March 19, 2012
Sleep sack for Buster
Buster has been sleeping in a sleep sack we bought in the fall, but he is almost too big for it. Becky suggested making him a bigger one, so we rounded up some old baby blankets and got to work.
The pattern is trivial, but to get it we traced his other sleep sack onto a big piece of white paper, then freehand sketched a bigger size, constrained a little by the size of the blankets we wanted to reuse. The pattern was transferred to blankets and chopped out. Both blankets were gifts from my aunt Susan, the purple one for Violet when she was a baby, the rear pink one was for Millie.
The blankets themselves are fairly worn and a fabric prone to fraying, so we seamed them together with a piece of satin ribbon wrapped around them as a way of finishing the seams. The raw edges at armholes and neck/center also got a binding of ribbon. Becky hand basted all this stuff and I seamed it on the Wheeler & Wilson.
The zipper was a metal one from my bin, with an inner shield made of white flannel. I made up a bottom terminator and top zipper cover from loops of the white ribbon, and crimped on a stainless snap to the top flap.
Buster is sleeping in this now, though probably won't need it for much longer given the warm weather. It ended up kind of too big in the neck area, and is awfully big overall. Millie was having fun trying it out when I finished it, and even Violet could get in with bent legs.
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