Sage's Swaddle

I developed this pattern based off a few things I liked about other patterns people have for babies born before 18 weeks. First I like the hood, but nothing too deep as to have the baby disappear, however this pattern also gives you the ability to fold the hood back creating more like a head rest too. Also it turns into a pocket, when you roll up the bottom to fold it over it adds depth to swaddle pulling the fabric off off the baby, this is especially nice for those that have delicate skin. It's easy to unwrap for mom and dad to gaze at their sweetie without having to manipulate the baby. No ribbons to untie and to get in the way either. Simple and effective. I pitched this idea to hospital staff I've been working with and they all seemed eager to use them. So without further adieu I give you Sage's Swaddle:

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Sage's Swaddle


Pattern Pieces cut out and assembled
sewing machine

Inside layer – flannel 16 x 12 minimum size
Outside layer – fleece, sweater knit, minky, or similar fabric 16 x 12 minimum


Lay out your fabric with right sides facing each other.
Trace on the pattern and cut it out from the two layers at the same time.

Pin going around to help stop slipping and stretching while sewing.

Starting at top hood edge sew around entire piece with a straight stitch until you are back to the hood, do not sew across top of hood. I find using a wider stitch makes it easier with the types of fabrics used for the outer layer.

Trim/snip corners and trim sides if needed and turn right side out.

Starting at side of hood again top stitch around until you reach the other side of the hood, do NOT sew across hood opening yet.

Fold out layer sides together (so inner layer is showing) and straight stitch across seam, then go back over seam and zig zag stitch to give it a serged look and to make it more secure. Before sewing you may need to trim your hood seam to make it straight.

Fold hood right side out. Finished :)

Please include instructions for use with the swaddle.

 Sage's Swaddle How to Use

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