Baby gifts.

I’ll be mailing this out to one of my dear friends who just had her first baby a few weeks ago:

It took me many months to finish the blanket. What was the real killer was the satin edging. It’s actually satin backed flannel that I bought after I saw this tutorial. If you watch it, you’ll learn that you should use a whole piece of it for one side and then wrap it around to make the edges. But I decided to make it much more difficult I wanted to do flannel on both front and back, so I cut the satin into four strips and sewed each one on individually.

I also could have simply bought the pre-made blanket binding (or followed the tutorial) but I  didn’t like the color selection as much. However, in retrospect, it would have looked a lot better around the edges because it was really difficult to line it up properly and you can definitely tell if you look closely. Also, I had to really fudge with the corners and ended up hand sewing them down so they wouldn’t look to funky.

But, all that being said, I think overall it turned out okay for my first baby blanket; I felt good enough about it to go ahead and give it to her. Also, I drew up this little peanut to welcome her new real life peanut:

Weirdly enough, I very quickly whipped up another blanket (really similar to the one in this tutorial) in just two days about a week after I finished this one. I bought the fabric on Sunday afternoon, and I had it finished by late on Monday evening. It’s definitely a world record for me, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I’ll share it just as soon as I get some photos.

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