Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sleep Sack Extensions!

The little one snuggles into a sleep sack every time she goes to bed, be it naptime or bedtime.  I pulled out the warm fleece sleep sacks this week when the weather got colder, and her little feet were pushing against the bottom.  I thought, I should make her a new sleep sack.

But then I realized something.  The handed-down sleep sacks we were using were fine, they just weren't long enough.  AND I'm afraid of zippers.  So if I just added some extra fleece to the end of these sacks, I could extend their useful life AND avoid inserting a zipper.

Before, and after.  And no, I didn't even press the seam :P

Note:  I really don't care if my kids have cute things for sleeping.  They are just sleeping in them, right?  So while these sleep sacks are not the cutest, they do the job.  Another note:  I did no measuring in this project, and was as a matter of fact very imprecise.  I didn't feel like it mattered in this case.  Feel free to measure and be exact--you can even go ahead and make it cute if you want!

I consider this more of a "Oh yeah, that's a good idea.  I can do that," post than an actual tutorial, since the steps are pretty self-explanatory, but I'll walk you through it.

First, I cut the bottom off of the sleep sacks.  They have a slight curve at the bottom so I tried to cut above that.

Next, I folded a piece of fleece from my stash in half and cut it to the width of the bottom of the sack + a little for seam allowance. I laid the bottom of the sack on top of the fleece and cut around it to mimic the slight curve I left at the bottom--you could just cut it in a straight line.

I also curved the corners at the bottom of the new piece of fleece (totally optional).

Then, I sewed up the two sides of the extension.

Finally, I turned the extension right-side-out, turned the sleep sack inside-out, placed the extension inside the bottom of the sleep sack (right sides together) and pinned.  Then I ran it through the sewing machine.

I pulled the extension out so you could see what I was talking about.
Then I turned the whole thing right-side out.

The end.

Wiggle room for the toes!

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