Free baby cocoon pattern to sew :-)By
I have added a free (albeit rough) pattern here for everyone to enjoy.¬† Hopefully the ‚Äėcocoon‚Äô bug will bite folks and they will be happily making up loads of them and sharing them with local hospitals, neighbors having babies and families. ¬† I welcome tips and ideas on how to make them nicer and faster If there are left overs from making cocoons for their own purposes, I would love extras sent my way to take care of the hospital‚Äôs needs. ¬† I also just delivered one to a 4 month old baby here who keeps pulling the blankets over his face and scaring his mom and grandpa half to death.¬† Problem fixed LOL.
The pattern is so easy.¬† A tube with a rounded end and slightly narrower at the top. approx 18 to 23‚Ä≥ long, depending on how big the baby is you are making it for, and here it is ‚Äď http://grandmothersattic.net/reliefshare/cocoonpattern.jpg
This is called ‚ÄúThatcher‚Äôs Cocoon‚ÄĚ.¬† My newest grandson is Thatcher. ¬† Add 1/4 seams on the side and an 1‚Ä≥ at the top.¬† If you are using a tee shirt or sweater, use the hem of the garment as the top of the cocoon and you don‚Äôt have to add 1‚Ä≥ at the top.¬† The widest part across is 10 1/4‚Ä≥ inches and the narrowest part at the top is 8‚Ä≥.¬† Use a dinner plate or something round to make the curve at the bottom. I just folded the paper in half and eyeballed it.¬† Cut 2 and sew together.
Hint: pin, pin, pin.¬† If you are doing it out of recycled sweaters, sew FIRST along the seam to make sure all the fibers are caught or you may have a run (thank you so much to the list members here that suggested it when I had such a problem with the serger lettucing the edges).¬† You can zig zag the seam after that for stability or serge.
I love sergers, as they are three times as fast as a sewing machine and sewn and finish the seams in one quick shot, ¬†and wish I had more on hand as the ones we have now are going full speed ahead and folks standing in line for their turn to use them.¬† I have 2 Janome 4 thread with differential feed and have one in black thread and one in white thread going all the time so depending on what color items we are making, we just go over to one or the other serger and make the cocoon.¬† Ditto with the sewing machines.¬† My favorite sewing machine, that is used constantly, is the quilting machine with the large plastic tray that allows the items being made to be sew without tugging on the needle.¬† It is a huge blessing and I pray God blesses the donor each and every day for sending it.¬† All the volunteers love it, but I am usually the one on that particular machine as it‚Äôs the nicest to use. It has a very nice stitch on it as well.¬† We use it for everything.
I am still working on a nicer way to finish the top inside seam near babies face instead of just having a serged seam.¬† Sometimes it‚Äôs rolled down for a smaller baby and sometimes all the way up so I need a way to make both sides of the seam look nice and feel soft.¬† I already though about putting ribbing around the top or a finished edge with the seam inside but it really adds to the time it takes to make the cocoons and takes extra fabric. I never have enough ribbing and go through it like water when it‚Äôs here.¬† Ribbing is expensive, too, so I try to find ribbed material to use instead of actual ribbing.¬† I found some wonder ribbing at the flea market once and made the entire cocoon out of it ‚Äď heaven!
I hope folks enjoy the pattern.¬† I know it‚Äôs rough, but it gets the job done.¬† On this blog there is now a pattern to crochet, knit and sew a cocoon.¬† I am working on getting a pattern written for machine knitting a cocoon on the ISM knitting machine.¬† Not hard, just something else I need to do that takes me away from actually making the cocoons LOL.
The¬† Hospital intends on keeping a supply of 350 on stock to use for the babies who are born there ‚Äď some to stay with the hospital and some to go home with babies.¬† After we have filled the need for their inventory, we will continue to supply the mothers who are needy in the area through DFS, the crisis center, medical center and homeless shelter with cocoons to use and keep for their little ones.
I‚Äôve been sewing quilts and receiving blankets for my charity for 20 years and this is the first time I have heard of cocoons.¬† They originally were made as photographers props, because they are cute and lull the baby into being calm and sleeping.¬† When mothers saw how wonderful they were for comforting babies and found out they were marvelous for transporting babies without wrapping and unwrapping layers of receiving blankets that seemed to slide everywhere, they really caught on and are now the latest ‚Äėhot‚Äô items for mothers in the know.¬† The cocoons are big in the earth friendly mother channels and recyclers as well as you can either take apart sweaters and use the yarn to knit or crochet the items, or you can simply sew the cocoons out of the sweaters or tee shirts themselves.¬† The cocoons do take some kind of stretch material.¬† Velour, knit, tee-shirt material, baby print knit, etc are marvelous ‚Äď and my favorite ‚Äď rib knit.
Yes, they will be washed in the hospital laundry, but our hospital has a volunteer that takes items home to wash that can‚Äôt go through the high heat and autoclaves in the hospital laundry room.¬† I also deal with hospitals that actually had regular washing machines and dryers installed on their floor for the nurses to wash items in that come from my charity The extreme sanitization of items is only required for children with serious contagious diseases and they have their own separate items that are never reintroduced to the regular laundry items.
I don‚Äôt use wool for the cocoons as it does felt.¬† (I love wool, though, for the other projects we do).¬† Acrylic is naturally hypoallergenic and bacteria resistant so the #1 choice for hospital and baby items.¬† Cotton is marvelous but expensive.¬† It also tends to be harder in larger yarn weights and more appropriate for wash cloths.
I had one well meaning lady send me a baby blanket out of heavy cotton yarn and the blanket weighed a ton and had huge holes in it due to the pattern.¬† I felt so bad for her, she tried so hard, but it was pretty much unusable for the babies.¬† It wound up as a lap quilt for a elderly person‚Äôs wheelchair blanket.¬† We never waste anything¬† ‚Äď all items that are send in for donations find a useful home somewhere
Yes, this would be a marvelous item to give to a new mother for a baby gift.¬† Like I said, it is the newest ‚Äėhot‚Äô item for buying for baby that is
out on the market.¬† There are fancy swaddling blankets with all kinds of flaps and snaps, but this is so simple, quickly understandable and way more effective than anything else I have seen, that it is very much in demand.
Babies prefer the cocoons over blankets.¬† It‚Äôs being nicely wrapped up in something soft, comfortable and warm.¬† Babies stop fussing, twitching, crying and they just calm down and quietly lay there or they go to sleep.¬† Nature‚Äôs way of calming baby
You can put a baby in one as long as you want to. I just sew them a longer and a tad wider for older children.¬† There are 4 year olds who love these.¬† It‚Äôs basically the same principle as a sleeping bag, too.¬† I know adults who would use one if they could get their hands on one big enough LOL.
President Carol Green,