Sunday, March 17, 2013

Receiving Blankets

I am presently obsessed with finding cute baby things to sew. This is not because I am expecting a baby. No, no, nooooo. This is because the Duck is going to be a big sister! Yes, indeed. Boyfriend's sister and her husband are expecting their second child, a baby boy (!!!!!!), in May! I'm super excited. 

My first baby-related sewing project was... *cue drumroll* reversible flannel receiving blankets!!! YAY! I can't even express to you how simple this project was. It all came together really well and I was very happy with the results. The tutorial was easy to understand, which is my favorite kind.

Here is the first blanket. I'm excited about the animal print, especially the elephant carrying the umbrella. Can you see it? 

And here is the decorative stitch that Boyfriend helped me choose for the final stitching on the outside of the blanket. I like it. It looks very professional, in my opinion. Hahaha.

Here is the second blanket! I think I might like this one even more than the other. Probably because I love the light olive-y green and the part (you can't see it in the picture) that says "little buddy." I didn't even think to take pictures of this one when I finished it. Oops. I snapped this one this afternoon when we went to Jamie and Jason's to celebrate Jason's birthday.

Here are the happy parents holding up their new blankets! I'm super excited to meet the baby and see him all swaddled up in these. Heehee! YAY BABIES!!

I plan to make several more of these. Boyfriend's mom asked if I could make one for her to keep at her house, and I feel like I should make one for Jason's mom as well. Plus, it seems like 800 people I know are expecting babies, so these could be great gifts. The next baby related project I have planned is probably going to be burp cloths. It just makes sense: I have a bunch of cute flannel to use!


  1. I just made these using that tutorial. I def need to work on my "rounded corners" mine came out a bit square-ish. :) Did you prewash your fabric?

    1. I did prewash my fabric. I usually do. I don't want to risk sewing something and having it come out all wonky if the first wash is after the project is complete. Haha. Good luck with the rounded corners! They are definitely not easy. I'm still working on my technique, too!

  2. Do you do that when you sell something? I haven't done it before (newbie here) and I thought by prewashing it, it would make it look more "homemade" like almost used? No? Your thoughts? thanks!

    1. I have yet to make anything to sell, so I don't have any tried and true tips to share. So far, I just make stuff for friends and family. In looking around the internet, though, I have seen some people who are for prewashing and some who are not. Here are some links that may help you out:

      Good luck!