May 24, 2012

Bright Baby Blankets

flannel baby blanket

All of my friends have kids.  Well, about 95% of my friends do, but that's a pretty significant majority.  (For the record, I don't have kids.  But I do love being "Aunty Usha" to my friends' kids!)  Being the practical person that I am, I usually get something useful off of their baby gift registry to help welcome their little ones into the world.  When I am feeling extra ambitious & creative, and when I plan ahead a bit, I truly enjoy making gifts for them - something that is useful but also has a little reflection of my own personality.

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
Fleece and flannel baby blanket

flannel baby blanketflannel baby blanketNever 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! 
space monkeys baby blanketbaby robot blanket 
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!


  1. I LOOOOOVE these!! You know....Anamaria would like something pink and girly, even though she's older she still loves her blankets (she curls up with them to watch shows, read her books, when we go on long car rides, etc.) Let me know if you're thinking of making something for the little bit older crowd. I might just have to get one!

    1. You're so right - kids of any age (and adults, too) love to snuggle under a cozy blanket any time. I know I do, especially when watching a movie at home.