I started my venture into handmade baby gifts by "making" fleece blankets - one-sided, plain-colored fleece with rounded corners and a decorative embroidered border. All I did was cut a large rectangle of plain colored fleece and stitched around the edge with a machine embroidery stitch. My friends loved these (I think!) because they were really large - big enough to put on the floor and let baby crawl around on and, once the kids got bigger, a good size to take to sporting events. Fleece is pretty durable and, because the edges don't fray, can handle repeated machine washings.
A few years after making a handful of the single-sided fleece blankets, I decided to expand my repertoire and make double-sided blankets. Some with flannel on both sides and others with flannel on one side and fleece on the other.
|Fleece and flannel baby blanket|
Never having spent much time looking at flannel at fabric stores, I went crazy at the number of cute prints, and realized that I don't have to stick to traditional pastels to make something appropriate for a baby gift. The two design elements I've stuck with are rounded corners - it makes the blanket appear "softer" - and the large size. Most of my baby blanket are anything but "baby;" they are typically 42" wide x 60" long!
The blankets shown in this post were made for my sisters-in-law.
My hubby's sister had a loose giraffe theme for their baby girl, and my brother's wife didn't know if they were having a boy or a girl, but both mommy & daddy are engineers, so robots and monkeys seemed appropriate!
I have another favorite baby gift that I've made for friends, but more on those in a future post!