I hinted at a few projects involved with getting ready for baby in a recent post, Projects, Projects, Projects! I had seen Suzanne's tutorial Ric-Rac Receiving Blankets over at Just Another Hangup. So, I decided to give it a try.
Armed with a gift card, I trekked out to JoAnn's, Etc. I also ducked into Hobby Lobby and another local fabric store. Then, I was off for home to begin assembly. Here is a sampling of my selections:
My son is a hunter and I thought this print was quite appropriate.
It works well with this soft, grey flannel print with deer and turkey tracks all over it.
Since we grew up on a farm, had sheep and cows and now have chickens,
I got this sweet little farm print and a nice, soft plaid flannel that coordinates.
I fell in love with this cute truck print which features a black dog in the back
and got a black gingham to coordinate with it.
I started out by completing a practice piece using a sweet cowgirl print flannel fabric and some seersucker. I zig-zagged an initial L on one side for sweet Lydia to use as a doll blanket. I also stitched up a little blanket for Lillie and appliqued a bit of leather string on in the shape of an L for that little cowgirl.
I decided to personalize the receiving blankets for the baby, too. So, the first one I worked with was the truck and dog print and the gingham. I decided I would do a bit of cross-stitch using the gingham as a canvas.
First, I taped a piece of the truck print fabric to the window. Then, with a piece of card stock, I traced the outline. I took a photo of the outline with my iPad. Then, I used a drawing app with graph paper and created a pattern. Finally, I cross-stitched the pattern onto the fabric.
I think it turned out to look pretty close to the original print on the fabric, don't you?
I used red rick-rack sandwiched between the two prints and top-stitched the edge. I love the finished look.
For the others, I worked out a deal with Bridgette to embroider them with her fancy-smancy machine like she does for her Goody Stuff customers. Here is a look at them:
Grey rick-rack sandwiched between the grey flannel and buck and turkey print.
Blue rick-rack sandwiched between the blue plaid flannel and the Old McDonald print.
I think this little boy is going to be swaddled up in several cute ways. I can hardly wait to snuggle him up in one!