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,

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,

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,

Why You Need a Portable Design Board and How to Make One!

It is Scrap Happy Time and I have just the project for you!

Moving cut scraps from the cutting board to the sewing table can be a bit tricky. The pieces can shift and move or even fall to the floor! I like to place my pieces on a fabric covered board as I cut and design my block.

The batting makes it so I can design my block and move it with ease. How cool is that?!

I have been using my old design boards for over five years and they are still going strong. They have quite a few strings attached, but that just shows that they are well used and well loved.

A reader of mine asked me about them a day or so ago and I thought that maybe a few more of you might be interested in learning how to make one or two of these fantastic boards for yourself. Plus, I was just thinking I could use a few more boards. They are so quick and easy!

The items needed are probably all just lying around your house anyway, so why don’t you gather them up and let’s get started? 🙂

  • A large cardboard box
  • Scraps of leftover fabric and batting
  • A marker
  • A razor blade
  • Clear packing tape
  • Spray glue

Now that’s not much, is it? This is going to be EASY!

  • First choose a box with a piece that is large enough to cut a square from.
  • Mark the size of square you would like. I cut two. One is 12.5″ and the smaller one is 7.5
  • With a ruler and a razor blade, cut your squares out
  • Next we will be using the packing tape

  • Cover one entire side of the square with packing tape. This is so you can layer them on top of each other without the fabric sticking to the cardboard back of the board above.

  • Now we are going to be using our scraps of batting and spray glue.
  • Cut your batting the size of your boards
  • Lay a piece of scrap paper down to cover your work area
  • Spray the non shiny side of your board with glue

  • place your batting on top of the glue on the board

They will look like this. Now it is time to make some binding from your fabric scraps

  • Cut 2″ strips the width of the fabric.

  • Sew the strips together by placing the fabric together as shown above and sewing from corner to corner.

  • Fold the edges to meet in the middle and press.

  • Fold the strip in half and press to make binding.

Next we are going to be sewing the binding to the boards. You will be sewing through the cardboard. Don’t worry, it will work! 🙂

  • Set your machine to a wide zig zag stitch and starting in the middle of one side, fold the fabric over the board. Stitch through the fabric and board. If the left side of your stitch is at the edge of your binding, it should easily catch the back of the binding as well.
  • Stitch just to the edge of the board. Back stitch and cut your thread
  • Pictures 3 and 4 go together. Lift the board and pull the fabric down on the next side making a miter. You may want to add a drop of glue to hold the corner in place. I just held mine. Sew the next side down . Repeat for all four sides.

  • When you come to the end, cut the binding about 1.5″ over the starting point. Fold the binding back on itself and stitch to the end.

Yea! You are finished! Don’t they look great?!

I can’t wait to use them with my next Delilah project. There are always so many pieces to cut and carry!

And how do I store all of these boards? I have a fun Totally Tipster tip for you today as well. SWEET!

I have a letter holder next to my wall that holds my favorite rulers and these boards.

It takes very little space and they are all ready to be used at any time. I just love multipurpose objects!

I hope you will make a few of these boards for yourself. I would love to hear about it if you do:)

Until tomorrow!

A Hooded Towel for Christmas!

It has finally come, that time to put away the other projects and focus on my Christmas sewing. Yea! I love Christmas!

When my oldest son was born, a beautiful lady from my church made a hooded towel for him. That towel was WONDERFUL! It was large enough to wrap him up in and absorbent enough to really get him dry. I just LOVED it!

As I was thinking about gifts for my grandsons this year, I knew that I wanted to make a large, soft, hooded towel for them too. I wish I had kept that old towel to use as a pattern, but it has been long, long gone. I searched the internet and Pinterest for patterns that were similar or that I liked, but I couldn’t find one that gave clear enough instructions. So… to make this long story short — I just designed my own!

The pattern is EASY!! And the tutorial makes sewing the towel a breeze :). If you have any babies or toddlers on your Christmas list, you might want to try your hand at sewing them a Hooded Towel. 🙂

Supply List:

  • One Bath Towel
  • One Hand Towel
  • Matching Thread

Instructions:

  • If you want to add embroidery or ribbon or appliqué etc., add it to your hand towel first. Make sure that the embellishments are between 6” – 9” from the bottom of the towel. You can add bows and buttons or more after the towel is sewn.

