While I usually make new neices and nephews each a baby quilt, it is wonderful to have these easy baby gifts on hand to give to co-workers and acquaintances! A baby can never have too many blankets. I like to make these receiving blankets in sets of two, starting with 2½ yds of each fabric. I keep double sided satin ribbon on hand to ‘gift wrap’ the blankets as I finish them.
Flannel Receiving Blanket
Tools & Materials:
- Sewing Machine
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat, Ruler/Straight Edge
- Straight Pins, Thread Snips, Seam Ripper
- (2) 1¼ yds flannel
Step 1: Iron each piece of flannel before cutting to it a 40″ x 40″ square.
Step 2: Pin the two squares together, right sides facing. Mark a 6″ opening on one side.
Step 3: Starting at one edge of the opening, sew around the perimeter of the square, leaving ¼” seam allowance. Stop at the other end of the opening.
Step 4: Turn the blanket right side out by pulling the fabric through the 6″ opening. Use your hand to flatten edges and make crisp corners. Iron around the edge of the blanket to set the seams.
Step 5: Pin the 6″ opening closed with the seam allowance folded inside the blanket. Using a decorative topstitch (even the most basic sewing machines usually have some options), sew around the edge of the blanket. When topstitching over the opening, be sure to get through all four layers of fabric.
Step 6: Trim excess threads.