Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DIY Summer Sleep Sack for Baby Tutorial

I couldn't find a summer weight organic sleep sack in BabyE's size, so I decided to make one instead. It turned out to be a really quick and easy project. If you'd like to make a baby sleep sack too, here's a tutorial about how I did it...

To make a size 18-36 months baby sleep sack, I used one yard of each color of fabric, green for the outside layer and blue for the inside layer. I also used two packages of Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape (1/2 inch wide, 3 yards per package) and a 22 inch separating zipper (the kind used for jackets). 

(Did you know one quarter of the world's pesticides are used on conventional cotton? In addition, most non-organic children's sleepwear is treated with fire retardantsYuck! 

DIY Summer Sleep Sack for Baby
DIY Summer Sleep Sack for Baby Tutorial

I used two layers of knit for the sack. Be sure to pre-shrink your fabric as knit fabrics can shrink quite a bit. I'll reference the outside layer as "green" and the inside layer as "blue" which will match up with my photos and the colors I used.


DIY Summer Sleep Sack for Baby Tutorial Steps 1 & 2

1 To create the pattern, I traced another sleep sack that fit baby well onto a big sheet of paper.  I added 1/2 inch seam allowance around the body and at the shoulders. A seam allowance is not necessary at the arm holes, neck, and up the middle.  In my case, I added a couple inches on the sides and several inches at the bottom for my growing little one. You can use the same pattern for the back as the front; just fold it in half and cut two pieces for the front. Then you'll need to cut a V-neck in the front. The pieces for the inside and outside are identical.

Then I cut out the fabric. If you have a print on your fabric, make sure you end up with one piece for the left and one for the right. If you don't have a print (like mine), then they will be interchangeable. You should have one back piece and a left and right for each color. 

 I started by pinning the pieces together for the blue and green independently, both with right sides together. It's as if you have two separate sacks at this point. I sewed all the way around the body for each. Then I sewed across the shoulders, skipping the arm holes and neck  opening. 


DIY Summer Sleep Sack for Baby Tutorial Step 3


3 Next I turned the green layer right side out, and fit the blue layer inside. I matched up and pinned the neckline, arm holes, and along the front where the zipper will go. I zig-zag stitched along the edges (left side of photo). Then I came back in and added the bias tape with a straight stitch (right side of photo). 


DIY Summer Sleep Sack for Baby Tutorial



4 Finally, I sewed on the zipper so that the zipper pull is at the bottom of the sack when closed and it separates at the top when open.  If the zipper gets worn out , it will be easy to replace later without having to tear apart the whole sack.  I then turned the sack inside out and sewed closed the remaining length at the bottom of the sack. Voila! 


DIY Baby Sleep Sack on wiggly baby
Who wants to sleep? It's time to play!

