The Self Binding Baby Quilt (Receiving Blanket)


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  • Carrie

    Good morning Jenny, I love the way you teach you make me feel as though I can make anything. Well this will be my first project I’ll be creating a receiving blanket. I have a few questions. What is the width of the fabric and how many yards of the front and back of the receiving blanket should I purchase? This will be my first project please tell me what supplies and equipment I need to get started?

    Thank you, you are an inspiration to me.


  • Jenny

    I think I will try this technique on smaller pieces of quilts for placemats and coasters as Christmas gifts! Will teach this to my 8 year old daughter also!

    • Sarah

      Yay for sharing! It’s a great project for an 8 year old!! Have fun and good luck!

  • Made this quilt for my Great Granddaughter turned out great!!!!

  • Iraima

    LOVE your tutorials I

  • Hi Jenny, I have made about 12 of these self-binding blankets for charity. they are so darn cute! I have shown 3 of my friends how to make them, and they have made several also for charity and to give as gifts. Your instructions are very easy to follow. I am about to follow your instructions for the easy baby quilt. Thank you for providing these videos and keep up the wonderful work. Valerie

    • Jackie MSQC

      Valerie, that’s so wonderful! I just love hearing all the stories of how so many quilts are made for those in need- very touching! Thank you for the kind words…have a great day!!

  • Violeta Solis

    Me encantan su tutoriales, son super fáciles y prácticos, gracias Jenny!!

  • Jackie MSQC

    Thank you, Violeta!!!

  • Noe

    I love it. I’m going to try it! :))

    • Jackie MSQC

      Awesome..have fun!!!

  • Valerie D

    I made this quilt following your instructions, however I used a panel for the front and yardage for the back. It was super quick and easy. Thank you for the tutorial.

    • JackieMSQC

      Valerie that is adorable! Beautiful colors!!!

  • HannahW

    Love this!

    • JackieMSQC

      Thank you!!

  • Thank you for the easy instructions. I started out by making a few for my son due in march and now make them to sell. Easy tutorial to follow. Thanks for sharing.

    • Natalie

      Thats great Melynda! I am so glad that this is working so well for you! Congrats on the new baby as well!

  • I made 4 of these receiving blankets and they are
    Adorable!! Thx Jenny 🙂

  • sallyh

    Wish the instructions were printed!!! Have the fabric and will be making 2 for a new baby in the family. Thanks

    • JackieMSQC

      The instructions are on their way! We should have them completed soon!

      • Bunky7

        I cannot get corners correct either. Are there printed instruction?

  • trish

    The first one I made came out beautifully! Every one I’ve done since then is off kilter! I can’t for the life of me figure out where I am going wrong! UGH! I have loads of flannel in coordinating colors for making baby blankets like this. Is anyone else having problems? I’ve watched the video time and again and not sure where I am messing up. I don’t have the little ‘ears’ to cut off on all 4 corners like I should.

    • Maggie Burdett

      trish I have little ears but I think I have them back to front when I cut them my mitres are off.regards maggie

  • Kathy

    Are there printed instructions yet? Several gals at my monthly quilting group are making these now for donation quilts for the children’s hospital. Great tutee.

  • I really want to make this but I want the finished size to be about 12 inches square for a charity. what would the sizes be to have it turn out cute? Thanks

  • Patricia

    Hi Jenny, I love your tutorials. They have helped me get starting to the patchwork and quilting world. I have a question regarding this tutorial. What is the width of the cloth for both pieces. Are they exact squares? So one should be 30 x 30 inches and the other piece 40 x 40. Is that it?

  • TJ

    do you have measurements for this method for placemats??? I could see this working really well for them…thanks…love your site and tutorials…have bought many products from you…awesome!

    • MissouriQuiltCo

      Hey TJ, we haven’t tried it with placemats! That’s a great idea though! Give it a shot and let us know what you come up with!

  • Shearon Taylor

    Have just finished the self binding receiving blanket. Turned out great. Love your tutorials also did the diamond/fence rail for a baby quilt. Looks great. Thanks.

  • Mary G

    Why do you sew from the center out? Why can’t you start at one corner and go straight across or all the way around?

    • JenM

      Thanks for asking. It helps keep the materials from shifting too much as you near the corners.

  • Is there a transcript for this project? I would love to be able to print off the directions!

    • JenM

      Sorry, Louise, no transcript up yet.

  • Lilly of Eagan

    Jenny, I have learned so much from you since beginning quilting 6 months ago. I’m wondering if you could give us a tutorial on sewing with Minke. I’m on my 2nd self binding receiving blanket and thought I’d use some minke squares for the larger piece. It is very hard to keep the lower material from pulling back under the presser foot. I have used binding clips and pins and still struggle. Also cutting it is a challenge. I just bought some minke from MQC and hope to figure out how to sew with it. Thanks so much!

