I started making these large, double-layered baby blankets when I was expecting my son and continue to make them to welcome new babies to the world. They are soft and cuddly and much, much nicer than the standard receiving blankets sold in the stores. For one, they are larger which comes in handy when babies are ready for tummy time. Also, because of the way they are sewn, the edges stay nice and flat. I don't know about you, but those thin, flimsy blankets drove me crazy with their edges curling up all the time. Made from two layers of fabric, these baby blankets are a nice weight and durable as well. They make good loveys to drag around as the baby grows into a toddler. This is a good beginner project for those new to sewing.
You can make these in two sizes: 35 inches or 40 inches square (approximately, depending on the fabric width). To make the smaller size, purchase two 1 yard pieces of coordinating flannel. As a bonus, when you make the smaller size, you can use the leftover pieces to make burp rags (sometimes it can seem like you never have enough of these!). To make the larger size blanket, purchase two 1 1/4 yard pieces of coordinating flannel. You can also make these with one piece of flannel and one piece regular cotton fabric if you have a special novelty fabric that you want to use (do always have one side be a soft fabric like flannel). Another lovely option is to use a plush minky fabric
on one side instead of flannel. Minky fabric is on the expensive side, but if you have ever felt it, you know it is worth it!
If you are interested in making other baby gifts, these books are full of wonderful ideas (the booties are adorable)!:
- 2 pieces of coordinating fabric (either 1 yard each or 1 1/4 yards each, depending on desired size) that have been pre-washed
- Matching thread. If you use a solid or more lightly patterned fabric on one side, use thread that matches that one. Here, I matched the green
- Rotary cutter and mat, if you have them and scissors
- Optional, but extremely helpful: wooden chopstick