Single layered receiving blankets


I LOVE the single layered receiving blankets that they have at the hospital! Unfortunately our hospital doesn’t let you take home the ones they swaddle your newborn in but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a single layer of flannel goodness at home. It just means I have to make a few myself and with my new found love of all things boy the flannel department at JoAnn’s is twice as lovely these days!


I love a single layered blanket for a few reasons! 1. With the weather warming up a single layered blanket is the perfect weight to create a snugly little cocoon for my little one and 2. They are less bulky then the double layered one if you plan to use these as a swaddle blanket which I plan on doing

.Recently JoAnn’s had their flannel on sale for less then $3 a yard. One yard is the perfect size for a receiving blanket! The prints were to die for cute so I picked up quite a few.

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It doesn’t get any simpler then this! Finished edges with a zig zag stitch is all it takes! I used alligator clips to hold my edges before I sewed them! I love this trick over straight pins! Easy one handed on and off and no fear of dropping a pin and finding it later with my foot! Ouch!



Now I have a healthy supply of my favorite blankets in darling prints!

IMAG0400Peace out!




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    Great idea so just do the single layer. I’ve always done the double, but I think I will make a few of these. My baby girl number 3 is due in Oct, and I need some more blankets. Congrats on your little boy!

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    Darlene Lehman says:

    What a little sweetheart!!! Cute blankets, too.

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    I really need to do this!! My little guy likes to pee all over and it seems like I am I always needed more blankets. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    Love the hairpin idea! Sweet little sleeping guy, too. :-)

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    These are super cute! I’m curious though, what size do you make these blankets? The flannel at Joann’s is 42 inches wide so do you trim the width to make a 36×36 inch square or just leave them wider than long? And if you do trim the width, anything fun that you do with the extra fabric?

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      Barbara says:

      I am making some receiving blankets for my first grandchild – arriving next month!! The single layer type is what I remember from my own babies, born in the 1980s.
      I kept some of their old blankets and measured them. I decided on the 36×36 size which was my favorite back then. I’m saving the scraps to use in a quilt at some later date.

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    Jacki I trim my blankets to 36 x 36 and then make bibs or burp cloths out of the remnant

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    Are people cloth diapering or disposable? I love the idea of single thickness receiving blankets and not putting a diaper on! Kind of easy to just throw that thin blanket in the wash or rinse it out and put on a new one….instead of diapering all day! Especially in the early days when you’re home and snuggling all day! Thoughts?

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    You didn’t show how you do the corners of the blanket. I think that you folded it over twice around the edges but you didn’t say if that was what you did.

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      That’s a great idea because I was wondering how to do that as well. When I saw this post there really wasn’t a step by step instruction other than pictures. Doesn’t really help us new sewers who need the detailed instructions.

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    Dana I folded them twice on each side and just did single stitch. Its a faster and easier method.

    Kristen imma be doing that too my two girls ages 1&2 run around naked with mommy in the home and baby #3 is coming in 4 weeks. I did n will again do cloth diapering. The girls are potty trained.

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