I love this project for a couple of reasons. Firstly it started off with a baby sleeping bag that has been worn by all four of my babies, so it has sentimental value. Secondly, I was able to make multiple projects from this tiny sleeping bag and use every available scrap of fabric. This is part of a 365 days of creativity challenge I am documenting at http://365crafty.blogspot.com. You can make this project using an old polar fleece sweater or jacket of your own or a childs size too.
Here is a photo of the sleeping bag – the size only fits up to about 4 months.
I wanted to make a modern version of a bootie and I love this pointed shape. I have used the two sleeves of the sleeping bag to cut out the shoes in the shape below, and then simply sew along the left and right sides.
I was going to use the reclaimed ribbing in the photo for the top edge but decided to cut the top off an old pair of toddler socks instead. I will use the rest of the sock to make a sock owl in a future project.
Next I cut off a half moon shape from the bottom of the bag to make a matching baby hat. I used a few scraps to put some tassels on top and incorporated the back seam of the sleeping bag into the design so I wouldn’t waste any fabric. The ribbing on the bottom of the hat is a cut up baby ribbed singlet.
Here are the hat and booties.
And again modelled by my 4 1/2 month old.
I still had a good portion of the body of the bag left so I made a little zipper vest for a toddler. I simply cut off the bottom scraps of the bag, cut the armholes a bit larger to allow for a larger sized child, and hemmed both the armholes and the bottom.
Here it is below.
You can read more about what I am doing this year at http://365crafty.blogspot.com.