Flannel Baby Crafts

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Flannel Baby Crafts
Cotton flannel blankets are soft against delicate baby skin. (baby image by Yvonne Bogdanski from Fotolia.com)

Flannel fabric is known for its warmth, texture and cosy feel. Manufacturers of commercial baby products often use this material for bedding and clothing, but many items can be quite pricey at retail stores. Flannel baby craft projects, completed at home, can save you money while allowing you to personalise blankets and quilts for your own infant or as gifts for another precious baby in your life. Consider project ideas that simply need a few yards of cotton flannel, a little bit of time, and a splash of creativity.

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Flannel Baby Blanket Crafts

Flannel baby blanket crafts can be fun and easy to put together. Most fabric stores sell flannel in a wide array of colours, designs and prints. Choose fun prints to make double-sided flannel blankets. Select soft pastel colours to create crochet-edged receiving blankets. The Martha Stewart website gives instructions on how to make a baby quilt using decorative quilt fabric and woven flannel. There is no limit to the types of baby blanket crafts you can make using flannel.

Changing Pad Craft

Make baby changing pads using a combination of ordinary flannel and the vinyl-backed variety. These make thoughtful gifts and are fun to coordinate with other baby items like blankets, burp cloths and bibs. Find fun flannel prints that are likely to make your baby's eyes light up with excitement, pull out the iron and sewing machine, and stitch up a few of these handy craft items.

Baby Bib Craft

According to the Craft Passion website, you can make wonderfully absorbent baby bibs using flannel and a few other materials. Trace a pattern of your favourite bib to get started. Then add a few layers of soft flannel fabric, muslin, and a decorative top fabric. Velcro fasteners or snap attachments add the finishing touches to this baby craft.

Nursing Shawl Craft

A flannel nursing shawl can be just the right craft item to get started on as you await the birth of your little one. Head over to the nearest fabric shop to pick out a simple shawl pattern. Try to find a pattern for a shawl that slips over the head for this project. Use baby flannel to sew the shawl, add a little ribbon trim, and you have a great cover-up for when you are nursing.

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