I get bored with the usual pillowcased receiving blanket for Baby Shower gifts. When Roan was wee, I spotted the duvet inserts for cribs and was hooked. They are warm and you can change them up. Plus, the added bonus of lovely flannel, which is a fabric for anything baby.
Shopping for insert:
Ikea’s Len. Only $14.99 and soft. 100% polyester filled. But on the smaller side.
Jo jo Designs. (Google for stores) More costly, but larger and down filled.
Company Store for Kids. They sell sythetic and down filled. The size is generous and they machine wash wonderfully.
I use two flannels.
Measure your duvet insert.
Add four inches to the length and one inch to the width of each panel.
I serge the edges (or zig-zag). Add a one inch hem at the bottom of each.
Sew some snap twill tape or velcro onto the hem on the right side of the fabric.
Now press this hem to the wrong side so that the closure will be on the inside (press to the wrong side of fabric).
Place the panels right sides together. Using a 1/2 inch seam, sew up the length, across the top and down the last length. Backstitch of course.
Clip corners and turn rightside out. Insert comforter.
I like to add appliqued stars or a contrasting panel at the top or bottom sometimes.