Upcycled Sweater Baby Cocoon

Upcycled Baby Cocoon Tutorial
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!

Upcycled Baby Cocoon Tutorial

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. 

 
Upcycled Baby Cocoon Tutorial
 
Cut the sleeves open on the inside seam.
 
Upcycled Baby Cocoon Tutorial: Alida Makes
 
 
Upcycled Baby Cocoon Tutorial: Alida Makes

 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.

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

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

Upcycled Baby Cocoon Tutorial: Alida Makes

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

Upcycled Baby Cocoon Tutorial: Alida Makes
 
Now all of your raw edges are encased in the raw seams, and you have a beautiful, durable baby cocoon.
 
Upcycled Baby Cocoon Tutorial
 
 

12 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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