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Baby Comforter Cover

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2011

Baby will love to snuggle on your lap when wrapped in this supersoft -- and easy to sew -- comforter cover, a thoughtful homemade gift idea for expectant moms.

Tools and Materials

  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Tailor's marker
  • Fine-tipped sewing scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Buttons

Comforter Cover How-To
1. Using a rotary cutter and a ruler, cut two pieces of desired fabric 1 inch wider and 4 inches longer than your comforter.

2. Sew a 2-inch double hem on one short end of the top piece of fabric.

3. To make a pocket in back piece (so when comforter is tucked in, it meets up with bottom edge of fabric), fold 2 inches from end, iron and sew at raw edge. Fold again at 2 inches and iron.

4. With right sides facing together and hemmed edges lined up, sew pieces together, starting three inches in from the corner along the short edge that will be the opening, and ending three inches in from the other corner along the same short edge. Be sure to leave a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Once sewn, zigzag stitch right along raw edges to prevent fraying when washed. Turn right side out.

5. With a tailor's marker, mark top piece for button placement along the 2-inch hem. A good rule of thumb is to place a button every six inches. Sew buttonholes.

6. Open buttonholes with fine-tipped sewing scissors. With needle and thread, hand-sew buttons onto pocket flap on bottom piece of fabric corresponding to placement of buttonholes on top piece.

Stylist sewing machine from Singer. All other tools and materials available at your local fabric or sewing supply store.

Comments (4)

  • 22 Aug, 2011

    Love the idea of the ties! I'm going to do that since I'm making this as a gift for my new nephew and another one for a baby cousin.

  • 3 Apr, 2011

    Choking on buttons was my first thought also. I like hidden zippers (no pull tag) or snap tape for infant bedding.

  • 2 Apr, 2011

    Since baby blankets

  • 2 Apr, 2011

    Buttons could be a choking hazard. I've used ties in the past, made either from bias tape or bias-cut fabric.