When I found 3/4 yard of 60 wide,quilted rip-stop fabric at the thrift a few months ago, I just had to have it. Initially I though it would become a coat for one of the littles next winter, but as camping season approached I realized it had a much higher calling. “O” is extremely independent and demands her own space at bedtime, so creating a sleeping bag of her very own became a must. With her first birthday coming up, I decided that this would be the perfect gift for our busy little girl.
This project is a blend of thrifted, repurposed, and new materials. Of course, the quilted rip-stop came from the thrift, but then I added a insulated center layer made from a repurposed mattress pad and a cotton flannel lining of new material. On the fly, this looked like a quick easy project. It really was a pretty straight forward, but it was not a project my old machine relished. The multiple layers of thick fabric posed a bit of a challenge on my test swatch, so I had to use a few alternative methods of construction. Instead of sewing all the layers into a sandwich and then simply turning and top stitching as I had planned, I had to size the insulating layer down by an inch on every side and then center it on my lining fabric and stitch the two together. I then used my sandwich and topstitch method. Also, the density of my fabrics and lack of a zipper foot made a standard zipper application impossible. Since I have outstanding faith in my hand stitching abilities, I simply adhered the zipper by hand. That is the method I usually employ in dress making anyway.
“O’s” birthday is still over 3 weeks away, but having this project finished will be a relief to her daddy. Ever since I announced that I was creating this sleeping bag, he has asked about it almost daily. I guess he still isn’t completely familiar with the Ames family genetics that allow me to do amazing last minute work. Just wait, I’ll go buy wrapping paper at 1 am the morning of her birthday, while her cake is in the oven.
Looking at this last photo, I know I could have done a better job presenting the project for photographing. It is so bumpy that it almost looks as if a little person has just crawled out of it! I really wanted to get this blogged yesterday, so it was do-or-die this morning and with the little red battery button blinking on the camera I was a little haphazard.