Today I have another great baby project: Easy DIY Baby Swaddle Blanket Pattern and Tutorial which sews up quickly in 10 minutes.. This is perfect for anyone who wants to make a quick gift for a new baby! Often many store bought swaddle blankets are never quite big enough to get a good swaddle, by making your own you can make one large enough for baby to grow and still wrap them up tight. Also by using a knit, the fabric can breathe so baby doesn't get too hot and has a slight stretch to it to help keep them snug.
For this project, you will need 1 yard of Knit fabric. You can use Jersey Knit or Interlock (not as stretchy) for this project. I used an organic interlock knit from Spoonflower, which is fun because your choice of prints is nearly endless. When the fabric arrives it is a little bit stiff but once you wash it, it softens right up. My other go-to for making items for baby is Fabricworm's Organic knit fabrics. They have lots of great prints and are not quite as pricey. They are also the softest fabric I have ever felt! I really like the Wildland Collection they have right now and have been counting down the months until Tall Tales comes in (hurry up April)!
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The prints I used for the blankets in the pictures are Moose Trot from Ivie Cloth Co. and You Look Fancy Deer from Mint Peony Designs.
Find the fabrics used for blankets:
You can follow the instructions on the screen or find the link to the Resource Library below to download the pattern and instructions.
Easy DIY Baby Swaddle Blanket Pattern and Tutorial
**** If using a regular sewing machine, be sure to use a ball point needle for the knit fabric to make sure you don't have any skipped stitches.
Connie Gay says
I love this quick and easy pattern. I am currently using it to make baby blankets for a mission project. We will be sending them to Nicaragua. You are so awesome to share this for free. Our church sews for missions and I needed a quick and easy baby blanket. I don't have time to figure it out. Be blessed. Thanks again.
THANK YOU so much for this adorable (and so easy!) idea and pattern. I have made quite a few of these blankets in flannels, soft cotton knits and fleece. I have also varied the sizes... 1 1/4 yards of a standard 42" fabric will make a generous 40" x 40" or 40" x 42" (after washing/drying and pre-shrinking!) which is nice for bigger or older babies. I have also made 40" x 50" for toddler crib blankies... and small square "loveys" for babies of any age! Loveys can be 14" x 14", 15" x 15", 16" x 16" or larger. Any size goes, really - just work with what you have to maximize your scraps and your stash!
Thank you so much Lynn!
This was a fun easy project for a beginner like me! I used the zig zag stitch on my sewing machine, but I think a serger would have really made it shine. I also made matching knit hats, which were adorable and very simple! Thank you so much for providing fabric ideas as well, it's so helpful for us newbies 🙂
Thank you for this! Do you think if I bought a yard of 58 inch fabric I would be able to make this and a newborn hat?
Yes that should be enough for both 🙂
So my daughter also loves these in flannel as after-tubby towels for my grand baby who has very sensitive skin. They are big enough to really wrap around him, and so soft and absorbent!
You could easily add a triangle piece of fabric in the corner for the baby’s head (like store-bought baby towels often have) but it’s really not necessary!
I also made her a stack of 12” “washcloths” which she loves.
So yet another idea from this adorable pattern - for all the special babies in our lives!!!
That is such a good idea! Maybe another tutorial to make. My kids loved them when they were little.
Hello, I'm a beginner, so I'm wondering : what does it mean exactly to "backstitch and secure using a straight stitch"? After finishing your zigzag seem, you juste change the stitch to straight and do a back stitch, or do you need to do all the seem again with a straight stitch? Sorry for the stupid question and thank you!
If you google those terms there are some great basic sewing dictionary resources.