Babies are wrapped up so tight and warm in the womb, it’s no wonder they’re a little mad when we stretch them out flat in a crib and expect them to sleep on their backs. Some just refuse. Some respond well to swaddling, which is why I LOVE this blanket project.
I found the pattern at www.passionatehomemaking.com – a very worthwhile site. I am not a fast sewer, and this only took me two short Riley-naps to make. If you’re a mom-to-be or want to make a quick, easy, and cute gift for someone who is, check out the details at Passionate Homemaking! This is not a tutorial, but the PH site has a great one if you’re interested.
Here’s a few snapshots of the process:
Pinned two pieces of cloth together, outsides facing in. One was cotton, one was flannel.
Needed to trim the edges to make a nice square.
Sewed the two pieces together, leaving a 6″ hole. Used the hole to turn the thing right-side-out.
Ironed the edges in my dungeon ironing spot (which I actually really like – the basement is nice and quiet and cool).
Tested out a few decorative stitches with a great contrasting thread.
Went to town sewing a cute border around the whole thing. Easy, right?
I mean, how cute is that?
It was so much fun picking out fabric (with Mom!) that was boyish, babyish, and stylish all at the same time.
It is a very BIG blanket. Have you ever tried to swaddle a baby (particularly a thrashing, strong one) in one of those inflexible, tiny “swaddling blankets”? So frustrating! This blanket is large and luxurious.
I couldn’t wait to try it out. But since I happen to have one of those thrashing, strong ones, who is now almost 14 months old, I chose a more willing subject for my experiment:
He seemed pretty happy about it. Hopefully the baby will be too.
Happy sewing and baby holding, especially if you’re around here in about 6 weeks!