Flannel Receiving Blanket with Crocheted Edge

Flannel Receiving Blanket with Crocheted Edge - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

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
Sewing Scissors

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

Flannel Receiving Blanket with Crocheted Edge - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Isn’t it pretty?

Flannel Receiving Blanket with Crocheted Edge - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now my blanket is ready to cuddle my little princess niece!

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  1. Cheryl Hale
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I love this! I’ve collected a bunch of remnants and needed a pattern. You say before taking it to be hemstictched, put wrong sides together. Then, after being hemstiched trim around it. What do we do after putting wrong sides together and before hemstitching? I believe you skipped a step? Thanks so much, and I LOVE the ribbon threaded through the crocheting!!! Very cute touch.

    • Posted January 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      Hi Cheryl! You don’t need to pin it or anything. Just take it your local “hemstitcher” and that’s it. After your blanket has been hemstitched you’re ready to crochet! I hope this helps.

  2. Diane Wilkinson
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Hi, I am Brittany’s mother-in-law! When you put your flannel together, you will have a better finished product if you make sure your selvage edges are together. That way the grains in the fabric all run the same way. And, Brittany has it right, you don’t need to do anything else, just put the wrong sides together.
    Love ya Britt!

  3. Jo Anne
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    These blankets are such a neat idea for new babies. I had made two for my first granddaughter.

  4. janice miller
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    This is a beautiful blanket and a great idea! BUT what if I don’t have access to a hemstitcher??

    • Posted February 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      If you don’t have access to a hemstitcher I would be happy to let you borrow my mother in law! 🙂 My mother in law, Diane takes mail orders and she would be happy to hemstitch your blanket for a small fee.
      You may contact her at
      Thanks Janice!

  5. Donna Dopp
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I make these blankets without hemstitching. I use crochet cotton threaded thru large eye needle and blanket stitch around the edge and then crochet into each stitch to make the edging.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your comment Donna! 🙂

  6. Posted December 8, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Cuddle Tyme does hemstitching. We charge $1.00 per yard on your fabric or you can check out my website to purchase hemstitched blanket sets. Thank you!

  7. Rose Dunn
    Posted May 31, 2015 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Would like directions for the simple she’ll stitch used on 3rd row. Very pretty. By flannel do you mean outing material?

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