I originally published this tutorial on the Gugu Guru blog and I’m posting it here today along with more information about my= fabric and pom pom sources!
Pom pom trim is so fun to sew with and adds a fun pop of color to any project! For these blankets, I used solid color double gauze and paired with a fun trim color. I never have enough swaddle blankets around with a new baby and with my third coming soon, I wanted some cute, washable swaddles that will also look really great in photos!
The 4moms RockaRoo is so stylish in it’s sleek grey and these blankets look great with them! Some of my favorite features of the RockaRoo are the washable grey cover (no more pastel yellow baby products, yay!), iPhone jack and swing speeds. We are super excited to use this with our new baby, but our model seemed to love it. You can read more about the Rockaroo in my review post.
Let’s get sewing!
DIY Pom Pom Swaddle Blankets///
-1 yard double gauze fabric
-5 yards mini 1/4″ pom pom trim
-Rotary cutter & Mat (optional)
All about DOUBLE GAUZE:
The specific fabrics I used in this post have really great quality and were easy to sew with! In general I have found most double gauze fabrics to be fairly easy to sew. I ordered 1 yard of each and had enough to make a blanket from each with a little scrap left over. If you’re nervous about sewing with double gauze you can use a microtex (sharp) needle just to be sure your fabric doesn’t snag.
Also check out the Cotton + Steel Double Gauze Collection, Riley Blake’s line (I have the gingham grey waiting for poms right now!) and more solids and also cute prints from Embrace. Fabric.com also has a wide selection of Birch double gauze.
All about POM POM TRIM:
I love the tiny pom pom trim, it’s 1/4″. I got mine from amazon and etsy. Between the two, there are lots of colors!
Mint Green Pom Pom Trim – this one was the easiest to sew with because the backing of the pom poms was a little bit wider than the other ones. That made it easier to be sure I caught the trim while sewing. Here’s a link to the pink one I used on the yellow blanket. I also have this lemon yellow one I think I’ll use soon. The black pom pom trim from the purple blanket is from etsy, which also has a great selection.
- Trim double gauze down to 36″ by 44″, making sure all the edges are even and straight. (Diagram below shows a right and wrong side for clarification, but double gauze fabric is generally reversible.)
2. Fold side edges over 1/4″ and press well.
3. Repeat on top and bottom edges.
4. Fold over all edges one more time, this time folding over 3/8″ on each side. Stitch around the rectangle 1/4″ from the edge. Backstitch when threads meet. You’ll have a nice clean edge, all ready for trim!
Get your pom pom trim ready.
Pin or clip it to the back of the swaddle blanket with the poms right up against the edge of the blanket.
Stitch along blanket 1/8″ from edge, securing the pom pom trim as you go. You’ll end up with 2 straight lines of stitching that leave a nice clean finish to the blanket.
When the pom pom trim meets itself, overlap the ends and taper them into the inside of the blanket before stitching. Trim excess.
All done and ready to snuggle your sweet baby or package up for a baby shower gift!