I actually made this receiving blanket for my 8 year old son for his Birthday. He turned 8 on Sunday. He had a blanket that he has carried around since he was born and it was starting to fall apart. I wanted him to be able to save that blanket before it got worse so I made him a new blanket to cuddle. He loves one because I made it out of flannel. I hope it will stay soft for him because I know that some flannel gets a weird feeling after being washed. He actually picked the fabric himself. He liked the brown monkey fabric so we found a few others to go with it. I wanted to do something different with the front so I pieced it. I mixed squares and triangles. It turned out so cute. I love it. I used rick rack to hide the edge when I sewed it front to back. It was the first self binding blanket I have done like this. It was pretty easy. I hope the next one turns out a little better on the corners. I am such a perfectionist that I pick at myself and the little pieces I mess up on but then I don't want to start over so I end up leaving it. Oh well. It is so cute. He loves it so that makes me happy. I love to make things for people and have them get excited about it.