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    My daughter would like co-ordinating receiving blankets for her daughter that is expected to arrive in Dec.

    I need some tips here. I don't have a serger which I thought would be the easiest.
    do you use two layers of flannel and birth them and then top-stitch ?
    do you do one layer and do a fancy 1/4 inch hem all the way around ?

    What have you done and how did they wash up time after time ? Your replys are greatly appreciated.

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    I have taken fleece 36 x 36 inches square One Layer..And then I cut coordinating fabric strips 3 inches and use it as a binding and zigzag sewed it all the way around it. They go fast too. I have also did the same and used store bought satin binding.

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    this is my favorite design for receiving blankets because it using coordinating fabric on the front and back and the back fabric is folded to the front to make a mitered binding.

    http://piecenquilt.blogspot.com/2009...-tutorial.html

    this tute uses flannel for the front and back but i've also used just one side flannel and the other side regular cotton and it still soft.

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    I've done flannel both the ways you mentioned depending on the time of year (and your climate). We have very cold winters here. It also depends on the flannel. The pretty lightweight prints lend themselves to being doubled, but a heavy solid might not. I like cotton flannel for receiving blankets.

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    Back in the olden days( 56 years ago) we just used one 36 inch square of flannel, and hemmed with a flat narrow hem. Then we embroidered a cute design on one corner. We made for lots of washings, not for beauty,LOL

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    I actually bought some flannel at JoAnns yesterday while it was on sale, at $2.99/yd I purchase 1 1/3 yds, square it up and double hem each side, sometimes with a decorative stitch but mostly with a straight stitch. I have so many friends and relatives request them because they are larger than recv'g blankets you purchase, like the ones they use in the hospital, and they launder well. I usually will by a busy print and a coordinating dot. stripe or circle to go with it. They work really great for bath blankies too!

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    I cut fabric the same size as WOF. For example, if it's 44", I cut 44" of fabric. Then turn under to the front and add lace or a decorative stitch. (I only use one layer as it doesn't get really cold in southeast Texas.) These hold up good; I'm still using some for my grandkids that my mother made for their parents years and years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie_1963
    I actually bought some flannel at JoAnns yesterday while it was on sale, at $2.99/yd I purchase 1 1/3 yds, square it up and double hem each side, sometimes with a decorative stitch but mostly with a straight stitch. I have so many friends and relatives request them because they are larger than recv'g blankets you purchase, like the ones they use in the hospital, and they launder well. I usually will by a busy print and a coordinating dot. stripe or circle to go with it. They work really great for bath blankies too!
    these sound nice and so much easier to use on a newborn.

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    the way i do mine for newborns in need is take 2 pieces of flannel cut 30x30 pur right sides togather sew all around turn inside out sew all around on outside good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by QUILTNMO
    the way i do mine for newborns in need is take 2 pieces of flannel cut 30x30 pur right sides togather sew all around turn inside out sew all around on outside good luck
    This is the same way I made the blankets I donated to the pediatrics ward last Christmas, but I made them 40 x 40 for larger kids. They were well received and much appreciated. Will probably make more this Christmas as time allows.

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