Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thursday Tutorial: Double Gauze Hooded Swaddle Blanket by Thread Riding Hood



Hi, my name is Sherri Sylvester and I'm visiting from Thread Riding Hood, a (proudly) Canada-based sewing blog. There is rarely a day that I don’t use something handmade in our home – bags, clothing, home decor, quilts and lots of things for my kids. My favorite part is when those things end up on the blog and I get to talk about them with you! I am so happy to have been invited by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop to provide this tutorial with one of my new favorite fabrics, Double Gauze. It's breathable, light and so comfortable to use and wear! Best of all it's easy to sew, and this project is simple enough to finish in a few weekend hours. When I had my babies, I remember loving their hooded blankets - perfect for keeping tiny heads extra warm. If I had known about double gauze then I would have made so many of these!






Using only one metre of fabric and simple sewing supplies, this project is easy enough for beginners! Here we go...

Materials:

  • 1 metre of Embrace Double Gauze by Shannon Fabrics (I used Fun Dot Blue)
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors, pins & your usual sewing notions


Finding the Straight Grain:

If you have not worked with it before, Double Gauze seems like it should be thin, stretchy, and hard to sew. But it's not! The only tricky part is finding the straight grain, because it tends not to lie straight on it's own. Thankfully it will always be parallel to the threads that hold the two layers of gauze together, hence the term "double" gauze. These threads are usually more visible from the fabric's wrong side and run every 1/2 to 1" or so parallel to the the fabric selvages.

To make your sewing life even easier though, all the Embrace Double Gauze fabrics by Shannon Fabrics from Sew Sisters have a lovely crossed line pattern woven right into the fabric. Just follow the lines to cut exactly on the straight grain! Even though they may not lay straight, they are. Trust the fabric, not your eye on this one!

Cutting your fabric:

Be sure to cut both necessary pieces for this project along the straight grain, or at right angles to it. Both squares below fit side by side along the width of this double gauze. Be sure to plan how best to fit them in before cutting!
  1. Pre-wash and press your fabric.
  2. Cut one 12" square, this will be the hood.
  3. Cut one square for the blanket that is between 33-36". This dimension depends largely on how much fabric you have available on the straight grain. Be sure to check that you have enough width in both directions before cutting! (P.S. You might have lots left over, there's a bonus project you can make with your scraps, see the end of this post for details.)

Instructions:

  1. Sewing the Hood: Fold two opposite corners of the small square together to make a triangle. This will be the hood. Match all edges and press the folded edge well.

  2. Pin and stitch the folded edge with a 3/8" seam. Take care not to stretch the bias seam! It is easier if you increase your stitch length a bit. If it does stretch, have no fear, press it flat along the seam with a bit of steam and it should flatten right out.


  3. Lay the blanket square flat in one corner with the wrong side up. Place the hood triangle in this corner and match the corner edges. Pin and baste them with a 1/2" seam. (Do not sew the folded edge of the hood, just the two edges that match up with the blanket!)


  4. Hemming the blanket: Press the raw edges of the blanket 1/2" to the wrong side.

  5. Clip the corner of the blanket (on the hood corner only) between the pressed folds and trim the seam allowance on the hood to 1/4" to remove bulk when hemming.

  6. Press all blanket edges in another 1/2" and pin to make sure it stays in place.


  7. Stitch with a 3/8" seam. Pivoting at the corners.


  8. Press your hem again to set the stitches. You are finished!
Congratulations, you've finished your blanket. It's ready to be swaddled or snuggled in!

Wondering what to do with your scraps of double gauze? Make a matching swaddle blanket in doll size! Perfect to include with baby's full size blanket as a gift for the older sister or brother. Now they can be just like mom! I've included the dimensions for the doll size on Thread Riding Hood. Once you are there, click around - you might find some other tutorials you like as well. Thanks so much for visiting!



This Giveaway is Closed

Giveaway!

We're giving away one metre of the fabric used in this tutorial to one lucky winner! 
For a chance to win one metre of Embrace Double Gauze - Fun Dot Blue from Shannon Fabrics leave a comment on this post. 
Winner will be chosen Monday, September 21.
Good Luck! 

Many thanks to Sherri from Thread Riding Hood for this great tutorial! 

39 comments:

WendyMD said...

I think this could make a lovely fall scarf! Nice and full but not super bulky!

Anne Woods said...

I would love to make a scarf for my daughter out of this fabric!

Erin McSweeney said...

