Ruffled Baby Lovey {Tutorial}

Moving on with the last of the baby basket tutorials, today I’m showing you how I made this cute little ruffled baby lovey. These are becoming one of my favorite blankets to make. They are the perfect size for the car seat, stroller or for baby to hold and snuggle up to. They are super easy to make and take just a few hours to put together. This is one of those projects that uses up those little but long scraps or you can use a fat quarter pieced together.

Ruffled Baby Lovey Tutorial

(allow 2+ hours to complete)

Materials Needed (cut to the following):
*Long strips of cotton fabric that are 30″ x 3″ or use fat quarters and piece them together to make a 30″ x 3″ strip. I used four different fabrics, but you can use as many different fabrics as you want.

*One strip of cotton fabric that is 120″ x 5″ (ruffled edge). Again, you can use smaller scraps pieced together to make one long strip.

*One piece of minky fabric about 21″ x 24″.

Start by making sure you have the 8 strips cut out to the size of 30″ x 3″.

Take one of your strips and sew down the middle and make it ruffle with your sewing machine. This is a new little trick I just learned from the gals over at Simple Simon & Co. Set the tension on your machine to the highest setting and the stitch length to the highest setting. Trust me, once you ruffle your fabric this way you will never pull a thread to make it ruffle again. It is so much quicker! And looks neater and the ruffles are more uniform. But of course you can ruffle your fabric the other way by just pulling one of the threads to make it ruffle. By doing it this way you can get a more ruffled piece of fabric then just ruffling it with your machine. So its up to you here.

Repeat with the other 7 strips of fabric.

Take your iron and gently press on top of the ruffled pieces to press them flat. This will make it easier to sew together.

Now lay out the ruffled pieces into the desired pattern.

With right sides facing pin together the two fabrics that are beside one another. Sew in place. Unfold and gently press flat.

Lay your fabric pieces out again to make sure you keep the fabrics in the right order.

Pin the next two rows together and sew. Just make sure you are sewing on the correct side so that your fabrics line up correctly.

Press flat. Pin and sew the two last pieces of fabric together. Now you have the top of your lovey.

Press flat again.

Trim off any loose threads and neaten it up on the backside.

You should have this now.

Take your seam ripper and pull out the threads in the middle of the ruffled pieces.

Use the back of your seam ripper or an iron to fluff out those little marks down the center of the ruffled pieces.

Square up your edges and make sure they are straight.

Round the corners.

Top stitch if you want.

I just used the edge of my foot as a guide and top stitched both sides of each fabric.

Take your 120″ x 5 ” piece of fabric and fold wrong sides together. Sew all the way down the open edge of the piece to make a ruffled piece. **Make sure you use a 1/4″ sew seam here.**

Take the ruffled piece and pin it all the way around the top of the blanket. Where the two unfinished edges line up just fold each of the unfinished edges in opposite directions. Then place one on top of the other with the folded edges touching and sew in place. That way you will have a finished edge that is quick to do.

Now place on top of minky fabric with right sides facing. Place a few more pins in. I know this is a lot of pins, but it does make a huge difference.

Sew around outer edge with a 1/2″ sew seam while leaving at least a 2″ opening for turning right sides out.

Trim excess fabric.

Be careful of all the pins and turn right side out. Iron and sew opening shut.

Trim off all of the little threads.

And that is it! One cute little lovey for the baby!

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  1. Mandi @ Finding Home says:

    This is adorable!! I'm so inlove with ruffles. You always have the best projects to share!

  2. Kelley @ says:

    love this! you are a very talented! thanks for sharing

  3. Oooooh, I reeeeeeaaaally like this! Such a cute idea, and I love the colors and fabrics you used! Beautiful :-)

  4. Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs says:

    This is adorable! What a fun and tactile blanket for a baby :)

  5. I absolutely love this! I know next to nothing about sewing, but thanks to your fab tutorial, I think I might have the confidence to try this. I have tons of scrap fabric I picked up at garage sales that I want to use up.

  6. Вау!!! Великолепная идея!!!

  7. I love how you made this….I wish I would have seen this a year ago…my baby is growing way too fast.

    It's seriously darling!

  8. So beautiful!!!!! Where did you find the lovely fabric?

  9. Heidi @ Mom's Crafty Space says:

    This is so stinkin' cute! I want one for myself! :)

  10. Ahhhh, I'm in love! Thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

  11. i'm continually amazed. i sit here in awe and am sooo behind on stuff i want to make. :( someday!? thanks for the inspirations.

  12. I love this! You amaze me every time I come to your blog! Thank you!

  13. Wow..this is gorgeous! I wonder how it would look larger as a bedspread—maybe I'll give it a try. :)

    Thank you for your wonderful blog and all of your great ideas!

  14. Zilma Brito says:

    Linda, linda, linda… adorei! Parabéns.

  15. About how big is the finished project? I'm horrible at visualizing these things.

  16. This is SO cute! I just found your blog from pinterest. I'm your newest follower. I just started a new blog called Love Of Homes if you'd like to follow it, you can find it at

  17. Wilson Family says:

    LOVE- I'm a terrible seamstress, so I have a question: When you fold the long strip of fabric, do you fold it long way or short way? Does that make sense? I'm having a hard time getting it right. Thanks!

  18. 2littlehooligans says:

    you fold it so that the length is the same and you are folding it widthwise. does that help you?

  19. Once you have all your ruffled strips sewn together how do you keep the top strip and the bottom strip ruffled while putting the long ruffled piece around the edge? Mine came out flat and a bit misshapen… :(

  20. Loved the blanket! Made my first one the other day for my new little niece! Thanks for the detailed instructions! Made it easy to make!
    Ready to make another one!!

  21. The Lawrences says:

    I have finished mine, thanks for the tut with lots of pics!

  22. I just pinned this and I think I'm gonna have to make it for a friend that's having baby #2 but doesn't know the gender!

  23. Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  24. Dee at BubbaChic says:

    Wonderful tutorial, thank you so much – I have just sewn one up and I can see plenty more in my future!


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  27. The name fits this perfectly…..LOVEY!
    Great job!

  28. Thank you SO much for your step by step tutorial!!!!! I made my own version of this snuggly blankie – check out my post. I gave you a shout out!;postID=3820873867869979329

  29. bec clarke says:

    Can I just say thank you so much, it’s one of those things that you think after you have read it “it’s so simple” but I just needed you to point me in the right direction.
    I am going to make a bigger one too…


    Thank you so much for your wonderful tutorial! I am definitely making more and maybe a bigger one for my girls! Thanks again :)

  31. just love this ruffled quilt. thanks for sharing. I have a beautiful grand daughter , this will be just wonderful for her.

  32. Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. I am currently in the process of trying it. Can’t wait to make the ruffles your way. :)
    Needed to learn how to make ruffles for the sides but found this and I am sidetracked for a bit longer. Thanks again.


  33. Hi! Just found out about you via (Sew Can She Blog)! Love your blanket tutorial! I’m your newest follower!! My daughter is expecting a baby girl in March, so I’m REALLY into sewing more! Glad to find your blog!

  34. Kristina Calkins says:

    I just made this and I love it!

  35. Hi! I’m making one of these for my new little girl due in 4 weeks! Love it!!! …. I do have a question though: After I make the set of 8 ruffle strips, how long should they be, aprox, to match up to the minky? I don’t want to iron them too short, but I want to get in the right amount of ruffle and use all the length. Thanks!

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