Ever since Emily’s gender reveal a few weeks ago, I’ve been in newborn-photo-shoot-prep-mode, anxiously awaiting the day I get to take her sweet little baby’s photos! And that’s pretty much where the theme behind today’s DIY craft comes from: how to make newborn cheesecloth wraps for photo shoots.
A swaddle is a great thing to have on hand for a photo shoot because it’s such an easy way to get your newborn to relax and fall into a deep sleep, allowing you to move around them a little more freely. (Sound familiar? You might remember this from my post a few weeks ago, where I shared some of my favorite newborn photography tips.)
But before we get to the actual how-to, let me just start by saying that these are SO EASY to make. I was actually shocked just how easy and inexpensive they are! The cheesecloth was only $1 per yard, and the dye was $4 per bottle. I was able to make 7 of these with the cheesecloth I had, and I still have enough dye left over to make approximately 3 billion more wraps :)
How to make newborn cheesecloth wraps:
- 2 yards of white cheesecloth per wrap
- RIT dye (this handy RIT Color Formula Guide will tell you which dyes to mix to get your desired color)
- A large bowl or bucket you don’t mind getting stained by the dye
- A stainless steel spoon for stirring
- Measuring cups & spoons
- Mesh laundry bag (optional but helpful)
1. Cut the cheesecloth into 2-yard pieces. It’ll feel like it’s got some serious static cling going on, so unfold it, spread it out, and help it get unstuck from itself.
2. Fill your bowl or bucket with about 8 cups of hot water. (This seemed to be just the right amount so the cheesecloth could move freely in the water.)
3. Add dye according to the formula in the RIT Color Formula Guide. The formulas in the guide are per 1 cup of water, so remember to multiply the amount of dye times 8 to account for the 8 cups of water. (All my colors seemed to come out a bit darker than the guide showed, so if you start seeing that with yours too, you may want to add a couple extra cups of water to dilute the color.)
4. Let the cheesecloth soak for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so. Rinse it in warm water, and then gradually cooler water, until the water runs clear.
5. If you have a mesh laundry bag, put the cheesecloth inside the bag and wash it on the delicate setting, using free & clear laundry detergent. Then, place the bag into the dryer and dry on low using a free & clear dryer sheet. If you don’t have a mesh laundry bag, hand wash the cheesecloth and air dry.
6. Clean the sink or bucket with a chlorine-based cleaner.
Here’s the 7 colors I ended up with:
And as always, if you give this a try at home, come back and let us know how they turned out!