    • JenM

      Welcome to quilting! We’re happy you’re enjoying the tutorials. I was going to suggest pinning well (every 1 or 1.5 inch.) You could also try using a walking foot. If using another type of fabric with minkee, sew with the Minkee on top. Also, a slightly larger seam allowance may help as Minkee edges can curl.

  • Janice

    Hi Jenny — I want to start making these for charity. Love the self-binding aspect! But I am a little stumped and decided to ask before I start to sew. I have the 2 pieces of fabric cut: 30″ sq and 40″ sq. Have marked the centers of each piece of fabric. On the video you match up the centers and pin the 2 fabrics together, with the cut edges lined up; at least you show it that way where you remind us to leave an opening so it can be turned right-side-out. But when you lay the fabrics down flat, you point out that, of course, the corners do not meet. So, what matches up with what? I hope someone can clear up my confusion. I have already ordered 4 pieces of flannel from this website. I just love the sweet colors and patterns.

    • Janice

      Well, sometimes you just have to sew and see what happens. I watched the video again and then went to the sewing machine. My project has turned out so cute. Thanks Jenny and Missouri Star Quilt Co.

    • JenM

      Just be sure to match up your center pins. So the center pins on the top will match the center pins on the bottom on all 4 sides. Then, sew from center pin out toward corner of the top fabric (leaving 1/4 inch from edge of that corner.) Hope that helps get you started. These make great charity quilts!

  • alot of people want to know the size of each piece of material. It is 1- 30″ square (meaning 30″x30″) and 1- 40″ square (meaning 40″x 40″) Hope that helps….

    • Also Thanks Jenny for all of your wonderful projects. Love them and keep up the awesome work!!! 🙂

    • JenM

      Thanks, Wendy. You got it. And, it works if you want larger or smaller squares to just be sure your bottom piece extends beyond the top piece by 5″ all around.

  • Cindy

    I just made a baby blanket for my new granddaughter. I love your instructions. They were so easy to follow. Thank you.

    • JenM

      Congratulations on your new granddaughter! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial. She’s a lucky girl to have a handmade gift from you!

  • Est G

    Ok Jenny, have made a couple of these. I still don’t get why you have to sew from the center to the end on all four sides. When you do that the seam lays differently on four of the seams, right? I tried just sewing all sides from end to end, and it really didn’t make much difference. So what is the difference, if there is one. I do love all your tutorials, very informative. Have learned alot from them.

  • Maggie Burdett

    Judy I have left a message on the wrong quilt I meant it to go onto the baby receiving quilt, but I also think this one is magic


  • Maggie Burdett

    Jenny you must think me a bit weird calling you Judy sorry about that, I don’t know if you got my other query about the mitred corners in your video you mention that you have to be careful about making sure that they are correct way round, well as I said mine are obviously the wrong way round I will keep trying, but your other ladies sound so happy about the finished project thank you for such a great tutorial

  • Roza Stefanova-Ishmirieva

    Hi Jenny! I really like your tutorials but this one is just great! I’ve just finished my own blanket and I love it!

  • Sarah

    Hi Jenny, I have just completed my first self binding baby quilt, and it came out well, but each of my corners is a little off- there is a puff of the front material…right at the junction, they don’t meet cleanly. Any suggestions? Thanks, Sarah

  • Georgia Groves

    Ok I totally screwed this up! i did fine until time to mitre the corners… spent way too much ti me onthis …finally cut it up and quilted it…sorry ten minutes turned into 3 hours for me.

  • bonniesb

    Bonnie – This is a genius design and tutorial. The method is very forgiving. As long as you quit stitching at 1/4 inch from the end on all straight sides, and stitch the mitered seams right to those stitch lines, the blanket corners will line up very well and lay flat. I love this project!!! Love it! Thank you so much!!!

    • JenniferMSQC

      Thanks, Bonnie! So glad you loved this one! Be sure to share pics of your baby blankets with us on Facebook!

  • gb

    I am new to sewing and quilting. The answer may be obvious to many, but not to me. On the self binding receiving blanket…why is it necessary to sew from the center to the ends on all four sides? (At least that is what I believe Jenny instructed in the video.) I made one today and it turned out great, but it took me so much more time – mostly because of having to sew from the center rather than one whole side at once. Did I misunderstand the instructions? If not, just curious about why?

    • BeckyMSQC

      gb- Sorry for any confusion. Jenny starts at the center because she has to leave an opening so she can turn the quilt right side out. I hope this helps!

