How to Make a Child’s Sleeping Bag

My grandson’s birthday is coming up and he LOVES pirates! I decided to make him a fun pirate sleeping bag along with matching pj’s and a pillow.

It’s really not hard to make a sleeping bag. It takes just a few items and an evening or two of sewing. You can do it! Here is how:

Materials

  • Children’s sheet set
  • Coordinating fabric
  • Batting
  • Pins or clover clips
  • 36″ zipper

Inside of your sheet set will be a pillowcase, a fitted sheet and a flat sheet. The pillow case will be the bag for the sleeping bag. We will be using the flat sheet for the sleeping bag, pj bottoms, and pillow.

Directions

  • Lay the flat sheet out and cut It in half widthwise.
  • Cut a piece of backing fabric slightly larger than the half sheet.
  • Place two layers of batting between the fabric pieces and quilt them together with the method you like best. You could hand tie, straight stitch machine sew, or long arm quilt like I did.
  • Trim the edges of your quilted fabric so they are all straight and even.

  • Cut a 6″ strip of coordinating fabric the width of your quilted fabric or in other words the width of the “top” of your quilted fabric
  • Fold and press the strip in half lengthwise
  • Sew the raw edge to the top BACK of the quilted fabric.
  • Fold the strip over to the FRONT and press, pin, and sew it down.
  • You will have a nicely finished top of your sleeping bag!

  • Finish the remaining three edges with a serger or zig zag stitch. Use matching thread. I didn’t, but wish I would have

Make the Continuous Prairie Points- (optional)

  • Cut two 8″ strips of coordinating fabric. Cut one the length of your quilted fabric, and cut the other the length of half of the width of your quilted fabric.

  • Fold and press the strips in half lengthwise
  • Mark the bottom half of the strips into 4″ squares
  • Mark the top half of the strips into alternating 4″ squares.

  • Cut on the lines you just made up to the folded line on both the top and the bottom.
  • Take your floppy strips to the ironing board.

  • Fold the top left square down to the fold
  • Fold the top right corner back to make a point and press
  • Fold the bottom left corner of the lower half square up to meet the fold
  • Fold the bottom right corner up to meet the fold
  • Back to the top, fold the top left corner down
  • Fold the top right corner down.

  • Fold the bottom point up and place it between the layers of the point to the right.
  • Nestle the point to the left in between the middle point,
  • Press and clip or pin closed
  • Repeat until all of the points are folded, pressed, and pinned.

Your points should look like this–

  • Pin the raw edges of the prairie point strips to the right side of the bag starting just below the folded finished edge and along the bottom half. The points will be facing in toward the fabric
  • Sew them in place.

Zipper

  • With a seam ripper, remove 1/2″ of the stitching on the top folded edge just over the points.
  • Place the top of the zipper inside of the folded fabric.
  • Pin or clip the zipper along the edge over the prairie points.

  • Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper to your quilted fabric over the points
  • Zip the zipper up and pin to the RIGHT side of the other side of the bag.
  • Sew the zipper down. You may need to unzip the zipper when you get to the pull to keep a straight stitch.
  • Sew the rest of the side closed and the bottom edge closed.
  • At the bottom of the zipper, sew back and forth to give stability to the seam.

  • Fold the top of the bag over to give a finished fold to the top of the bag.
  • Turn your bag inside out

DONE!! Aye Matey! You will have plenty of fabric left over to make some pj bottoms and a pillow case to match. SWEET!!

I hope you will give this sleeping bag a try. Please let me know how it turns out if you do:)

Until next time,

Totally Tipster Sewing Garden

I was sewing last night and looked to my right and just had to smile at my happy view. Here is what I saw.:

I don’t know why, but my scissors looked like happy flowers tucked inside leaves of pens and seam rippers in a garden of thread. Isn’t that silly? But I really am grateful for these beautiful sewing notions.❤️

Do you have a nice way to organize a few of your most used notions? If not, you may want to try to make a Totally Tipster flower garden of your own. A pretty office organizer caddy is all you need. I got mine on sale at Michaels several years ago.

I fill my sewing flower box with scissors, seam rippers, marking pencils, sewing machine screw drivers, lint brushes, nail files, a seam turner, my glasses and more. It really is a happy box filled with things I love:)

I also like to keep plenty of pre-wound bobbins handy as I sew. I wind several white and black bobbins to keep a smile on my face when that unexpected end of bobbin invisible sewing seam happens. We”ve all been there, right?

Having my bobbins at my side and ready to go, really makes life easier when my sewing bobbin runs out. I really like my Dritz bobbin box. It holds 25 bobbins and sits on an angle inside of its own lid.

