Sewing a nest – free instructions for a baby nest

After birth all mums want their child to feel at home in the new environment. One of the many things that help is a baby nest. Sewing a nest is practical and allows the baby to sleep completely and comfortably.

Well wrapped on all sides, it gives the newborn the feeling of tenderness and security.

The baby nest can all Working during the day:

  • as an insert in the baby bed
  • as a safe place to sleep in the parents bed
  • Berth on the sofa
  • for the stroller

Sewing a baby nest is easy and also suitable for beginners. There is nothing better than being able to sew something for your baby that accompanies it for a long time, especially when you are sleeping.

Material and preparation

Difficulty level 1/5
suitable for beginners

Material costs 2/5
0.5 m cotton costs approx. 5 – 10 €
You get 0.5 m terry for about 5 – 11 €
250 g of cotton wool costs about 5 €
1 m bias tape costs approx. 0.5 – 0.70 €

Time expenditure 2/5
Approximately 2 – 3 h

You need the following materials to sew a nest:

  • Classic sewing machine and / or overlock
  • Cotton fabric or jersey
  • terry
  • Schrägband
  • line
  • batting
  • pen
  • fiberfill
  • Pins and safety pin
  • tape measure
  • Scissors or rotary cutters and cutting mat

The choice of materials

You need a cotton fabric or possibly a jersey fabric for the back. A terry cloth is ideal for the front. The terry cloth is very cuddly, soft and pleasant, just ideal for the baby skin!

Note: If you want, you can sew the front and back from a cotton fabric.

We sew our baby nest from the stretchy jersey with a unicorn pattern in white and from the terry cloth in gray.

The amount of material

To be able to sew a nest, you need 1 m of the two fabrics (cotton and terry). We also need 70 cm long volume tiles, 3 m bias tape and 3.5 m cord.

The cut

We take the cotton or jersey and measure 93 cm from top to bottom.

Then we measure 60 cm from above and 16 cm from below.

Now we cut the bottom 16 cm edge and measure 13 cm from the bottom edge. We’ll cut this right away.

We measure another 15 cm from the long bottom edge and fold the jersey in the middle so that the two sides are the same. Then cut the other half of the back.

Our back is now finished and we use it as a pattern.

Now we take the jersey fabric as a pattern and cut the front out of the terry cloth. Finally have to we round off all the corners.

Now it’s the volume flow. We cut three rectangles measuring 64 x 32 cm. Then the two upper corners of the volume tile are rounded off.

Sew the nest

After we have cut all the parts, we can start sewing our nest. First we put the front and back on the right side and sew the two fabrics together except for the lower edge.

Note: We sew with an overlock sewing machine. If you only have the classic sewing machine, you can of course sew with a zigzag stitch (for jersey fabric) or with a simple grand stitch if you are working with a cotton fabric.

As soon as we are finished, we turn the work to the right and fasten the 3 m long bias tape in the middle of the seam between the two fabrics.

Then the two sides of the bias tape are sewn on.

Now we take the 3.5 m long cord and make a small knot at the end of the cord. The safety pin is inserted through the knot and the safety pin is pulled with the cord through the bias tape.

Then we take the 3 pieces of volume tiles and place them in the middle of each other between the two fabrics, so that we still have space for sewing on the lower edge (approx. 1 cm).

The whole is fastened with the pins, so that the volume tile does not slip when sewing. We sew approx. 1 cm from the edge directly on the volume fleece, so that the volume fleece holds nicely and does not slip. We still leave the bottom edge free.

When we are done, we fill the baby nest with the filling cotton until the nest has the desired thickness. Then the lower edge is sewn with a simple grand stitch.

Finally, we pull the ends of the string together and make a loop.

The nest is sewn and we can look forward to the result!

Quick guide

01. Cut the cotton or jersey fabric (for the back).
02. Cut the terry cloth (for the front).
03. Cut the volume tile and place 3 plates next to each other.
04. Put the cotton and terry cloth right to right and sew all around.
05. Leave the bottom edge free.
06. Turn right.
07. Sew the bias tape to the center of the seam.
08. Pull the cord through the bias tape with the safety pin.
09. Place 3 panels of volume tile in the middle and sew on 1 cm from the edge.
10. Leave the bottom edge free.
11. Stuff the baby nest with the filling cotton wool.
12. Close the opening (the bottom edge).


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