Upcycled Sweater Baby Cocoon

Ever realize the day before (or even the day of) a baby shower that you’ve neglected to get a gift?  Never fear!  This baby cocoon is fast, easy, cheap, AND super durable.  

The trick here is to use French seams, so there will be no unraveling, no need for a serger!

 First, find a sweater, wash in hot water, and tumble dry.  This way you know it’s not going to shrink!  Cut the sleeves off. 

Cut the sleeves open on the inside seam.

 Ok, so this may sound wrong, but you’re going to sew it together wrong sides facing.  Just trust me here.  Zig zag as close to the edge as you can.

Then turn it right sides facing and sew again, using a 1/2″ seam allowance to make sure none of the first seam shows through.

Not too shabby huh?  You could stop here, and it would be a fine gift, but I wanted this one to have a hood.  
Repeat the first steps with the hood pieces, stopping 5 inches from the bottom.

Pin the hood inside the cocoon with the wrong side of the hood facing the wrong side of the cocoon.  Zig Zag. 

 Fold it over and sew again with a 1/2″ seam allowance again.  

Now all of your raw edges are encased in the raw seams, and you have a beautiful, durable baby cocoon.

11 thoughts on “Upcycled Sweater Baby Cocoon

  1. Love love love this Alida! Pinning it now :)
    This is Crystal. . . I don’t know how to comment with a real name other than anonymous :)

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