Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Muslin Wrap Revamp (Tutorial)

Whenever Target has a baby sale, they usually drop the prices of their 4 pack muslin wraps so that they work out to around $2 each. Given that you probably couldn't purchase the material for that, this makes them a pretty good buy. The only problem with them is that the colour range available is a tad on the boring side - White, Pink, Blue, Yellow.... the standard 'baby colours'.

Below is a tutorial on how you can (very easily) spice them up a little. The best bit is, it only takes about 15 minutes!

You will need:
A muslin wrap
A piece of colourful muslin that measures 5 inches wide x 1.5 inches longer than your muslin wrap is (ie. if your muslin wrap measures 38 inches from one side to the other, you will need a 5 inch x 39.5 inch piece of colourful muslin)

A piece of coordinating bias binding that measures 1 inch longer than your muslin wrap
A suitable coloured cotton
A sewing machine

Take your piece of colourful muslin and press a 1/4 inch seam around 3 sides of the material with an iron (leave one of the 5 inch sides unpressed). As there is a fair amount of stretch in muslin fabric you need to ensure that the fabric is taut at all times, so leaving one side unpressed gives you a little bit of extra length to play with when you come to pinning that side down:

Next, pin the WRONG side of your colourful muslin to the top of the WRONG side of your muslin wrap, leaving the bottom seam unpinned.
At this point you may need to trim a bit off the side of the colourful muslin strip that we didn't press down, so that you can fold a 1/4 inch under and pin.

Pin your piece of bias binding along the bottom edge of the long side of the colourful muslin. Once done, it will look like this:

Sew around the colourful muslin strip (including the bottom edge of the bias binding) at approximately 1/8 of an inch. Remember that you need to hold the fabrics taut at all times! Once done, it will look like this:

Finally, sew a line across the top of the bias binding to secure it. I usually run this seam a little under 1/8 of an inch. You will end up with this:

Next, trim the loose threads off and you're done! I told you it was super easy.

To use the wrap, fold the band that we made down towards the right side of the wrap, like in the picture below:

I also made another wrap where I sewed the bias binding across the top edge, rather than at the bottom of the colourful muslin strip. I think I may actually prefer it this way:

This is a perfect project for a beginner sewer and if you're lucky (like I was) you can pick up enough muslin to do the whole four wraps from a remnant bin for under $1!

If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, please let me know. Happy Sewing!


  1. Hi there,

    I found your blog through your gorgeous craft creations on EB! I love all the ideas you have made for your soon to arrive baby! I have bought the owl mobile pattern after seeing yours - they are just divine and your quilt is just beautiful! Well done on all your hard work - your nursery is just lovely!

    Good luck with your hopefully soon arrival!



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