Step Five: Adding the velcro referring to the baby swaddle pattern
We're going to be sewing Velcro in three places as shown on the pattern.
(As an alternative, if you could get hoop and loop fabric –it is a knitted fabric, rather hard to find and a bit expensive– you will be able to give this swaddle a softer look. It works well with the Velcro and I would use the hook and loop fabric instead of the loop part of the Velcro.)
Use a medium zigzag to sew the velcro.
This is the hook side of the Velcro is the scratchy side.
This is the loop side or soft side of the Velcro.
This baby swaddle pattern can be easily adjusted to the size of your bundle of joy. You may even choose not to use the zipper option if you want to make the project simpler. However, I found with my experience of two kids, that newborns hate diaper changes because of the drastic change in temperature on their body. Completely un-swaddling them to do the diaper change makes the already cumbersome task into an unpleasant one.
No one can tell you to use a swaddle. Only you can make that decision. For my experience, less crying and more uninterrupted sleep was enough to make me listen to my mother and nurse and use the swaddle.
I do not know if I ever said thank you to the Australian nurse that taught me how to swaddle my son, but I will now. If you, worked at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney in February 1999, and gave a hand with my baby, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I had a great time working on this baby swaddle pattern. As usual, I will look forward to your comments and ideas. That is what makes the pattern better and gives other points of view to the project. The hardest bit about it was to do the photo shoot with the baby…