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Tutorial // How to make the perfect baby swaddle (every time)

How to make and wrap the perfect baby swaddle // Free tutorial by Megan Nielsen // an easy sew for beginners and a wonderful gift for expecting moms

I absolutely love swaddling my babies! Swaddling is awesome because not only does it keep your baby snug and warm, but it helps prevent them from waking themselves with their own startle reflex.

There are a lot of really cute swaddling blankets out there, but unfortunately many of them are just too tiny to actually be useful. The only brand I’ve bought and actually been able to use were Aden and Anais swaddles, they are truly lovely and very large.

Generally I much prefer to make my own, that way i can have complete control over size and fabric choice. It’s easy, cheap, and i think anyone can do it, even with the most basic of sewing skills. I always keep one in my handbag incase i need an emergency breastfeeding cover, or something clean to lay a baby down on. Handmade swaddles also make great gifts! I love giving friends a handmade swaddle as a newborn gift – the perfect combination of useful and thoughtful.

So if you’d like to whip up a swaddle (or like 10 because its just that easy) here is how:

How to make and wrap the perfect baby swaddle // Free tutorial by Megan Nielsen // an easy sew for beginners and a wonderful gift for expecting moms CHOOSING A FABRIC

It’s important to make swaddles out of natural breathable fibres. You don’t want baby to get too hot, and you don’t want to wrap them up in a potential suffocation risk. My personal favourites are cotton or bamboo knit as fabrics with a little bit of stretch make wrapping so much easier, and harder for baby to bust an arm out. I also really like using cotton muslin for woven swaddles.

Tip: I like to try and choose all my fabrics so that they coordinate with each other and also baby’s room and other linens.

HOW MANY?

Short answer: more than one. Babies are messy, you need extra. I tend to make a minimum of four for each baby. A few knit and a few woven swaddles so that i always have choice, and incase any get messes on them. This also means you never worry about whether you left the swaddle in your bag or the car or oh-my-goodness-at-a-friends-house.

How to make and wrap the perfect baby swaddle // Free tutorial by Megan Nielsen // an easy sew for beginners and a wonderful gift for expecting momsCUT YOUR FABRIC

For a woven swaddle cut a square that is 120cm x 120cm (47inches x 47inches). For a knit swaddle you can get away with something a little smaller due to the stretch, and cut a square that is  1m x 1m (39inches x 39inches).

How to make and wrap the perfect baby swaddle // Free tutorial by Megan Nielsen // an easy sew for beginners and a wonderful gift for expecting momsSEW PRESS REPEAT

Sewing is super easy.

For knit swaddles, turn 1/2 (1.2cm) towards the wrong side along each of the four edges. Press and sew just under 1/2 (1.2cm) from the folded edge using either a zig zag stitch or a twin needle. Since knit fabrics don’t fray you don’t have to worry about finishing those raw edges, but if you’d like to, you can serge/overlock the edges before hemming. If you’ve got a coverstitch machine this is going to be even easier. Don’t forget to press!

For woven swaddles, turn in 1/4″ (0.6cm) and then 1/4″ (0.6cm) again so that you’re enclosing those raw edges and topstitch closed. Don’t forget to press! Another method would be to serge/overlock all the raw edges and then turn in 1/2″ (1.2cm) as with the knit swaddles, and sew. This option is nice if you’re worried about the hems being too bulky (i’m always concerned about baby’s comfort).

That’s it! Pile them in a pretty stack ready to use, or give some to your expecting friends.How to make and wrap the perfect baby swaddle // Free tutorial by Megan Nielsen // an easy sew for beginners and a wonderful gift for expecting moms

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Fadanista
6 years ago

Great idea for gifts. Thank you.

Margo B
6 years ago

Do you have any links to buy nice swaddle fabric? These are such a great gift idea!! Thanks.

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[…] large and backed with toweling. For the swaddle I decided to try something a little different than my usual swaddle making method. I still made it really large and oversized like i like them, but this time I mitred the corners […]

linda
linda
4 years ago

Hi, as a first time expectant grandmother I love the gift set of bib, burp cloth and swaddle. Was the navy coloured swaddle lined or was the underside of muslin white? Also about what size did you do the burp cloth? I’ve got my muslim and towelling ready to go, as I was going to do all three in the same material.
Kind regards Linda