Now that I have that out of the way, here are three receiving blankets I made recently. Right after Christmas - there was an amazing sale at an online store where they were selling City Weekend for $4 per yard and AMH voile for $6.25. Naturally, I stocked up, but now I am wishing that I had stocked up even more!
These blankets were easy to make: they consist of 1 yd of flannel, 1 yd of voile, and 1.5 packages (4.5 yds) of Wright's double fold bias quilt binding. They really are so soft and I am very happy with how they turned out.
Anna Maria Horner's tutorial leave a little bit to be desired- so here are a few tips:
1. Do not baste the edges together - this just makes them bunch up together and ruffle - not pretty.
2. Sew the edges wrong side together with the flannel on top of the machine - it's more stable than the voile.
3. Buying the bias tape is much cheaper and easier than buying solid voile and making your own.
4. Sew the edges of the rectangle and then cut the curve on the corners, pin the corners, and then apply the bias tape.
5. If you can't find or don't want to buy folksy flannel, as she suggests, invest in another quality flannel because the quality of the flannel does matter - especially if you are already making the effort to pair it with voile.
6. Pre-wash the flannel.