This is a really simple way to make baby wraps and with the wide variety of pretty cotton muslin fabrics available, a few wraps made from coordinating fabrics make a sweet gift for an expectant mother. I made these three for my gorgeous friend, Anna, who is having a baby soon! The most important thing when making baby wraps is to choose the right sort of fabric. For this light-weight style of wrap, I used baby muslin (I’m not sure if it’s called something different in other countries?) It’s 100% cotton so it’s breathable and very soft, making it perfect for babies. Many fabric stores will have a section of baby related fabrics, but if you are having trouble finding something suitable, ask the staff at your local fabric store as they are generally very knowledgable and helpful. Make sure you wash your fabrics before you start sewing. This pre-shrinks them and removes any chemical residue that may be present.
The advantage of making your own baby wraps is that you can make them bigger than store bought wraps. This is particularly helpful for parents of big babies who wriggle out of smaller wraps. I usually make the wraps as big as the width of the fabric will allow. So trim of the selvedges, measure the width of the fabric and cut a square to that size. The wraps I am making started from squares measuring about 116 cm (46″).
Once you’ve cut your squares, fold over approximately 5-6 mm (1/4″) along each edge of the square and iron flat.
Fold over a further 5-6 mm (1/4″) all the way around so the raw edges are completely enclosed. Iron flat and pin the hem in place.
Sew all the way around the wrap. Sometimes it can be difficult to get started when sewing with fine fabrics as they can get sucked down into the feed-dogs of the sewing machine. To prevent this from happening, when you start sewing, hold the tails of thread (from the bobbin and needle) taught behind the presser foot with one hand while you get started. In a similar way, going around corners can be tricky. Once you’ve pivoted at the corner and are about to start sewing down the next side, lift the foot and insert a pin in the corner of the fabric (behind the needle, sitting under the foot). Lower the foot and using the pin, gently pull the fabric to get stated (in the same way as you’d pull the tails of thread to get started at the beginning of a seam).
Once you’ve sewn all the way around, you’re finished! Wasn’t that quick and easy? Iron your wrap so the hems sits flat and to get rid of any creases. Make a couple more in coordinating fabrics, fold and roll them up and tie them together with a pretty ribbon.