  • With the right side of the towel facing down, fold the bottom of the towel up about 5”. If you are adding embellishments, Check to make sure that the fold covers the whole thing. If not, make the fold larger.
  • On the front of the towel, sew a top stitch close to the fold.
  • On the back of the towel, sew the top of the folded flap down.

The front will now look like this.

  • With the right side facing up, fold the edge you just sewed back on itself 6.5”
  • Sew these sides closed

  • Find the center of the towel on the fold and place a pin there.
  • With a ruler, place the 3’ mark at the pin and mark 3” on either side with a pin.

  • Sew from the pin to the end of the flipped edge.Back stitch and secure this edge quite a bit. I have marked in chalk your sewing line from the pin to the end of the flipped edge. You do not need to mark your towel

  • Cut the corners of folded edge next to the angled stitching.
  • Cut the free edge of the towel 3” from the fold as in the above picture.

This next step is the only somewhat tricky part, but it really just feels a bit awkward. It’s not hard. You can do it!:)

  • Mark the center of the folded, top of the hood with a pin.
  • Fold the back of the towel lengthwise starting at the pin. Fold the hood evenly in half lengthwise pinning as needed.
  • Sew from the top pin down to the bottom about 1” over. I have marked in chalk your sewing line

You will have a hood with a dart on the back when you are done . Yea! You did it:)

  • Finish all of your cut edges with a serger or with a zig zag stitch.

  • Sew the side wings down that are barely below the hood

  • Find the center of the long or wide side of your towel.
  • Pin the hood to the towel
  • Sew the hood down making sure to really back stitch and the beginning and end for added strength. You may even want to sew this seam twice.

Oh my goodness! You are done! Isn’t it the cutest thing?

And since I blog about my creative journeys, there are rarely any real homemade surprises under our Christmas tree. I figure it gives added anticipation. Lol:)! Here are the three towels that I made. After the initial embroidery, which took forever, these towels whipped up in no time!

And of course I had to grab my SWEET grandson and take quick photo to show you how truly adorable this towel really is! Just look how snuggly he is:).

I will not be posting the rest of the week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope those of you in the States have a wonderful holiday filled with family and delicious food. I am Thankful for all of you, my online friends.

Scrap Happy Needle Case

Hello and Happy Tuesday!   Today is a fun day because it is Kate’s Scrap Happy round up day:).  For my Scrappy project I would like to share with you my beautiful  Scrap Happy needle case. 

I  am part of a shoebox swap Christmas gift exchange. I have been getting ready all year.   My swap friend said she needed a needle case.   Sew…I made her one!  Isn’t it cute?

For my inspiration I used a pattern from Nana Company that can be found here. I didn’t really follow her instructions as much as I just kind of looked at them for inspiration. It measures 7″x4″.

I sewed my tiny 1 1/2″  scraps to make the front.  I  drew a free hand Needles on it and stitched it using an easy back stitch with double the thread.

The back is just a single piece of fabric with quilting and a button closure:). But the really fun part is the inside.

I made a little pocket to hold scissors and needle threaders:).  The pages are made from a soft, yummy wool.

Each page has a bit of lace for embellishment.  Isn’t it pretty?  

I found this lace as I was rummaging through my ribbon and lace scrap drawer for embellishments.  I knew it would be perfect!

I cut around the flowers and then sprayed them on the back with Scotch permanent fabric adhesive.  I did this on top of a paper towel to keep my table clean.  Then I glued them to the wool page.  Easy!!

I just loved making this SWEET little needle case!  I think I might have to make another for me:)

I hope you have a Happy Scrappy Day!

Scrap Happy Bag

Hello!  It is that Scrap-Happy time of the month again:)!  I always love linking up with Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia and seeing what fun creations everyone is making from their scraps:)

I helped my daughter in law make a beautiful quilt for her new baby boy.  She cut, sewed, and then cut and sewed again.  It turned out wonderfully!After it was all sewn together, there were quite a few beautiful fabric strips leftover.

I can’t throw lovely fabric away, so I decided to gather them up and make a matching bag for her.


I have had this bag pattern in my file for years.  Now seemed like the perfect time to use it:)


I sewed the scraps into strips and then quilted them to a backing.


