Merino wool jersey boasts a range of amazing properties, making it one of the best options for keeping your little ones warm and cosy. It’s hypoallergenic as well as being flame resistant & moisture wicking! Here at The Fabric Store, we have one of the best selections of merino jersey in the world and over 30 colours to choose from in our Premium Range. We decided to put together a simple step-by-step guide, showing even the most beginner of sewists how to make your own baby wrap/cot blanket using a standard domestic machine.
Supplies | Pop into your nearest store or jump online and pick up a length of our beautiful merino jersey. We have retail stores in New Zealand and Australia, as well as our Online Collection – all stocking our full range of Premium 195gsm Merino Jersey colours as well as a unique collection of merino blends, stripes and more!
You will also need a sewing machine capable of a zig-zag stitch, fabric scissors, pins, ballpoint machine needles and a spool of thread to match your merino. All of our stores, including online, offer a thread matching service! Simply ask a staff member for help or visit our merino thread match page online.
The Steps |
1. Pre-wash your fabric. Merino is machine washable (hooray!), just make sure you use a delicate cycle and gentle wool detergent. After it has fully dried, cut your fabric to size. For newborn baby wraps, we suggest a 1m x 1m square. For cot blankets and other general purpose blankets just pick dimensions to suit your needs.
Our merino jerseys are generally at least 135cm wide, so you will be left with a little-trimmed strip of fabric. Use this to practice all the following steps, to make sure you have everything under control. We highly recommend using this little tst piece to get all your mistakes out of the way before moving on to your actual blanket!
2. Double fold two (opposite) sides of your blanket to 1.5cm. Press flat with a warm iron and pin in place.
3. Zig-zag down the inside edge of your folded edges with a 3mm wide stitch.
4. See image – example of how your finished edges should look.
5. Double fold the remaining two sides. Press flat with a warm iron and pin in place.
6. Zig-zag down the inside edge, back tacking at the beginning and end to keep your seams in place. Depending on your machine, you may have to hand wind on the corners to get a clean finish. (This is where your test run comes in handy!)
7. See image – example of how your finished corners should look.
Voila! You are done!
Wrap your masterpiece up as a gift for serious baby shower kudos. Alternately, wrap your other masterpiece (aka: baby) up and enjoy the enjoy the benefits of merino for yourself!
Feeling confident and want to sew more for baby? Check out our Merino Baby Essentials DIY, using just 1m of our Premium Merino!