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