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I could get some cute cotton flannel and make my own, but I don't know how to do the edges without a serger. For some reason I am not interested in any RBs I have seen out there that are affordable and others I like are $20+ EACH. I just need a few and want really cute ones because this is the last babe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Not a member of your DDC, hope you don't mind me jumping in to respond. What about getting some blanket edging from the craft store? It would give a pretty finished edge without needing a serger!
 

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I just take 2 pieces of cloth right sides together and stitch around the edges, leaving a bit of an opening. Turn right side out, press, and topstitch. Super-duper fast and super easy. No serger required.<br><br>
I personally find this approach easier than binding because I suck at binding edges, but that is just me.
 

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from the Dec DDC...<br><br>
I'm doing flannel rb and what I'm doing is the "serger like stitch" on my machine. It looks kinda like this ...<br><br>
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And them rolling the edge under and using and decorative stich to finish the edges.<br><br>
Sorry that all probably sounds as clear as mud...
 

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Do you have a regular sewing machine? It is really easy to make a finished edge with out a serger. Cut the fabric to the size you want finished, adding an 1/2 inch seam allowance to each side (so cut out 1 inch bigger than you want it). Go around the blanket and fold the raw edge in about 1/4" (you can measure and be exact if you want, but I usually don't). I iron as I go, to make it stay and make a crisp edge. If you want, you can use a spray starch to help it stay folded - it just washes out. Once you have done the whole blanket, do it again - go around the whole blanket folding the edge you just made over a 1/4". Now sew as close to the inside edge of the folded fabric as you can, with a small stitch length. You can use a coordinating thread or a contrast, depending on what you want. I do this because I like the look better, and I have a serger <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
If this does not make since, let me know and i iwll try to explain it better, HTH
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm doing flannel rb and what I'm doing is the "serger like stitch" on my machine. It looks kinda like this ...<br><br>
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And them rolling the edge under and using and decorative stich to finish the edges.</div>
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I have a setting that looks like that but only gives me either the ----- or the VVVVV depending on the settings. So I would need to go over the edge twice. BUT no big deal. I am not sure I totally know what you mean by rolling the edge under but I am assuming you're being very literal and I should just fold it under a bit and add a nice stitch. I should give it a try.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just take 2 pieces of cloth right sides together and stitch around the edges, leaving a bit of an opening. Turn right side out, press, and topstitch. Super-duper fast and super easy. No serger required.</div>
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So this would just be a two layered RB than a regular one? I could probably do that.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Cut the fabric to the size you want finished, adding an 1/2 inch seam allowance to each side (so cut out 1 inch bigger than you want it). Go around the blanket and fold the raw edge in about 1/4" (you can measure and be exact if you want, but I usually don't). I iron as I go, to make it stay and make a crisp edge. If you want, you can use a spray starch to help it stay folded - it just washes out. Once you have done the whole blanket, do it again - go around the whole blanket folding the edge you just made over a 1/4". Now sew as close to the inside edge of the folded fabric as you can, with a small stitch length.</div>
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I think I understand. WOW, who knew there were so many ways that I can do RBs? I'll give it a try soon and post some pics. I assume my lines will be crooked <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> as I am just getting started in sewing. But my babe will forgive me, I am sure!
 

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By the way, what fabrics would you suggest for RBs? The cotton flannel and...? Anything else?
 

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I really like Pumpkin's idea... that's how a lot of the Carter's RB's seem to be done, anyway, two layers of cloth. You could do some swirly quilting to keep them from sliding apart from each other in strange ways. I'm picturing some cute coordinating flannel patterns...<br><br>
Binding the edges with binding tape, or the silkie stuff that kids get so hooked on would work too.<br><br>
I've seen directions for dinner napkins that recommends just turning the edges over and sewing a very narrow seam. Seems like that would work, too.<br><br>
I'd choose flannel, mainly because I am waaaaaaaay too intimidated to sew anything with knits.
 

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I can barely sew more than a straight line and I"ve made about 6 rb that are double layer. I've also made burp cloths about 10x17 in the same fashion. My mom is my instructor and she is nuts about ironing at every step. They turn out really nice though. Good since most of these are for gifts. Also to close the opening you leave to turn it right-side out, just press the edges in and stitch really close to the edge to catch the tiny seam. Its hardly noticeable once you're done. I then topstitch just using the presser foot as a guide. I was at FabricLand today and there is a 40% off sale. I bought flannel and chenille to make blankets for Christmas for my two girls. Have fun sewing!
 

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Oh, this sounds like a great way to use some of my huge stash of Raggedy Anne and Andy fabric I bought thinking I would use it was DD was a baby-two years ago. Of course I need more receiving blankets like I need a hole in my head-I swear mine are bunnies and reproduce in the wash. Maybe I could make a fleece lined sleep sack too? RA&A is GN right?
 

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Yes, I think RA&A is gender neutral <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Okay, I am out there looking for adorable RB flannel, but does anyone know how much fabric goes into one RB? I understand if I double it up and sew it inside out, obviously I use twice as much. But how much do I need for one blanket that isn't doubled? I don't have a yard stick on me to measure this one RB I have in front of me (all of my sewing stuff is at my friend's house!)
 

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Most store bought receiving blanket are smaller (2.5 feet square????) I like mine a little bigger, so I sue about a yard and a 1/3. Most fabric is 45" wide, so I just fold that over (triangle), square it up, and use that - so mine, finished are about 40" square)<br><br>
ETA: for newborns, I really like to have a small heavier blanket to wrap them in. I like it about 20 " square and usually do 2 pieces of cotton (one 1 minkee)with warm&natural quilt batting in the middle. I like to swaddle the babies then lay them across this diagonal, and I found it works great to keep tiny babies warm.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes">: Not in the DDC...but love to do this later. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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