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Welcome to the July 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Creations
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared crafts, recipes, and philosophies of creativity. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be updated by afternoon July 10 with all the carnival links.)
  • Garden Soup — Bailey finds a way to help momma Katy (from Muse of a Daffodil) in the garden.
  • This One Time, I Tried To Make a Car — Ashley at Domestic Chaos tries once again to make something crafty from stuff around the house.
  • Pin-tastic creative ideas — Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares how Pinterest is inspiring creativity in her family this summer.
  • Baby Hiccups In The Womb — Alinka at Baby Web shares one of the ways she bonds with her unborn baby.
  • Turtle Mosaics — Lyndsay at ourfeminist{play}school and her little family spend a quiet hour making a turtle mosaic inspired by the work of Melanie Mikecz.
  • Edible Art Plus 8 Art Supply Recipes — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares some natural, chemical-free art supply alternatives, which are gauranteed to be tons of fun for children or all ages. They taste great too!
  • A surprise art lesson — Tat at Mum in search has been taking art lessons from her 5-year-old son.
  • Memory Creation — Laura from Pug in the Kitchen talks about how her family aims to create as many memories as they can as a family.
  • A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words — Melissa at Momma Beer tries to replace cars with crafts.
  • My Creative Family: Sometimes Messy, Always Fun — Emily at S.A.H.M i AM embraces the messes that sometimes accompany creative play but admits you don't always have to get dirty to have fun.
  • Fun Family Learning: Constellation Cave Tutorial — Abbie at Farmer's Daughter gives step-by-step instructions for building a fun new twist on a cardboard box playhouse.
  • Cooking... Kind Of — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings makes pizza with her daughter, hoping to inspire a love of cooking and encourage a bigger interest in food. As well as making mess and having lots of fun, of course!
  • Crockpot Refried BeansThat Mama Gretchen's family loves to experiment with new recipes, and today she's sharing a kitchen success!
  • Creating Memories — Andrea at Tales of Goodness reflects on how the best creations can emerge from just letting kids be kids.
  • Making Beautiful Things ... And Sometimes Just Average-Looking Ones — Tamara at Tea for Three looks for ways to add more craft and creativity into every day family life.
  • Making Fruit Leather Together — When Amy Willa at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work took some time to involve her children in the process of finally trying a fruit leather recipe stored on her Pinterest food board, she got more than just a scrumptious homemade snack as a result!
  • Making Glasses from Children's Art — Mandy at Living Peacefuly with Children used her children's artwork to make some very special glasses for her husband for Father's Day.
  • Preparing Family Meals Together — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares how she started the tradition of creating meals together with her children, which makes family gatherings more fun.
  • It's a trap! — Lauren at Hobo Mama shares the innovative snares her son and husband have set for her.
  • How To Make The Most Of A Very Wet Summer — Luschka at Diary of a First Child shows us the first few weeks of the Summer Camp At Home project for keeping boredom at bay.
  • Creating with... well, what do we have? — If necessity is the mother of invention, Momma Jorje thinks perhaps boredom is (or at least can be) the mother of creativity. In a pinch, she got creative with a household item to entertain herself and her toddler.
  • Creating Joy! Felt Counting Fish and other Fun — Terri at Child of the Nature Isle started creating Felt Counting Fish and then fell down the rabbit hole of fun with a number of other games.
  • I Am Going! (A Code Name: Mama Homemade Theater Production of Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie book) — This might be the finest example of child and baby acting ever recorded. Enjoy this Mo Willems treasure via video from Dionna at Code Name: Mama.
  • DIY Summer Sleep Sack for Baby Tutorial — Shannon at GrowingSlower made an organic summer sleep sack for baby, and you can too with her easy tutorial.
  • Chalk It Up! — Amy at Anktangle recounts how an impulse buy has turned into a fun collaborative activity that she hopes will continue to foster creativity in the whole family.
  • The Family Garden — Excited that her son has been a big help in the garden this year, Ana at Pandamoly shares how her garden grows and offers up some secrets on how a toddler can be a great assistant in the garden.
  • Getting my craft on — Jona at Life, Intertwined takes a trip down memory lane — and finds it in stitches.
  • Easy DIY Sandpit for Toddler Play — Christine at African Babies Don't Cry shares her easy DIY toddler sandpit tutorial.
  • Building Without Nails — Laura at Laura's Blog builds a swinging bar using just sticks and twine.
  • Family Talent Show — Erika at Cinco de Mommy holds an after-dinner family talent show.
  • Ar matey! Fun and Learning with Pirate Play. Positive Parenting Connection is sharing lots of really fun Pirate-themed learning activities for the whole family.

10 comments:

  1. What a brilliant tutorial! I love the idea of a summerweight sleep sack, and the ones on the market that are organic can be so pricey. Thanks for offering this how-to!

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  2. this is an excellent tutorial. And I had no idea on the pesticide statistic - oh my goodness!

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  3. Love this, and shocking about the pesticide rates on cotton... yikes! Thanks for making it look so simple, my son would love one of them :)

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  4. I love this - both for the project itself (organic! And seasonally appropriate!) and for the reminder that if the thing you want doesn't seem to exist, you can make it! This is the kind of sewing I do, too!

    (also, I think you're in my new neck o'the woods. Maybe? This is me, waving hello!)

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  5. I looked and looked for a summer sleep sack for my second. I never really found what I was looking for. I wish I'd had this a year ago. Not that I wouldn't have somewhat botched it, but I think I could at least make it functional. :) Thanks!

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  6. What a great tutorial! I'm going to have to get my sister-in-law to make me one of these!!! (I'm not even able to sew a button to a shirt...)

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  7. So cute! Nice tutorial. :) I never really used sleepsacks with my kiddos don't really know why. I guess I preferred footed pj's.

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  8. Great idea! I need to make some of these.

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  9. A wonderful idea and one I'm sure the Natural Mothers readership have enjoyed. I am featuring this on the final summer Seasonal Celebration Sunday before our August break. We'll be back in September:-) x

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  10. Wow.....Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing such a great idea.
    www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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