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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sleep sack pattern

I have just finished two sleep sacks for the little girls for Christmas. I was totally appalled that my daughter was spending $60 for Growbags for the kids to sleep in.

Babies these days don't sleep with blankets or bumper pads or stuffed toys in their beds - all those things we used to load up the cribs with. In fact even as they get bigger they still sleep in these sleeping bag units. Miss Scarlett had a sleepover here last night and she was cruising around in her's for hours this morning, having perfected walking in a bag.

I have had a good look at the expensive store-bought ones and looked at the patterns in the books which typical for many kids patterns seemed to me to be too wide in the neck and the chest.

So I went on Etsy where the young mother sewers hang out and found this pattern, which looked to my eye to be very similar to the ones you buy. I have been picking up some of my crafty type patterns on Etsy recently and am pretty happy with the results.

Here are my two versions - prototypes for my daughter to evaluate and for me to do a better job next time. The outside is flannel and the inside a coordinating fleece which of course I realized was going to stick in the zipper teeth - so my top-stitching is a bit erratic.

The only changes I made to the design were to add a little topstitched square at the bottom of the zipper ( you put the separating zipper in upside down) - a detail I saw in the commercial ones.

I also rolled the body back so I could sew as much as possible of the lining to the zipper by machine, sort of a bagging technique, rather than rely totally on topstitching from the right side to catch the lining on the wrong side next to the zipper teeth, as was suggested by the pattern.

This sewer has been around the block enough times to know that was not going to work without angst, so I attached the lining and then did my anarchist topstitching to finish more for decorative effect and to stitch down some of that fleece fluff away from the zipper.

My list is shrinking. Only a bit of knitting and some organizational work.

I have been pondering how to fit in a large crowd to sit down for dinner on Christmas Day and yesterday I had the bright idea that because my living room is bigger than my dining room I could switch the furniture for just a few days.

I have suggested this to my returned spouse.

He has just gone off for a nap now.

Nothing like the holidays.


velosewer said...

I think your spouse ponders the same way mine does. Cheers.

shams said...

What a great idea! I'm sure he's just girding up for the job. ;)

I'm sure your daughter will appreciate your efforts on those handy sleep sacks!

Vanessa said...

I've made lots of these and the best ones are smaller around the next and arm (I usually grade down the pattern I have in this area) and have a hole and the bottom of the zip where a seatbelt can go through. Then if she goes to bed at someone else's house it is easy to put her in the car and then straight into her cot at home. I just do kind of a bound button hole or leave a gap in the vertical seam.

sdBev said...

Funny thing about the sleep bags. They were original advertised to discourage your kids from walking and crawling out of the crib. Human will and ingenuity -even baby sized- is awesome.

Bunny said...

We switched rooms one year to accomadate all the family. Hey, whatever works. It's just wonderful you can all be together.

Martha said...

I need to make some of these for my grandbabies. Great idea. Mine, like yours, are quite adept at walking (or shuffling) in these things. Another step in human evolution?

LinB said...

About every ten years all conventional wisdom reverses en re babies: "Always/never use a bottle to feed them! Never put them to sleep on their stomach/back! Always/never have crib bumpers! You must/must not tuck them in! Blanket/no blanket!" Thankfully, babies are resilient, and most of them turn out just fine, whether or not their parents choose to adhere strictly to the latest baby "expert." Good for your granddaughter for figuring out how to travel about the house while encased in her baby strait-jacket.

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