I spent yesterday afternoon (just a bit more in the evening) whipping up these 4 baby blankets. Ever since I received one for Duncan, they have been my go-to gift for baby showers. One side warm soft flannel and the other cool smooth quilting cotton. They are larger than the typical receiving blanket which makes them ideal for nursing under, or swaddling, or spreading out on the ground for playtime.
This is an excellent project for the beginner sewist. Buy 1 yard each of a quilting cotton and a cotton flannel. Cut the two fabrics into two equally sized rectangles as large as possible. Then sew together right sides facing leaving a 2 inch opening. Clip corners, flip through opening, and press. Top-stitch perimeter, closing up the opening as you do. The blanket that results should be roughly 35″ (a yard of fabric minus the seam allowances) by 43″ (the linear width of your fabric minus the seam allowances). Let me know if you need a more detailed explanation. I don’t mind putting one together if there is interest.
[Note: I had lots of fun this afternoon taking photos of these blankets using Karen’s photography tips. Practice makes perfect (or at least a heck-of-a-lot better). My background for the photo above was a poster board.]