Free Sewing Pattern – Receiving Blanket for Baby

Free Pattern baby's receiving blanket

Click here to download the FREE pattern.

A receiving blanket is a baby staple – a lightweight blanket perfect for swaddling, for warmth or shade, for impromptu diaper changes, for a nursing cover-up – you can’t have too many.

Luckily, they’re really easy to whip up.

On my sample I decided to add an appliqued bear. Recognize him? It’s the Anywhere Bear applique pattern, enlarged just a bit. This pattern is currently being redesigned and is due to reappear June 2016. In the meanwhile, please check the Shiny Happy World store for many single block applique patterns that will add that extra adorable factor to your receiving blanket.

In the pattern I give instructions for three finishing techniques – one quick and easy technique for making a stack of utilitarian blankets, one slightly fancier, and one heirloom-quality.

You decide how much time you want to invest.

What you’ll need

• 1 yard each of two fabrics
• 13 feet of purchased double-fold binding (optional)
• 1/4 yard of fabric to make double-fold binding (optional)
• materials for embellishing (optional)
• sewing machine, thread, basic sewing tools


Very easy. Even the fancy heirloom-quality technique is very easy. It’s not harder – it just takes more time.

sewing 1

Click here to download the pattern.

Happy stitching!



  1. oh my goodness!!! Just when I think there is nothing for my kids right now, you go and pull this little ditty out! My 2yr old is forever stealing the receiving blankets I did have. I’ll give it to her that they were hers before his. and she will only sleep with one and carries it around all day long. I will definitely be getting this within the next couple of days. We don’t have enough receiving blankets and I wasn’t sure how to do one. I can’t wait to get this done 😀

  2. They’re really easy to do so you can easily make a whole stack of them. I can’t wait to see the finished ones!

  3. Carol SAYS...

    I’ve been making receiving blankets and match burp cloths and taking them to Childrens Hospital for the past year…….I also do fleece blankets for the Animal Rescue…

    • Christine Kidney SAYS...

      Aw, I just read your post. What good service you do. God bless you, the world is better for your giving spirit.

  4. GrandmasBeans SAYS...

    I was excited to find this tutorial, as I, too, wasn’t sure where to start. My nephew and his wife (Army–stationed in Germany) are expecting their first baby (a boy), and I’d like to make several of these to send as gifts. (First, I have to finish up on the Lizzie dolls for the granddaughters!) One question though – I haven’t found the pattern for the Anywhere Bear shown on the sample blanket. Is that pattern still available?

    • I pulled it for a little while to work on updating the pattern. It’s one of my oldest, and still has links to my old website. I’m hoping to have it back in the shop by the end of this week or early next week.

      • Anonymous SAYS...

        That will be perfect – I’ll keep an eye out for it! You really do have such beautiful projects, and the directions are so clear, it always makes me think I can conquer any of them!

  5. Judith SAYS...

    Love the receiving blankets. Tried to log onto link but got message that link was broken I have the blanket instructions but cannot find the applique pattern. Love these!

    • I’ve pulled that pattern to revise it and then release it as a free pattern. It’ll probably be late next month before I’m finished with the updating. Until then, maybe you could use the bear applique from the free baby bib pattern? Or one of the bears from the free bear coaster pattern? They all have a similar look.