We always seem to need a quick and easy gift for new babies, don't we? My mother showed me how to make these simple receiving blankets when I was having my children. They're great. While normally they are sewn using two pieces of flannel, it is easy and luxurious to substitute a piece of flannel-backed satin or minkee for the center fabric panel. As I needed one for a baby shower last week, and yet another for this week, I thought I would make a tutorial for you. After all, the completed blanket took less than 30 minutes to complete.
1 Yard of two coordinating prints.
Cut the outer fabric square to measure 36 inches square.
Cut the inner fabric to measure 32 inches square.
|Fold the outer fabric in half diagonally.|
|Measure down two inches from the outer corner, and pin perpendicular to the fold. This creates a mitered corner. Repeat with the other side.|
|Sew down both pinned corners, perpendicular to the fold. Trim seam to measure 1/4 inch. Repeat with the other side. Unfold the outer fabric and repeat for the remaining two corners.|
|Top stitch adjacent to the ditch and on the outer border, all the way around the border.|
|Cute blanket, eh? These are so fun and so fast--multiples can be created at once by chain-piecing the mitered corners.|
As an alternate version, I considered bringing the outer border to the front without rolling it under 1/4 inch. Instead, it would be fun to leave it raw and snip with the scissors every 1/4 inch to make it a rag blanket border. When I get that done, I'll have to show pictures of it as well.
I also thought the readers over at Crazy Mom Quilts would love this idea, so I'm sharing it with them too!
Until next time,