Visit Bolt

Our Hours

Mon–Fri, 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm

Our Location

2136 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
503.287.bolt

Let's Get Social

Instagram

Bolt Neighborhood. Get yours at bighugelabs.com

Search
Subscribe via Email

Your email address:

Gauze Baby Swaddles: DIY hand printed

-By April

I have a niece on the way and want to make many cute things for her. I also want Mama to have the things she wants not just a ton of quilts from Aunt April. After browsing the gift registry for the baby shower I decided to make one of these swaddle blankets.  We carry this fabric called double bubble gauze that is the perfect fabric for this. 

 

 The lightweight cotton fabric has a nice open weave, making it great for regulating the body temperature while baby is swaddled. The fabric does have a wonderful crinkly texture that gives it some stretch.
It is breathable light and airy, good for summer and just to have for everyday use. Throw this over the stroller during nap time or just to provide some shade for the little ones. A great makeshift nursing cover or burp cloth in a pinch.

  The blanket is about 47” square finished.  The fabric off the bolt is 55” wide.  I first tore my yardage to get it square, including the selvedge edges.  Then I simply ironed the ends hemmed it with a 3/8 ” seam.   I was on the fence about how to hem it, I think a stay stitch could be pretty with the edges left to fray a little.  Also a serged edge or zig zag stitch would work well. 

  We carry fabric paint by Jacquard in a wide variety of colors here at the shop. To get this color I used opaque white and added red.  Here is a bit about my printing adventure. 

 I rolled my paint onto my stamp using a briar.  This technique helps prevent major blobs on your stamp.  A foam brush can also be used to apply paint to your stamp.  I did rinse off the stamp quite a few times during the process, when my stamps started to lose detail. 

To get your paint nice and even take a dollop and work it into a flat spot on your pallet to get even coverage on your briar. My pallet is a large pane of glass with the edges taped off.

A few things to note

  • Cover the area you are going to print on with newspaper as the paint will bleed through this fabric. 
  • Use a surface area that is solid.  I used the island in my kitchen.  I tried this on a card table first and it was way too wonky to get good pressure onto the stamp.
  • Tack down the fabric with some masking tape on the edges.  The stamp will want to stick to the fabric and pull it up off your surface if you do not have it tacked down. 
  • Don’t worry if every stamp is not perfect, learn from each one. If you try to stamp over a funky imprint it almost always ends up looking worse if you try and re-stamp it.  If you square off your fabric you will have some scraps to practice on and get comfortable with the process first.
  • Pre wash your fabric, the paint will set better with a clean slate.
  • iron out the fabric before you start printing, the texture could get in the way of your print otherwise.

Want to learn more about printing at home?  We have a nice variety of books all about creating your own fabrics with paint and other various techniques.  The Lotta Jansdotter stencils book arrived at the shop last week, that would be a great place to start.

References (4)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Bolt Neighborhood | Bolt Fabric Boutique | Portland, Oregon - Blog - Gauze Baby Swaddles: DIY hand printed
  • Response
    NFL is genuinely a single of the biggest sports in America. It has a significant following.
  • Response
    [...] yday use. Throw this over the stroller during nap time or just to provide some s [...]
  • Response
    Response: naturesummitmb.com
    Bolt Neighborhood | Bolt Fabric Boutique | Portland, Oregon - Blog - Gauze Baby Swaddles: DIY hand printed

Reader Comments (2)

I have been wanting to do this but wasn't sure how it would come out. Thanks for the tutorial! It looks beautiful!!

Mar 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterA

I tried to contact you through your contact link, but when I tried to send a message, this is what came up:

"Unable to send form. No storage service is configured. Configure one using the 'Storage' tab from the configuration area for this block."

I wanted to find out about ordering fabric from you to make guaze baby swaddles.

Feb 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkendal

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>