It took a chunk of fabric but it was a huge hit as a baby gift and was really quick. My sister-in-law ended up using it as a quick and cozy swaddle at bedtime as well as an outdoor wrap. Her kid adored the minky and it put her to sleep every time. Now her friends are making them to give as gifts or use with their babies.
The pattern is in french - you can get the gyst by using translator sites but it is an easy pattern and the pics tell the story if you are relatively practiced seamstress/seamster. You can find the pattern at www.kallou.fr
Note: I made the smaller pattern first and sent it to my SIL and by the time the little preemie had hit about 10 pounds my SIL (who doesn't sew at all) was absolutely frantic due to the fact that the little marshmallow was about to burst it's seams. I ended up having to make the larger one at that point and send it along so that the kid would take her naps on time.Addendum!
I translated the French tutorial into English. To see the photos that go with the tutorial (tuto) , go to the site ( http://www.kallou.fr/blog/tuto-numero1/
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Step 1: Print the pattern in size 1 (0 / 4 months) or size 2 (5 / 6 months). Assemble the various pieces of A4 paper to get the complete pattern.
Cut out the different pieces of the pattern, namely:
- a back
- a hood
- the leg covering
- the belt (2 pieces).
Here I am making my baby wrap with double face polar fleece.
For the summer, I have wraps using a layer of cotton fabric on the outside and flannel on the inside, and in winter, cotton with fleece lining (see photos in the gallery).
The assistant, Sacapusse, is optional! ;-)
It's time to embroider, applique or otherwise decorate the hood or customize the baby wrap. This is obviously optional! I embroidered a sheep (for a change!) on the hood.
I start by putting bias tape around the border of the inside elements of the wrap, namely going along the bottom of the hood, the top of the leg cover and around the two pieces of belt, as illustrated.
Once the pieces are thus boardered with bias, I place the different elements on my back piece, and I pin.
To simplify my task, for the following step I sewed together the different parts of the wrap stitching very near the edge (left photo). This avoids having your edges become uneven (4 sure to happen if you have a liner) and shift about when you sew on the bias tape... (you can see the difference if you don't!). Then I even up the edges with my rotory cutter (I am big fan!) to have an even edge to all the layers.
The most delicate border is the bias that must be sewn at the crotch. I start here by carefully pinning through this area. I took care to leave a nice length end-piece free (you'll understand why later). Finally, carefully sew the bias on at a reduced speed. (If there are pros who pass by and know how best to put bias on in this cramped inside circular area, I'm all ears!!!)!
Now the easy part, stitch all the way the wrap, being careful to catch all different thicknesses inside the bias tape. I use a bias tape foot (left). Obviously, we can do the same thing without this little gaget, But we must recognize that it saves much time and that the seam is very clean ... For a nice finish to the bias, I also left a large piece free at the end (right photo).
Try to persuade your faithful assistant that you no longer need his help, or at least full bodily 'help' down on what you are trying to do. If simple asking and conjolery isn't enough, trick him with a game of "Sakapuss, What is under this pile of extra fabric?". He will pout 30 cm below the stack of fabric you just bought .... But at least I can continue to the end of my baby wrap and my tutorial!
Here's how I ended my bias. I find where the two ends of the bias come together and make a good crease in the bias tape at that point, pin the tails beyond the crease so that you will know if the bias slips then turn it over and sew a tack on the crease line to make an inside seam. Snip any long ends then the corners. This should give something like the picture above. You understand why I left two large pieces of free is to be able to do this seam! Then I finished sewing on the bias tape (left), I found the length matched not too badly ... but if there is someone who really knows how to do this (because it is the sauce, Kallou!!), I'm listening!
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You should have something that looks like this! Not bad, eh??!!
Position and sew the Velcro on the belt. Then I positioned the two pieces of belt in place on the back cover, and I sew them down. I finally sew the Velcro on the cover making certain that the pieces of Velcro opposite each other are different types, otherwise it will not stick! And voila, it's done! You can sit in rapture, thinking about the happy baby destined to rest in this wonderful blanket... after which, please send a small picture to Kallou to take part in the Baby Nomade gallery!
FAQ and Tips
Q: Is the belt really indespensable?
A: I would say yes. Babies wiggle their feet a lot and the belt and keeps the flap of the leg covering up.
Q: Is the Velcro on the the main part of the wrap really necessary?
A: Like the Velcro for the belt, it is useful to keep baby in the blanket or he undresses competely in less time than it takes to say! On the question of how Velcro ruins other clothes, I have not found anything better yet...
Q: Why not sew the leg covering further up along the sides? Will this will really keep baby inside?
A: Some have tried this... and, after testing it on the baby, they take out the extra sewing. The idea behind this wrap is to dress or undress the child quickly and easily ... and having to thread the child into the leg covering (like pants) is a much more complex maneuver without adding any real improvement!
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FAQ made from back issues of questions most often asked on the forums de Bulle de Nature, Magic Maman et l'Arbre a bebe.