Friday, October 26, 2007

Quick Baby Receiving Blankets by Serena Smith of Embroidery Treasures

Baby receiving blankets...easy to to personalize...great baby gift idea!! With a little fabric, several embroidery designs and a few spools of embroidery thread, you can have a quick, but special gift for a special little person! Here is a simple way to create a large blanket in a matter of minutes!

You will need 1 1/4 yards of 45" wide fabric, cotton or flannel. Press out foldline. Fold fabric in half with selvages together and then in half again as shown below.

Cutting through all 4 layers, cut off selvage edge. Using a dinner plate or circular object as a guide, cut off the corner so you have a nice, rounded edge as shown below.

Open up the blanket. Set your serger to a rolled hem and serge a rolled hem around the edges. Select one corner of the blanket and fold corner in half to find the center. Then mark 5" up from the rounded corner edge. Put the center of your embroidery design or lettering at this point. If you mark a + ( horizontal & vertical line) as the embroidery center, it provides an easy way to straighten the fabric in the hoop before machine embroidery.

If you don't have time to add the embroidery, just select a print, round off the corner and roll hem the edges.

You have a finished 45" square blanket! Most receiving blankets bought at a store are only a yard or smaller. This is a little bigger, so they can use it longer!

Make several ahead of time and you will have a gift ready! Or cut and roll hem several blankets and just add embroidery once you know the baby's info! Embellish with designs that match the baby's nursery!

See some unique baby blankets I have stitched here!
Find out about my flawed pink blanket that turned into a creative idea here!

Serena Smith is an avid embroidery and quilting enthusiast living in Kansas. Creating new projects and sharing them with others through local classes and online lessons is one of her greatest joys. Visit her website, Embroidery Treasures, for fun projects, helpful tips, inspiration, notions, fabrics and embroidery supplies!

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