Sewing & Repurposing

Repurposing Receiving Blankets to Make a Toddler Quilt {for Under $35}

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Ever wanted to make a baby or toddler quilt but don’t know quite where to start? How about with something you probably already have…

I made my first-ever quilt last month. First. ever. And guess what? It cost me less than $35 to make. 

But the best part is that this toddler quilt is not only a sewing project but a repurposing one as well.

I looked at a huge stack of flannel receiving blankets awhile ago and wondered what on earth to do with them. I thought about throwing them out…using them as rags. But no. They still had some use. A lot of them were cute prints.

Then I thought…

Quilt.

Yes I will make my daughter a toddler quilt. She will be transitioning to a toddler bed soon and a new quilt will be nice to have.

I wanted to share the process I went through to make this quilt. So the following post will be largely composed of pictures for your viewing pleasure.

So here you go. 2 ½ months of work squeezed into just a few minutes! Enjoy fellow sewers, crafters, repurposing junkies and lovers of art!

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To begin, I cut out 300 little 4″ squares and laid them out in a design. The quilt will be 20 squares long and 15 squares wide.

 

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Then I stacked up the rows and labeled each row.

 

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They were pinned, 2 at a time.

 

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Then those groups of 2’s were sewn together till each row of 20 was sewn. This part was pretty time consuming.

 

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Now I’m ready to start sewing rows together.

 

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I started with row 1 and 2 and pinned right sides together.

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Yeah woot look at that!

 

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Except the backside was totally messed up. And I only realized about halfway through sewing ALL of the rows. Time to re-do 😦

 

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Now 2 rows have been sewn together for rows 1-20.

 

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Then those rows of 2 were sewn together, giving me rows of 4. At this point, the quilt top is in 5 peices.

 

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One more seam will complete the quilt top, joining the 2 peices.

 

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Sewing the last seam!

 

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Completed quilt top.

 

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The back.

 

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At this point I got out my flannel backing and the pieces of the old quilt I had cut apart and assembled the quilt.

 

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Then I took out the quilt top and ironed the back peices down flat.

 

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About to cut the inner layers to size right against the quilt top. (Notice my cat in the bottom right hand corner. Cats love it when you lay a quilt on the floor.)

 

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Complete!

 

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Then one of the most nerve-wrecking parts, cutting the flannel piece to the proper size and pinning. I had to cut, fold, pin and then re-do to get it right.

 

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Notice my daughter trying to pick out the pins. She did that the whoooolllee time!

 

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Finally. Here I am sewing the last side of the quilt.

 

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The last step was tying the ties. About 150 of them, which took longer than I anticipated. And yep the quilt has been well loved and thus the wrinkles.

 

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Back of the quilt. The ties go through all layers of the quilt and hold everything together. It also makes for a more “flexible” blanket.

 

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I love the swirling pattern.

 

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Close-up of the nursery print with a tie.

 

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Love this print.

 

It was a relief to finally finish this project just a few days before Christmas. I made a few flukes but I don’t really care. The proof is in the pudding, as they say and I think I have a good one.


 

Price breakdown

 

Thread

4 spools beige thread @ $2.90 each= $11.60

2 embroidery floss (60¢ each)=$1.20

Fabric (all new)

-Flannel fabric, for backing, 53″ wide× 64 ½” long= $12.90

(This was from a 110″×54″ peice, or 1 ½ yards.)

-Nursery print flannel fabric, 1 yd= $7.50

Free stuff

-Roughly 8yds (1 yd each color/pattern) of flannel solids & prints.

-inner layer of the quilt from 2 layers of an old quilt.

 

Total cost= $33.20


 

God Bless & stay warm! It’s a cold one out there for sure…it’s been 20 or below here in the midwest for for-ev-er. (So it seems. Probably 10 days at most.) I can not wait for it to warm up!

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***Measurements: This finished quilt measures 49″ wide × 60 ½” long

5 thoughts on “Repurposing Receiving Blankets to Make a Toddler Quilt {for Under $35}”

    1. Thank-you! Yes isn’t it lovely? I wish I had taken a picture before I cut it into squares. It has scenes of nursery rhymes all over. Humpty Dumpty, the cat and the fiddle, Jack and Jill. Very cute. I think and hope she will treasure it for a long time 🙂

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  1. That’s a lovely quilt 🙂 It takes a lot of time and patience to make a quilt, but it’s all worth the effort once you see the final product. What a coincedence, I used the same fabric for the back of my quilt as well.

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    1. Aww thank-you Marilou! It is a good feeling to finish a project..and there’s something fulfilling about making a practical cozy quilt. You used the gold swirl print too?? 😮 It’s a lovely print. May I ask what kind of color scheme you used for your quilt top?

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