LOVE IT BEAUTIFUL FABRIC AND A GREAT PATTERN CAN'T ASK FOR MORE THAN THAT

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Kristy said...

I have two friends with brand new babes. I would love to make this to give away!

Lynne Tilley said...

I love that double gauze too but have not yet made anything with it.

Emily said...

That looks like it's sooo comfy. Wish I would have known about double gauze when I had kids :) Fun Project

Emily

Ioleen said...

This a cute and easy looking pattern. Have not worked with double gauge fabric.

Karen said...

I made this 35 years ago out of terry toweling as a wrap for my son and have gifted many more. I know one that is being used again for a new grandbaby. prycek@mymts.net

rrjane011749 said...

I'd love to make these!

Maureen W said...

Ohh, this is interesting! I would love to give this a whirl. Thanks for a chance at the give-away!
Maureen
mgw070 at rogers dot com

Laura said...

What lovely soft fabric. Great project. Can think of many uses for this fabric type.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Susan Watson said...

Wow this looks like a fun project and I have never seen this fabric before. Looks like a wonderful baby shower gift. Thanks for sharing.

Janie said...

So sweet what a great idea.

Dorothy Thayer said...

I'm very interested in seeing this fabric. Expecting a great grandchild in February.

Gordon Cale said...

What a great baby gift idea. And such pretty fabric too.

Stefani R. said...

What an awesome project and the fabric looks so soft and comfortable. I would love to give this project a try and I am sure my daughter would love being cuddled in it!

Kath said...

Wow - what a great find! I've been looking for something to send along with a quilt for my niece's baby. This will be perfect and so easy to make. I've not used double gauze yet so would be happy to get the opportunity. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.
ktsquiltdreams (at)gmail (dot)com

Elsie said...

This is a lovely gift idea. I've been meaning to try double gauze.

Cris said...

Would love to use the double gauze to make this hooded swaddle blanket for my 2 week old granddaughter.

Cris said...

Would love to use the double gauze to make this hooded swaddle blanket for my 2 week old granddaughter.

colleen said...

Expecting a brand new grand baby at the end of the month and would love to make her one of these beautiful swaddle blankets

Vanessa Pritchard said...

I've never sewn with double gauze, but it looks like nice fabric to work with. Thanks for the tutorial, and thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

DannieJ said...

What a great tutorial! I love this line of fabric but have yet to sew it!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

HRH-DMK said...

Pretty fabric, I would like a chance to try working on this soft gauzy cotton! ~Diana from Toronto

Nancy Lewis said...

I would love to work with this fabric. I love the idea of the hood on the swaddle blanket.

Bolts and Bobbins said...

What a great idea! Great tutorial too!

Michele T said...

This is awesome!! What a great idea for a gift and I know a family with a new baby and a toddler... This is perfect thanks for the tutorial too!!

MoniqueB said...

That is wonderful fabric and I love the tutorial. I wish I had seen it earlier this year when I was sniffing out good ones for my new niece. This will be great for any future little ones who come along though! Thanks

Cathy said...

I've never used double gauze before,time to try something new, thanks

mary mahoo said...

What a great project! I have some Shannon Double Gauze (ordered the day it came in!), but have been too busy to cut into it yet. With a grandbaby expected yesterday, an extra metre would be put to good use!

OhioLori said...

What a sweeeet project! We have a new Granbaby & I would make for him! Also a doll size for another Grnagirlie's doll! Thank you for sharing this Tutorial too! :)

Linda Pierce said...

Love the double gauze material. Extras could be used for spit up cloths. thanks for the tutorial.

Susan Samuel said...

This is so cute, and my daughter has just found out she is pregnant. This could be a project just for me.
shw_samuel@sky.com

Linda said...

I have never seen this fabric, but it looks awesome!

Lynn said...

The double gauze looks great! I would love to try using it!!

Cathy said...

Oh how cute is that. Love it. Haven't seen Gauze in a lot of years. would be great to try it!!

Laura Eckstein said...

I just bought some double gauze fabric...excited to try this blanket tutorial. I love the fabric offered and would love to win!

Julie Stevens said...

I just purchased some double gauze to make a throw blanket. I want the blanket to lay flat, and not be super crinkly after washing. When you prewash, do you dry this fabric in the dryer, or do you let it hang dry?

Julie Stevens said...

I just purchased some double gauze to make a throw blanket. I want the blanket to lay fairly flat after washing, and not super crinkly. When you pre-wash this fabric, do you dry it in the dryer, or let it hang dry? How much shrinkage is there?