Free Baby Swaddle Pattern Easy Tutorial


  • 1 yard of the softest Jersey you can possibly find, bamboo fabric or organic cotton combed jersey.  I have included some suggested fabrics below.
  • Jersey bias tape or make your own with this kit and our tutorial Make continuous bias binding tape.
  • thread to match
  • velcro
  • 16″ invisible zipper
  • ball point needle

Suggested Fabric Options

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You can download the pattern for this Baby Swaddle from our account at Craftsy.

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Printing the baby swaddle pattern and cutting the fabric

Print the baby swaddle pattern in landscape.  Use Adobe Reader and print using actual size.  Do not scale.

Mark all the notches on the pouch.  You will need them.

Take note:   This baby swaddle pattern has the arms of different lengths for better wrapping.  The left side is longer than the swaddle pattern

Baby Swaddle Pattern Finished Measurements

The length measurement is without the head and width is arm span.

  • Small:       length 19″ x width 25″
  • Medium: length 21″x  width 27″

Step One: Attaching the invisible zipper to make the gusset

Both sizes use the same size zipper.  The gusset size changes to accommodate.


  1.   Two strips of Jersey fabric 15″ x  1 1/2″
  2.   Two rectangles 6 1/2″ x 2″
  3.   Two strips 15″ x  1″ stay knit tape


  •   Two strips of Jersey fabric 18″ in length and 1 1/2″ width
  •   Two strips 8″ x and 2″ in width
  •   Two strips 18″ x  1″ stay knit tape

This is a very easy way to attach the zipper.  Just align the edge of the zipper tape with the fabric and use your invisible zipper foot.  Just remember to pin the zipper to the sides that have the knit tape. baby swaddle patternbaby swaddle pattern

After you have sewn the zipper, cut the zipper to 15  1/2″.  Do include the ends of the zipper.end of zipperUntitled design(12)

We will add the rectangles to finish the gusset. 15 1_2_(1)Place the gusset (zipper) print side up and pin the rectangles to the gusset (zipper) print side down and sew at 1/2″.  The length of your zipper should now be 14  1/2″ after sewing with the two seam allowances.   baby swaddle pattern

The length of your gusset with the zipper should be 27″ for medium and 25″ for the swaddle pattern

Hide the zipper seam allowance with bias tape. Fold the other end of the gusset 1/2″ then another 1/2″and iron.  There is no need to sew because the edge will be hidden.

This is how it will look from the inside.Untitled design(13)

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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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