I love making swaddle blankets! Like it is a true love of mine! Most of the fun is shopping for fabric and the very best part is wrapping a sweet baby in the blanket for a nap! Last summer I was getting ready to have my baby and I went to a fabric store and picked out some double gauze! That made awesome swaddle blankets! I added Pom-pom trim and some ruffles and had so much fun!
This summer my sister is getting ready to have her baby, so I really was excited to try a jersey fabric blanket and add some crochet trim! I’m just a little in love with crochet trim! 😍😍😍 It makes my vintage-loving heart happy!Here is the fabric and trim I picked out! I cut my fabric to be 45″x45″. When you buy your trim, you need to figure out how much you’ll need. Luckily my high school math teacher taught me how! You find the perimeter of the blanket by adding the length of all 4 sides together. 45+45+45+45=180″ of trim. Always buy at least 10″ extra! Just in case of stretch!
First I rounded the corners of the fabric. Then I serged the edges. This step is necessary if you are using flannel or double gauze! If you don’t the edges will fray. You could also make a hem all around if you don’t have a serger. If you’re using a jersey knit fabric serging the edge is optional. I did it to keep the edges from rolling while I sewed the trim.
The next step is to sew on the trim! I used an off white thread to match the trim and used a zigzag stitch.When I got back to where I started I overlapped the trim and sewed the ends together.You can see just right above my fingers where I tacked them together.
That’s all there is to it! This is such a simple project that you can make one even if your sewing skills aren’t great! If you need a sewing machine, you might be able to use one at your local library! I know the libraries in my area all have some you can go use for free!
I love how stretchy and light the fabric will be for swaddling and it would make a great nursing cover or car seat cover! Basically I hope my new niece uses it for everything!