It’s getting chilly here in Sicily and our 6 month old daughter flips and flops like a fish out of water when sleeping. Keeping the blankets on her is like teaching a me to sing opera…it’s never going to happen! So rather than layer her with more clothing, I thought I’d try a chest high baby sack to see how that works. Now, I looked online to see what there was out there, however I found many of them need to be worn, either snapped on or zipped up. I was thinking of one that can be pulled up and down, especially when travelling. It can serve as a cozy as well as a sack. If she gets hot, I can just pull it off. So I created my own using a pillowcase, some sewing elastic and an ultra thin fleece blanket I had around the house. That’s it! And the beauty, it took only 15 minutes. Even an amateur sewer can do this, or you may choose to hand sew the seams closed. It’s that easy!
What you will need:
-Needle and thread or sewing machine
-Large pillowcase (I used a king sized one for my chunky 6 month old…gives her feetsies lots of room to wiggle =)
-14 to 16 inch elastic (or more\less depending on your baby’s waist size)
-Small and thin fleece blanket or baby blanket that can be folded in two
Now, on to the sack!
Just take your blanket and fold it in two. Then invert (meaning inside out) your pillowcase and lay it on top. Now pull the other side of the blanket over.
(I actually had snaps to close the pillow case, so I just trimmed about 2 inches off the the pillow case where the snaps were)
Then, just sew all 3 sides of the pillow case and blanket together. Do not sew the top\opening of the pillow case just yet. Don’t you love my clothes pegs to hold the pieces in place? =)
When finished, fold back the top of the pillow case to create a clean edge and sew the seam all the way around, leaving a small opening to insert the elastic.
Now flip everything right side out….
Next, insert the elastic into the sack using a safety pin or paper clip and when you come out the other end, stitch the two ends closed and trim off the elastic.
THAT’S IT! Nice, soft and toasty! When the baby “wears” it, it will reach high up to the chest or directly underneath the arms. Wouldn’t these make great gifts? =) Now I’m thinking of a personalized pillowcase that can be used to make the baby sack?
So go ahead and make one…don’t forget to come back and let us know how it went =)
Until next time, happy baby sack making!
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