These go by a lot of names – sheets, receiving blankets, swaddles – but basically its just a plain flannel blanket that can be used for just about anything. Extra large burp cloth, nursing cover, placemat, changing pad, or stroller sun cover.
The sheets are also a good project for a beginning sewer. There’s only one piece of fabric to deal with and only a few steps.
The key to the project is taking the philosophy of “measure twice, cut once,” only this time it’s “iron twice, sew once.” You’ll also learn how to do a mitered corner, which looks so pretty on corners. You can also use this technique when making your own curtains or linen napkins.
Standard infant blankets are about 30 inches by 40 inches. This comes pretty close, but it won’t be exact unless you want to do some extra cutting first, but it’s not really worth it.
Note: Infants should not sleep with loose blankets, pillows or toys in their crib or playpen until they can roll over and have the dexterity to move objects away or they could suffocate on the objects. If it’s cold, tightly swaddle the child in a blanket or use a sleeper. For more information, check out the American Pediatrics Society’s research on SIDS and other sleep-related death causes in infants.
1 yard by width (typically 42 inches) of flannel fabric for each sheet (I made a set of four with solid red flannel, red-backed birds, and primary colored buttons and a pair with “I love Grandma” flannel.)
1) Set a hem guide to 3/4-inch or use painter’s tape to mark the measurement on a ruler. Fold over each edge of the fabric from the front to the back using the measurement as a guide. Iron along the fold.
2) Repeat the folding again on all four sides, but this time fold over 1 and 1/2 inches, ironing as you go along.
3) As you’ll be able to tell, the corners are quite bulky with all the layers folded over. This is where the mitered corner comes into play. To make the corner, unfold the fabric. You should still be able to tell where the ironed pleats were. Fold the entire piece of fabric at a 45-degree angle, so the corner forms a triangle. Using a square, draw a line perpendicular to the fold from the innermost crease (the 1-1/2-inch line) to the outer crease (the 3/4-inch line). Sew along the line (figure A). Cut off the corner about 1/4 inch away from your stitches (figure B). Repeat for all four corners.
4) Refold the sheet along the creases and turn out the corners. It should go back nicely, but you may need to re-iron. Pin the folded hem down.
5) Top stitch around the perimeter of the blanket along the inside of the hem (closest to the center of the blanket.)
Trim up any loose threads and you are done.
Mix and match colors for fun sets.
If you want to make toddler-sized blankets, start with 1 and 1/2 yards of flannel by the bolt width.
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