then i decided that it looked a little too christmas-y and i didn't have a flannel blanket to match it at all. so then i made this one:
which i think is much cuter. then i realized that i had this blanket. i added the crochet edge to it:
it all turned out really cute! here is the gift all put together with a little blue bear and a book:
i really liked how it turned out and she was really pleased with the gift. i did finally find a blanket to match the "christmas-y" hat. more on that later!