My little Wendy loves her swaddle, she fondles it to fall asleep and sometime makes a weird dance whilst asleep that looks like a torero teasing a big bull.
Her favourite is a soft one from Aden + Anais with big grey stars. I will probably not swap this one with the one I have hand-made as she likes to put it in her mouth, and chew on it, but I would happily use it to put it on my shoulder when she does her delicate burp (or shall I call it massive belch…).
So, basically, I have been lurking on Etsy for several Custom Hand-Made Baby Swaddles but always thought it was a little bit too expensive (yep, even for me a compulsive buyer). And so I decided to make my own!
What you will need to buy:
- Muslin Squares
- Stamps (I bought a custom one with “Wendy” a Feather one and re-use stamps from our wedding)
- A Potato to create my own arrow stamp
- Mint Paint
- Foam Brushes
- Ink pads (I re-used an old colorbox grey from my Wedding)
What you will need to have :
- An Iron
- A Tea towel
- Some paper sheets to put under your square to avoid staining your table
Starts by putting some paint on your Foam Brushes to recreate an ink pad.
Use it with your stamps. Make sure you press straight forward and not from twirling from right to left or you’ll be left with stains from the stamp outline.
Now that you have created several Swaddles with the stamp you bought, it is time for you to create your own. If you are good enough, you can try to create a delicate feather stamp, or try like me to do a fat arrow.
To do a stamp, cut a potato in half, as flat as you can. Draw your arrow (a feather) with the tip of your knife and slowly remove the outline.
To use your home-made stamp, press it on the foam brush exactly as the other and press firmly and straight on your square.
Once you have finished all your squares make sure they correctly dry under the Corsican Sun (that’s my little tip).
You will then have to leave it to dry an additional 24H before going for the next step.
Now that your swaddles are completely dry, you will need to iron them to make sure that the “stain” you have created is completely incrusted on your square.
Always use a cloth on top of your square so you don’t damage your Iron.
No need to leave the hot Iron on top of your “paint stains” for too long. Just iron normally as you use to do it when you gave a crap whether you clothes were stained or properly flattened.
Et voilà! Home-made custom stamped swaddles!
You’ll then ideally have to wait an additional 2 weeks before washing them and tumble dry them before using them with the baby.
So be patient before showing off at the local park. Otherwise, order some nicely done on Etsy and you could still pretend that you made them as you now know how they could be hand-made !