Nestledown Add-on for Trailblazer VEST
Zip in Baby-Wearing + Pregnancy Panels

Nestledown Add-on for Trailblazer VEST
Zip in Baby-Wearing + Pregnancy Panels

$10.00 USD
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Create a dreamy baby-wearing or pregnancy vest by converting our popular Trailblazer Vest pattern with the use of zip in panels. 

The two panels, for baby-wearing and pregnancy, can be removed when not required for a truly versatile garment.

  • Carry panels - Sized for both baby and toddler, with optional wind collars to keep little ones cosy.
  • Pregnancy panel - wear your Trailblazer Vest through pregnancy to birth, no need for a specific pregnancy vest, just zip in the panel when required!
  • Want to back wear?  Check out this blog post


Nestledown Baby Carry Vest Sewing Pattern by Twig + Tale

This is an add-on to the adult Trailblazer Vests.  You need to either own one of the Trailblazer Vest patterns, or purchase a bundle using the dropdown menu for all the required pattern pieces.

Please note: The Nestledown Add-on is not a stand alone carrier. The vest must be worn combined with a front wearing carrier as it does NOT hold the baby on its own!

Sizing + Supplies

Click here for Women's Size Chart + supplies  
Click here for Men's Size Chart + supplies

These links will take you to the size chart and materials list for the Trailblazer Vests.  Scroll down to the bottom for the Nestledown panel requirements.

Make old things new again! Twig & Tale patterns pair wonderfully with upcycled fabrics.

NESTLEDOWN FAQ

Will this panel hold baby?
Absolutely not.  The Nestledown Add-on is not a stand alone carrier. The vest must be worn combined with a front wearing carrier as it does NOT hold the baby on its own.  This panel is purely an extra layer of warmth.

Can I convert the Trailblazer Vest to be a "back-wearing" garment?
Yes. We have a blogpost detailing how to do that here:  How to convert the Nestledown for Back Wearing

Can I wear the vest "as a vest" if not carrying baby?
Yes, simply zip out the panel, and you have a cosy Trailblazer Vest.  

I don't want to sew a garment just for pregnancy - can I wear it afterwards?
Yes. Nestledown is designed to see you through pregnancy and baby-wearing. You simply zip the panels out when not required and you have a regular Trailblazer Vest.  Sew the Trailblazer Vest in your regular size, as the Nestledown panels create the extra width required for pregnancy.  No wasted sewing!

Can I use the Nestledown add-ons interchangeably between Coat and Vest?
No, each add-on is designed specifically as the Forester and Trailblazer have different lengths etc.

View pattern FAQ | Read more on the blog

What is included?

The Nestledown Add-on for Trailblazer Vest includes:

  1. Men's Nestledown baby-wearing panel - baby size
  2. Men's Nestledown baby-wearing panel - toddler size
  3. Women's Nestledown baby-wearing panel - baby size
  4. Women's Nestledown baby-wearing panel - toddler size
  5. Women's Nestledown pregnancy panel
  6. Detachable pixie hood - baby size
  7. Detachable pixie  hood - toddler size
  8. Detachable classic round hood - baby size
  9. Detachable classic round hood - toddler size
Printing Info

This is a print-at-home PDF pattern and includes three printing options:

  1. US Letter/A4 - tiled and designed to print on your home printer
  2. Copyshop - A0 wide-format file (33.1″ x 46.8″) 
  3. Projector - specially-formatted and optimized for home projector use.  Read more about using our projector files here 

All pattern printing formats include “layers”, allowing you to print only the size(s) you need, or all of the sizes. A comprehensive sewing instruction tutorial is supplied.

  • Resources

Customer Reviews

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Frederique Bouger (Aberdeen, GB)
Great pattern

Really great pattern. I used it to do a rain coat in softshell to carry baby in front and back.
No linen so I haven’t follow all instructions but very easy to understand when I looked at it.
For the back zip I used a post of the blog but for the vest so I had to adapt and I haven’t been really good ... too low

But I will definitely do another coat. Love the shape !

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Laken Rawdon-Wright (Dallas, US)
Most have pattern!

Best pattern for being pregnant/having a baby. I had been looking for weeks to find the perfect pattern for baby wearing and this pattern not only is perfect for great directions and pictures to help.

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Guin Parsons (Taunton, GB)
Excellent

Love these patterns

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Margaret E.
Fun innovative pattern

I found the design creative and fun. My daughter-in-law selected this, and I only had to fit a couple of seams for her and our new Grandboy! Instructions were clear, concise - a pleasure to sew.

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Sadie K.
Amazing

I absolutley love this pattern. I’m still a beginner, perhaps an advanced beginner now, and it was a breeze to do. The fb chat group are so helpful and the tutorials come with videos as well, which I found incredibly helpful. First time sewing zips and it all went sew well (sorry haha) ! Highly recommend this pattern along with the trailblazer vest. Added bonus of panel being removed if you’re not baby wearing x

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Tania B.
A must!

I have worn both of my children but hadn't found a stylish vest that is comfortable and fits well. The nestledown first like a glove. It's comfortable, fitted and oh so cozy. And a breeze to sew!

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Marissa L.
So versatile

What another wonderful pattern! I was a bit worried about sewing all the zippers but with the video tutorials my zips came out perfect and it was sooooo easy. I have been converted and now want to sew more zippers. Thanks for a beautiful pattern and a super easy to follow tutorial.

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India M.
Love

I absolutely love this pattern! It’s perfect for the chilly weather and snuggling my little one close so she stays warm!

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
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F
Frederique Bouger (Aberdeen, GB)
Great pattern

Really great pattern. I used it to do a rain coat in softshell to carry baby in front and back.
No linen so I haven’t follow all instructions but very easy to understand when I looked at it.
For the back zip I used a post of the blog but for the vest so I had to adapt and I haven’t been really good ... too low

But I will definitely do another coat. Love the shape !

L
Laken Rawdon-Wright (Dallas, US)
Most have pattern!

Best pattern for being pregnant/having a baby. I had been looking for weeks to find the perfect pattern for baby wearing and this pattern not only is perfect for great directions and pictures to help.

G
Guin Parsons (Taunton, GB)
Excellent

Love these patterns

M
Margaret E.
Fun innovative pattern

I found the design creative and fun. My daughter-in-law selected this, and I only had to fit a couple of seams for her and our new Grandboy! Instructions were clear, concise - a pleasure to sew.

S
Sadie K.
Amazing

I absolutley love this pattern. I’m still a beginner, perhaps an advanced beginner now, and it was a breeze to do. The fb chat group are so helpful and the tutorials come with videos as well, which I found incredibly helpful. First time sewing zips and it all went sew well (sorry haha) ! Highly recommend this pattern along with the trailblazer vest. Added bonus of panel being removed if you’re not baby wearing x

T
Tania B.
A must!

I have worn both of my children but hadn't found a stylish vest that is comfortable and fits well. The nestledown first like a glove. It's comfortable, fitted and oh so cozy. And a breeze to sew!

M
Marissa L.
So versatile

What another wonderful pattern! I was a bit worried about sewing all the zippers but with the video tutorials my zips came out perfect and it was sooooo easy. I have been converted and now want to sew more zippers. Thanks for a beautiful pattern and a super easy to follow tutorial.

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India M.
Love

I absolutely love this pattern! It’s perfect for the chilly weather and snuggling my little one close so she stays warm!