I had a lot of fun sewing for my little guy, Elliot. I was a regular in JoAnn's fabric buying fun, boy-themed flannels! I took advantage of every sale and coupon. I have to say that the receiving blankets that you buy in the stores are horrible! I do have several of them from when my other children were babies, but I used them more as burp cloths than to wrap my baby up in. They are just too small and most of the time the flannel is not soft. So, I did a lot of googling and I found some neat free tutorials on how to make my own flannel, receiving blankets for Elliot.
Here are the blankets that I made:
These are raw edge receiving blankets and I found this tutorial at Sew Much Ado. I LOVE these blankets! They are a nice, big size and they are two layers of flannel, so they are super snuggly and warm. Plus, look at what happens after you wash them several times.....
Isn't that fun?
These came together real easy! I honestly didn't even measure my fabrics. I layered the two fabrics together and trimmed the raw edges straight so they were the same size. The tutorial has you cut the fabrics to 40"x40". My blankets are rectangles since I didn't cut the fabric. I wish that I had made more than two of these, because I use them every day.
I think Elliot likes them, too......
Here are the other blankets that I made:
These are made from a single layer of flannel and have a flannel binding on them. I found the tutorial for these at Bolt Neighborhood. I didn't measure these either. I just folded the fabric and evened up the raw edges with my long, plastic sewing ruler and rotary cutter. I absolutely love these blankets, too. The are nice and big, cuddly and cute! These took a little longer to sew, because of the binding, but are still easy and fairly quick to finish.
Elliot is doing some serious thinking here....probably about how much he loves being cuddled up in these blankets!
I haven't been able to sew since he's been born, but I'm hoping to find some time to soon. I'd really like to start sewing up some summer clothes for my 3-year old daughter. Not to mention create all of the other fun things that are on my "to make" list!
I hope that you are all having a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless!