I think every expecting mother should receive a handmade blanket. Knitting, crocheting, sewing–any type of blanket will do–it’s the thought, time, and effort put into the gift that really makes it special.
This blanket was a little confusing for me, as it was my first mitered edge blanket. I used Amy Smart’s tutorial here. Her tutorial really does a great job explaining step-by-step the process for creating a beautiful blanket.
Here are some pictures of the blanket I made. I made it personal by ironing and then sewing “Baby Cooke” to the inside. In hindsight, I should have used pinking shears on the background to these letters…but I guess that leaves improvement for next time!
A note for the corners…at first I tried to leave the needle down in the corners and turn the blanket (to make clean corners). By the second corner I realized that you need to turn the blanket with the needle at the highest position. Raise the foot, fold the blanket how you need it, and then continue sewing on the next side. No need to cut the thread at the corners, just fold the fabric to the appropriate position for the next side. I hope this is a helpful tip!
Check out Amy’s tutorial and test it out!