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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!