Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Ric-Rac Receiving Blankets...

The other day I realized that I've been making receiving blankets like this for over 30 years now. I made my first one when I was getting ready to give birth to my first child. He turns 35 this month. To think I have a child in his mid thirties is a bit of a reality check, but I'm loving this stage of my life so it's all good.

One of my favorite things to make a new baby is a receiving blanket. Homemade are just so much nicer than the ones you can buy in the stores. The receiving blankets in stores these days are about 30"x30", which is hardly large enough to wrap around a newborn. They are also made from inexpensive, flimsy flannel, so they don't hold up to the frequent washings that newborns facilitate. The solution is these beautiful blankets...

You can go here for my tutorial for these ric-rac receiving blankets. They are so easy to make -- even the novice sewer can whip one of these up in no time.

{Above: Micheal Miller "Dino Dudes" Cotton Flannel}

I made these for our 13th grandchild that will be born next month. I'm hoping he and his parents will like the cute boyish prints on these blankets and the classic polka-dots! They've also got enough ric-rac to satisfy any ric-rac fanatics appetite.

{Above: Michael Miller "Zoology" Cotton Flannel}

I can't wait to see the little guy wrapped in them.