You can't have enough receiving blankets when you have a new baby. Making them is an easy project that you can do while you're waiting for your new baby to arrive. They make wonderful gifts for baby showers and new babies. You can make a couple of new receiving blankets in about an hour. This project can be done by beginners and experienced stitchers alike. Your new baby will love his new blanket.
Wash and dry the fabric to preshrink and soften it. Cut the fabric to the size you want the blanket, plus 1 inch for hemming. The average size receiving blanket is 30 inches by 30 inches. However, for a larger blanket you can use 1 1/2 yards of 45 inch wide fabric and not cut it.
Trim the selvage edge and fold over 1/4 inch along one edge. Fold over again another 1/4 inch. Beginners may want to pin the edge down with straight pins from the outside of the fabric in towards the center.
Sew a zigzag stitch along the inside edge of the fold. Stop before you get to the end and fold the corner in like a miter cut. Sew into the corner. Place the sewing machine needle in the fabric and lift the foot. Turn the fabric to the direction of the next edge and put the foot back down. Continue to sew and repeat at the next corner.
Sew the hem in the same manner all the way back to where you began. Trim off thread. If the blanket is a gift, iron it and fold for wrapping.