It really is a nice way to keep that black and white thread handy:). As far as my spools of thread on the wall go, I have written a whole Totally Tipster post about how to organize thread that you can read about here.

I hope you have a sewing bouquet in your sewing room. It is SWEET!

Until next time:)

Mystery Quilt Along Reveal!

I’m so excited to share with you my MYSTERY projects from this past quarter:). I usually make quilts for my sewing fun, but this quarter I decided to spice things up by choosing to make aprons instead!

Strawberry Licorice Aprons

Why did I make two you ask? Well, of course I needed a new apron for myself, and I have a secret friend who will be getting one of these as a MYSTERY surprise later this year. What a surprise it will be!

This apron pattern is called Strawberry Licorice by Sew MuchGood. Isn’t is adorable?

This pattern is one that comes in paper sheets that need to be taped together first.

I made copies of my pattern first so I could tape and cut without ruining my original.

It was kind of like putting a puzzle together, but I matched the notches and taped them together. I ended up with a large pattern that worked perfectly.

I stitched up the ties in no time at all. Then it was on to the appliqué Ric Rac. I made the mistake of not using the fusible web to secure them in place. (That’s what I get for not reading the pattern thoroughly)

I did have a trickier time keeping the fabric from shifting, but after only three attempts, lol, it all came together in the end:)

I am very, very pleased with how this apron pattern sewed up. I especially like the MYSTERY red fabric mixed with these SWEET strawberries.

And of course, what would a finished project be if there wasn’t a fun little photo shoot?

Taking this photo with the self timer, and running up to the counter to look like I am always just hanging out on the counter with a spatula in my hand was the type of thing that sitcoms are made of! lol😄

Really, I recommend this fun pattern. It would be cute with the stripes and dots that are featured in the pattern picture, but my red MYSTERY fabric and strawberries is just right for me!

Now, lest you think I ONLY used this MYSTERY fabric in one project, I want to share just another picture or two of a few other projects that I was able to SNEAK my Mystery Fabric into.

Be-Attitudes Quilt-

I thought it was sneaky using the mystery fabric as one of the wings in the Be Grateful Block. I stitched it up with leaf veins.

Delilah Quilt–

I was also able to add a piece or two of fabric to one of my Jen Kingwell Delilah Blocks.

This little block was made with templates. I still have quite a few to make, but I am glad I got this one done for the MYSTERY reveal:). I think my life may slow down after a bit so I will be able to finish this wonderful quilt. Oh, well, it can wait.

I hope you have had fun reading about this wonderful quarter’s MYSTERY QUILT ALONG. I am excited to head over and see what the other detectives reveal in their sewing rooms!

Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ Edis Crafting Life

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us

Abbie @ Sparkle On

Lori @ quilting needs

Velda @freckledfoxquiltery

Karla @mysewfulretirement

And now, just to wet your appetite, here is a sneak peak at next quarter’s MYSTERY fabric-

This is a fabric from Hawthorne Threads called “Pom Pom Flowers in Marigold” I will give the details next week. I hope you will join along in the MYSTERY fun!!

Who Can Sew A Zippered Pouch? – You!

Who can sew a cute Zippered Pouch? You can! It’s easy:)! All it takes is a few small scraps, a zipper, and a few buttons. It is the perfect size to hold make up, sewing supplies, pencils, or many other goodies:)

Are you ready to join me? Here we go!

Supplies:

  • (2) 4.5″ x 9″ rectangles for outside
  • (2) 2.75″ x 9″ rectangles for accent on outside
  • (1) 1.5″ pinked edged strip from lining fabric
  • (2) 6.5″ x 9″ rectangles for lining
  • (2) 1.5″ x 2″ rectangles for zipper stops
  • (3) buttons
  • (1) 9″ zipper
  • Scrap batting

Directions:

  • Sew 4.5″and 2.75″ rectangles together.
  • Press toward accent piece
  • Place batting under each sewn piece
  • Top stitch the edge of the accent piece along the fold

  • Sew accent strip to edge of front fabric piece
  • Trim the strip even to the edges

You are doing great!

  • Cut the bottom of zipper to 8.5″
  • Using a 1/2″ seam allowance Sew small rectangles to ends of the zipper. Back stitch tightly
  • Fold open rectangles
  • Trim side edges to the same width as your zipper.
  • Trim length of zipper to 9″ making sure to trim from both ends so your zipper is centered.

