Does your baby love to be swaddled but your receiving blanket doesn’t stay put? Do you want to give a unique baby shower gift that the Mommy will surely treasure? Well you need a baby swaddler! (NOTE: The hat that the bear is wearing is separate, it is not a hood on top of the swaddler.) I have several store bought baby swaddlers but none of them quite did the job right, so I made my own.
Here is my adorable Ellie belly modeling hers:
Want to make one? You’ll need:
Use the above measurements and ruler to make a template with all straight lines first. Then draw your curves. You will be cutting on the FOLD. You to cut one piece of minky and one piece of cotton. Make sure the stretch is going horizontally!
Use the above instructions for your swaddler pieces and your pocket pieces. **MINKY TIP** pin, pin, pin. I am usually a lazy pinner but when you’re sewing with minky the more pins you use the better! And just sew right over the pins or it will shift like crazy. Your swaddler should now look like this:
Now grab your pocket and decide which side will be the inside. Sew a 12” piece of velcro down the top right corner of the INSIDE.
Now turn it over and pin to the bottom of the swaddler. I probably could have rounded the bottom corners of the pocket but I didn’t, so I kind of tucked them under as I pinned. Sew the pocket down the right side, bottom and left side *just until you get to the velcro*.
Now you’re going to pin another 12” piece of velcro beneath the velcro on the pocket like so:
Now roll up a bath towel and stick it in the pocket.
Fold the left side of the swaddler down and pin in place.
Then repeat with the right side. You should now have something resembling a burrito!
Carefully undo your pins and pin velcro on each side where you pinned. It will look something like this:
The longer you make the velcro the longer the baby will be able to wear it. Also it’s plenty long with extra room to grow, so if you put it on a tiny newborn you can tuck the bottom up into the ‘wings’.
Sew the velcro in place and voila! You have a baby swaddler.
Looking for a quicker project to sew for baby? Try THIS ONE.