I love doing these blankets for new babies, but they do take awhile. They are not expensive. I get the baby afghan blanket at JoAnn's which is $12.99. I usually have a coupon and only really pay about $8.99. I choose an embroidery set to purchase to download onto my machine. In this case I chose the Baby Blue Bird collection from www.bunnycup.com. I paid $10 for the set and about $5.00 for the thread so all in all the blanket cost me less than $25. I work full time so my goal is to do at least 2 squares a night. There are 28 squares and I embroider 14 of them, doing every other one. I can usually manage to get one of these done working part time on it in about two weeks. I chose the blue birds simply because they were so dang cute and it was a spring happy theme. I always monogram the baby's initial on the bottom center square. The very last step is fringing which can be a bit tricky. I always sew two rows 1/4" apart all the way around with some finishing stitch about 6" inside and then pull thread out to create fringe. If you have an embroidery machine this really is an easy project which is perfect for the very special person in you lives. When finished the blanket becomes an heirloom. Sorry the pictures are not better quality, I just had a devil of a time taking them.
It was hard getting the picture of the full blanket.
Down the right side
Down the left side. Same design as right side just mirrored.
Top of blanket.
Bottom of blanket with monogrammed initial.
Blanket all folded up and ready to wrap.
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