i have to begin this post by reminding you that i am NOT a seamstress...i can function well enough on my sewing machine as long as it is simple and straight. this also means i will do my best with the directions but i don't know all the correct sewing terminology. this all began because i wanted to create a soft snuggly blanket for channing, without spending a lot of money or time but still having a little something special added to it. this blanket fit the bill. i purchased the minky fleece from hobby lobby (it is on sale at 30% off) and created the bird detail by finding a bird outline on google images. simple design + straight lines + quick + affordable = a happy mamma & special treat for the baby.