I thought it would be fun to make 4 sleeping bags for their spend the nights and pretend camp outs. I decided to used flannels, minkeys and cottons from my stash, and to try to match colors to the girls' tastes.
Next I made my sandwiches...soft backing, either flannel or minkey, Warm and Natural batting, and the embroidered cover. I trimmed them up using my dreaded rotary cutter, but the results were quick and neat. I usually use my trusty Ginghers, and still have a slight aversion to the rotary cutter, but the end result is so much neater and easier on my granny hands.
Now it was time to practice my not so good free motion skills. I did squiggles and loops on three of the bags, and on the 4th chevron I just followed the lines. The quilting was a nice touch and made the fabric sandwiches look more like sleeping bags than just fabric envelopes!
There are many, many tutorials showing how moms and grandmas make these bags. I know I looked at Riley Blake and Peas in a Pod.
Yards and yards of bias binding were cut next. I cut them on the bias, 2.5 inches wide, pressed them wrong sides together lengthwise, and sewed them to the rectangles matching the raw edges. After looking at MANY examples online, and a hands on tutorial from my quilting guru, Kathy, I believe I have finally mastered the mitered corner with all these layers.
Bows made the sleeping bags complete, and Katelyn made her Addy a pillow from a scrap on turquoise chevron!
Good night Dollies!