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make birthing blankets
submitted by Gwen
have been asked to put sewing patterns on, but it is not as easy.
Here is the first.
It is a very versatile thing It can be used in all sorts of ways depending
on the sizes and materials it is made of,it can be a birthing blanket or
a burial wrap.
The instructions have been written by Gwen - she is a professional sewer
and has done us these easy instructions so that this pattern can be made
by a real novice (me). They can be made on a basic sewing machine, a zigzag
stitch would be useful.
These handy blankets can be used in various sizes:
24" x 24" are used in the delivery suite, post natal wards, and neonatal
18" x 18" are used in the delivery suite and on the neonatal ward
15" x 15" are used in the delivery suite and the neonatal ward
12" x 12" are used in the delivery suite and the neonatal ward
8" x 8" and 6" x 6" are used for very early losses, on the gynaecology ward,
and delivery suite
Sizes 12" to 24" can be made with fine towelling, or with fine towelling/cotton
to make them reversible.
Sizes 6" and 8"can be made similar or with cotton/satin, and lace added
if wished. Please only use pale colours for these sizes.
Cut out two squares of suitable fabric (fine towelling, flannelette, etc.)
Cut two further squares approx. ¼ of the size.
Fold the small square in ½ to form a triangle. Right sides facing, stitch
down the long side. Turn right side out and lock stitch.
Take the larger squares. Put 1st square down, with right side facing. Put
triangle into corner, corners matching. Place other square on top, right
side facing down.
Pin if you wish.
Starting at the bottom edge, stitch all the way round, leaving a gap of
3" to 5" depending on which size you are making.
Turn the blanket to the right side, by pulling through the gap.
Top stitch, close to the edge, all the way round, turning in the material
to hide the gap
Use lock stitch, zigzag or fancy stitch.
Things to remember:
Keep everything as smooth as possible, stitching, edges, material etc.
Babies have very tender skin, especially the tiny 1lb plus babies in the
Neutral colours are always best as the suit baby boys or girls.