Step Two: Attaching the gusset to the pouch
Lay the pouch piece print facing up. With wrong side together, align the center of the gusset with the lower center notch of the main body. Refer to the pattern.
Pin all around and sew at 3/8″. The seams will show on the right side , this is correct.
Apply bias tape so the seam edges will not be shown. Start on the side by pinning your bias tape on the front side of the pouch to 3/8″.Trim the seam allowance without the bias tape by half to reduce the bulk when sewing the bias tape the second time. Catch the back of the bias tape very close to the edge for best results.
Step Three: Applying bias tape before assembly
Apply bias tape to the arms and the neck. We will start with the arms. If you need a review on applying bias tape around curves, please review our tutorial called Use bias tape for a neckline or arm hole facing, which illustrates the same process.
Place the arm wrap print side up.
Open the tape and pin the short side of the tape. Start on the left hand side corner. Pin the tape all around it and sew at 3/8″. Remember: Right side of the fabric, place the tape facing down. Do not stretch the tape, it will cause the fabric to roll. Before you fold the tape to sew again, make a few nicks about every inch apart. This will help both the fabric and the tape lay flat. Fold the tape and sew.
Pin the tape on the right side of the fabric of the neck and sew. Fold the tape and sew again very close to the edge. Be careful your stitch will show on both sides, but the most important one is one the outside.
This baby swaddle pattern has a back seam for the shoulders. We can either apply bias tape there or use the serger to make the seam look good. For those of you without a serger, use zigzag.
Step Four: Sewing the arms and pouch to the body
In order to have a clean finish, it is important to pin both arms and pouch before sewing. Place the body of the baby swaddle print side down
Start with the arms and pin the longer arm to the left. This is the one that will wrap the baby first and have the Velcro outside. The shorter arm goes on the right and is the arm that wraps on top and closes the swaddle. Do not sew yet.
Pin the pouch to the main body, print side out. We will attach bias tape from the shoulder seams around the end of the pouch back up to the shoulder. Pin the tape right side down on the left side of the seam allowance. Continue around and to the other shoulder pinning continuous bias tape.
We still are not sewing as we're going to be joining the four pieces (two arms, pouch, and body) all at once.Now that everything is pinned together, sew the three layers together at 3/8″. Trim the seam allowance by half. Fold the tape back and sew from the front making sure you catch the other side.