making a toddler sleeping bag (and other stories)

1 June 2014

Our little one LOVES camping as much as we do, which is very lucky for us. (Mind you, I have never known any kids not to like camping). She currently uses her baby sleep sack at night (the one with armholes) but she is on the verge of popping out of it as she is getting bigger now. She also used her pop-up cot a lot, but we have now bought a bunk bed that fits into the cab area of our camper van, so she will be using that from now on (exciting!). Anyhows, I digress...I then had to look around for a nice toddler sleeping bag but no luck (unless you don't mind Peppa Pig that is). So I decided to make one, as Peppa Pig doesn't quite fit in with my camping look, which I aim to look like this...
ha ha! Anyways, here is how I did it in case you are thinking to do the same.

I did it this way but I don't know if there is a way it 'should' be made (blah blah). Basically you have to sandwich the fabrics so that the right side of the outer fabric and the right side of the lining fabric are facing each other, then lay the wadding on top of that. I used a polyester wadding because I wanted it to be light but warm, however this wadding was not a very nice one and was a bit too ridged for my liking, but oh well...

then sew them together around the edges, make sure to leave a gap...

trim off the excess, then turn the whole thing inside out and stitch up the gap in the seam.

I then did a bit of quilting, I used the flowers as a marker to make zig-zags...

to be honest, this sleeping bag was pretty thick (thats good for camping) but was quite a lot of job to stuff under the machine on a hot day.

it ended up like this at the end (this is the inside)

I then pinned on the zip. The size of the sleeping bag actually was defined by how much fabric I had and the length of the zip I found.

I was going to use a bias binding to sew along the inside edge of the zip but in the end it became too think and I took the easy option and just zig zag stitched it, maybe not as pretty, but it will do.

hey presto!

The good thing is that it can be unzipped to make a nice quilt, or used as a mattress of it is a warm night. I hope it will last her a good few years (as she is quite small for age so far ; )
I tried to take a nice pic of a happy tot on her new quilt didn't happen.

I also made some pillow cases for our inflatable pillows to keep in our van.

In other news, there have been some lovely local events on in our hood.

and our kiddo got to pick her first strawberry...

but she didn't really understand the concept of waiting till they are ripe and wanted to pick them all...

toddlers eh?

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