Today as part of our Handmade Baby series we’ve got 3 tutorials for you on how to make your own swaddle blankets. Each way is simple, fast, uses a different fabric, and ends up with a perfect sized blanket. Let’s get started.
Flannel swaddle blanket tutorial:
Most flannel fabric comes in widths of 42-45 inches. This makes your job really easy. You need 2 yards of flannel, and you will get 3 swaddling blankets from this yardage.
Cut your 2 yard section into 3 equal pieces. Depending on shrinkage, your pieces and finished flannel blanket will be 42-45” wide by 22-24” long.
Use your scissors to curve the top and bottom edges of each piece. Zigzag or serge across the top and bottom edges of your flannel blankets. (The side edges are selvedge edges, so you don’t need to finish them unless you want to!)
Tada! You have created 3 soft and cuddly flannel swaddle blankets in no time at all! We found this flannel at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.
Gauze swaddle blanket tutorial:
Gauze comes in a wide variety of widths. If your gauze is 54” wide like ours from Cali Fabrics, use this tutorial. If it is narrower or has a print that would end up sideways, use the flannel swaddle blanket tutorial above. From each yard of gauze, you will get 2 gauze swaddle blankets.For each yard of fabric, cut your fabric in 1/2 width wise. Your pieces and finished gauze blanket will be 36 x 27 inches. Zigzag or serge the edges of the gauze.
There you have it, beautifully soft and drapey gauze swaddle blankets. This substrate is perfect for summer months when you want to swaddle without extra warmth.
Knit swaddle blanket tutorial:
Sometimes knit fabric has a tendency to curl on the edges, so this knit swaddle blanket tutorial helps stop that issue.
Most knit fabric comes in widths of 58-60 inches. Cut out 37 x 31 inch rectangles from your fabric. Your finished knit swaddle blanket will be 36 x 30 inches.
Fold over 1/2 inch along one edge and zigzag it down in place.
As you near the corner, fold in 1/2 inch before you reach it.
Then fold over 1/2 inch along the side you are sewing, enclosing the other fold inside.
When you get to the corner, put your needle down, pick up the presser foot and pivot your fabric. Continue sewing a zigzag stitch along the next side.
Knit swaddle blankets are perfect for swaddling a baby tightly and they stay swaddled too!
I love each of these different kinds of swaddle blankets and use them all! Which is your favorite type of swaddle blanket?