Free Baby Swaddle Pattern Easy Tutorial

baby swaddle patternThis baby swaddle pattern and tutorial has been requested by many of our readers over the past few months.  I have tried to make the baby swaddle pattern both easy to adjust and to sew. Hope you enjoy it and put it to good use either with your own family or as a gift for a friend.

I credit many more hours of sleep to the baby swaddle, a humble practice dating back to the discovery of linen –I am sure somewhere around 4000 to 4500 years ago.   You can read more about why we use the baby swaddle by reviewing the article.  Please have a look through and contribute to the many reader comments which are very informative.

baby swaddle

My own earliest recollection of the swaddling practice was when I was very young.  My mother was swaddling my baby brother using a very thin blanket.  It looked to me at the time like she was wrapping up a birthday present.  Surprised at what she was doing, I asked if she have had enough of him and was she giving the baby away?   She quietly replied, “I'm only doing this so he can stop hitting himself and stop crying.”   I could sense the edge in my mom's tone indicating that she was tired and needed to be left alone at that point.

baby swaddle pattern

A couple of decades later and I had my own baby.  The first one could only be swaddled for about 6 weeks, after that he would become irritated and cry as loud as he could, so I stopped.  When the weather got cold I got him to sleep in a sleeping bag with no arms and he loved that.

baby swaddle patternMy second child was swaddled for about four months since she was premature and needed a lot more wrapping.  The neonatal nurses at the hospital in Sydney highly recommended swaddling.  Also, my mother, who had come to give a hand with the baby, reminded me that this simple practice would give me extra hours of much-needed sleep.  Unfortunately, the commercial swaddles available then (15 years ago) were much too big, so I could only use a blanket.  It did not help that my daughter was born in Australia and the babies there are usually pretty big.  Once she was born, I simply didn't have the time to make a baby swaddle myself, but this is your opportunity to do it now!

baby swaddle pattern

In this design, I have tried to take into consideration that most babies roll at different stages and it is hard to make a one-size-fits-all.  To try to address this, I have graded the pattern in two sizes.   The smallest should fit a newborn and the larger size for bigger babies.  You can also adjust the pattern yourself if you want. I hope you enjoy the project.

baby swaddle pattern

Key Features:

  • Easy to make
  • Graded in two sizes for newborns and larger babies
  • Optional zippered bottom for easy diaper changing

See next page for free pattern download.

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35 Responses to Free Baby Swaddle Pattern Easy Tutorial

  1. Penni says:

    I am trying to print the directions but I am not able. Please help

  2. Lydia says:

    I am making my own Jersey bias tape; but I can’t find anywhere how much is needed for the Baby Swaddle. Can anyone tell me?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      You need to measure every single piece of the pattern to get to the exact amount. As you can see it is a lot. I made 6 yards for this pattern but not used them all, Sadly, i did not measure the amount I used and gave the swaddle away.

  3. oma duhon says:

    Where do you use the stay knit tape? I read the instructions more than once and cannot find where to use it.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I have taken it out, not important and not needed. I used it to sew the zipper but if you cut the fabric on a straight grain line you will not need it.

  4. Debra says:

    Instead of a zipper can you use Velcro?

  5. Cheri says:

    I’m a visual type of learner… and your video tutorials are great, but when I went to look up the baby swaddle tutorial, all I got was the pdf file.

  6. Kathleen Vondra says:

    I can’t find the pattern!! It says it’s on page 2 but I can’t seem to find page 2.

  7. Joan Jacobs says:

    Hi Mayra, Thank you for your help. I’m happy to say I have now found the directions and also the layout of the pattern pieces. It kinda stretched my brain cells but I did it. Thanks so much and will enjoy seeing what else you post.
    Thanks again. Joan Jacobs

  8. I have tried to print out the pattern but i am not sure what i am doing wrong… all I can find is pattern to print to A4 which doesn’t measure anywhere near what finished measurements say? please help

  9. Rosann says:

    On step 2 where it says “trim the seam allowance without the bias tape” – if we are putting the bias tape all the way around which part doesn’t have the bias tape?

    Another question – On the picture with the arms it looks like you have some sort of liner and I don’t see any reference about it. Am I seeing it correctly?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hello Rosan, do not cut the bias tape, just the fabric. This is to reduce the bulk so you can turn the tape neatly and it looks good on both sides. As for the other question, there in no liner, the fabric is printed so one side is white the other the green with the stars.

      • Joan Jacobs says:

        Are there directions someplace on how to assemble the swaddle? I haven’t found them Joan Jacobs

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          Hi Joan, the instructions are in the blog article with a step by step instructions.

          • Joan Jacobs says:

            I guess I’m the only one that doesn’t know how to access the blog Please let me know. Sorry to be so dumb. Joan

          • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

            Hi Joan, not at all, not at all. Sorry for any confusion and thanks for asking. We don’t always publish the instructions as a separate .pdf and we ask readers to just go through the instructions directly on the website. Sometimes we’re able to put videos there that help the readers so it is easier for them, although I don’t think we have a video yet for this pattern. Not sure if that makes sense?

  10. Rosann says:

    Is there a tutorial video for the Baby Swaddle? I am in the midst of making this but want a little clarification before going forward. Thanks

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Rosann, there’s no tutorial at the moment. Please feel free to ask your question here so everyone can read the answer. Others may have similar questions.

  11. Pat says:

    I swaddled my daughter when she was a baby. My Mom had told me it was important for the baby as it felt like it was in the womb. She did not like the idea of blankets on babies too young to turn it’s head to smother and breath in the fluff from blankets. My daughter swaddled my three Grandchildren. Thank you for the pattern. I have a niece who expecting and look forward to make her some.

  12. tea robroson says:

    Love the swaddle. And I agree with R de Ayala. The optional zipper bottom designed to change diapers is brilliant. Thanks for all your creativity

  13. Mary says:

    Thank you for baby swaddle pattern just love it and easy to make since my skills with sewing are easy and simple. I made a practice one first before I make it for my good friend and it was fantastic again thank you loved the video also

  14. Sharron Farnell says:

    hi Mayra, I am looking forward to making a swaddle for my soon to be born great grand daughter. However I am having trouble downloading the pattern and printing it out. Could you please help? many thanks

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Sharon, In order to print the pattern from Craftsy, you need to use preferably a computer, use adobe reader to print the pattern. Please use actual size and do it on Landscape.
      If you are still stuck here is a comprehensive article on how to go about it. Any further help, please drop me a line any time.

  15. says:

    This is a terrific idea!! Want to make one right away. Could you possibly email me the instructions for sewing up this adorable pattern? I’ve printed the pattern pieces out & can’t wait to make one. Thanks so very much. Warmest regards, patty

  16. R de Ayala says:

    Mayra, Thank your for sharing your ideas, I have 3 babies coming and this will be the perfect gift.

  17. SonjaW says:

    Thank you for the baby swaddle pattern. It came at the perfect time, I’m in the process of making a few things for my nephew and this has been added to the list. The zippered bottom for easy diaper changing is brilliant!!

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