Friday, 22 March 2013
Peanut Swaddler for the Baby
I've had a bit of boring sewing to do lately. Mainly replacing the elastic in all of my cloth nappies. I've got about 25, so that's 50 bits of elastic! Of course, the unpicking takes twice as long as sewing it back on. I think I've still got 7 nappies to go.
To reward myself for my efforts so far, I thought I'd do some fun sewing! This project has been on my to-do list for a while. Roman loved to be swaddled as a baby. We didn't have anything like this, and would just wrap him up in blankets...he could bust out within a minute! I didn't want that to happen this time around, so made up one of these. I've heard great things about them from other Mums and I'm keen to give it a try when the new bub comes along.
I used this tutorial and free pattern from Sugar Tart Crafts. It looks much cuter with a bub swaddled inside it, don't you think?
I love the 2 way zipper...such a clever idea! I tried to get it work with some continuous zip tape, but had no luck. I bought a 16" zipper and a second 5" one just for the pull. I think the pattern says to get 2 long ones, but there's really no need as all you want off the second one is the metal pull. Making the 2 way zip was easy with the 16" zip. I think it needed the nicely finished ends on it to get the pulls to slide on.
Because it's coming up to Winter here, I lined the Swaddler. To do that, I just cut all the pieces out twice, once for the inner, once for the outer. It changed the construction order a bit, but otherwise worked great. If only I was tiny enough to hop inside and test it out!
I still want to make one more for when this gets covered in dribbly little baby gifts and needs to go in the wash.