Sweet Slumber

For Katie’s birthday my parents ordered her a sleeping bag and since her birthday party was mermaid themed they ordered an ariel sleeping bag. She’s been wanting her own sleeping bag for a while. Anyway, the shipment didn’t come in time for Katie’s birthday so my mom explained to her that it would come soon. She was very excited about it and a few weeks later my mom stopped by with the gift. Now, I am not one to disparage products on my blog but the thing was a piece of junk. The seams were coming apart in at least three places and the fabric was very low quality. It wasn’t a normal-sized sleeping bag either and as Katie excitedly got into it her feet stuck out the bottom — since it also did not have a zipper but the top just folds over the child.

New Sleeping Bag

Well, my mom and I decided that it wasn’t going to work, as much as Katie loved it. I told my mom that I had originally planned to make her one. So my mom decided that’s what she would do. Well, to make this long story shorter, after much hunting my mom found Ariel fleece and flannel at a Super Joann‘s — we’re not normally fans of the polar fleece but it is good for sleeping bags. She measured a sleeping bag she had and made a sandwich of the two fabrics. Then she sewed channels and stuffed each with poly-fil. She sewed up the top, folded the whole thing in half and installed a sleeping bag zipper — expensive but worth it according to my mom. To say Katie loves it is an understatement.

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8 Responses to “Sweet Slumber”


  1. 1 Denise May 20, 2008 at 10:51 am

    This is so cute. I have a gal who will be 3 next month and I’ve been thinking about a sleeping bag for her as well. Just curious though, what don’t you like about polar fleece?

  2. 2 amandajean May 20, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    wow…that’s quite a project…it looks wonderful!

  3. 3 Courtney May 20, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    great idea, and definitely much nicer than store bought!

  4. 4 erin May 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    wow. great job, ladies!

  5. 5 Jennifer May 21, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    That is a wonderful sleeping bag! I adore the recycle of the heater in your last post too!

  6. 6 Christina May 21, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    What a great story! The revolution will be handmade!!

  7. 7 Diane F May 23, 2008 at 10:54 am

    That sleeping bag should outlast anything you could buy! Oh yea, I have some windows that would go great with you heater and chair. HMMM this gives me an idea for my porch!

  8. 8 Marcia May 24, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Congrats to the graduate! How fun! My “baby” graduates from High School this time next year….it all goes by so fast. Enjoy every moment.


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