This was one of the hottest and busiest holiday weekends I think I've been through in years. The last thing I thought I would be doing is sewing flannel receiving blankets, but the local fabric chain store had baby flannel on sale this weekend for $2.99/yard. I bought four one-yard pieces of coordinating fabrics, prewashed, and line dried the pieces.
Facing two coordinating pieces of flannel right sides together, I trimmed off the selvedge ends and squared up the sides. After stitching around the four sides and leaving about a 4" opening, I cut off the corners and turned out the right sides. I edge stitched the opening closed and then topstitched 1/4" from the finished edge.
I got this idea from Travis' grandmother who made similar receiving blankets when Natalie was born. The homemade blankets are stronger and wash up so much nicer than the store-bought ones. We ended up using Natalie's store-bought receivers as burp clohes!
The quilt group I belong to makes baby quilts and donates them to a local unwed mother's home. This year, Terri mentioned that an area hospital needs quilts and receiving blankets for the natal intensive care unit. Because these are quick to make, I've decided to make these instead.
Hope this project gives you some ideas, too!