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Aden + Anais Knock-Off Swaddle Blanket



I’m a swaddling advocate. With a good blanket and a couple tight tucks you can turn your screaming newborn back into the sweet, chubby-faced cherub you brought home from the hospital. Finding the right wrap technique for your baby takes practice but the blanket is something entirely different and trust me when I say it matters. You want something lightweight and bigger than the average receiving blanket.

The best swaddling blankets on the market are those made by Aden + Anais. I have one myself and it’s awesome but it was a gift, a gift I don’t know if I’d have bought for myself, especially after I realized how easy it is to make my own knock-off version. Here’s a quick rundown of how I made my own for less than $10!

Gauze for Swaddle Blankets
Material, material, material. The key to this swaddle is the material. I bought two yards of this cotton gauze. I chose white and I actually got it while it was on sale. (JoAnn stores always have great coupons so there’s really no reason to pay full price!) I trimmed the fabric until it was a rectangle 44” wide and about 50” long. As long as you keep the width you can really chose your own length, but try to keep as square a shape as you can.

Next up I washed the fabric-because it will shrink up, used a hemmer foot to put a 1/4” hem around the edges, and finally tie-dyed it grey. That was it.

Dying Swaddle BlanketsTie Dye Results #SwaddleBlanket
I’m so happy with the results, I’ll be making more of these little beauties for myself and I think they’d make a great gift for any mother to be!


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Craft Lightning: All Stitched Up Heart Pockets




Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and even with our household in full baby mode there are still parties to prepare for before the baby gets here and I’m looking for quick and easy! Of course, I turned to the kids to ask them what they wanted to make. I wish I could take credit for this craft but it was completely the brainchild of my own little girl.

Supplies
  • felt
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • thread and embroidery floss
  • needle
  • candy or other treats!

Directions

To start off I cut folded a couple pieces of felt and cut out two hearts. The size is really up to you and dependent on what you are putting in your pockets. Just be sure that the two hearts are equal in size.

#Valentine'sDayHeartPockets
Make a quick snip in the middle of one of the hearts.

#Valentine'sDayCrafting
Sew the two hearts together with the sewing machine. I tried to use a decorative stitch but it didn’t turn out so great. When I make more I’ll stick with a simple stitch and then use the pinking shears to even everything out.

#Valentine'sDay #KidsCraft
Stuff your heart with goodies and then start sewing it up with the floss! Again, because I literally only have 15 minutes to get this project done I didn’t do as great a job as I’d want. Ideally you’d want to leave a bit of string so that you could easily untie it and get to the treats inside. Since these two are for my kids they’ll just have to break out the scissors!

  #Valentine'sDay #Hearts #Crafts
This was a super quick and easy project and we’ll probably be making more for upcoming Valentine parties! If you’re looking for more great, QUICK Valentine’s crafts be sure to visit Angie at the Country Chic Cottage or Carolina at the 30 Minute Crafts. They’re rounding up this week’s Craft Lightning projects every evening!

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