ONE little MOMMA: Hand Stamped Gauze Swaddle Blankets Tutorial {Nursery Notes}

Hand Stamped Gauze Swaddle Blankets Tutorial {Nursery Notes}


One of my favorite baby gifts I received when I was pregnant with Kesler was Aiden and Anais swaddle blankets. They are HUGE, soft, wrap well and perfect for swaddling. What I don’t love about them is the price- although they are probably worth it! I knew I wanted more of them for this baby, especially since he will be born in the summer so I went looking to make my own.

I found out these muslin blankets aren’t even muslin- they are made of cotton gauze. I found a variety of colors here and ordered free color samples. I decided on mainly neutral colors because I wanted them to match the nursery.


Once the fabric arrived I washed it and laid it out. Each color was a slightly different width but each was between 36-40 inches. I squared the fabric up to create the largest square blankets that the width would allow.


I bought some fabric paint at Michael’s in gold, black and white. I’ve used potato stamps before and I decided to use them again. They are just so easy to carve and I always have potatoes on hand! I did underestimate how much paint it would take. First I bought just one ounce bottles of paint and this is as far as one ounce of gold paint got me. Not even one whole blanket.





After I finished stamping them I threw them in the dryer for 15 minutes each on high heat to set the paint. Then I needed to finish the edges. On the white blankets I used a serger to create a rolled edge. They turned out perfectly. With the tan and the green (not shown) I had to roll and hem the edges with my sewing machine.


I love how they turned out! They are the perfect size and I really enjoyed being able to personalize them. They could be softer, but they will soften up the more they are washed.  Go ahead and give them a try- they are a great baby gift for a great price!


  1. they are so cute! i love the geometric stamps! Amazing!!

  2. Hi Kilee! Found you over at the Sugar Bee Crafts blog hop. I love this! I'm going to drive my boyfriend insane now hand stamping all of our dishtowels. :)
    Thanks for posting.
    ~Kaitlin @ Life's Little Mischiefs

  3. These are my little guys favorite kind of blanket! I can't wait to make some for him. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  4. Adorable! My brother's wife just had a baby this morning so this is perfect!!

  5. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi, I just found your blog!:) I'm having a baby in September and would love to know how many yards you ordered? Thanks!:) these are so cute!!

    1. Katherine,
      The site I ordered from makes you order in full yardage so I ordered 2 rds of the tan(which only made one large square blanket + some extra) and 4 yds of the cream (which gave me 2 large and one smaller blankets). Each blanket take a little more than one yard. Hope that helps!

  7. this may be a silly question....but did you buy special paint? {washable, etc.)

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  9. I can not wait to try this out! These are awesome!


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