Cost: depends on the fabrics you choose.
Time: About 45 minutes.
1) You'll need 1 yard of two different fabrics.
3) Sewing machine with thread
Before we go any further, lets discuss your options for fabrics.
Minky: First let me say that I hate minky. It stretches, moves, and sheds. Man does that crap shed!! It gets in my nose and I sneeze fuzzy pink snot for days afterwards! Not to mention, it's expensive. Most is upwards of $12 per yard and is just ridiculous. Try fleece instead!
Fleece: This is one of my favorite materials to work with for blankets. It's very warm, but very light weight and you're able to use it in a ton of ways. Fleece doesn't fray when you cut it so you can use it for all kinds of blanket projects.
Flannel: I LOVE flannel for blankets. It's soft too, but a lot lighter weight than fleece. It's perfect for making SUPER basic receiving blankets and is usually really cost friendly. It goes on sale a lot and can be had for less than $3 per yard! It does not stretch and frays, but frays beautifully. I use it for exposed seams blankets very often, such a rag quilt.
Cottons: Basic cotton, oh I love thee. So many prints and colors, ah!! Cotton does not stretch, but does fray so the edges when working with it need to be finished (or hidden from wear).
Really you can use ANY combination of these fabrics in one blanket. If you use a cotton for the front and a cotton for the back, you'll want to put a layer of flannel, fleece, or batting inside your blanket....but that's another tutorial for another day.
Lets get started.
Here are my fabrics:
Next, sew all around the edges. Be sure to leave about a 6 inch gap for turning the blanket right side out.
Now you have a gorgeous lil blanket you can give as a shower gift or make a nice pile for yourself for your new addition!