It’s baby shower season. I know this because we’re booked for birthday parties every week from now until July. Sure it’s simple to find a baby shower gift in a big box store but I promise a new mom to be will love a homemade present more.
Pre-made baby blankets tend to be thin and small, fine for a baby born in July in a house without air conditioning. A homemade flannel blanket is a blanket a mother, and baby, will love, it’s warm and snugly. And look at the fun fabric you can choose. I was not allowed any vote in the fabric, the kids took the reins. Happily I think they will match the animal themed nursery they are headed to.
I used the same technique as the table linens sewing tutorial on a larger scale. I opted for 2 metres of fabric, which is pretty close to 2 yards. I wanted BIG blankets. The size is totally up to you.
Wash and dry your fabric first, then give it a good pressing with your iron. Flannel is so very warm and fuzzy after it’s washed, it was hard not to make myself a pillow case out of it. Hmm, there’s an idea.
The hardest part of this project was cutting the fabric. My cutting mat was not big enough to accommodate 2 metres of fabric but I managed, with a little swearing and sweating. Do spend a few minutes thinking the project through and drawing out the dimensions before cutting.
Now if you excuse me I must get these mailed off to a special little boy who’s due to make his appearance in a few weeks.
Do you give homemade gifts to new mothers? What’s your favourite baby shower gift to give?