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Date: 12/27/10 10:09 PM

I'm wanting to make some receiving blankets for my sister-in-law and have found much useful information here, but I have a question about the sizes.

Most of what I've seen has square blankets--either 36" or 45" with the 45" seemingly better. But, I bought some various flannel prints in one yard quantities not really thinking about the final product. Is there a reason to make them square? Or would a 36"x45" blanket be equally useful?

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Date: 12/27/10 10:32 PM

I had different sizes to use with our boys & non-square worked fine!

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Date: 12/27/10 10:37 PM

I'm having a brain lapse on how to swaddle, but I think we used square blankets for that. We found a really specific kind of knit blanket that we liked, so those were designated for swaddling and our other receiving blankets were used for tummy time, sun shades, and all the other random uses blankets have for babies.

My vote is to make a 36x45 instead of a 36x36. A bigger size can be used longer for a baby and can always be folded in half if a smaller size is needed.

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Date: 12/27/10 10:47 PM

Thanks sunnyalta and newmama! I'm off to the sewing room then for some 36x45" blankets!

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Date: 12/27/10 11:00 PM

As a once upon a time nursery nurse, my recollection is that we always used square receiving blankets. They were probably 36"x36" initially, but well shrunk from hospital laundering. The square blankets are very easy to swaddle with. It might seem that at home it will not matter how efficiently you can wrap a baby, but it really does comfort them tremendously, and they can get quit squirmy when fussing because they don't feel secure unswaddled.

So that's probably why receiving blankets are traditionally square. As long as your sister-in-law has some square receiving blankets, though, they needn't all be square. She'll quickly learn to recognize which ones are suitable for quick and easy swaddling, and which to use for other things.

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Date: 12/27/10 11:07 PM

You can always make 45 X 45 inch blankets. They will work as the baby gets larger.

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Date: 12/28/10 0:09 AM

Well, here is my first blanket:
I need to practice my corners some more as these are a little wonky. Of course I used the nicest flannel up first, instead of the ones that were pill-y. Oh well. It will get dirty and messy and I don't think my brother and SIL will mind the non-symmetry too much.

I do have some knits that I have multiple yards so I'll make some 45" square blankets too, but the flannel knits that I bought recently (the boy has to have cute dinos and monkeys!) are all one yard cuts.

They'll have plenty of blankets though so I'm not worried that they won't have enough square ones. They are having multiple showers because they have so many friends in different circles. They were given quite a few already (handmade and purchased) at the one shower I went to.

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Date: 12/28/10 1:54 AM

I make sets of receiving blankets for my daughters to give their friends who are having babies...they pay me. I make single, not double flannel, 45" square, which I serge with baby yarn in the upper looper. They last and are the favorite blankets the Moms receive. They love the size for swaddling. They worked beautifully on my grandbabies. I rolled them up like big burritos in those blankets. The kids even continue to use them as they get older.

The ones you have already made are really cute! Good job!

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Date: 12/28/10 3:38 AM

MY best friend had a whole heap of smaller wraps that had shrunk in the dryer, & when she had her second baby she asked me to join them together in pairs to make them bigger. So they were long rectangles - probably 36" x 45".
They got a huge amount of use. They were used for swaddling & laying on in the early days. They kept getting used even after the swaddling days were over, as sheets etc. Even as a 4 year old those wraps were used to snuggle in front of the TV or to take in the car, or to take to a friends house when they'd be expecting to lay down for a nap/bedtime.
I've made a few (approx) 45" squares for other friends & I know they've been well-used over years too.
So I'd recommend the bigger sizes as very practical.

-- Edited on 12/28/10 3:39 AM --

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Date: 12/28/10 8:39 AM

I prefer a square. Flannel in the winter and cotton interlock in the summer. I made a double 45" flannel for the last baby shower and the first time mom saw me a few months later and told me it was her favorite blanket. Now that swaddling has come back in fashion a nice square is best.

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