sleeping bags

Sleeping bags


It was serendipitous that Laurie Wisbrun sent me a preview of her new camping themed fabric, called Roughing It, about a week before we were scheduled to take an autumn camping trip at White Lake State Park in New Hampshire.  Two nights before our trip, my kids and I were talking about how the weather forecast called for rain over the weekend.  We starting joking about how cold we were going to be and how we needed to pack lots of warm clothes and sleeping bags and hats and mittens and on and on.  Then, my son and daughter started to talk about how Doggie and Bunny and Sheepie were going to be SO COLD and how they would need lots of stuff to keep them warm.  Of course this led me to say:  “Doggie needs a sleeping bag!  And so does Bunny!  And Sheepie!” And my project idea was born.  I kissed the kids good night, ran downstairs to my sewing machine and got right to work.  Laurie’s fabric could not have been more perfect for the job.  The campers are just plain awesome and my kiddos love the woodpeckers.  The supporting dot fabric makes such a nice accent for bias binding.

These are a very quick sew, and if you have a kiddo in your house who loves to tuck dolls or stuffed animals into bed as much as my three year old does, they will see lots of use.  With that in mind, I thought there might be some other crazy camping moms out there who would want to make these mini-sleeping bags someday.  I’ve written up some very basic instructions and included the pattern pieces in one handy document.  These sleep sacks are designed to be used with smaller stuffed animals {8-10″} but you could always enlarge the pattern pieces to suit your needs. Download the sleeping bags pattern + instructions here.

Roughing It won’t hit stores until mid-December but Laurie sent along an extra set of fat quarters to give away in advance of the official release date.  Just say hello with a comment. I will choose a winner on October 24, 2012 and send notification via email.  Cheers!  {NOTE:  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!}

48 thoughts on “sleeping bags

  1. These couldn’t be cuter! And you’re right – the fabric is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern! I hope to make some for my little girlies soon!

    (had some trouble with the commenting so my apologies if I accidentally commented multiple times)

  2. I’ve seen that trailer fabric around blogland and am totally crushing. We went camping last summer at Wallowa Lake, Oregon with tame deer walking through our campsite. Needless to say, my daughter LOVED it! (And I did too, of course!) Your sleeping bags are just darling!

  3. OK… the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time! That fabric with th camping trailers is adorable, as well. And I’m dying that you just up and decided to make it and turned out beyond perfection. Go you. 🙂

  4. So cute. I just made a zipper pouch for my 5 year old nephew and he was disappointed when his Beanie Baby didn’t fit into it – this is the perfect thing to make for him next. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love your sleeping bags – thank you for the pattern. My girls will be so excited for their animals to have sleeping bags, too. Roughing it is such a fun line – especially the trailers.

  6. just looking at your sleeping bags and my coworker looks over my shoulder and asks if i can make some for her grandkids! i think you are on to something with this adoreable project!! The fabric really is just picture perfect for this project! thanks for the directions.

  7. My boys each have a special friend (from Build-A-Bear) – this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing your patterns!

  8. Oh.for.cute! Totally making these to go with the fabric dolls I’m making for my twin nieces for Christmas. Thank you!

  9. Hello! these are just darn cute! with 20 grands, I could make a few of these! thanks for the chance!

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