Lotta Jansdotter’s Snuggler
Who doesn’t love a homemade baby burrito?I bought Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby back in the day, mostly because I had/have a huge crush on her designs and fabrics, but it’s been sitting on my bookshelf ever since. I didn’t have any plans to start a business at the time and wasn’t pregnant or even close to thinking about babies, but found myself devouring anything with her name on it. I’ve tried to cure myself of this addiction and cheat on her with other designers but find myself always coming back for more. And she has a new line of fabric coming out, which could be trouble.One of my friends was nice enough to commission me to make something for Shanna’s shower, so I figured I should make use of this dusty book and see what Lotta had to offer. I flipped through the pages and found 24 different projects for toddlers and newborns. I wanted to make something she’d use, so I settled on the Snuggler. Partly for the name and partly for the adorable picture next to the pattern. Swaddling seems to be a must for some parents in order to help their baby sleep soundly and in turn get some rest themselves. In my mind, it’s comparable to a straight jacket, but using that comparison would take away the cuteness, so instead I’d liken it to a delicious baby burrito. You wrap the goodness inside and keep it tight with the help of a fabric burrito known as a swaddle.
Lotta’s snuggler pattern includes velcro closures, so I figured this would be a good introduction to swaddling for a new parent, especially when bedtime is left to dad. The great thing about this pattern is it’s also free, so you don’t need to buy the book in order to make one.For Shanna’s snuggler, I pulled out some of the fabric that I’ve been hesitant to cut into. It looks Lotta-ish, but is from Stof’s Uno collection. I love the simple grey and white pattern and have been saving it for something special.
I found this turquoise velcro (Babyville EZ Adjust Tape) at Joanne’s and almost squealed because I thought it’d be perfect with the grey fabric. For the inside, I used organic white flannel from Rae’s Fanfare line. It’s incredibly soft and made for a cozy, warm inside.
The snuggler comes together really nicely. There aren’t very many pictures to guide you along, which can be a little tricky, but the steps are well written, which helps. As I used to tell my 3rd graders, it’s important to read through all the directions before starting. I never do this, nor did it this time, but would advise it to you. Do as I say, not as I do.
I was so excited when this was finished because I loved the way it turned out. I don’t have a baby to model this for you, but will make sure to take pictures once Lulu arrives. Here’s Shanna opening it at her shower and me cowering because I hate attention.If you are looking to make your own swaddle/baby burrito/mini straight jacket, I would recommend this pattern.