Skill Level: Confident Beginner
In need of a quick and easy baby shower gift? Or need something cozy and cute for your little one on the way? This simple and unique and free swaddle blanket pattern and tutorial is great option!
- This post is based off a tutorial found on Pretty Prudent with a few minor changes – you can find the original tutorial here: https://www.prettyprudent.com/new-improved-diy-swaddle-blanket-2/
- The matching sleep gown is the Lapneck Gown featuring drawstring closure from Lowland Kids. The hat is from the Baby Sleeper Gown and Cap pattern from Ellie and Mac (affiliate).
- No pattern is required for this tutorial – all cuts will be based on measurements or drawn free-hand
- Fabric - This tutorial is designed for lightweight knit fabrics
- Fabric with 30% stretch or less seems to work well
- From In House Printing: I highly recommend High Loft Jersey knit – it is lightweight with a great drape! Premium Athletic Knit would also work but has significantly more stretch
- The featured print and fabric base is Lilly Turtles on Pink from the Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Collection in Spun High Loft (affiliate)
- From Preorder: Cotton Spandex or Bamboo Spandex – again these fabrics have 50% stretch or more. They will work but will perform a little differently
- Amount required:
- Main: 1 yard
- Trim: < ½ yard or long scraps - the hot pink trim shown is cotton spandex from my fabric stash
- Cutting Mat & Rotary Cutter
- If you don’t have these, that’s okay – you can use fabric scissors. A Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter just make measuring and cutting a little faster and easier
- Fabric Markers
- Washable markers used to mark your pattern pieces
- Straight Pins and Quilting Clips
- Used to hold your pieces together while sewing
- Iron and Ironing Board/Mat
- For pressing (as desired)
- Sewing Machine
- This blanket can be made completely using a sewing machine. A serger can be used along the blanket seams, if desired, but it is not required
Next, we are going to create a French Seam on the back of our swaddle. Take your two bottle pieces and place WRONG SIDES TOGETHER. Line up the straight edges on the wide part of the pieces and sew together.
- Fold pieces over so that they are right sides together and the raw edge is covered. Press seam flat, and sew across the seam with a 5/8” seam allowance.
- Open the swaddle back up, fold your seam to one side, press if desired. Sew the flap down.
ADDING THE SWADDLE TO THE BLANKET
- Fold the blanket in half lengthwise. Mark on the crease with a fabric marker (marked here with clips)
- Line the seam of the swaddle up with the crease line of the blanket. Using a ruler or measuring tape, mark 3.5 inches and 7.5 inches down on the swaddle. The space above and below these marks is where you sew your swaddle to your blanket.
- The space between the marks will be used to tuck the swaddle around the blanket if you would rather not tie it.
- Secure the swaddle to the blanket by sewing above and below the marks from the previous step. If you are feeling extra fancy, you can use an embroidery stitch. Make sure to secure your stitches by backstitching on each end.
- Remember to leave the part between the marks open for tucking.
- That’s it! Your new Tie Swaddle Blanket is complete!
HOW TO WRAP YOUR TIE SWADDLE BLANKET
Lay baby in the middle of the blanket.
Take one corner of the blanket and wrap around baby
Take the bottom corner of the blanket and bring up around baby’s shoulder.
Take the other corner of the blanket and wrap around baby.
Bring swaddle pieces together and tie together.
Create bow with remaining length of swaddle.
- Repeat steps 1-4 above
- Take one side of the swaddle and fold in edg
Wrap around baby and tuck through back slot in between swaddle and blanket.
Bring other swaddle piece over and wrap around baby.
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