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Swaddle Baby Tutorial {52 Quilt Block Pick Up}

Swaddle Baby Tutorial {52 Quilt Block Pick Up}

One of my favorite things to do is sew dolls.  Sometimes I find that the simpler the better when it comes to first dolls too.  This one is one of those.

The swaddle baby doesn’t come out of the blankie, but it can be wrapped up tight over and over again. Keeping baby warm is part of learning how to be a good mom.

sew a swaddle baby

For this project I used quilt blocks.  Feel free to use regular pieces of fabric.  I found that I liked the quilt blocks with a large amount of background color.   The busy quilt blocks tended to drown out the baby inside.  I did not use batting either.  You can test or audition your quilt block and if you feel like you would like more weight to it, then by all means add it!

I am totally aware that this is a super basic swaddle baby.  Nothing special, but it gets the job done for snuggles…and for babies who love babies.

Materials needed:

5 quilt blocks 8″ each OR a 15″ X 15″ fabric and 1- 8″ X 8″ piece

Little fleece or felt scrap for the face

polyfil stuffing

Swaddle Baby Instructions:

1)  Sew 4 quilt blocks into a square

2)  Fold in half to make a triangle- right sides together

swaddle baby tutorial

3)  Sew around the 3 sides, leaving a 2 1/2″ opening for turning

4)  Turn right sides out , iron and sew the opening closed with a ladder stitch

5)  Cut a circle for the face using the fleece or felt

6)  Sew the face to the top of the single quilt block- 1″ from the top

7)  Fold all 4 sides of the single quilt block under 1/2″ and iron

8)  Pin the body with the head at the top on the triangle

swaddle baby tutorial

9)  Sew around the sides, leaving the bottom open for stuffing

10)  Stuff the body

11)  Sew along the bottom edge to close

12)  Stitch eyes and mouth with needle and thread

swaddle baby tutorial

To wrap your baby- fold over the corners or points, one of top of each other. Snuggle away!

Because we are around Christmas time, I thought it would be good to mention that you can sew one up to display as Jesus, or to use in a manger scene.  My kiddos are a bit big for that now, but it doesn’t mean that the baby can’t hang out in some tinsel….and remind us of the meaning of Christmas.

swaddle baby tutorial

This is part of the 52 UFO Quilt Block Pick Up series……need more ideas on what to do with your UFO Quilt Blocks? previous weeks and UFO Quilt Block ideas

If you are sewing along with us and making up something with your UFO Quilt Blocks {even if you find your own way of sewing them together} we would all love a little peeksee!

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  1. Caroline

    14 December

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Sarah

    15 December

    This is adorable. What a great idea!

  3. Becky

    16 December

    Thanks sarah and caroline. Babies are always cute!

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