Type of item: Functional
Two yards of soft flannel, one package of satin blanket binding, and thread.
What was your inspiration?
There's another new grand-niece on the way! She should be arriving in just a couple of weeks, so I got busy and made these little receiving blankets. This is my traditional baby gift. It's quick and easy, and so very much appreciated.
The little bear in this photo has it's own story. In the 1980s, 30 years after my grandmother had passed away, my aunt made this bear from my grandmother's chenille robe. I remember that robe so well and I treasure this little reminder of the dear woman who sang to me in German and let me "help" bake bread and pies.
What are you most proud of?
I started making these little blankets for my own babies more than 40 years ago. I've lost track of the number of mothers who've told me that this little blanket was "the one" - the one that became a constant companion and finally fell apart after countless washings and being dragged everywhere.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Always prewash the flannel! It will often twist a bit. If that happens, the two layers of the blanket will twist in opposite directions and never again lie flat.