  • With right sides together, sew zipper to top piece of pouch

  • With zipper still facing down, place lining piece on top and sew together along zipper edge

  • Pull the front and lining pieces open
  • Fold zipper toward lining
  • Top stitch next to zipper on the front of pouch
  • Repeat the last five steps for the back pieces of the pouch.

Now it is time to sew on the buttons:)

  • Making sure to sew only the front of the pouch, NOT to the lining as well, center the buttons and sew them down. Hint: decorative thread looks nice here, but isn’t necessary

It’s looking good! Do you see how your tab pieces are sewn in nicely between the zipper and your pouch pieces? Great job:)!

  • OPEN THE ZIPPER. This is important. If you don’t, you won’t be able to turn your pouch right side out after the next step.

  • Pull right sides of pouch front together and right sides of lining pieces together. You may want to use pins here to hold on place.
  • Starting at the center of the lining pieces, back stitch and sew around your pouch.
  • Stop about 3″ from your starting point. Back stitch to secure your threads

  • Reaching inside of the hole you created in the bottom of the lining, pull your pouch inside out.

  • With your finger or a pointed object, push all of the corners out to crisp points.

  • Fold the opening of the hole in the lining and sew it closed

  • Push the lining inside of your pouch.
  • DONE!

Go ahead and zip it up and admire your perfect zipper stops. SWEET!

Isn’t your pouch so pretty?! You deserve a big HOORAY!! Good for you:)!!

I think I am going to make up a few more of these and put them in my car to organize the clutter in my arm rest.

I am happy to be linking this scrappy zippered pouch up with Kate’s ScrappHappy June 😊❤️

Until next time,

2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

I can’t believe that we are at the final week of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! It has been a fantastic few weeks of meeting so many talented quilters. And now, it is finally my turn to say hello!

But first, I want to give a big thank you to our hosts

If you head over to any of their blogs, you can enter to win some wonderful prizes.

Life is so very Good!

Hi! I’m Tracy, and I am from Arizona where it seldom snows, and quilts are more for show than for necessity. I blog because whether it is quilting, crochet, sewing, or baking, I enjoy having a place to share my creative passions.

I am a very social person. I truly do love being with others and basking in the light they shine all about them. I can think of no better way to spend a morning or afternoon than with a friend sewing or creating something beautiful together.

When I thought about what I wanted to share with you today, I knew it had to be a few of my favorite quilts that I have made with my friends, either in person or online.

Farmer’s Wife Quilt

I have a friend who assured me that we could not call ourselves true quilters until we had made a Farmer’s Wife Quilt.  Lol!  Well, I guess I am officially a quilter now!

Pins and Stripes-

I have a niece and several online readers who wanted to learn to Quilt. I designed this Pins and Stripes quilt along to teach them the basics of quilting. It was so fun to answer their questions and watch their quilting skills bloom!

Long Time Gone Quilt-

This quilt was a double dose of quilty fun. I joined a Long Time Gone Quilt Along online, and then a friend of mine said she had joined along as well! We had so much fun sharing techniques and finished quilts:)

The Splendid Sampler

This was an adventure in Quilting online with 50,000 other like minded quilters! Some of us were more experienced than others, but it didn’t matter at all. I met some wonderful people and learned that I really like embroidery on my quilts:)

Mystery Quilt Along

My online friend Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting and I started a unique Mystery QAL.  It is unique in that the FABRIC is the same for all of the quilters, but the PROJECT is left to whatever you, the quilter decides. It is really fun seeing how the other quilters are using the same fabric you are!

The Be-Attitudes Quilt

This is my current, in person, QAL. I quilt with a good friend of mine every Wednesday. She always has such fun ideas for quilts to make, and I’m always willing to join along. This quilt is no exception.

I am sewing mine with a bright color pallet for a class room while my friend is sewing hers in the warmer muted tones that match her home.

Isn’t it fun to see the difference color makes? They both are beautiful and we are having such a good time:)

What has been your favorite QAL? I would love to hear about it!

1.  Have an extra sewing machine on hand for a friend to sew along beside you. ❤️ — How many machines do you have in your sewing room? I actually have six machines and use each one for different purpose. Hey, we don’t just have one cutting knife in the kitchen, do we?:)

  • My main stay Juki 2010Q for piecing
  • An old Pfaff for the zig zag that the Juki does not have
  • A Janome 9500 that I am babying for the embroidery feature
  • An Imagine serger
  • A Singer Featherweight for travel sewing
  • A Gammill Long Arm quilting machine.

2.  You do not have to point out your mistakes.  If a point is off, or you had to piece the fabrics together for enough fabric to finish, it’s okay!  We won’t even see it.  Enjoy the beauty of the 99% you did get right!

