Baby Swaddler Tutorial

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.

How to Make a Swaddler That Fits

Want to make one? You’ll need:

1 piece of poster board and a pencil
a ruler
1 yard of cotton fabric
1 yard of minky
No Snag velcro (because it won’t scratch baby!)
sewing machine and thread
**Use 1/2 inch seam allowance unless otherwise stated.**

First you need to do a little measuring. I recommend getting a piece of poster board and using pencil so you can tweak the shape until you get it how you want it.
swaddleaUse 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!

swaddlebThen you will need to cut 2 pieces of minky measuring 12” wide and 16” tall. This will be an inner pocket for the baby. I used two different colors for the purposes of the tutorial but you could also use the same color. Again, 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 you’re going to make a box pleat at the top in the middle. This will help the swaddler hug the baby’s shoulders more snugly. When the baby grows you can pick the seam and make it bigger!
The pleat should be 2”.
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.
How to Make a Swaddler That Fits
Looking for a quicker project to sew for baby? Try THIS ONE.
I hope this makes sense, if you have any questions let me know! 
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46 thoughts on “Baby Swaddler Tutorial

  1. Dah! I am saving this! My daughter stopped sleeping through the night when she outgrew her baby wrap… that was 13 months ago. (I’m tired) I tried to make one but it was a fail. The next baby will have 5. 🙂
    Thank you!

  2. Found you through “Someday Crafts”; That is so cool! I’m expecting baby #2 in June, I think I’ve got enough time to whip a few of these up. Thank’s for sharing!

  3. For some strange reason, I didn’t use swaddlers for either of my girls, but all of my friends have recently used them and loved them! I will definitely try them out whenever we decide it is time for baby #3 so thank you so much for the tutorial. I am definitely bookmarking it and I am now your newest follower!

  4. Thanks! I have been wanting to make one of these and you made it simple. Question: How would you put in some holes for the purpose of pulling a harness through? I know that a lot of the ones in the store have that and I would love to include it. It was my biggest frustration with swaddling my son.

  5. adaynasmile, I would put the baby in swaddler and put him in the swing and mark where the harness needs to come through on the back and the front. Then I would put a buttonhole wide enough for the strap on the front and one on the back. I have a swaddler that has a hole that goes through both the layers at once but I think you would probably break several needles attempting that!

  6. Hello friend, I’m probably over thinking it, but I’m trying to draw my patern. You go down 8” Then the ‘arm’ is 17” long. Is that the “middle” of the arm, or the bottom of the arm. Another way to ask the question, is in the drawing you have, is the 17 length in the middle of the 5” or along the bottom for that measure. (I don’t have a baby to test the paper on!)

  7. Oh my goodness, I love this and I love your blog, I’ve already shared it with a bunch of my girlies. I was just wondering if you were going to post a tutorial on making cute hats? Unfortunately I am completely untalented when it comes to knitting so I’m looking forward to a few cute ones for sewing projects??? Unfortunately, I live in Buff NY, and we are almost gearing up for winter again, haha, and I remember last winter I couldn’t find a good cute warm one anywhere!!

  8. I do love this and they have been a hit with my friends. Only change I have is You don’t really need a whole yard of minky material. I only bought 2/3 and if you don’t waste, that’s plenty…save a few $$$…

  9. I just made one for my niece’s upcoming baby, a girl, and tomorrow I’m making onematching burp cloths. Who doesn’t need those! Thanks, my pink minky and flannel is adorable and my grandson’s getting a blue one!

  10. I love your tutorial. Checked lots of sites, only to find that you had to buy the pattern. I am making this for my neice’s baby shower. Thank you so much, I’m sure she will love it.

  11. This is so cute! I made one for my neice using giraffe-print flannellette and she goes right to sleep when she’s bundled into it. I appreciated the suggestion of a pocket to secure the baby before wrapping them in the wings.

  12. I love this tutorial, but I think I must be missing something…. The hood. Did you go over the hood measurements in the tutorial; did I miss it somehow? I’m especially curious BC your hood in the image looks nice and snug and that’s what I’m aiming for with my version. Thank you!

  13. I don’t know if this has been ask so I’ll ask….I see the bear has a hood, but I didn’t notice it was part of the tutorial?…How was the hood added? Sorry a bit of a newbie… 🙂

  14. Thanks heaps for the tutorial my Daughter is due in October to have her first bub and asked if I could make her some as they are popular in our hospitals in Australia now.

  15. What is ‘minky’ please. I am english so there must be another word for it. Hope I am not being really thick!!!! Thank you.

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