So these little numbers are a pair of guaze swaddling blankets. Aren't they cool?
This was my first time sewing with guaze, and I loved it! So inexpensive, so soft, such great texture...
I simply purchased 1 1/2 yards of white cotton gauze for each blanket, pre-washed and dryed it, and cut it into squares about 50"x50". Then I hemmed all sides of each 50" x 50" piece with a 1/4' hem (you could also use a rolled hem), and started to play around. I think that these blankets would be great tie-dyed, dip dyed, screen printed, stamped or painted. After some thought I chose to try stamping and painting, as asked my kiddos to help.
Before getting to work we lined our workspace with plastic garbage bags. Then we poured some Tulip Soft Fabric Paint on to plastic plates and chose stamps and brushes. After a little fun on a guaze fabric scrap we discovered that when stamping on guaze the trick is to use a foam brush to apply a nice shmear of paint to the stamp before applying. When painting guaze with brushes we tried (as much as 7, 5, and 3 year old fingers can) to apply a lighter touch. When we were satisfied with our work we let our paint dry for more than 24 hours, and then heat set it with a dry iron set to high heat. Now our new baby girl finds herself swaddled in soft cotton works of art, and her older siblings smile with pride, knowing that they had everything to do with it.