Friday, July 29, 2011

Recycled Wool Sleep Sack Tutorial

It's sewing season for me again! Round the clock burning the midnight oil building stock for Palmerton Festival. So I thought I'd share how to make a sleep sack or sleep shirt for wee ones. Most wool sweaters will make a sack to fit anywhere from newborn to 9 months. If you want to make it for an older child just adjust according and add some length.

So here you go... Please pardon the Low light pics, it's stormy outside and the sun is hiding!

Find a soft wool sweater. It's not necessary to felt it but if it is a loose weave I would. You don't want toes and fingers getting caught.

Measure 3 to 4 inches from armpit and cut off the sleeves.

Since the average neck hole will be too large for a wee one... Cut a one inch wide strip from the end of your now short sleeve all the way into the neck.

Next cut the lower side of the arm into the armpit. You want it to measure about 11/2 inches wide. Then continue your cut down to the hem of the sweater. The sweater I'm using here is XL so I had a considerable bit to take off.

Fold sweater in half and make sure everything is matchy matchy as well as trim if you want it a bit slimmer. Also curve the cut the last few inches at the hem so when the sack is done it more or less hugs around the bottom of their feet. If your making a larger one for an older child just leave it straight like a night shirt.

Cut the cuffs off your previously removed sleeves.

Optional: grab some wool scraps and design a cute appliqué.

This also comes in handy if you need to disguise a flaw like I had in the neck... Ta da! Bubbles!

Sew your cute little design to your sweater.

Now with right sides together line up the neck and sew a straight line starting at the NECK to the wrist. Not the other way around or else you'll have an uneven neck seam.

Then sew a seam from the HEM to the wrist. Again not the other way around or your hem will be uneven. Then you can even up both sleeves trimming if necessary.

Now remember those cuffs you cut? Too big for the little wrist now so cut the cuff and sew a new seam to make them the right size.

See much better!

Now place your cuff inside the inside out sleeve. RAW edges up and right sides together. You'll know you did it wrong when you finish and turn it right side out and your cuffs are backwards! Lol. I did it a dozen times making wool diaper covers.

Sew the cuff to the sleeve.

Ta da! Now do it again on the other side. Then trim any bulky seams and snip stray thread. Turn right side out and lookie lookie what you made!!

Wool is the number one best thing for your child to sleep in. Keeps them an even body temp. The don't sweat or freeze. It's not flammable! It's antibacterial and antimicrobial. Means less washing for mom too! Just let air out and it's ready for bedtime again! Not all wools are itchy folks! You can find buttery soft cashmere, merino, lambswool etc.
Sew away ladies! And Don't forget to check out my favorite wool recycling gal!
Don't forget to tell her I sent you!

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  1. Thankyou for the tute. Great idea!!!! I found you through resweater.

  2. OMGoodness! Just found you from the Hip Homeschool Mom's FB page. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog, but especially this post! You are a woman after my own heart (minus the cheese making post cuz I'm super allergic). Will be back often!

  3. I just found this on pinterest. As it's suddenly turned very chilly I need something for my little girl. I don't have any zippers on hand, but have plenty of sweaters set aside for projects just like this. Now hopefully the kiddos will take a good nap so I can have this ready for bedtime! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Terrific! Turned cold here too! Thanks to Sandy. Many blessings and stay warm!

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