On an unexpected trip to a shop called Spotlight while we were in Sydney over the holidays, I was drawn like a moth to the flame to the section of Prints Charming fabric. I just loved this oversized cheater print and stocked up so I could use it for the backing of some upcoming baby quilts I'm planning. But once I got it home and spread it out on the kitchen table, I realized that it would make the perfect colorful binding for some flannel receiving blankets that I've had on my mind for a while.
I was loathe to cut into my brand new fabric for anything but its intended purpose, but it made the perfect bias tape (I used this tutorial) and I'm really happy with the way the blankets turned out. The only killer is that the dotty flannel I picked up at Joann's seems to have a bit of shadowy misprinted dot imperfections, although they were impossible to capture on camera. If I decide they are not "nice" enough for baby gifts, I can always just keep them for home use, as I'm expecting my first baby this May. We aren't going to find out if it's a boy or a girl, but in my book, this binding works for either. In the meantime, I'm taking good flannel recommendations for my next batch.