  • Lindy

    Feeling kind of stupid. My miters are also off. I’ve been working on the “ten minute project” for more than two hours so far. I got ONE corner right. I think my problem is the flannel is stretching differently. Rip, rip, rip. 🙁

  • Sharon Haverkamp

    If your panel isn’t 30″ square, what is the formula for the larger piece?

  • Bonnie

    I’ve made several of these baby blankets and have yet to have the corners come out even. I follow your instructions exactly, have even watched the video each time. I can’t figure out what I’m dong wrong. My corners never lie flat and my binding is unequal on all sides. I end up steam ironing and topstitching to get everything flat.

  • Dianne

    Just wanted you to know, I made several of these self binding receiving blankets. The organist at my church just had a baby in October 2014. I had made two of these blankets for her baby shower. She LOVED them. I used a decorative embroidery stitch and it was really beautiful. Thanks for this easy and lovely project.


    I have not started the project yet. I am undecided as to whether I should prewash the flannel. I get conflicting advice on this. I am told that flannel shrinks a lot but will prewashing make it a wrinkled frayed mess? I am a beginner so what do I do with the frayed material and getting it ready to precisely cut my pieces? Do you pre wash?

    • Gillian

      I would definitely prewashing and tumble dry too if there’s any likelihood that the recipient will launder the blanket that way. If you’re worried about fraying in the washing machine, either launder the fabric inside a mesh net bag (like the ones used for underwear) or zigzag the edges of the fabric before laundering.
      This means that your recipient will be able to use the blanket and wash it without worrying if it will get ruined in the wash.


    do you preshrink your flannel?

  • GrandmaE

    Are there written instructions for this blanket?

  • Joan

    I have just purchased a new sewing machine and I love all the wonderful and inspiring tutorial video posted by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. For my first project with my new machine I was going to make this self binding blanket and wondered do the fabrics have to be square – or can they be retangles (i.e 40×50 and 30×40). I am using a chenille / minky fabric for the back so I would be able to make it a little larger – just not sure if this will throw the mitered corners out. Thank you for inspiring me to get sewing again.

  • Alyssa

    My first try didn’t turn out so nice. I had a tough time lining up the edges of the fabric with one piece being so much bigger. I used a lot of pins the second time around and it was much easier!

  • Kathy Liebenberg Shannon

    Help!! When I made this, my corners didnt work out!! It doesnt lie flat! It turns under. Honestly, I couldnt have repeated this if I wanted to!! It would be a perfect card table cover!! But that ISNT what I need!! Help! What did I do wrong?

  • Wanda Rogers

    I do not know what I did wrong, but I was doing fine until it came to the mitered corners and it came out all wrong. I have to take it apart and try again. and I keep watching the video, but I am not understanding correctly.

    • JenniB

      See my other comments. I had done the same thing.

      • Wanda Rogers

        Thank you, I will try again. There are two more babies due in July and Oct. Our little church Nursery is really growing. I love this pattern and want to get a lot made up so I can make gift baskets for all the new mothers. If you have any more suggestion’s for baby gifts please feel free to let me know. The one I finished the new Mother loved so much.

  • Noelle Mattheis

    Hello, I made two of these quilts. The first blanket, the corners turned out great. Each blanket I watched the video first to remind myself on how to do the corners. But the second time, I have done something wrong because the blanket looks like a closed fitted sheet. The corners do not lay flat and come to a point. It’s as if I built a box out of fabric. And I already cut the corners off after I had sewn/mitred them. Can you explain what the heck I did wrong? Because I can’t wrap my head around it.
    Thank you

    • JenniB

      I had the same experience. Any tips?

      • JenniB

        I went looking for the solution. I think we took to much of the corner off when we mitered it. Looking at a tutorial on sewmuchado,com my triangle was 100% bigger than the one Jenny used. The staight edges of the right angle of the triangle should be along drawn the folded edge and up to the sewing and along the raw edges and down to folded edge.

    • Elizabeth Coxon

      I just did the very same thing. I have made so many of these and just botched this one for my daughter!!!! I figured out what I did. I measured my straight edge on the cut edge INSTEAD of the folded edges when making my corners. I can’t salvage it as I already clipped the corners. : ( Ihope this helps someone else….

  • Jacquie Bull

    I have made many of these adorable little quilts – and they are so well received – but I have a recurring problem. Even though I measure the fabric carefully and sew as explained, the sides of my rabbit ears do not match and, therefore, my binding edges are uneven. The latest one has sides that are at least an inch wider than the top and bottom. What am I doing wrong?

  • Patti R.

    I just made this little quilt along with the video. I am thrilled with the technique and can’t wait to make another one!

  • Deborah Reiske

    do you trim selvages before making the blanket and also do you wash the flannel first.