Here are examples of the three kinds of blankets I made (and they're all my attempts at gender neutral). The first is just rows of double crochet. Those ones usually ended up being the biggest blankets because I always start with too big of a chain.
The second one is a big granny square. One of the granny square blankets I made had nine little squares I'd made previously crocheted together. I made a shades of blue granny square, that patriotic one, and the sock monkey inspired one below.
The third pattern is one I found online called the brain dead pattern. Once you get the hang of it, it's just as mindless as the other patterns I used. The example in the picture is made with a variegated baby yarn. I also made one with girly colored stripes.
I used some pink and blue flannel I got from the remnant bin at Joann's, some neutral colored ribbon, and drapery clips from Ikea. Ikea seemed to have the best prices I could find for clips.
|My pregnant self making nursing cover straps|
For the gift bags, I used plain white gift bags and made mini posters to decorate the front sides of the bags. Here's the file for my bag fronts. I printed them out two to a page.