Receiving blankets are a must have for new moms!
Like burp cloths and onesies, you just can’t have too many!
These blankets have become my go-to baby gift.
I like to crochet around the edge of my blanket for a sweet and simple touch.
I used these blankets with all three of my babies and they were always my favorites!
They’re a perfect size for swaddling or nursing. They’re great for trips in the car seat or stroller.
My babies loved the soft flannel feel and they all liked playing with the crocheted edge
as they started to explore.
Don’t tell, but sometimes Maggie still sleeps with one of hers!
Aren’t you excited to make one of your own?
2 yards of flannel, 1 yard for each side of your blanket
(I used Flannel- Amelia Pink Multi Floral and Purple Multi Floral)
Cotton Crochet Thread (size 10 bedspread weight)
1/4″ Pink Satin Ribbon
Size 6 (1.6 mm) Crochet Hook
Size I (5.50 mm) Crochet Hook
The Ribbon Retreat offers high quality flannel in many colors and patterns.
Flannel is a good choice for receiving blankets.
The first thing you’ll need to do is have your blanket hemstitched.
A hemstitching machine is a machine that makes holes along the edge of fabric.
These holes allow you to crochet through the fabric. In doing this, no sewing is required.
If you’re lucky enough to have a mother in law with a hemstitching machine you’ll be able to bribe her with chocolates and cuddles from grandkids in exchange for her hemstitching services.
You can also ask your local fabric store to recommend someone
who specializes in hemstitching in your area.
If you’re using the same fabric for both sides, cut two 1 yard squares.
Before taking your blanket to be hemstitched put the wrong sides of both fabrics together.
After hemstitching, trim around your blanket leaving about 1″ from the hemstitching.
Crochet a foundation row all the way around your blanket with a single crochet stitch.
If you are a beginner in crocheting, the internet is full of crochet lessons and patterns.
On the second row, I worked double crochets all the way around the blanket.
On my third and final row, I crocheted a simple shell stitch all the way around the blanket.
After I finished crocheting, I used a size I crochet hook
to thread the ribbon through the second row of the crocheted edge.
I started threading the ribbon through at the corner of the blanket.
Being careful not to twist the ribbon thread the ribbon all the way around the blanket.
After you reach the corner where you started tie your ribbon in a bow.
Trim and seal the the ribbon ends
Isn’t it pretty?
Now my blanket is ready to cuddle my little princess niece!