Repurposed Receiving Blanket Tutorial - Scrappy Style

This blanket is made of one flannel receiving blanket and the scraps from the Raggy Style blanket. I had one blanket left that had no staining on it, so I decided to use it as the backing for what I had in mind for using the scraps from the other blanket.

Trim off the rounded parts of the long scrap strips to make long, skinny rectangles. I didn't worry about widths because I wanted a scrappy, handmade look. I ended up with 12 strips (the pictures all have 11 in them initially because I lost one of the strips in the scrap pile somewhere, and then found it later).

Line them up on the table in an order that is pleasing to your eye. Even though this is scrappy, I'm still too much of a perfectionist to be totally random with this. So I arranged them just so.

Then sew them together with a 1/4 inch seam. Press the seams to one side.

Trim for a neat edge on both sides. We'll now call this the top.

Lay the top on your full blanket and then trim so that they're the same size.

The applique steps are optional. You also may opt to embroider instead. I decided to applique an initial onto the backing. I used some of the 4 inch squares from the Raggy Style blanket. Cut the initial from one of the squares. I used a pencil to draw it. Make sure you draw it backwards onto the wrong side of the square.

Position your initial wherever you want on the backing. I threw another 4 inch square behind it first because it looked lonely all by itself. Pin it down and then applique it on using a thick decorative stitch. Don't forget to reset your stitch when you're done!

Pin your backing to your top (wrong sides together) and then sew together using a generous 1/4 inch seam on all sides. Then settle in and cut some fringe with your scissors.

Wash and then dry for the scruffily edges!

And that's it. One more free blanket to warm up a tiny kid.



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