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Wearable Blanket for Baby

 

The weather outside is really chilly here in Colorado. 

 

And the heater has been inching upward. 

And we’re in a basement……so it’s extra cold.

 

The two bigger kiddos keep their blankets on…..but our littlest one (who turned 8 months old yesterday) wiggles and turns and flops all night long.  So, nope, she never keeps her blanket on.

 

I’m sure you have seen those little zippered blankets in the stores.  You know, the ones that the baby can sort of slip into, like a sleeping bag……….but with arm holes. 

 

Well, you know me, I am always trying to save a few bucks and make something myself. 

(okay, let’s be honest……even if I don’t save a few bucks, I still like to figure things out and make things I see in the store.  Yeah, it’s kinda thrilling.  Who’s with me?)  

 

 

 

And since I want to make several of these (so that one can take a turn in the wash), it actually saves me some money by just making them myself.

 

 

 

It adds a nice layer of warmth over some jammies (yeah, that’s just a long sleeved onesie……but generally I put this on over fleece jammies).

 

 

Since it’s fleece……it’s nice and warm yet soft.   Seriously perfect for babies. 

 

 

You can always find this little girl of mine zipped up in her little blanket for every nap……..and for bed at night. 

And because she’s so warm and comfortable, she wakes up less.  And that is worth all the effort.

 

 

The long zipper down the front and the snap closure at the top, make this blanket easy and secure.

 

 

And this thing doesn’t keep this girl from finding her favorite little friends.  Her toes.

 

 

 

Would you like to make your own Wearable Blanket?

 

 

Supplies Needed:

 

  • 1 yard of fleece (the amount will vary, depending on the size you make)
  • 22 inch zipper (the length will vary, depending on the size you make)
  • 1 snap
  • thread, scissors, etc.

 

 

I bought my fleece at Joann Fabric.  With my 40% off coupon (which anyone can get) I think it was about $7 – $8 for the full yard.

 

To get started, decide what size you want to make. 

 

I grabbed a little shirt that was a little wide on my little girl (to give plenty of room for the blanket) to use as a pattern.  You just need the top of the shirt to use for the shape of the blanket.  Make sure that the shirt you pick is a high neck (adjust it if necessary).  Draw the shape of the back of the shirt first…….which will be used for the back of the sleeper.  **Make sure to add on some extra for the seam allowance.

 

 

Then, continue the sides down, angling the sides out slightly as you draw them downward.  And then curve the bottom corners and close the shape at the bottom. I made this piece about 30 inches long for my long 8 month old……but that also gives her a little room to grow.

 

 

 

Now, the best way to be sure that your pattern is symmetrical is to fold the pattern in half lengthwise and make sure both sides match up.  If you need to re-cut a new piece to accomodate, that’s just fine.  Or if you want to only cut half the pattern (lengthwise) and then place it on the fold to cut the whole piece of fabric, that’s just fine too.


 Now, fold that back piece in half (or use it how it is if you only created a half pattern piece for the back) and place it along the straight edge of your paper……but place it about 1/2 of an inch from the edge.  You need some extra fabric here for the zipper.  Now trace around the entire thing, adding on that 1/2 of an inch along the long edge.

 

Now, trim down the neck line for this new piece just a bit, allowing more room for the neck in the front.

 

Now you have your two pattern pieces.  (Generally I wouldn’t make the back piece on the left a whole piece.  I would just create a half piece and then cut on the fold.  But I wanted to show you what these 2 pieces would look like without confusing the front from the back.  But you choose how you want to do it.)

 

And then cut the pieces out with fabric. 

(Make sure and cut them with the stretch of the fleece going left to right, not up and down.  You want the blanket to stretch across the belly, not from head to toe.)  

The back piece is on the left and the two front pieces are on the right.  (Make sure to fold your fabric together with right sides together and then place the “front” pattern piece on top.  Then cut both layers at the same time.  This will assure the right side of the fabric is facing the right way for each piece.)

 

Now, grab your two front pieces and place them together with right sides together.  Sew along the long straight edge using a 1/2 inch seam allowance (or whatever length you gave yourself when creating your pattern piece).

 

Now, open up the pieces and lay it down with the wrong side facing up.  Place your zipper face down, lining up the top of the zipper with the neck line at the top.

 

Sew your zipper in place.  Here’s a view from the front.  (Need help inserting a zipper?  Click here.)

 

Now place the back piece of the blanket together with the front blanket piece, with right sides together.  Sew along the shoulder sections and then along the sides and around the bottom.  Now zig-zag or serge the edges to secure them.

 

Now turn the blanket right side out.  It’s time to finish off the arm holes and neck opening.

 

Cut some strips of bias-cut fabric that are about 1 1/4 inch wide.  (Need help with bias cut?  Click here

Start with the arm holes and cut your bias cut strips to the length that will measure all the way around the arm hole openings.  Add a little extra for the seam allowance then sew each strip into a circle.

 

Then fold the strip together with right side facing outward, and sandwich this strip around the arm hole opening.  Pin in place.

 

Then sew it just how it is (and don’t worry about the raw edges because they won’t fray) or you can tuck under that top raw edge and sew right next to the fold.   Either way works but folding the top edge under is a bit more tricky.  Do what’s most comfortable for you.

 

Then do the same thing for the neck line.  Un-zip the zipper and start at one end of the neck line and sew all the way around to the other end.  However, you will need to have a little extra room at each end by the top of the zipper to fold under and out of the way.  (And again, I folded under that top edge and sewed it in place but you can leave it how it is.  **And if you don’t fold it under, you don’t need bias cut strips that are quite as wide.  So adjust if necessary.)

