If you know someone that is having a baby, an excellent baby shower gift is a receiving blanket. It’s something that is used every day and new parents can’t get enough of since it’s often changed and washed whenever it gets a little soiled.
To make your present unique, why not make a personalized receiving blanket? If you have the right materials and tools, you can get this project done in no time. Here are some steps you can take to create a baby receiving blanket that is personalized for the baby who will receive it.
- Determine the baby’s gender and name. To make something personalized, you need to know something about the person you are giving the item to. When you know the baby’s gender, you’ll be able to choose the color scheme of your blanket. If you want something gender neutral, go with turquoise and chocolate brown, or beige and white. Don’t assume the baby’s gender based on the name alone since some names can be for their boy or girl such as Alex, Sam and Sasha.
- Embroider the name on the blanket. If you don’t have a sewing machine but you are handy with a needle and thread, you can purchase a ready-made receiving blanket from a store and simply embroider the baby’s name. Determine the area where you want to sew the name of the baby and encase the fabric in an embroidery hoop. With a pencil, write in the name so you have a pattern to follow. You can use a satin stitch or cross stitch the name of the child on the fabric. If you’re good with cross stitching, you can even sew on a small flower, bunny or other decoration on the corner of the fabric. It will only take an hour or so to get it done but it instantly personalizes the blanket!
- Use your sewing machine. If you have a computerized sewing machine, you can program it so you can personalize the baby blanket. Choose the font that you want to use and you can transfer it on the fabric using transfer or freezer paper. If your sewing machine has a scanner, you can input the design and follow the programming instructions of the machine. Thread it using the color you want the letters to appear. If you love to sew, you may want to consider investing in a computerized sewing machine. Kenmore and Brother are both brands that make great sewing machines at affordable prices.
- Order it by mail. There are companies online that can personalize a blanket for you. Try out messageonablanket.com. You can choose to have the baby’s initials monogrammed or have his first name written out. You can even have an entire message sewn on the fabric. Fees are charged per letter.
Give this personalized baby receiving blanket to the happy parents and watch their faces glow with delight at your thoughtful gift! It’s sure to be a treasured item for their baby. It takes a little effort to make this keepsake blanket.