I made this blanket with a yard of fleece and a yard of flannel using the method
described in this blog post. Then, as I was cleaning up the scrap fabric I had the idea to cut out the letters to personalize it for my niece Gia. I wasn't totally sure how it would work, so I did a test first. I loved how it turned out. So I cut out the letters and pinned them down.
Then I sewed around the edges of the letters. Then I cut as close as I could to the edge I just sewed. Then I washed the blanket. And the next day I took it as a gift to newborn Gia in the hospital!