With all of the traveling that goes along with the holidays I was super concerned about Jaxon’s sleep schedule. I mean it did take us 8 months to even get one of those crazy things. It’s always nice when someone offers a pack and play or a quiet room, but the reality for us is that he won’t be comfortable there and ultimately won’t sleep. He is one that would sleep better with any amount of noise as long as he is comfortable and knows where he, or we are. So I needed something that I could travel with, he would be comfortable in, and that he could sleep in that was close to me but not on me (as much as I love a good snuggle!). So I grabbed my little sleeper and we headed to the fabric store!
I love this bag because this is one of those projects that make you look like you have a lot more talent then you actually do or need to complete it. With a lot of careful pin placement this was actually really easy to make. Not to mention a fraction of the price of buying one!
What you need. . .
- 2 yards of fabric for the exterior
- 2 yards of fabric for the interior
- Batting that is at least 62″ x 43″
- Fluff for pillow
- 3 – 3/4″ snaps
First thing first, if you think either of the fabrics you have chosen have a chance of shrinking, wash and dry them. Iron the fabrics after if they need it then line them together with the fronts facing towards each other and the wrong side facing out. Find a big area to lay them out completely and then pin, pin, pin. I had two fabrics that I knew would stretch differently so I made sure to really pin like crazy.
Once the fabric is laid out and your pins are in place, begin to measure all of the pieces to the dimensions below. These are the sizes of the sleeping bag, pillow, and ties. I was even more excited about the fabric I picked once I started measuring it! The triangles made a a grid pattern that made it very easy to make sure everything was cut straight and even, and even easier to sew everything straight.
Sew all around the 28″ x 10″ pieces of fabric leaving a small opening on one of the sides. Both fabrics should be facing wrong side out so that when you pull your pillow through the opening the right side of the fabric will be showing. Then stuff the pillow and sew the opening closed.
Fold each piece of fabric 2.5″ x 40″ in half wrong side out and sew one of the short sides and the long side. Flip the ties right side out and iron them down (I put the seam in the middle of one of the sides). Fold in the fabric of the remaining short edge and then sew it closed. Slipping bag
With only the largest piece of the project left, sew around the two short sides and along the top of the sleeping bag. Leave the bottom open to put the batting in and add the ties that will eventually hold it together when it is all rolled up.Cut around the corners so that there is less excess and make small cuts where there are corners. This will make everything lay flatter around the edges when you flip the bag right side out.Flip the bag right side out and lay it flat in an open space. You could pre measure your batting so that it would already be the correct size and ready to put right into the bag. More often then not I tend to be inaccurate with my measurements and wing-it. lol. So what I did instead (in case some of my measurement happened to not be, umm, perfect…) is flatten the batting and lay it out over top of the right-side out sleeping bag. I pinned it down onto the fabric so that it wouldn’t move or stretch and I cut along the outline of the sleeping bag. Once it is completely cut, take out your pins, and put the batting into the sleeping bag. As you place it along the top and sides of the sleeping bag use those pins to pin it to the edges. As you even it out inside the bag place some pins throughout the center of the fabric as well to keep the batting from making any sudden moves. This can take some time, and it’s worth it. If you don’t even it out while you can then you can end up with a build up of padding in some places and not enough in others. Your batting should stretch along the entire inside perimeter of the bag, and if you pin the entire perimeter it will make sewing it a breeze.When working on closing the bottom of the bag fold both fabrics inward before sewing along it. My inside fabric, the furry one, was a little looser then my cotton outside fabric. So I stretched it a little and folded it over the batting. This will also secure the batting to the edges when sewed shut. As your pinning along the bottom make sure to fold your long ties in half and secure the folded edge of both ties in-between the two fabrics before sewing everything closed.
Measure from the right side of the sleeping bag. The part where you lie on. It should be 28 inches wide. I measured 14 inches from the right edge of the bag and made a mark. From that mark I measured 2.5″* inches out on either side and placed the folded part of each tie inside the fabric at those two marks.
*After folding up my bag once it was completed I wished I would have made the ties further apart. My recommendation would be to measure 4″ from the center mark and to place the ties there.
Once your ties and pins are secured in place sew across the bottom of your sleeping bag. Make sure to sew close to the the edge, but to also include both fabrics and the batting.After I was finished I sewed a diagonal line pattern into the fabric throughout the entire bag to secure the batting and fabric together and to also offer a pretty cool look. This was super easy to do with the fabric I had because the triangles were basically a grid pattern. I sewed along the diagonal line the triangles made and did this every 5 triangles across. This made the diagonal lines about 5 inches apart from each other.
Before sewing these lines make sure that (yes, again!) you pin the crap out of the sleeping bag. This will keep any of the fabrics from bunching in different places.
A little time consuming, but gives it a great look!I made the blanket part of the sleeping bag wider then the mat itself. This way I could snap it to the back and secure the blanket around. There are 3 snaps on mine, and most of the time I only keep the bottom two snapped. It helps secure it for packing it up and will also keep the blanket over a little one who likes to kick it off.
I took the finished sleeping bag and wrapped the blanket part around where you would lay to see how much of an overage there was. After all the sewing and adding the padding mine folded over about 3.5-4″.
To measure where the snaps will be measure the over hang while it is folded over. Make a line 1.5″ from the finished edge and then place three marks on that line. One in the center, and the other two 3″ from the top and the bottom of the bag (like the mark in the picture above). Place a pin going through your three marks and then use your fabric marker to mark the inside of both pieces of fabric where the pin is going through. This is were the snaps will be sewn. Sew the snaps (front and back) onto these 6 marks.Voila!I think he likes it…