One of the things I love the most in the world is holding a brand new baby wrapped up tight in a soft and cuddly blanket. The feel of the babies precious little skin and the sound of their first little breaths is enough to moisten my eyes. There is nothing quite like holding a little baby so sweet, innocent, and fresh.
I love these little miracles and holding them in my arms.
Making blankets for these little miracles is so wonderful and sweet especially when I see them wrapped up all cozy and warm in a blanket I made for them, so receiving blankets are always on my top 10 list of things my babies must have. Because of this, for the months prior to holding our little sweeties, I sew and sew and sew preparing soft little blankets for the upcoming, cherished moments of cuddling our new little ones.
Today we are going to make a receiving blanket that whips together really fast and only requires 4 supplies. These blankets work perfect for your own new bundle, a grandchild, a neighbor, a neice or nephew, or for a friend. They are excellent shower gifts or a “Good To Meet You” gift for the hospital.
Let’s get started with our supply list:
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 yards of TWO coordinating Flannels
I used Robert Kaufman’s Ella
1 1/2 yards of coordinating Ric Rac
I used Mega Ric Rac in Apple
1 1/2 yards of coordinating Ribbon
I used Saddle Stitch in Shocking Pink
*Optional: Pre-wash your flannel
1. Trim selvage edges off of both pieces of flannel.
2. Lay ric rac on top of the piece of flannel that will be the top of your blanket, in your desired location.
3. Lay ribbon on top of the ric rac. Trim off excess ric rac and ribbon.
4. Pin ribbon and ric rac to flannel.
5. Sew ribbon and ric rac to flannel. I used a zig zag stitch to make sure both ribbon and ric rac are nice and secure.
6. Put right sides of flannel together and sew the pieces together. LEAVE an opening approximately 4 to 5 inches long, to turn blanket.
7. Trim flannel and turn blanket so right sides of flannel are now out.
8. Iron blanket and edges so they look nice and crisp. Fold in flannel at the opening and make sure to iron really good so flannel will lay flat while top stitching the blanket.
9. To add the final touch to your receiving blanket, add a decorative top stitch to the edges of your blanket. (Make sure your opening gets sewn shut with your decorative top stitch.)
You are done and look how easy that was to make a super cute receiving blanket. You do not have to add ric rac and ribbon. I have made a lot of these receiving blankets that I do not add ric rac and ribbon to that are just as cute and the babies love them just the same. 🙂
She loved it so much, she wanted to eat it.
There are so many options of flannel for you to use to create the perfect receiving blanket for either a girl or boy. The Ribbon Retreat gets new flannel in on a regular basis that is SO SO cute and PERFECT for receiving blankets!
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