Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Old Standby

My husband would attest that I have a lot of “usuals.” I find something I like, and I stick with it.

A friend taught me how to make these receiving blankets the first year I was married. I borrowed my mother’s old sewing machine (which I still have on permanent loan) and started making them like crazy. It was some of the first sewing I had done on my own and has been the only thing I’ve sewn up until a few years ago when I finally started branching out. I’ve made so many of these receiving blankets for baby showers over the years, I don’t think I could count them. It’s my go-to baby gift because every baby needs blankets, and I love giving something handmade.

So when my husband let me know there was a baby shower at his work just 5 days from the day I learned about it, I was lucky I had one already sewn together and just waiting for me to crochet the edge.110304_0002 web110304_0003 web110304_0012-1a web

The blanket is just two pieces of flannel sewn together with a crocheted edge. I have a few pattern books for edges, so I try to vary what edge I do each time. It’s an easy way to keep my fingers busy while watching a movie with the hubs.

I’m starting to think I just need to start stockpiling handmade gifts for babies so I’ll have something on hand any time a baby shower pops up.

How about you? Do you make gifts ahead of time or in the nick of time? Do you have a go-to gift you always like to give at a baby shower, or do you like to mix it up?

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  1. Hey, I recognize that butterfly fabric!
    I stock up on baby gifts too - so convenient to just wrap it up when you need it. I usually do a little outfit with my bloomers + headband for girls.

  2. I adore the crocheted edge...so pretty!

  3. How sweet! What a lovely idea to stockpile baby gifts... they are always being born, right?
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  4. I actually started a blog awhile ago, so I could post pictures of gifts that I made. I always forgot what I would make, so it's been nice to go back and get ideas. I love your crocheted blanket! I also started crocheting baby blankets when I was in middle school and I haven't stopped. It is so rewarding to see a completed project, that doesn't take forever to finish. I've recently been on a car seat cover kick. I've been thinking about making several and keeping them on hand.

    p.s. --> Here is the link to my blog if you are interested.

  5. thanks for becoming a follower, I am now one as well. Great blankets, I love the edge. Glad to see a fellow Oregonian in blog land.

  6. thanks for the interesting information


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