Once the baby arrives, one of the frequent problems that many mothers face is the lack of receiving blankets where the baby can be kept warm and snug. There are plenty of receiving blankets available in the market, but these can be very expensive especially since you will need a number of blankets to keep the baby clean at all times. Making your own receiving blanket is an easy project, and the parts that you will need are usually available in the house.
- Flannel treatment. You will need around two yards of flannel fabric to create one receiving blanket. Purchase one yard of flannel fabric in a solid color, and another yard of flannel with a print design. As you create more receiving blankets for your child, you can experiment with the types of designs that you will use for the receiving blanket. Wash the flannel fabrics in cold water and mild soap, and allow the fabric to dry out in the air.
- Cut the fabric. Next, take a tailors chalk and use it to create the outline for the receiving blanket. Ideally, infants should have a blanket that is around 30 inches in length and 27 inches in width. Use shears to trim off the excess fabric. A yard of flannel will leave enough cloth for you to create a burp cloth that will complement the receiving blanket.
- Round off the edges. The corners of the blanket can be left as is, but many mothers prefer the rounded corner. Although rare, there have been reported cases of babies sustaining minor eye injuries because of the corners of squared receiving blankets, especially when the baby falls asleep near these corners. To round off the corners, take a piece of cardboard and create a rounded corner template. Use this pattern to create similarly rounded patterns on the edges of the fabric using a tailor’s chalk. Cut off the edges with scissors.
- Sew the fabric. Take the two sheets of flannel and place them together, with the correct sides facing each other. Run the length of the fabric on a sewing machine to stitch these together. Start from the top and work the machine through the four sides of the blanket, until you reach approximately six inches from the starting point. From this gap, turn the blanket inside out so that the correct sides are visible. Sew the rest of the six inches close and tie the knot.
- Add the seams. To create the seams for the receiving blanket, create a straight line that is around half an inch from the edge of the fabric. Use a running stitch, straight stitch, or decorative stitches to create the seams. You can also use a variety of colored threads to add decorations for the receiving blanket.
The receiving blanket can now be used for your baby. You can decorate the fabric by adding stitch on appliqués onto the fabric. You can also use felt strips to create patterns and designs on the patterned flannel fabric. If you decide to add decorations to the blanket, make sure that you attach these onto the patterned flannel fabric before sewing next to the solid color flannel.