Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Tutorial: Snug as a Bug in a Rug

This is actually a really, really quick make for a snuggle bag - it's a bit like a sleeping bag, but designed for when you want to snuggle up on the sofa.


I'm told it will come in very useful when your school has a film night, too!

I can vouch for how easy this one is - it was sewn up entirely by a nine-year-old girl (my granddaughter - under my supervision and on my sewing machine - she loves her new sewing hobby at Grandma's house!).  It took less than an hour, even for a complete beginner.  The only skill needed is the ability to sew in a straight(ish) line.

OK, so you'll need enough double sided quilted fabric (or maybe even an old blanket?) to make a front and a back, long and wide enough to snuggle into on a chilly winter's night.  Some sewing thread, a pair of scissors and a sewing machine and you're ready to sew.

This is what you'll do:

1. Fold the fabric in half so the two sevedges are together, then pin along the side and bottom.

In the line drawings, the broken line is the sewing line (just in case that wasn't clear).

2.  Turn what is now a bag round to the other side and poke the corners.

3.  Sew along the edges again, this time enclosing the raw edges of the previous seam.  You can do this on three sides, even if your seams were only on two, to create a balanced look.

I forgot the third side when drawing the image below - sorry!!

On one side of your snuggle bag the seams will look like this

and the same seam on the other side will look like this

4.  Turn the top edges under twice (to enclose the raw edge) and pin.

5. Sew along where you've pinned to create a neat top edge.  You will have to flatten the flange you created on the seams - just sew it down as you go.

That's it - you're done!  I told you it was easy! 

I'm so impressed with my granddaughter's sewing - how's this for the top hem, sewn entirely by her - what do you think?

Her mum was equally impressed.  That same day my granddaughter also made two cushions, the fluffiest and most purple of which (shown below!) is also earmarked for the next film night at school!

 Very snuggly for cosy nights in too!

1 comment:

Whitney-Anne Baker said...

Clarly she has inherited your creative talent, it's quite impressive! I'm afraid if I mad one of these you'd never get me out of it!!