bright and beautiful birthing blanket3:15:00 PM
My mom and I went to a wonderful quilt shop last time we got together and got some gorgeous and wonderful quality flannel to make for baby girl. As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm having a hard time going all-out girl right now. I picked a pretty blue and hot-pink color combination for the blanket my mom is making, and I bought this awesome lime green and hot-pink combo by Amy Butler. (Love Flannels is the name of the line.)
This is a huge birthing blanket (43x43) so it will be good for swaddling when she gets bigger. For now, it's a perfect size for Jack. I keep it hidden so it's not all worn out by the time she comes.
Birthing blankets are very easy to make. It only requires a few steps:
- Cut out two 1 yard (or 1 1/4 yard-- 43 inches) pieces of fabric on grain.
- Put the two pieces of fabric right sides together.
- Sew around the rectangle leaving a hole somewhere along one of the sides.
- Pull right side out, press, stitch hole closed and stitch around the rectangle one more time.
I added a binding, so to do that insert this step between step 1 and 2:
- Fold a long piece of fabric lengthwise and sandwich (the strip is the meat, the rectangles are the bread) between two rectangle pieces of fabric all around the blanket. Tip: Keep the fold of the strip on the inside, and all the raw edges on the outside.
One little extra tip: I like to preshrink my fabric, just so it stays more true to how I sewed it when it's washed.