My one and three year old love babies. They love them so much that they want to swaddle and cuddle them. What happens when a toddler can't wrap their baby the way they see it in their mind? Frustration.
So yesterday while I was listening to this in my kitchen I thought that I would bring up my sewing machine and make two swaddle babies for my babies. They didn't take long at all and I can't help but be happy when I see my kiddos carrying them around the house. They both went to bed last night with their baby in their arms.
We made smaller versions of these with the Relief Society in my ward. We made them to donate to my church's humanitarian center. These ones I made were about double in size and instead of using fleece for the blanket (because you can leave the edge of fleece unfinished and it won't fray) I made little blankets out of cotton quilting fabric.
Basically you fold the square blanket over into a triangle and sew a little rectangle in the center for the body. You're just sewing the rectangle out of both sides of the folded blanket. Make sure you stuff it before you close it up. I cut out two large circles for the heads and stitched a really long stitch around the edge so that I could pull it tight and stuff it like a little ball. I hand stitched the heads and hair and lace collar on. Then I painted the faces on.
See? They are pretty easy to make. Even without a pattern.
Folding the blanket sides over to swaddle their babies has never been so easy!