Baby Sleeping Bag Tutorial

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Hi all!

I have an amazing tutorial for an extremely easy sleeping bag for a baby.

I took as many pictures as possible to give full guidelines.

Let’s start with the type of fabric. Since the baby shouldn’t sleep with any additional blankets I picked a thin type of polar fleece, about 110 cm by 75 cm. After a couple of months my baby is about 56 cm long from the top of the head to the tip of its feet, so 75 cm is actually extra but I would like my sleeping bag to be good for the next season as well.

Fold the fabric in half along the short side and cut it. One side will be our front, the other one will be the back.

Cut the front in half again and then shape it on one side as on the picture. You can also make a more straight shape or a rectangle.

sleeping bag 1 sleeping bag 2Then you should sew both pieces in the middle with about 2 cm space from the edge of the fabric. We will need this belt later while we are working with the zipper.

sleeping bag 3Now you need to cut two pieces of fabric 10cm wide and 80 cm long (just about 5cm longer than your intended length of the sleeping bag).

sleepingbag1Sew those two pieces together in about 2/3rd of its width. Then iron it flat and pin in the zipper like on the picture.

The next step is to place the zipper face down on the inside of the sleeping bag but you have to make sure that the 2 cm edge which you left earlier will be nicely folded so the machine will sew thru it as well.

sleepingbag2This zipper is now covered on both sides. I have decided to do this extra work to make sure the baby will not get scratched by the edges of the zipper.

You can remove the stitching on both fabrics along the zipper.

sleepingbag3Now we need to fold and sew the other side of the covering fabric from underneath.

Also fold the top and the bottom ends hiding end of the zipper inside and sew around.

sleepingbag4Let’s sew the front and the back of the sleeping bag together and finish off around the neck line and arms with zigzag to have it flat from inside.

sleeping bag 11You can also add some decoration on the front or leave it plain if the fabric has a pattern already.

sleeping bag 12This sleeping bag is going to be very useful thru the whole winter and early spring.

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sleeping bag 18I also hope you found this zipper tutorial very helpful.

Easy Bibs Tutorial

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When the little one has arrived and you think everything is absolutely prepared and ready you may realize that something very essential is missing. Yes, I forgot to prepare bibs for my little one, or rather I thought I’m not going to need them. Hehe… now this thought is rather funny and I’m in a big rush to come up with a few nice bibs so we can get all those spills and burbs with content under control.

Since the baby is taking most of my time I have to come up with some simple and fast ideas for bibs. This is how I have created this Fast Bibs Tutorial, just in case if one of you is in a terrible rush as well.

I have a few designs to present and you can easily make them by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine.

For each of them we will need about 5 to 10 minutes, unless you do it by hand; then maybe 20-25 minutes will be needed.

The first one is in the shape of an oval.

bibs 2I used this towel underneath and soft fabric on top.

bibs 3I zigzagged both fabrics all around to prevent moving before I added wide double folded tape. You can leave longer ends to tie into a bow on the back or on the side, or you can add a little snap to clip it on.

bibs 4Since my baby is still very little and I would not like to have something tied on the back of her neck (as she is lying down for most of the time) I moved tie to the side.

bibs 5The next bib idea is more fancy and even simpler. I took square shaped soft fabric, folded it all around, then folded it in half and added a snap at the back. This bib looks like a wild Western necktie.

bibs 9The last one which I prepared has also an oval shape but with additional fabric around the neck and a piece of Velcro at the back. This one protects the best.

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If you have some other easy bibs tutorials to share please let me know and I will add them to this post.

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