 

Now, cut two long rectangle pieces that are rounded at one end, to make the snap tab.  Mine were about 2 x 3 inches.  Sew them together with right sides together, sewing all the way around……but leaving the bottom end open.

 

Turn right side out and then sew the snap tab right to the blanket, right below the neck line and next to the zipper.

 

Then fold the tab over and sew it down in place.

 

Then add your snap pieces.  For the snap piece on the actual blanket (opposite the tab) I placed an extra square of fleece on the back side, just for added strength.

(Need help with snaps?  Click here.)

 

 

Then turn your sleeper right side out, iron seams flat……..

 

And that’s it.

 

Your Wearable Blanket is all ready to be worn.

 

 

 

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Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Mehnaz says:

    Nevermind, read your other tutorial. You just remove that seam at the end. Got it, gonna try now.

  2. Mehnaz says:

    Just a little confused on the zipper step. The previous step sewed the two front pieces together. Doesnt thezipper get stuck then? How does that work?

  3. Sarah says:

    I love your tutorials!! Thank you so much for sharing them!! Love, love, love!!

  4. Kirsty says:

    I love this – I am getting a new machine at Christmas and am going to ask for some lovely fleece fabric to go with it as my little boy (one) never keeps his blanket on but these are £20+ in the shops (he does keep them on though) so will be having a go very soon x

  5. alicia says:

    I live in FL by the beach where the night starts warm/humid and then cools nicely thank to the ocean breeze. I will be trying this but with a lighter weight fabric for our climate. My kiddo is 17 months but gets cold toes and it takes a toll on his sleep. I was so bummed when he outgrew his sleepsac at a year. This will definitely help us out!!!

  6. Tulisa says:

    Awww definitely looks nice and toasty. My cousins just had a baby so I think I’m going to give this one a go. Got to make it extra small though shes tiny
    Thanks

  7. Hannah says:

    Wonderful Tutorial! I Love those sleeping sacks, and I think my daughter is growing out of hers, so I’ll be making one of these for her sometime soon!

    I linked to it on my blog post on the best baby tutorials, here:

    https://welivedhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/2012/11/35-baby-sewing-tutorials-ideas-found.html

    <3 Hannah

  8. Lalalemur says:

    I just found, buried in the bottom of my closet, one of these baby bags. Unfortunately, it’s newborn sized and my lil turtle is 4 months. She still fits, but it’s getting tight. I really want to make this. I’m a lot like you in that, it’s a thrill to try to achieve these things. This pattern seems so simple, I’m glad you posted. I have one suggestion :)……
    On the baby bag I found, the zipper starts up at the neck and zips down towards the feet. If you applied the zipper in this fashion, it would eliminate the need for the zipper cover and the snap (which are a pain sometimes). Also with this backwards zipper, I have found that on those cold nights, I don’t have to unzip baby all the way (we cloth diaper, so she needs a changing 2+ times a night…a pain in my butt…but it is what it is). Anyway, I hope this helps. And thanks again for the easy to read and follow pattern :)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Just wondering, I thought that was a good idea, having the zipper the other way round but does it mean it opens at the bottom completely? Otherwise it wouldnt go over the baby’s head? Sorry I am only a beginner and would love to make this but am terrified so any advice is really appreciated:)

  9. Darillyn Lamb Starr says:

    We lived in Germany in the late 80s. The heating oil there was quite costly so we really couldn’t keep the house very warm and those armless blanket sleepers were great! It those days, they were made out of pre-quilted fabric and were quite wide, especially at the bottom and children could actually stand and walk a little bit in them. Our third child was born there and I had one for his first year and brought another back with me for when he got a little old. My last three kids wore them, too.

  10. Amanda says:

    Hi! I’m attempting to make this and for the life of me I can’t seem to figure out how you require the two front pieces sewed together :-/

  11. cj hallford says:

    These are really a good idea. When mine were little, we had the drawstring bottom gowns for little babies, and I made a variation of them for my kids when they got older for what I called sleep sacks then using 2 zippers. I used about a 10″ or 12″ length one at the top to pull them on for dressing, and then at the bottom of the sack, I put one to zip up toward the top for changing diaper. This is alot cheaper than buying separating zippers, and if you drop them down from the top and “tab it” like this one or just low enough to add a hook and eye, it’s just as effective. You can even put button tab tops at the shoulder like the little rompers for summer time if you are going to use them over jammies anyway, and just forego the top zipper. I repurposed sweat shirts, sweaters, fleece or flannel jackets from my husband, my younger sisters, and all the relatives! Once you get them in the habit of remembering you will take things that they would otherwise put in the trash bin, you wind up with all kinds of treasures! And all the relatives loved seeing what I had come up with out of their old stuff.

  12. Michelle says:

    First – your daughter is adorable!
    Second – thank you so much for sharing this awesome tutorial. I have a bought one that my daughter sleeps in every night, but I will be making a couple of these now!

  13. Mareike says:

    This is so cute… I did it with zebra-stripes and a red zipper. It turned out great! Thank you so much for this tutorial!

  14. Olivia says:

    Do you think you could scan in this pattern onto your blog so I can use your pattern?

  15. Frances says:

    I just finished 2 for my little man and I am so excited! They turned out fabulous thanks to your amazing tutorial!!! Thank you!!!

  16. Debbie says:

    I love this! I decided to do the zipper upside down to diaper changing would be easier and you would have to undress to do it – thanks for posting :-)

  17. Chas says:

    Hi,
    Would you have any interest in making one of these for sale? I absolutely love the fabric you used and have no sewing ability at all. Lol I would love one for my 9 month old daughter. Thanks :)

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