One of the things I made to decorate at the baby shower were these swaddled babies made from diapers, washcloths, socks, and wiggle eyes.
I finally tracked down the picture I saw on Pinterest, so if you'd like to see my inspiration, go here. At the time I made mine though, I was instructionless, so this is what I came up with. Mine are a bit different than the originals, mostly because I wanted to show the cute cuffs on the socks.
Start with a diaper.... pure white diapers would be best but I used Huggies Little Snugglers in newborn size (affiliate link), since those are my favorite new-baby diapers. They are soft, unscented (artificial fragrances give me a headache, I don't like to think about the effect on my babies), with an umbilical cord cutout, elastic in the back for a snug fit, and a leak-reducing pocket in the back.
I decided to roll the diapers with the back facing out, since it has less printing than the front. I put a small piece of tape on the back to hold it.
Next, I fold a baby washcloth almost in half diagonally:
Put the diaper on it, tape-side down:
And fold, starting with the bottom edge:
Tuck one side around the diaper:
And wrap the other side around to the back. The original version has the washcloth tucked into itself in the back (what would be the neckline) but mine wouldn't stay that way so I taped it too:
Next I took a cute baby sock:
Turned it inside-out:
And folded the cuff up:
I popped it on the top of the diaper:
Then I turned the whole thing over, pinched the part of the sock that was sticking up:
and tucked it into the cuff:
It should look like this from the back:
and like this from the front:
then all the baby needs is eyes. I used double-sided tape to attach wiggle eyes.
These are really quick to make, especially assembly-style. All of these took less than 30 minutes.
I love that these are also a useable gift!
I had a hard time finding baby washcloths locally and ended up buying them on Amazon. I bought this set and this set. (affiliate links). And if you were counting, yes, there were some leftover. They, and the leftover diapers, were given to my sister-in-love along with the babies after the shower was over. =)
I have a few exciting things involving machines and classes to share soon, so don't forget to check back! =)
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