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Knit Receiving Blankets for BABY BOYS! (templates included…)

It’s BABY BOY TIME……..and I can hardly stand it!  (In cased you missed it, there is a tiny little fella growing in my belly, as we speak! Er, or type.)


And yeah, there are plenty of girl things on this blog…….so it’s time to set aside the ruffles and the bows and the 23 shades of pink, and let the little boy stuff out!  (Even though this obviously can be used for baby girls too……I’m trying to devote this post to boys, since there seems to be less of that out there.)



First up?  Receiving blankets.


**And okay, these same blankets can be used for girls too.  Girls like nautical/whale items, I know…..but just go with it!   We’re talking BOYS today! :)





I love receiving blankets.  I use them more than any other blanket, especially the knit variety.  They’re stretchy and soft and cozy……and even a little absorbent (hey, spit-up happens…).

And this baby is coming in July.  Yeah, HOT.  So these are perfectly light…..but still keeps the chill off brand new skin.





Oh, little whale and anchor……you’re making me so excited to meet this little guy.





The binding may be my favorite part.  It gives such a nice punch of color…….and those rounded corners eliminate pesky corners.





Okay, one last reason why I love these — I’m a swaddler.  I like to swaddle my babies and keep them snug as a bug.  The knit fabric allows for stretch, yet doesn’t overheat.





How fun are these to customize for your own baby, or make a set as a baby gift.  Let the momma choose the colors, ask her if there’s a nursery theme, cut out the letters of the baby’s name, etc…  So fun.  So personal!


Love them!  And I can’t wait to wrap this little guy in his brand new blankies!




Want to make some too?



Maybe you remember…..but I made some similar Knit Receiving Blankets (and hats too) when I was pregnant with Chloe.




These little boy receiving blankets are exactly the same… go ahead and follow the link above and make a few.



The whale and anchor are attached the same way too.


If you’d like to use my whale and anchor templates, feel free.  You can find ALL TEMPLATES HERE.



But first, iron some Fusible Adhesive to the WRONG side of the fabric, giving yourself a large enough area to trace your shapes.  (Confused about Fusible Adhesive??)



Then, trace your shape right onto the paper side of the adhesive.



Cut your shape out and then peel the paper backing right off.



Place the shiny side of your shape down onto your blanket, wherever you’d like it……and then iron down to activate the adhesive.  Follow the instructions on your packaging and be sure to lift and press….don’t drag or pull the iron across the fabric.



Then, stitch around your shape with a straight or zig-zag stitch.  (If you’re using knit fabric for your shapes, you don’t have to worry about it fraying… a straight seam works great!)



And that’s it.

A fun and personalized receiving blanket for your little guy (or a little guy you know)!








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  1. Joyce Ansell says:

    Love these, my daughter is having a baby boy in August and a shower in June. These will be perfect! So difficult to find cute boy things. Thanks so much!

  2. Michelle S says:

    Where do you find the knit binding? I have been looking for almost a year & can’t find any. Help please.

  3. Laura C says:

    Congrats on your little boy! Our kids are girl, boy, girl, boy too. lol Cute boy things ARE so hard to find and I am excited you will be doing more boy stuff now. :) Thanks!

  4. Kate Danielle says:

    The are so great! I just may have to make my baby nephew some and some girl ones for my baby girl on the way!

  5. Chelsea says:

    I adore these! My best friend is pregnant and these look like such an easy gift for her. Thank you!

  6. Allison M says:

    Holy Moly!! These are adorable and I’m also expecting a baby boy this July!! How exciting :D I completely missed that post on your blog, so when I read that I had to reread it (I thought it might’ve been baby brain). I’m due July 5th and my little guy is going to be getting a few of these :)

  7. Donna says:

    Thanks for the great little post. Have just finished a unisex blanket/ wrap for the little person waiting to join our family. These are great xxx

  8. Amanda says:

    These are too cute! My littlest guy still sleeps with his knit swaddling blanket. His is now all stretched out and ratty, but he can’t sleep without it. I even tried making him a new blanket with the same fabric but it was a no go! Anyway, your little man will be a lucky guy!

  9. Sarah says:

    Absolutely love these. I’m due next week with my second boy. Where do you find such cute knits with patterns? I never see them in the stores.

  10. Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker says:

    Thank you! I was trying to do knit applique the other day and I was having such trouble! I will have to try this!

  11. Diana H says:

    Our lil boy still loves his knit blankie…. I think I may need to super size to a larger knit blankie. Love the colors and patterns of these two! So cute.
    Congrats on #4…. It’s going to be fun to see him get incorporated into Halloween costume time!

  12. Hope says:

    How CUUUUTE!! These are perfect… My baby sister is having a boy, due in September, and her hubby is a Coastie. I’m going to have to steal this for SURE!

  13. Emma says:

    I love love love these blankets! I’m so excited for some little boy projects….it is sometimes hard to be inspired to sew for my little guy.

  14. Mary W. says:

    I’ve been checking in on your blog for a year or so now and have loved all your girl-themed projects. I just had a boy, 4 weeks ago ( after 3 girls Ages 7, 5, and 2.5) and am excited to see your ideas for little bitty boys :)!

  15. Rachel says:

    Congratulations! I just found out that I will have a great nephew in August so this will come in handy!

    Thank you!

  16. Rebekah says:

    I’m expecting another boy in June, and I love these! This is definitely a project I’m going to start on. Where did you get the knit fabrics? And are these the interlock knit like your previous tutorial has in it? Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

  17. Katie says:

    Where did you find the fabric for these blankets?

  18. Nancy says:

    CONGRATULATIONS to all of you…….Love the blankets but where can I purchase the cute grey/navy knits??

  19. Heidi says:

    SOOO cute!! Can I ask where you like to buy knit fabrics?? :) I’ve been buying from and like them but I’d love to know other places too!!!

  20. Robin says:

    Aww, congratulations Ashley! We’re due with our first in July (NOT looking forward to the hot weather) and even though I’m having a girl, the hubby’s a Navy Guy, so I think the little anchor blanket may be just the thing for our little lady, too ;) Thanks as always for your awesome project ideas!

  21. Patty Mullen says:

    Love the nautical theme!! How exciting!! I’m having my first boy any day now. I can’t wait :)

  22. Joy Candrian says:

    Love the colors and the simple applique designs!
    xoxo Grandma

  23. Katie says:

    We’re having a boy in July, too, and all we have are girl blankets! Can’t wait to try my hand at these. Thank you for the tutorial and templates!

    1. Ashley says:

      I know, that’s our problem… these were really fun to make!

      And congrats to you too! :)

  24. Lisa at Mabey She Made It says:

    Congrats on the little boy! And these are really adorable. I love the anchor and fabric choices!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Lisa!

  25. Vanessa says:

    Wow these look adorable! I love your blog and all your projects. It is so hard to find cute boy things (I have a 3 month old baby boy). I will definitely be making some of these this week. Thanks for your easy to follow tutorial! Congrats on your growing belly!

    1. Ashley says:

      I know, boy things are harder to find….but I have several things I’m dying to share! :) And congrats on your new little guy! :)

  26. Angela says:

    I’m having a little boy too! These blankets are too cute!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh hooray…..congrats to you too!

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