Make Your Own Baby Sleeping Bag
First of all, you will need to shop for appropriate fabric. I recommend using something just a little more heavy weight for this project, unless you plan on using it during warmer weather months.
Start by ironing the fabrics. You can even pre-wash them if you think it is necessary.
Once you have the fabric cut, pin both fabrics together so that all the corners are matching up. Now just go right ahead and sew the edges shut leaving a 2-3" opening for turning the fabric out. See my page on how to make a baby blanket for more detailed help...
Cut the extra fabric from the corners, and turn the fabric inside out (actually outside in). Iron the edges of the blanket if you wish.
Now fold the blanket in half to form how you want the baby sleeping bag to be sewn. Measure across the bottom edge from left to right, and thenall the way up to the top right corner. This will help you decide what size zipper you want to buy for the sleeping bag. Keep in mind that you really do no want the bag to zip right up to the top. Mine only zips up to about the halfway point. It is 15" from the top of the bag. The zipper I used was a 40" long zipper.
To sew the zipper on you will want to fold the sleeping bag so that the inside is facing outwards. Keep your zipper shut and pin it from the bottom corner all the way across the bottom and about halfway up the edge of the sleeping bag until you meet the end. You can unzip the zipper after pinning to make it easier to sew. Once you have sewn both side of the zipper on all the way, all you need to do is turn the baby sleeping bag the right side out and press with an iron, and you're done!
These baby sleeping bags are great for babies and small children. I even used mine as a wrap around my baby on cool days. I just plopped her right in it and carried her around that way. It did great to cover her legs and keep her warm. I have even used it on winter days to cover her bottom half, while her top half was adorned in her winter jacket. Mmmm, comfy cozy...
Making one of these baby sleeping bags can make for a really great baby gift too. And don't count out making it part of an entire matching baby bedding set!
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