Looking good so far!   I followed the pattern to construct the bag and then came to the grommet section.  I used Dritz curtain grommets that I bought at Walmart but you can get them on Amazon as well. 

  • There was a template to mark the fabric.  
  • I traced the circle
  • Pinned my fabric together to keep it from shifting as I cut
  • I took a DEEP breath and cut this large hole into my bag.  Eeeeek!!  That was scary!!
  • I snapped the grommet in place. 

Woo hoo!  They look GREAT!!  Some of the grommets were easier to snap together than others.  There is a lot of fabric in there!  But they all came together:)The bag turned out so cute!!  I really love the large grommets.  


I even used scraps to make an inside pocket to hold bottles or a phone.


Here is the matching set.  SWEET!!  They look so good together:). I probably need to make another one for me!

I hope you have a Scrap Happy Day!

Patio Chair Make-Over Scrap Happy Style!

It a Scrap Happy day around my house today:). Each month Kate @ Tall Tales from Chiconia hosts a use your scraps party called Scrap Happy.  It has been a great motivator for me to use what I have.   Waste not, want not is always a good idea:)

I have been working on my backyard lately.  Every now and then I do get out of the sewing room believe it or not!:).  Our patio table was in extreme need of replacement.

The cushions were destroyed by the sun, the webbing felt a bit weak, and the color was dated.  Yep, time to go!

I wanted an all metal table and chairs with large pillows. I started looking online, around stores and on Craigslist for new or almost new sets in the burnt orange-red and greens that are a bit more trendy.  But wow, they were pricey!  Some were as high as $4,000.00!

Nope, that’s not my way.   I will not spend full price on something I can make almost as nice myself.   I bought 8 wrought iron chairs on Craig’s List with two extra tables for $500.00.  

These chairs are never going to weaken in the Arizona sun and heat:)!  They gently rock and are comfortable to sit in even without the cushions.  Yea!  


I scrubbed and cleaned them up, and bought 10 cans of Rust-Oleum. $60.00  I spray painted everything, including my old table with this lovely hammered bronze.  I love it!

Now, on to the pillows.  Thick chair covers were anywhere from $35-50  each.  Ouch!  Nope.  Not gunna do it!  I found these large Solarium pillows at Costco.

They were two for $15.00.  Now we’re talking!  I stuck eight of them in my cart and smiled all the way home:).  $60.00 for eight!  The only thing they needed to make them into chair cushions was ties in two corners to keep them from blowing away in the wind.  I can do that!

Scrap Happy to the rescue!!   I have a bunch of old orange fabric that I have used to make pioneer skirts and quilts out of.  It is the fabric that never reduces no matter how often I use it.  Here it is in the quilt I made for my niece.  Remember?

I cut a bunch, well really ripped a bunch of 3″ strips.

I cut them in half.  Then I  folded them in half lengthwise and sewed them into a tube


Next I took out my handy Turn-it All.   

This is a wonderful little tool.  

You place the plastic tube into your fabric tube and sew the fabric tube end closed.

Next, you use the dowel to push the sewn end into the tube and pushed it through.  The fabric magically turns!  You can use the dowel to push out the edges.  How easy is that?!


I made 16 of these.  I then pushed in the open edges, and edge stitched all the way around.

 

Pretty!

Now I just had to sew them to my pillow cushions.

I folded the ties in half and sewed them to corners of the pillow.  They were easy and turned out PERFECT!


I promptly ran outside and tied them to my chairs.  They look great!

Woo hoo!!  So for a total of $620.00 I now have an all metal table with 8 rocking chairs and large squishy cushions.  I saved up to $3500.00!   That’s what I’m talking about!!:)

From this–

To this–

It was definitely worth the elbow grease:). I know we will be enjoying this new set for many many years to come.   

I think I may have to eat my pizza from the Fantastic Bake Along pizza party out here on the patio!  SWEET!!

72 Hour Kits – Emergency Preparedness 

Good Monday to you!  While no one ever wants to be in a disaster, it is always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies.  It is wise to have 3 months to a year supply of food on hand in case you lose your job.  It is smart to have money saved for times when the refrigerator breaks.


I have been working on our 72 hour kits for my hubby and I.  This is a natural disaster type of kit.  We can pick this backpack and these buckets up on a moment’s notice and live fairly comfortably for three days.

