Some of the first things I sewed for my girls were fleece blankets and stuffed toy rabbits. That was 10 years ago... gosh, is my oldest really turning 10!
In those days there wasn't any of the super soft fleece we get these days, nor did I own a sewing machine with a blanket stitch. That blanket stitch was done by hand - many hours over many evenings!
Here is one of my latest blanket/rabbit sets - this doesn't have a recipient yet, but hopefully someone I know will have a little girl soon.