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Sewing a Nest - Free baby nesting guide

  • Material and preparation
    • The cut
    • Sew nest
  • Quick guide

After the birth, all mommies want their child to feel at home in the new environment. One of the many things that contribute to this is a baby's nest. Sewing a nest is convenient and allows the baby to sleep completely and comfortably.

Well enveloped from all sides, it gives the newborn the feeling of tenderness and security.

The baby nest can be in use all day long:

  • as insert in the cot
  • as a safe sleeping place in the parents bed
  • Mooring on the sofa
  • for the stroller

Sewing a baby nest is easy and also suitable for beginners. There is nothing better than being able to sew something for your baby, which accompanies it for a long time, especially during his sleep.

Material and preparation

Difficulty level 1/5
suitable for beginners

Material costs 2/5
0.5 m cotton costs about 5 - 10 €
0.5 m terry you get for about 5 - 11 €
250 g of cotton wool costs about 5 €
1 m bias binding costs about 0.5 - 0.70 €

Time expenditure 2/5
Approximately 2 - 3 h

For sewing a nest you need the following materials:

  • Classic sewing machine and / or overlock
  • Cotton fabric or jersey
  • terry
  • Schrägband
  • line
  • batting
  • pen
  • fiberfill
  • Pins and safety pin
  • tape measure
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat

The material selection

You need a cotton fabric or maybe a jersey fabric for the back. For the front is ideal a terry cloth. The terry cloth is very cuddly, soft and pleasant, just ideal for the baby skin!

Note: If you prefer, you can sew the front and back of a cotton fabric.

We sew our baby's nest in stretchy jersey with a unicorn pattern in white and in terry in gray.

The amount of material

To make a nest, you need 1 meter of the two fabrics (cotton and terry cloth). Furthermore we need 70 cm long volume fleece, 3 m bias tape and 3.5 m string.

The cut

We take the cotton fabric or jersey and measure 93 cm from top to bottom.

Then we measure from above 60 cm and 16 cm from below.

Now we cut the lower 16 cm long edge and measure 13 cm from the lower edge. We'll cut it right back.

We measure another 15 cm at the long lower edge and fold the jersey in the middle so that the two sides become equal. Then the other half of the back is cut.

Our back is finished and we use it as a pattern.

Now we take the jersey fabric as a pattern and cut the front of the terry cloth. Finally we have to round off all corners.

Now it is the volume flow. We are cutting three rectangles of 64 x 32 cm. Then the two upper corners of the volume flow are rounded off.

Sew nest

After we've cut all the pieces, we can start sewing our nest. First, we put the front and back right to right and sew the two fabrics together to the lower edge around.

Note: We sew with an overlock sewing machine. Of course, if you only own the classic sewing machine, you will sew with a zigzag stitch (for jersey fabric) or a simple grand stitch if you are working with a cotton fabric.

Once we are done, we turn the work to the right and attach the 3 m long bias tape centered on the seam between the two fabrics.

Then the two sides of the bias band are sewn.

Now we take the 3.5 m long string and make a small knot at the end of the string. The safety pin is inserted through the knot and the safety pin with the string pulled through the bias binding.

Then we take the 3 pieces volume tiles and place them in the middle between the two fabrics, so that we still have room to sew on the lower edge (about 1 cm).

The whole thing is attached with the pins, so that the volume fleece does not slip during sewing. We sew about 1 cm from the edge directly on the volume fleece, so that the volume fleece holds nicely and does not slip. We are still freeing the bottom edge.

When we are done, we stuff the baby nest with the stuffing until the nest has the desired thickness. Then the lower edge is sewn up with a simple grand stitch.

Finally, we pull the string ends together and make a loop.

The nest is sewn and we can look forward to the result!

Quick guide

01. Cut the cotton fabric or jersey fabric (for the back).
02. Cut the terry cloth (for the front).
03. Cut the volume file and put 3 plates together.
04. Lay the cotton fabric and terry cloth fabric right to the right and sew all around.
05. Leave the lower edge free.
06. Turn right.
07. Sew on the bias binding at the center of the seam.
08. Pull the cord with the safety pin through the bias binding.
09. Place 3 plates in the center of the center piece and sew 1 cm from the edge.
10. Leave the lower edge free.
11. Plug the baby nest with the filling wadding.
12. Close the opening (the lower edge).

Have fun sewing!

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