby blankets are those darn mitered corners. Here's a great tutorial that will help you create mitered corners on your soft baby blanket with a little cheating (shh! don't tell your mom!).
cotton fabric 36'' by 36''
fluffy cotton or poly/cotton like chenille. 41'' by 41''. This fluffy kind of fabric is essential in cheating mitered corners. Plus it makes a super soft blanket for baby (and hides seams well if you're a beginner!)
Lots of pins
Start by cutting your two pieces of fabric. You can really make this blanket whatever size you want, although keep in mind that the top piece needs to be 5 inches shorter around. My top cotton piece was 36' by 36' and my bottom fluffy piece was 41' by 41'.
After cutting, lay the fluffy piece, right side down on the floor with the top cotton piece on top, right side up. Center the top piece as best as possible. If you need to trim a little bit to center the top piece, do so at this point.
Start about an inch or two from a corner. Pinch the raw side of the fluffy piece down and fold over on top of the top piece. Secure with a pin. (babyblanket7.jpg)
Continue down the side, pinching, folding, and securing with pins every couple of inches.
When you come to a corner, skip over it and start pinning again an inch or two on the other side. We are ignoring the corners for right now, they should look like this.
Sew a top stich where you've pinned, starting right after a corner. I used the edge of the foot as my guide.
When you come to your first corner, leave your needle in the fabric and snip off the excess with scissors.
Fold the raw edge of the corner in and secure at the bottom with your thumb as you sew down that seam to the edge of the corner. Because of the fluffy fabric, you won't even be able tell it isn't truly mitered!
Continue top stitching around the blanket and sewing each corner like your first.
Make sure to remove all pins and snip off excess thread.
You've got an impressive gift now for a new mom (they'll never be able to tell you cheated those corners!)