Monday, April 2, 2012

Swaddle Babies



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!

19 comments:

  1. Becca, these turned out way cuter than I imagined. Awesome!

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  2. Those are much cuter than the one I made at the Relief Society activity. :)

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  3. This is totally adorable! Just jumped over from uCreate. I am so pinning this!

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  4. THis would be cute using old receiving blanket from your own child. I have some store bought blankets that I'm no longer using and was looking at using the fabric anyway. Thanks for the idea.

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  5. i am more of a beginner and would need a little more instruction to make one of these :)
    I think they are darling, but need more step by step instructions!

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  6. I agree, they are SUPER cute, but would love to see step by step instructions! And the idea of using old receiving blankets is wonderful!

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  7. Just popped over from Ucreate.
    These are stinkin' cute!
    Any change of a tutorial of these?
    Thanks
    Danielle
    minimozblog.blogspot.com

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  8. Those little babies are super cute! I wish I was able to sew! I'd love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/03/pinteresting-party-week-33.html

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  9. I also love love love these babies. I was thinking about buying a store bought baby doll head because I don't know how to sew with my machine and then attempt the rest myself. But I agree I definitely need more in the way of instructions. Please please please give more info. Thank-you so much. These are darling.

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  10. Ooh but these are sooooo cute! I would love to make them for my neighbours children aged 2 & 4 but am not sure what size the blanket squares should be. Please email me the dimensions! Much appreciated!

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  11. Followed these from Pinterest here and LOVE THEM!!!! Thanks for sharing, they remind me of one I had as a child! :)

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  12. Where does the humanitarian center use these babies? Do they go to a local charity in your area like a women's and children's center or maybe to orphanages somewhere?

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    1. You know, I had asked that question and I guess they just collect them from the separate groups who sew them and distribute them where they see fit. We weren't given more specific information as to who they may be going to. Bummer huh?

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  13. These are adorable! Thank you for sharing the idea and directions for making them. I plan to make one for my grand-daughter, age 2 1/2 and a mini version for baby sister.

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  14. LOVE !!! I can't wait to make some of these for my little granddaughter. I think that I will make them for my Bible class children as well. They would also work well in our church's cradle roll class. Thanks for taking the time to share.

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  15. Ohhhhh! Clever! Simple! Clever!

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  16. Would love to have some printed directions on how to make these. Thanks

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  17. http://beccamariedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/04/swaddle-baby-tutorial.html

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