I have so enjoyed meeting you today! I hope you will take a few moments and visit the other wonderful bloggers in this week’s blog hop as well.

Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day! —That’s me:)

Joni @For the Love of Thread.

Cherie B. @Cherie’s Quilting Journey Blog

Cindy K. @Gray Barn Designs

Karen @The Quilt Rambler.

Sarah @9658 Textiles

Terri @Meanderings Along Lizard Creek

Liz @Savor Every Stitch

I am sure you and I are going to be great Quilting friends. Please feel free to click the follow button and join the fun!

A Totally Tipster Bias Tape Tip!

I am making A LOT of 1/4″ inch bias tape to use as vines for my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt. Yes. You read that right. This bias tape finishes at 1/4″!

My, oh my that is teeny! But never fear. With the right tools it is easy to make bias tape is many different sizes.

I’m sure many of you have heard of or even own a bias tape maker. They are easy to come buy and work so well. They come in different sizes to make different widths of tape.

The picture above is my 1/4″ tape maker. I cut my green fabrics in 1/2″ strips along the bias. You don’t really have to cut on the bias, but I want these little vines to curve this way and that, so I definitely cut on the bias:)

The next step is to snip one end of a strip on an angle and push it into the metal.

On the bottom side is an opening that you can use a straight pin to drag the fabric out just a bit. You only want it a little way out because you want to be able to iron it as it come out.

If you place your tool with the flat side against your board and your iron right up against tip of the opening, you can pull the tool very slowly by the hook and move your iron slowly at the same time.

It works GREAT!

Just look at those cute perfectly folded little edges! It was easy to make a pile of tape in no time at all:)❤️

But how do I remember the size to cut my fabric the next time I want make 1/4″ tape and how can I store these handy tools?

Here is a Totally Tipster Tip for you— I mark my bias tape makers with a scrap piece of fabric!

On the back of the fabric I write the size of strip I need to cut and the finished size it will make. Then I cut a small slit in one end and thread the other end through the slit around the pull. PERFECT!

Now it is easy to know which bias maker to use for the width of tape I want to make.

I have attached sticky hooks to the inside of my cabinet to hang them on. They are easy to find and take up no room at all. Now that is Totally Tipster for sure!! In fact, I call it SWEET!❤️❤️

I hope this Tip is helpful to some of you. Thank you so much for dropping by today. Until tomorrow,

The Tulips are Blooming

It is time to report on my stitching for the Hand Quilt Along that is hosted by Kathy @Sewing Etc. I didn’t get much time to work on my hand quilting over the holidays. But time spent with family is always better than planning the next step on a project❤️❤️

I did get to add the Tulips to my next appliqué border. They are a bright touch of spring during the winter brown around my house.

I completely finished the appliqué on one tulip and am almost finished with the other. I should have the second one done tonight 🙂 SWEET!!

I am excited to be adding my Rabbits by the next time I report. Yea! With each new addition, I fall more and more in love with this Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt designed by Sarah Fielke. This has been my first successful attempt at needle turn appliqué, and I must say that I am hooked! Sarah’s directions are so clear and I have learned some nifty new techniques:)

All in all it has been a successful few days of Hand quilting. I’m excited to check out how the others are progressing in their stitching goals.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  Susan , Jessisca, SherryNanette, Sassy and Edith Until Tomorrow,

I Wish You a Merry QAL Indeed❤️❤️

I am happy to post that I have finished my Christmas Quilt! Yea!! It has been such a fun journey quilting with many of you and making some new friends along the way:)

This Quilt Along consisted of 12 different blocks designed by 12 different bloggers. Each block was so creative and fun to make, but I think my favorite was the angel block that I added a bit of embroidery embellishment to.

But as I look at that cute string of lights just above it, I have a very hard time not saying that that one is my favorite as well. Wait, oh, wait! Santa’s belt is absolutely adorable tool! Ok, they are all the best in their own way:)

I had a hard time deciding how to set these blocks. The designers each showed how they set theirs and there are quite a few others online. None of them seemed quite right to me. I laid them out all together and really liked them.

Having them all grouped together made the blocks really take center stage. But,…. you knew that was coming, but one, the quilt was a bit small, and two, I had quite a few scraps that needed to be used. I am a Scrap Happy quilter and could not waste any of these beautiful scraps!

I cut my scraps into 3.5″ squares and laid them all out in the center using the blocks as a sort of border.

I laid the squares out into a color way that was pleasing to me. I marked each row with tape and then piled the squares up in rows for easy sewing. Just pick the piles up and sew the squares in order.