To be honest, I hope we will never use these.  But they are ready just in case.  Here is what we have inside:

Isn’t that fantastic?  I will give you the list at the end of this post if you want some ideas to get your kits started:)


I really like using the buckets that you can buy at your local hardware store to hold evertything. I have added a cushioned top on it so it can be used for a stool as well.  The cushion can also be a pillow if needed.  How cool is that?!

My husband cut out some wood in a circle that fit the top. I had some old foam that I made a cover for out of old upholstery fabric I had in my stash.   I stapled over the wood around the bottom.  My husband screwed it onto the lid.  PERFECT!!


Almost everything fit nicely in the buckets. A small backpack fit the rest.  

I am so glad that I have these kits done.  They are sitting on a shelf in my basement just waiting there in case we may need them someday.

Here is the list of supplies I put in our kits.  Please feel free to print out as many of these as you need for you and your family:)

And here is my bullet journal page where I brain stormed to get everything organized:)

I hope you are inspired to stock up on a kit for you and your family.  I would love to hear about it if you do:)

Have a super SWEET day!

My Bullet Journal and Scrap Happy Book Cover Tutorial 

It is that “Scrap-Happy” time of the month again:)  Yea!  I am always happy to be linking up with Kate and Gun, it keeps me motivated to use those scraps!:). — I have always been a note-taker, journal keeper.  I have a Sunday journal that I take to church and write about the talks and lessons.  I have a tangle journal where I draw and sketch.   And I have several other small journals either on my phone or lying around the house.

It wasn’t until I read Emma’s post about Bullet Journaling @ Emma’s Craft Projects that I realized that I have been a bullet journaler for years.  I just didn’t know there was a name for it.  Thank you Emma!!

I  searched online about bullet journaling and learned that most people use a fancy journal with thicker paper, but I had a bunch of term notebooks left over from a project I did with a church group a while back.    While the paper is thinner and bleeds a bit, I have always liked to use pencil for sketching and note taking, So I am just alternating and working around to avoid too much bleed factor.  Waste not, want not right?

 I took one out and started journaling.   Fun, fun, fun!  Now all I needed to do was to make it pretty.  I gathered up some scrap fabrics and notions and covered it.  It was super easy.  Here is the “recipe”:

Materials:

  • Two scrap coordinating fabrics
  • Permanent spray glue – i.e. Loctight
  • 2 pieces Heavy weight cardstock
  • 1 ribbon
  • Decorative washi tape (optional)
  • Fire stick
  • Paper towels or newspaper

Instructions:

  • Measure the front of your journal leaving about 1.5″ from the spine. 
  • From the main fabric, cut two pieces of fabric the width  minus 1″ and the length plus 2″–  mine measured 7″x9″.  I cut my fabric 6″x11″.
  • From the accent fabric cut two 2.5″ strips the length plus 2″.  Mine measured 2.5×11″
  • Sew the accent and main color pieces together with a 1/4″ seam, press open, and top stitch on both sides of the seam
  • Sew a stitch 1/4″ from the edge of the accent pieces, press on this line, top stitch on the pressed fabric.  Sewing done!
  • Lay out some newspaper or paper towels to cover your work space.
  • Place one of your sewn fabric pieces face down and spray heavily with glue.
  • Gently place it on your book and smooth it out with your hand making sure it is bonding completely.
  • Place the book back on the paper. Open it and cover the free side with a paper towel
  • Trim the corners, fold the corners down, spray corner gently with glue and fold the sides down. Repeat these steps for the other side.
  • Measure your page and cut the cardstock large enough to cover all of the folded fabric leaving about 1/4″ around.
  • Spray the cardstock and glue to the front.
  • For the back- cut a piece of ribbon 3″ longer than the length of your book.
  • Cut one edge of the ribbon on a diagonal and quickly sear and seal the edge with your flame stick.
  • Glue the straight side of the ribbon to the inside of the back of the book about 1.5″ from the spine and 1″ from the top with the tail going up away from the book.
  • Glue the back of the paper and place it over the ribbon to create a book mark.
  • Cover the inside edges of the spine with Washi tape for a pretty finish

Done!!  Isn’t that pretty?   I am just in love, love, LOVE with my new journal!  

 Here are a few of my pages–

I have so many fun ideas that I am excited to journal about and keep track of in this pretty bullet journal.  It is going to be  a SWEET year!