DIY Hooded Baby Swaddler

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I found this on Pinterest (duh). It was originally made a car seat swaddler, but it was for a friend so I just made it a regular one. You can find the original tutorial and fab blog here.

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What you’ll need: (I got everything at walmart and spent less than $15)

1 yd of fabric for outside – usually patterned (the original tutorial says flannel – I wish I would have gotten something really fuzzy and soft)

1 yd of fabric for inside – usually solid color (same as above)

1 yd of batting

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Lay your fabric out with right sides together and fold it twice so it’ll be a quarter of what it was before.

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Take a pen or fabric marker and freehand a design like this. You can tell the raw edges are the ones that will be cut off.

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Then cut along the line you made.

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Lay your two pieces of fabric (with right sides still facing each other) out on your batting and pin down.

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Cut around the fabric so you now have two layers of fabric and a layer of batting all pinned together.

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Sewing around the perimeter with the batting on the bottom leaving one big round corner open and turn the blankie right side out.

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Now lay out the blankie flat and fold the open corner with right sides facing together. I didn’t get a picture so I drew on this one of where you’d fold it (on the grey line).

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Now that it’s right side out and folded with right sides facing each other you’ll draw a line (yellow line below) and sewing along basically cutting off the rounded corner and making a hood.

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After you’ve sewn along that yellow line cut off the excess and I did a zigzag stitch (unless you have a nifty serger) to make the edges in the hood look better and not so sharp.

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I sewed around the blankie to give it a more finished look.

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And wallah!

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Like I said, if I were to do this again I would definitely gone with a nice really plush fabric, at least for the inside. Overall it was a super simple craft and it took me less than an hour.

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