There’s another baby shower coming up at work. Last time, I was caught flat footed and ended up putting in cash as a solution.
This time, I decided to whip up a quick and easy baby blanket. I had planned to just slap 2 pieces of fabric together and stitch around. But thankfully, Denise, tipped me off to the self binding receiving blanket instructions from Sew Much Ado. It is a quick, easy, and fun project that looked a whole lot more polished!
And in case you are a visual person, here’s a YouTube video for the same project.
It wasn’t quite the 30 minute project, nor even 60 minutes. It’s possible that I obsessed a bit more than necessary about cutting the squares, measuring and trimming thrice. But while I was at it, I made a spare, just in case. And of course I chose the one imperfect miter for the photo shoot. I didn’t notice it until just now.
I used quilting cotton for the top (center piece) and a heavy cotton flannel for the backing (and binding). I finished off the blanket with one of the fancy stitches (baseball stitch) on my sewing machine by stitching into the ditch. (Click on the top image for details of the stitch.)
I made an envelope for one of the blankets with the scraps. This will be in lieu of gift wrapping. I hate single use gift wrap paper that ends up in the landfill. The new parents can either use this as a carry case or use it for something else.