Free Baby Swaddle Pattern Easy Tutorial

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.Untitled design(14)

This is the hook side of the Velcro is the scratchy side.

This is the loop side or soft side of the Velcro.Untitled design(15)

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…


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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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