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!}