oooooh lala. I had heard stories about how lovely, airy and soft double gauze was, and it is all true. This pair of baby swaddling blankets are my first project with it, and it most definitely won’t be the last.
A lovely friend of mine is expecting her sixth baby in just a couple of weeks. The thing with having that many babies is that you already have the basics covered, but giving a gift that says that this child is special and love and prepared for is still so important. It is why I took the time to make myself a silk sling for Vincent, and why I have a few special projects in mind before “Liddle Brudder” in July. So for this friend, instead of sewing up my favorite flannel baby blanket, I splurged a bit and ordered two one yard cuts of double gauze.*
The actually sewing was simple enough. I had to true the fabric cuts into nicely proportioned rectangles, and I took my time being precise with my hemming. (ironing, people! It’s worth the hype!) In the end, each blanket was roughly 35 inches by 38 inches. (As an a note, in the future, I think I will order 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 yards per blanket. I wished they had been just a bit bigger.)
The gift was a success, and to be honest, I was tempted to keep them for myself. Perhaps I should make a couple more?
What sort of special gifts do you think would be good for a mother of many children?