Baby nests have become very popular nowadays (at least in Sweden) and pretty much all parents either buy one or make one themselves. It’s a fun and easy project that everyone can make! In addition to the baby nest, I made two sheets to use inside the nest. In case an accident would happen, the sheets were lined with waterproof terry with an exception for where the baby’s head would be. The terry’s supposed to be “breathing” but I’m not taking any chances. That part of the sheets is instead lined with a mint cotton fabric.
For this project, I bought:
- 1m mint/green cotton
- ~1,2m cotton fabric with a harlequin pattern
- ~1m cotton fabric with sleeping owls
- ~1m waterproof white terry
- ~2,2m x 2,2m wadding
- ~3m mint/green bias binding
- light grey cord
- 1 cord stopper
This baby nest is suitable for a baby 0-4 months old.
The pattern for the baby nest is rather simple and you need to cut two pieces (A), one for the front and one for the back. Also cut 2-3 pieces of (B) wadding, depending on how thick your wadding is. Baste the pieces of wadding together so that they will keep their shape even when put in the washing machine. Trace 20 cm from the border on the back piece (A). This is where you will sew the back and front pieces together with the wadding in between.Pin right sides together (A) and leave an opening on both small half circles. Turn it right sides out and press the seam.Pin the bias binding around the baby nest, from the center of the first half circle to the other one. Sew it carefully in place. A good top stitching is what makes something look awesome instead of just ‘ok’. Use a safety-pin to pull the cord through the tunnel that the bias binding creates.
Put the wadding inside and baste it in place before sewing. I pinned it in place but it was difficult to get a good result and I had to re-do the seam. I would highly recommend basting instead of pinning. Fold the rest of the wadding to a long sausage and stuff it inside the opening on one of the sides. Sew the openings shut. Also sew the opening for the first wadding (B) shut and add some bias binding for a nice finish.
The sheets are pretty much the same size as (B) and if you want to make it only out of cotton fabric follow these instructions. Cut two pieces of the B pattern. With a seam allowance of 1cm, sew them face sides together but leave a small opening. Turn it right sides out. Give it a good press with the iron and then top stitch 2mm from the edge all the way around the sheet, now closing the opening.
If you want to use waterproof terry you need to make sure that you don’t put the plastic where the baby’s head will be. If you look at the picture below, the white is plastic terry and the mint is regular cotton fabric. In this case you cut one B piece for the front. Then cut the B pattern in two parts and add 1cm seam allowance to both pieces. Cut the top piece in cotton and the bottom in terry. Put the cotton and plastic facing each other and sew them together. Press the seam allowance to one side with your nails. Don’t use an iron for this or the plastic will melt! Top stitch the seam allowance in place. Then put the front fabric (in this case owl fabric) and plastic facing each other and sew them together but leave an opening. Turn it right sides out and top stitch to close the opening.
To finish of this quick guide, here’s the finished baby nest!
I planned on making a baby nest + sheets before the baby arrived and I was halfway through this “2 day” project when it was time to go to bed. Quite pleased with my progress, I said to my husband “The baby nest will be finished tomorrow and afterwards we can just sit back, relax and wait for her arrival”. This totally jinxed it as my water broke 2 hours later and our daughter Charlie was born the next morning. Let’s just say it took me more than two days to finish the baby nest. :)
October 16, 2018 at 08:07
Hi there, on the bottom it says 1,5 how many cms is this? :) thank you!
October 16, 2018 at 09:25
One and a half cm. Good luck!
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January 12, 2019 at 21:58
The pattern calls for a length (on the main pattern piece) of 80 cm. Is that 80 cm from the rounded top to the bottom below the cutout (where it divides the bolster on either side) or is it 80 cm up TO the cutout? Thank you!
January 12, 2019 at 23:37
Hi, if you study the picture, you’ll see that the full length is 80+20=100cm. Add some extra to counter fabric shrinking when you pre-wash it. All in all, I recommend buying 120cm fabric.
However, do note that this depends on what pattern your fabric has. For example, if it’s just a plain colour then you’d be able to turn the pattern 90 degrees and you could make do with the width + extra for shrinking instead of the length. I hope this answers your question, if not, don’t hesitate to ask again. Good luck!
January 13, 2019 at 21:13
Sorry—yet another question for you:
The small space between the two “legs” of the pattern at the bottom of pattern piece A looks to be a slightly curved line of 1.5 cm (I’m trying to work in cms since that’s what the pattern calls for). However, this seems like it would also have to be the width of the “mattress” in order to fit between the “legs” of the pattern (figure B), yet 1.5 cms is hardly wide enough even for a newborn. Am I missing something? Thank you!
January 14, 2019 at 08:25
Think of the pattern as it’s made up of circles and rectangles. Create the rectangles first and afterwards make the circles to modify the shape of the rectangles. The length of “the main body” is 80cm (+ 1.5cm to create the curved edge). The full width of the pattern is 70cm. Reduce it with 20cm for each “leg” and you’ll end up with a space in the center which is 30cm wide. Does that clear things up?
January 20, 2019 at 18:22
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I made these for my daughters twins and now I have to make two more for friends grandkids. I think this will be my go to baby shower gift. Every who sees it says how wonderful they are. So thanks for your easy to follow tutorial.
January 23, 2019 at 09:10
Thank you for your kind comments :) I’m glad you found my tutorial useful!
February 23, 2019 at 05:22
Hi Nicole, Thank you so much for the very detailed tutorial. I was wondering what the width of the cord used in the nest is?
March 12, 2019 at 09:52
So excited to make this, lots of babies on the way and this will be a great baby shower gift. How did you finish off the middle part of the nest, there seems to be some green piping there?
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July 22, 2019 at 23:08
where can i download the pattern for the baby nest
April 19, 2020 at 17:05
Hi, Iam noy getting the B pattern, which is 34cm wide. There is inclooded sew allowance? Becase as I see in A pattern, the matterase should be 30cm wide instead. The 34cm width does not fit in there. Thank you, Susanne from Czech (middle Europe)
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June 24, 2020 at 11:46
I made a nest 3 yrs ago for my grandson, my daughter-in-law found it so useful. Now I’m making one for my daughter. I’d forgotten how to measure it all out…..I’m crawling the floor with it!
I’m remembering how difficult it was to stuff the sausage edge, do you have a simpler way of doing this?
As a proud grandma, I do like your pattern and instructions, I was so pleased to find it again and to see its still being used.
September 8, 2020 at 21:54
hi, this is co cute. I also made a babynest and tried to tell how I done. I am system analyst, smilar your job and like sewing. Glad to meet you.
March 5, 2021 at 20:48
Would love the free baby nest pattern.
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