OK ladies, I am super proud of this DIY Swaddle Blanket so be nice (I know you’re always nice, but please be extra nice).  This gift is destined for a baby yet-to-be-born so it’s modeled here by my other child, Scarlet’s sister, Pandy.  It’s okay, you can laugh at Pandy’s forlorn, distant stare.  Just don’t laugh at my attempt to show you how to make a swaddle blanket.

There are so few free tutorials on how to make a swaddling blanket and so many expensive versions on the market, so I’ve been feeling them all out and trying to come up with a simple, yet effective, way to make your own.  This free swaddling blanket tutorial will cost you under $5 to make with inexpensive flannel.  It can be sewn in about an hour or two depending on your sewing style.  Here’s a little step-by-step on how this homemade swaddling blanket works. It can be tucked or tied.  Don’t worry, it works the same for pandas and babies.

Tell me what you think in the comments, please!!!  And get the Free Swaddle Blanket Pattern after the jump…

How to Make A Swaddle Blanket
Free Swaddle Blanket Pattern
***I’ve made an updated version of this tutorial.  Check it out here: New & Improved DIY Swaddle Blanket Pattern

1. You’ll need 1 yard of flannel (you can use another fabric but i personally found that the non-stretch quality of flannel was ideal for swaddling) and a 1/4 yard of a cute cotton print (I used Patty Young Flora & Fauna Hummingbirds in White). Fold the flannel in half along the width (around 45″ for most fabric yardage) on the diagonal and draw a 40″ line from the outside corner to the fold to create a triangle like so:

Cut along that line.

2. Leave your triangle folded and draw a 4″ line horizontally across the tip and cut the tip off like so:

Here’s a little diagram to make it more clear:

***Update:  I’ve heard from some test moms that tall babies can kick their way out and the blanket would be better a little longer.  So you may want to just make a 2″ cut or no cut at all to leave a little extra length.

3. Now at this point I serged a rolled hem all the way around my triangle blanket, but if you don’t have a serger I’ll give you other options after the picture.  If you want to understand a serger check out my video “What is A Serger? What Does A Serger Do?” here:

You can fold 1/8″ and iron all the way around, then another 1/8″ inch, iron, pin and sew a hem, or if you want, you can cut another triangle of the same size (in the same or coordinating fabric), sew the two triangles together with right sides facing leaving a turning hole, then turn them inside out, iron flat, and top-stitch around the edge.
Here is my completed rolled hem:

4. Now set your swaddle blanket aside and let’s create the wrap. Cut a piece of fabric the length of your yard (44″-45″) and 10″ wide. Fold it in half lengthwise:

the again widththwise so it’s quartered, then draw your tie shape onto it starting at the fold. I freehanded it but you can trace something round for the curves and use a ruler for the straight edges. See this picture for guidance:

Cut that out. This is what it will look like unfolded:

5. So you need a piece of flannel the same size, but if you only bought one yard of flannel (or to get the most out of the yard you already cut into a triangle) you should cut two pieces. Trace the shape of your cotton tie piece onto your flannel and cut two identical pieces, each representing half of your tie:

6. Lay your cotton tie piece right side up, and your two flannel pieces right side down on top with the middle edges lining up, like so:

Pin around the edges:

Then sew in place. Trim the seam allowance and cut little notches at the corners:

7. Turn the whole thing right side out through the space between your two flannel pieces. Push out the edges and iron it flat:

When it’s right side out, cut a piece of fusible tape and iron it between the cotton and the flannel along the cut edges of the flannel:

Then top stitch 1/4″ from the edge all the way around:

8. Now grab your blanket you made earlier. Fold the triangle in half down the center and iron a nice sharp line into it:

Unfold it so your ironed edge is up.

Take your tie piece and fold it in half with the cotton pattern to the inside and the flannel outside and line it up with the ironed edge of the blanket abut 3 inches down from the top (the widest side is the top):

Carefully pin the center of the tie to the center line of the blanket:

Now you want to sew that in place. Because you will see the sewn line on all sides, and you want to be sure to catch both edges of the flannel, I used a decorative leaf stitch my sewing machine has, but you don’t have to, you can use a zig zag. The fusible tape we added earlier ensures we have everything in place:

Here is how it looks from the inside:


Wrap that baby up:

Poor forlorn Pandy…

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