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,

Update– my grandson loves his new sleeping bag. I bet he is dreaming of pirates!

Tiny Funeral Blanket

A dear friend’s first grand baby died in the womb this week at 23 weeks..so sad.   I have an extra funeral blanket in my closet, but a preemie is way, way too small for a full size baby blanket. This baby is only about 1.5lbs and would fit in the palm of a hand!

So I took out my string yarn and started crocheting last night .  It took just a few hours to make this delicate  blanket for the baby.  It measures about 6″x8″.

I used a pattern map that you can find here if you want the stitch.  It is free. I added the scalloped border. 5dc in one st, sk 2st, sc, sk2, 5dc.  Repeat.  


I hope this SWEET little blanket will bring them comfort.  I know it brings me a bit.

Funeral Blanket

I can’t decide if I am thoughtfully kind or just morbid, but I make funeral blankets.  I have done this for years.  I make them and put them in my closet.  Then when someone close to me  passes away, I am ready with a gift of love and comfort.  I wish I could say that I have a closet full of blankets, but I have said good bye to my grandmas, a few dear older Sisters in my church ward, and even some tragic goodbyes of younger friends.   I am always grateful that I took the time before these sad events to make a gift for the grieving family that always brings  them and myself such comfort.

With that said,  I started this beautiful daisies blanket on my trip to Wisconsin.   I found the pattern on Pinterest from the website Tejiendo Peru. It is called Flower Garden Stitch.    It is a very lacey design that is perfect for a loving farewell.  imageThe pattern is fairly easy with the exception of leaving so many loops on the hook in order to make the petals all connect.  There is a video here that shows how to make the flower.  The pattern is also easy as it is in English and is a map pattern.  One small picture is the whole pattern. Yea!!  I put it on my phone pictures and was able to crochet on the plane and in the car.  Portable projects are a must!

It didn’t take long to make this cover.  Funeral blankets do not need to wrap all around. They just need to cover or lay on top.   This is about 3’x 4.5′ Just a guesstimate.  I used my favorite Caron Simply Soft yarn.  This white had little sparkles in it.


After blocking, which always makes the afghan calm down and be so pretty,  I added the pearls .  I used pearls from an old bracelet that I had.  They really finish this blanket so well.   It is beautiful!


Saying goodbye to a loved one is never a good thing. But having a SWEET gift to give in times of sorrow is.

–Tracy

It’s a Boy or It’s a Girl!

Happy Memorable Monday:). — When my daughter and son-in-law delighted us with the news of our expected first grandchild, my creativity went wild.   I knew I had to make a soft crocheted afghan for our  baby’s cute little fingers to grab onto and peek through the holes. img_1271

I was so excited that I couldn’t wait for a confirmed sonogram picture telling us the gender.  I just plunged right into sewing and made a blue and a pink afghan so I could be ready for either one.  I used Bernat baby yarn with matching Bernat Pipsqueak baby print fuzzy yarn.

I designed this multi textured little blanket  starting with two granny squares that I joined together and then treated them as one square.  I stitched around them granny square style to my desired size.img_1272


I added the fantastic Pipsqueak fuzzy yarn in random rounds working in double crochet in every other stitch.  For the borders I added a plain double crochet edge for the blue blanket and a fancy lace border that I designed for the pink blanket.


Here is the pattern:

Granny square– make two

Round 1 with main color Ch 4, join with sl st to make circle. Ch 3, 2dc, ch3, *3dc, ch3, 3 times , join to top st of beg ch3


Round 2--Sl st over next 2dc. Sl st in ch 3 sp. *ch 3, 2dc , ch 3, 3 dc, in sp.  Corner made.  *3dc,ch3,3dc in remaining 3 spaces.  Join to top of beg ch3.

Round 3&4– sl stitch to next space. Ch 3, 2dc in space, 3dc in each sp to corner.  In corner space work 3dc, 3ch, 3dc.  Cont around and  finish off when back to beg.  Join squares together in spaces with final side of square 2.

Round 5-9-  with fuzzy yarn beg ch 3 in any space, dc in every other stitch to corner. 3dc in corner space.  Join to top of  beg ch3.  For rounds 6-9 do not skip stitches.  Work dc in every stitch.


Round 10 – with mc ch3, 2dc in same st, sk st, *3dc in st, sk st,  to corner.  3dc,3ch3dc in corner.  Repeat from* around.  Join to beg ch 3.

Round 11-23–  repeat round 3.

Round 24&25 – with fuzzy yarn repeat round  5 & 6

Round 26-30  with my repeat round 3

Round 31-40  fuzzy repeat round 5&6

Round 41– mc repeat round 3

Border

Blue–mc repeat round 3 again. ch3,  dc in each st to corner,  3dc in corner.  Repeat around. Join to beg ch3 fasten off.


Pink— mc ch3,* sc, ch5,sc, in space ch3, sk next st, sc, ch3  Repeat from * to corner sp.  in corner work ch3,sc, ch7, sc, ch3.  Repeat around .  Join to beg ch. fasten off.


There you go!  A beautiful baby blanket;). I have a beautiful, smart, most wonderful grandson. He uses  the blue one every night.    It is so soft and cuddly.

Please give me credit if you make a blanket with this pattern.  I would love to see your projects:)

Have a super SWEET week!

–Tracy:)

Navajo Code Talkers- Almost Done!

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What I thought was just going to take a quick afternoon to finish up has taken me all week!  My soft, rich fabric came in on Monday and I could hardly wait to cut it into strips and add it to my patiently waiting squares.image

I sewed, pressed and then sewed some more.  Each of these squares ended up being  15 1/4″ square.  Odd sized I know, but that was it.  image

I made 36 of them.  This quilt will be a king size cover that is going to look great in my sons old room that will now be a guest room.  Should I make a sign to place on it that says, “Please don’t sit on this amazing yet fragile quilt”?  There are so many people out there that just don’t know quilt etiquette:)

Here they are all lined up and ready for sewing togetherimage

I moved a few around to get the colors the way I liked them and even replaced a strip or two with different colored fabric to get it just the way I liked it, but this is roughly how it looks.   Isn’t it great?!  I tell you what, finding a piece of floor large enough to preview a quilt this size is no easy task! Lol:)

I like to work row by row, block by block when assembling my quilts.  I don’t chain assemble or even work one half and then the other.   I find it too easy to get lost. I carefully lay one row of blocks on top of each other and mark the edge of the first block  with a clover  clip that I leave there until all of the rows have been sashed and sewn together.

I am so excited to see this come together:)   Now all I have left is a piano key border that I will finish tomorrow.  Yea!!

I hope you have a SWEET day!  –Tracy

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As-We-Go-Stripey

i am so excited, my son is getting married this weekend!!  I live in Arizona and he is getting married in Ogden, Utah.  So my cute husband and I left today to drive up for the bridal shower and to help decorate. I just love, love, love road trips with him:). I have been working on this “As-We-Go-Stripey” blanket  for quite a while now. There is a great free pattern designed from notyouraveragecrochet.com. This long road trip was the perfect time to get it out and work on it again.imageimage

The colors are so bright and bold.  I am using yarn that I had leftover from another project.  This stripey afghan is perfect for those small leftover balls  of yarn that are so beautiful that you just can’t throw them out  in fact, I used the leftover granny squares from the other blanket as well.  I just connected them together and made them into one of the stripeys.  Yea me!  Waste not want not right?image

I absolutely LOVE to crochet in the car:). I can’t think of a more wonderful way to combine three of my favorite passions, being with my wonderful husband, seeing the gorgeous countryside, and creating a beautiful project!

Yes, life is definitely SWEET! –Tracy