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Thread: What size to make Receiving Blankets?

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    What size to make Receiving Blankets?

    I'm making receiving blankets for my soon to be born GGD. What size do you recommend? My DIL said the 30X30 size that are generally sold are too small. I made one so far , it's 40X40, and it looks a little big to me. This is before washing and I do expect some shrinkage. What size would be most useful? Also how many does a mother need? I bought a bolt of flannel but can buy more if needed. I know nothing about this as my children were all adopted as older kids. Thanks, Mary
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    Bless you for adopting. I usually use 40 x 40 because I liked them square. At the least I would do 34 x 40.

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    40x40 is plenty big. My boys both got couple blankets thatsize as gifts. They used them way pst crib days. Loved them for naptime. 34x40 is good size

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    I like the 40 x 40 size as well.

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    Thanks ladies. I made them all 40X40. I think 4 should be enough. That leaves me enough flannel to back another quilt for her.
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    I make mine 36 inch square and they are plenty big.

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    I make mine 36" square and use the extra fabric for decoration on a pre-folded diaper for a burp pad.
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    I buy a yard of flannel, serge all around the edges, and you have a nice receiving blanket.

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    My friend buys a yard of two fabrics, wash the flannel and that was the size she made.
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    I buy 1 1/4 yds of flannel, square it without the selvages, round corners, serge with wooly nylon. I have made "tons" of these throughout the years, and have never had a mom that did not like the big size. They love them.

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    The blankets that you can purchase in the store are way too small. My family has BIG babies (over 9 pound babies) and I always make the blankets about 45 wide. That way the little ones cannot wiggle themselves out of them. I have given this size as gifts and moms love the bigger blankets.
    Once an arm or leg gets out a baby will not keep sleeping---at least our "pork chops" wake up, so the bigger the better.
    They like that snuggled feeling---kind of like a burrito.

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    I always make them 36x36. Just two layers of flannel sewn together with some quilting to keep them together, I have use decorative stitching for the quilting.

    All of the rectangle ones I ever used, and I used a lot with six babies, wouldn't stay wrapped around the little one, there was always a foot hanging out. But the square ones are even and most of the time wrapped up the toes stay inside.

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    I make mine 36 inches square but I wash and dry the fabric before I cut it. Then I round the corners and crochet the edges.
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    Do you over lock all around your square before you do the crochet

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    I buy 1 1/4 yards of coordinating flannel. I then wash before cutting so I don't have to worry about each piece shrinking at a different rate. I cut them so they are square, round the corners and sew them up. Some times I put a decorative stitch around the edge. They are a little big for a newborn but babies don't stay small for long and 40" square is a good size.

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    Jenny Doan does a cute receiving blanket, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqwdNqMZ8Ro

    I made a couple of them, and they turned out nice.
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    did you double the fannel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieoh View Post
    did you double the fannel?
    Yes, I made it exactly how she did, and it turned out very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kamaiarigby View Post
    Do you over lock all around your square before you do the crochet
    Yes, I do serge the edges of my blankets -- that is one reason I round the corners, the other reason is I can easily crochet around the corners. The serged edge also gives a guildline so I don't get too close to the edge when crocheting. My receiving blankets are only one thickness of fabric.

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    i do mine 36x36
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