Easy DIY Swaddle Blankets

October 21, 2015 in Projects

It has been baby girl central in my world lately, and I couldn’t be happier and more excited to sew all of the cute pink things! I’ve been working on bow holders, and now I’m onto swaddle blankets. Keep reading for a super easy, beginner-friendly DIY swaddle blanket tutorial!

Totally Stitchin': Easy DIY Swaddle Blankets


For one swaddle blanket, you’ll need:

  • 1 yard flannel or double gauze/swaddle cloth
  • Serger
  • 3 cones serger thread
  • Embroidery machine, design, thread, and stabilizer (optional)
  • General sewing supplies


ONE: Prep your fabric for sewing.

Pre-wash your fabric, preferably with fragrance- and dye-free detergent. Once washed and dried, cut your flannel or double gauze to 36″ square. This will be a decent sized swaddle blanket, but if you want a bigger square, purchase 1 1/3 yard of fabric and cut to 44″ square.

TWO (OPTIONAL): Add embroidery to your blanket.

Totally Stitchin': Easy DIY Swaddle Blankets

So far, I’ve made two sets of swaddle blankets and used different types of embroidery for each. For the first set, I added a monogram that I created in EmbroideryWorks.

Totally Stitchin': Easy DIY Swaddle Blankets

For the second set, I used this sweet embroidery design. I used my go-to Ultra Soft Fusible Stabilizer from Baby Lock for both the monogram and embroidery design.

THREE: Get your serger ready for sewing.

For a rolled hem finish, set your serger up for a 3-thread narrow rolled edge with a length of 0.75-1 and a width of 3.5. Thread your serger with the thread color of your choice.

Each set of swaddle blankets featured slightly different colors in each set. Because of this, I used white thread for one set and light pink for the other. If you haven’t experienced the awesome-ness that is Jet-Air or ExtraordinAir threading on Baby Lock sergers, I highly recommend taking one for a test drive! Since it’s so easy to thread a Baby Lock serger, it wasn’t an issue at all switching thread colors.

To finish the swaddle blanket, simply run each side through your serger, encasing the raw edge within the rolled hem.

Now that you’ve made one swaddle blanket, it won’t take you any time at all to make a couple more. For gift giving, roll each one up to create a little bundle and tie with twine or ribbon. With just a little bit of effort, you’ve created a special, handmade gift that will be treasured for years to come!

16 responses to Easy DIY Swaddle Blankets

  1. Love, Tori!

  2. So cute! A serger would make my life so much easier. I hope Santa brings me one for Christmas!

  3. I love using the wave stitch on swaddle blankets!

  4. How did you handle the corners of your fabric? Did you just do one side at a time and then weave in the ends of the thread in each side….. or did you go all the way around, making a curved edge and then weave in the thread? Thanks for a great gift idea!

    • Hi Kelly! I serged one edge at a time then trimmed the tails. You could either tuck the tails in or use Fray Check to finish everything off. Thanks for the great question!

  5. What make it a swaddle blanket. I looked up swaddle blankets and they seem different. This just seems like a receiving blanket that you are wrapping the baby in. I do have a serger so would like to make it

  6. been making these for 52 years using baby flannel and a zigzag stitch on an old singer sewing machine as I progressed to the fancier machines (I have a baby lock ellure now and add embroidery to the blankets.

  7. Are they single or double sided blankets?

    • Hi Karen! Some are single sided and some are double sided. The blankets I made from flannel are single sided, and the ones I made from double gauze or swaddle cloth are double sided. It really depends on the type of fabric you are wanting to use!

  8. My daughter and son-in-law is blessing us with twins around June, 2016. As the grandma I am so excited to start sewing! I am thinking my first project will be a couple of Swaddle Blankets for each baby. Just found out they are fraternal twins, one boy, one girl. So Happy. Thank you for this suggestion. Would this work for hooded towels also?

    • Hi Karen! I definitely think the rolled hem would work nicely on the edge of a hooded towel. Congrats on your soon-to-be grandbabies!

  9. I don’t have a serger – what recommendations can you make when using a regular machine, in my case an Aria??

  10. I like to round the corners on my blankets. I do call them receiving blankets, but that is not important. With a serger, round corners from a saucer makes it less loose ends to finish!

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