I then sashed the blocks with more scraps from a different project. The blue was a bit bold so I just turned it over and used the back side as the right side. LOL! It worked fine for me:)

That blue and white polka dot looks perfect now! No one but you and I know the difference. Hee hee!

I used a soft fluffy minky, fleece on the back that looks like snow, but is anything. but cold. It is soft, warm and cuddly:). I bound it in black to tie the black all together.

And here is the finished quilt:

Isn’t it so festive?! I just love it::)! And just because I love to take pictures of my finished quilts, here a few more fun shots :

I am happy to be linking this post to Kate’s Scrap Happy monthly event. I am tickled pink with how the scraps really added to this quilt. It is perfect to me:) In fact, it’s SWEET!!

This is also my third finish for the Q4FAL. Yea!!

This quilt is now all wrapped up and placed under my tree. I am anxiously awaiting Christmas when my daughter in law will open it up:)

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I am off to my son’s graduation in Idaho this weekend. Even though this Arizona girl is no where near ready for a few days in the snow, I am so excited for him to finally graduate. Yea!!

But no worries, I will be posting my Fantastic Bake Along Cherry Tarts results. Some things are just a must in my life and Cherry Tarts are one of them! LOL:)

Until tomorrow,

If you are interested in making this quilt yourself, here are the links to the designers of each block

Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Becca at Pretty Piney

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery

Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter

Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts

Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Sandy at Sandy Star Designs

Sherry at Powered by Quilting

Vanda at Quilt in Piece

Mystery QAL Fabric Reveal!

I am very happy to reveal the challenge fabric for the first Mystery Quilt Along that starts January 1, 2018. This is a unique QAL in that the participants all use the same challenge fabric along with any others fabrics of their choice to make a quilted project. They choose the actual quilt or project themselves. It is a MYSTERY to the rest of us! How fun is that?!

Cindy over @In a Stitch Quilting and I dreamed this adventure up a few months ago. We have had fun planning and preparing the event for anyone who might like to join along. We hope YOU will find a pattern you like and surprise us all with something unique and totally you!

Here are the rules if you want to join along

Large projects or small projects, it doesn’t matter. Whatever tickles your fancy is the perfect project;)

Cindy chose our first fabric and she made it easy on us. Without any more talk, drum roll please….. the fabric is………..

Biscuits and Gravy Fluffer Nutter You be You

Cindy says she chose this fabric because she thought the name was so cute. I think it is perfect because the name includes “You Be You” and that is exactly what this MYSTERY QAL is all about –You being You and choosing what You like!

This fabric is available at Fat Quarter shop and other online stores. You may even be able to pick up a fat quarter or two at your local quilt store.

If you are interested in joining us, please leave a comment below and we will add you to the participant list.

Here is the list of those who said they are interested in joining along so far:

For sure joining the fun-

Thinking about joining the fun

I am so excited to begin sewing in January. I have ordered my Fluffer Nutter fabric and am thinking about projects. I THINK I know what I am going to make, but I won’t tell because, shhhhh, it is a MYSTERY!

Thank you for dropping by and have a SWEET rest of your day!

Moving Along Down the Rabbit Hole

I can’t believe three weeks have gone by so quickly and it is time to post about my Hand Quilting progress for the Hand QAL that Kathy is hosting over at Sewing Etc.

The last time I posted I had just marked and glued my wedges to my back ground fabric for my Down The Rabbit Hole Quilt.

I am happy to report that all of the wedge stitching is done. Yea! Aren’t they pretty? ❤️

I moved on to the twelve corner arch pieces that make the sunflower corners. I’m a bit worried they won’t all match up once I start to put them together, but onward I go!

I have found brief sewing moments here and there in between other projects. I even resorted to sewing in the car which was a bumpy challenge!

I was able to get the four corner blocks done and two of the side arches done

I have six more of these arch units to do and the leaves before I can call this round done. I bet I will have it all done by next time.;)

This is the layout of what it is going to look like when it is sewn together. Those flowers are going to bloom right off the quilt!

As far as the Salem Quilt Guild quilt goes, I did get a little bit more done. I finished coloring one panel and am almost done with the second. I can guarantee that this one will not move any further along than this for the next month or so. Christmas is coming and I have a lot of sewing and preparing to do. You get it, right?

I am thankful to Kathy for organizing this QAL. Here are the details if you would like to join us:)❤️

“This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.”

Kathy, Bella, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan and Jessisca If you have a moment and want to see some pretty eye candy, be sure to check out the other Hand stitchers as well:)

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a SWEET rest of your day😊