A few posts ago I talked about making a rag quilt for my mom to give to one of her friends. Well, she asked me for a second project as well. Sadly, sometimes projects don’t go as well as you had hoped, and this was one of those projects in a major way. Perhaps you are more adventurous than me, and you’ll want to know what you need for this baby sleeping bag project.
- Two matching fabrics
- Sewing machine
Obviously I didn’t love this project at all. My main problem came from the published directions. I consider myself a novice at sewing. I am mostly self taught, and usually look for projects that are appropriate for beginners. I spent a lot of time reading, sewing, seam ripping, re-reading, re-sewing, and seam ripping yet again. I got very frustrated at my inability to understand exactly what I needed to do. I even asked my husband to look over it with me with fresh eyes, but he, too, was unclear about what I was supposed to do. Eventually I ended up making several miniature versions of the bag until I figured out which interpretation was the correct interpretation. I really feel like I shouldn’t have had to do this, but maybe it was also my novice eyes not reading correctly. I’m not totally sure.
When I finally finished the project, I was annoyed by what it looked like. The bottom “point” of the sleeping bag simply gets folded under. Considering I had to sew buttons and snaps on the front of the bag, it seemed like a silly idea not to put one on the back to keep that point tucked back. I also wasn’t sure that the final product was all that functional. It seemed like something that might be cute for a photo session, but ultimately something that a parent would see as clutter instead of useful. This is not a project I will be repeating.