Cosy Baby Sleeping Bag

Since my last post about baby clothes pattern, I managed to make a baby sleeping bag using Kwik Sew’s 3089 pattern. I chose the long sleeves mitten style and used a dinosaur print fleece which I found on Ebay.


Front view of my cosy baby sleeping bag


Back view of the sleeping bag

The sleeping bag used only 0.7m x 1.5m fabric and it was really quick to make. I traced a 0-3 months size S and used rotary cutter to cut out the fabric. I’m a recent convert on using just pattern weights (aka my disused dumbbell pieces) and rotary cutter. And I’m loving it!


Rotary cutting is amazing quick and accurate

Like many Kwik Sew patterns which are designed for serging, this sleeping bag has 6mm seam allowance and has a ribbed collar design. Other than installing the zipper and the topstitching, all sewing was done with the serger using the 3-thread setting. I did a test seam on a scrap fabric to make sure that the thread tension was right.


Skyline loves fabric scraps with loose threads…


The sleeve and mitten are sewn with serger except for the topstitching

One problem which I found with fleece is that the pins get embedded into the fluffy fabric. It was quite difficult to pin two layers together and the pins became difficult to see while serging which could be dangerous. Since then I bought these Clover Wonder Clips which are designed for holding thick fabric together and I’m going to use them for other fleece projects.


Clover’s Wonder Clips, the transparent part has seam allowance marking

I should also mention that I gingerly serged through the end of the zipper as the pattern instruction does not mention how the end of the zipper should be finished. I turned the serger’s flywheel by hand and made sure that the needle did not hit the zipper teeth.


The zipper end was serged


The finished zipper was topstitched to hold the zipper tape in place

As I’m hoping to make more baby clothes for my sister in law and my best friend who are expecting by the end of 2012, I looked online and found these Kam snaps from Plush Addict in the UK which come in all sorts of cute colour. To install the snaps you’ll need either a plier or a press. I used size 20 snap on the zipper pull cover.


The zipper pull cover and the installed snaps


The inside of the snap also has a covered finish

There are plenty of instruction videos on YouTube showing how to install and remove the snaps. You can also get smaller snaps for baby t-shirts and rompers on other websites or Ebay. I would definitely do a test snap on the fashion fabric though as the snaps seem to work better with two layers of fabric than one.

I’ll be making one more sleeping bag this afternoon with a different fleece print. More baby clothes on the way!

8 thoughts on “Cosy Baby Sleeping Bag

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  2. Hi! I found this entry through the website. I recently just ordered this pattern but I was wondering if you thought:

    1) This is possible for a beginner?
    2) Non-fleece materials would work? I wanted to avoid synthetics in baby sleep items and bought a thick cotton flannel instead.
    3) Using sewing techniques rather than serging techniques would work? I bought a Baby Lock Tempo and as far as I can tell, I don’t think I can serge on it.

    Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated! I really want to make these for my baby for the upcoming winter without having to resort to fleece. Thanks so much!

    • Hello,

      I’ll try to answer your questions as best as I can:

      1) yes. If you have sewn simple garments before, you should be able to manage this. Kwik Sew’s instructions are very clear. If you’re worried, you can practice on cheaper fabric first.
      2) Although the pattern specifies fleece, i think a thick cotton flannel would be suitable as well. It’ll be good if the fabric has some crosswise stretch so the baby won’t feel too restricted.
      3) The pattern is designed for serging but I’m quite sure that you can make it successfully with sewing machine too. You can definitely zigzag the seam allowance as finish. I would suggest that some test seam samples are made as the pattern has 1/4” (6mm) seam allowance instead of the usual 5/8″ (15mm). You might want to give yourself a bit more seam allowance if the zigzag stitches create puckers.

      I hope this helps and good luck! Let me know if you have other questions! :)

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