DIY Hand Stamped Swaddle Blankets

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I can’t believe I only have a month (or less) left before our bitty baby girl arrives! I’ve been trying to do my best to prepare for her arrival amidst all the many things going on here – back-to-school, illustration work, blogging and more! Little by little things are starting to look like a baby just might be coming to stay in our home soon.

Last week I decided to create a few hand stamped swaddle blankets made out of a gauzy muslin fabric. I like how simple they were to do and how graphic they turned out.
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To make these I cut up large squares of muslin fabric. (I referenced Dana’s tutorial for this). I then used black fabric paint and a handmade stamp to create the pattern.
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The trick for me was to apply the paint to the stamp with a paint brush before stamping onto the muslin. I got much better stamping coverage this way as opposed to when I just dipped the stamp right into the paint. The coverage of was still varied a bit but I actually like this as it gives it that “hand stamped” feel.
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After hand stamping the blanket to my liking, I hemmed the edges of the muslin.
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I then created another one from a pretty salmon pink fabric found on my LA Fabric District shopping spree (I think it’s the same fabric as Dana used in her tutorial! what are the chances?). I then used a rain drop stamp for this one…which admittedly looks a bit like watermelon seeds with this color of fabric.
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Rain drops? Watermelon seeds? You decide. Either way, I’m so excited to swaddle and cuddle up my little girl in these when she arrives!
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Now to find a crib…and perhaps a rocking chair…and…

18 Responses to “DIY Hand Stamped Swaddle Blankets”

  1. thenestingspot

    This is too funny…because I was actually going to make some JUST like this last night but ran out of time. I am due to have baby #3 at the end of this month and am trying to squeeze in baby projects just like you. Since we don’t know the gender this go round I have been focusing on making a new room for the “big kids” to share. I am hoping to make a couple of these blankets tonight. You did a great job and thanks for sharing! I love all your work.

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  2. Yo Mamma

    So, Mer Mag, I was reading “The Friend” to my kids at breakfast this morning. I saw a cute illustration and thought, “that looks just like something Merilee would do.” Lo and Behold it was Tuesday Mourning. Congrats to you on your many accomplishments; you have deserved each one! It’s fun to see your illustrations and talents everywhere. 🙂

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  3. Jaime Fernandez

    These are wonderful!! I have been trying to spice up some plain white onesies for my new little. I think this is the ticket. Rain drops all the way! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. Nicole

    I love these! Where did you buy your fabric? I have heard that the gauze from fabric.com and also from Joann’s gets stiff with washing. Wondering about your experience with this?

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    • Merrilee

      yes, the coral that I got from the fabric district is soft and wonderful. The white is from Joann’s and is a bit more stiff but still works for wrapping up baby. I’m hoping to find some of this soft stuff local or on line.

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