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DIY Stamped Swaddle Blanket

Tutorial time!  This babe’s due date is just around the corner.  With only single digit weeks to go, I am furiously trying to get things ready and finish up some final cute projects prior to her arrival.

Today’s project: a hand-stamped swaddle blanket!

What you’ll need:

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– 100% cotton gauze fabric (about 2 yards) – got mine from fabric.com
– stamp of your choice (or click here for our handmade stamptutorial!)
– fabric friendly ink (like this one)
– foam brush
– basic sewing supplies (scissors, measuring tape, sewing machine)

1.  Measure and cut to desired size.  I just folded mine in half length-wise and cut it in half.  This made my blanket about 30″X26″, which is perfect for a newborn and meant that I had enough to make 2.  I’d like to make some over-sized ones, too, like 34″X34″ or 40″X40″.  Do what works best for you!

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2.  Fold and iron around all edges 1/4″, then fold and iron another 1/4″.

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3.  Sew all 4 sides along the folds – this will give you some nice hemmed edges.  I used a zig-zag stictch, because gauze is a pretty stretchy fabric, and I wanted to make sure it still had some give for some swaddle action!  Oh, and P.S. – If you have a serger, you could skip the hemming and just serge around all edges if you’d like:)

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4.  Dip the tip of your foam brush lightly into the ink (you don’t need much – a little goes a long way).  Then, use the foam brush to paint ink onto your stamp.  You will need to refresh the ink about every 2 stamps.  There’s no rhyme or reason here – you can put as many or as few stamps as you’d like!

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5.  Let the ink dry completely (24 hours to be safe), then heat set it with your iron on the highest setting, NO STEAM.  To do this, place a thin piece of fabric between the iron and your blanket (use an old pillowcase or an old t-shirt you don’t wear any more).  Slowly move the iron over the blanket, taking about 2-3 minutes per large section.  I know this step seems tedious, but trust me, it’s worth it.  Heat setting your ink this way will help your stamps stay through washing/drying:).

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And you’re done!  Now swaddle a cute baby and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.  Be sure to subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook to keep up with all our happenings!

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