½YardFlannelyou do not need an extra ½ yard of flannel if you are making the blanket with ric-rac trim.
Pre-wash and tumble dry all fabrics before cutting.
Cut the flannel fabric to 40" x 40". Cut the Minky fabric to approximately 42" x 42"; this does not need to be an exact cut. You will cut the Minky again in a later step.
Using a Curved Corner Ruler or a round plate, curve all 4 corners of your 40" x 40" piece of flannel fabric.
To do this, I like to fold my fabric in half and curve two corners at one time.
Create Bias Trim
If you are making the blanket with a fabric flange, cut your ½ yard of fabric into 2" bias strips. To cut fabric on the bias, line the fold or selvage edge of the fabric up with the 45-degree mark on your quilt ruler. Make a single cut.
Then sub-cut along the same angle strips 2" wide. You will need approximately 160" total inches of cut bias. I cut most of my ½ yard of fabric and had plenty of fabric.
Sew the bias strips together at a 45" degree angle. Trim the excess seam allowance.
Press the bias fabric in half lengthwise, wrong sides facing.
Sew Bias to Flannel
Place the folded bias along the right side of the edge of the 40" flannel piece of fabric. The raw edge of the flannel piece will be even with the raw edge of the bias.
Sew the bias to the flannel using a ½" seam allowance. Be sure to pin the bias well around the curves so that you get a smooth edge.
When you get back to where you started, join the bias ends.
To make the baby blanket with ric-rac trim, pin the ric-rac trim to the outside edge of the right side of the 40" piece of flannel. The edge of the ric-rac should be even with the edge of the fabric.
Sew the ric-rac to the flannel by sewing in the center of the ric-rac. Finish the ends of the ric-rac with a bit of Fray Check.
Lay the Minky fabric piece on the floor right side up. Lay the sewn piece of flannel on top of the Minky right side down. Take care to smooth out any wrinkles in the two fabrics.
Pin the perimeter of the blanket VERY VERY well. You will want to place a pin at least every 1".
Move the pinned fabric to your sewing machine. Sew the Minky to the flannel with the flannel side up. Stitch on top of the SAME seam you created when you stitched the ric rack or bias to the flannel piece.Leave an 8" opening on one side of the blanket.
Trim any excess Minky fabric from the seam allowance using large scissors or a rotary cutter.
Turn the blanket right side out through the opening you left in the seam.Press the edge of the blanket well (you may need to use a pressing cloth with certain types of Minky, be sure to test it first). Tug on the trim gently to ensure that you have a nice, crisp edge on your blanket.
Using pins, close the opening in the blanket.
Topstitch the entire perimeter of the blanket, making sure to close the opening as you sew.