Signature blanket has become a popular phrase to describe the personalised receiving blankets often presented to expectant or new parents. These simple flannel blankets are warm in winter and cool in summer while being completely washable, something the recipients will appreciate when they realise that their tiny bundles are little poop and spit-up factories. A basic receiving blanket is very simple to make, even for a beginning sewer. And if you own an embroider machine, you can add the baby's name and other vital statistics like the birthdate, weight and length to create your own unique gift.
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Things you need
- Flannel pattern A, 1 1/2 yards long-by-45 inches wide
- Flannel pattern B, 1 1/2 yards long-by-45 inches wide
- Baby detergent
- Measuring tape
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
- Embroidery machine
Wash the flannel with a mild baby detergent and dry it on low. Press out any wrinkles with a warm iron. Stack the fabric pieces together with the edges aligned and cut them into 38 inch-by-40 inch rectangles.
Line up the edges of the two pieces of fabric again. Make sure the sides you want to see on the outside of the blanket are in the centre and the wrong sides or raw sides of the fabric are facing out. Pin together three of the fabric edges and leave the fourth open.
Sew together the two pieces of fabric along the three pinned sides. Make the lines of stitches approximately ½ inch from all of the fabric edges. Trim off the extra threads after you sew each side.
Reach into the open side and turn the blanket right-side-out. Make sure all of the corners are poked out fully. Hand-sew the final side closed.
Program the name of the baby into your embroidery machine. Choose a location, such as a lower corner, for the name and place this section of the blanket onto the platform of your machine. Stabilise the blanket as required for your machine and perform the embroidery; release the blanket once the machine has finished and trim off extra thread.
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