Dress Shirt Sleep Sack Tutorial with Guest - Lindsay from "The Cottage Home"

Monday, June 7, 2010


i'm so in love with this tutorial. i'm partial to all the wonderful dress shirt refashions that have come about over the last year or so as they were one of the main things that got me to even start sewing. so when lindsay told me what she had planned i've been dying to see it ever since. most of you know how much i luv lindsay and her fab etsy shop "The Cottage Mama" and blog "The Cottage Home" and to hear me gush about her some more and to find out how she does it all with 2 kids and a hubby check out our interview for "moms in the mommyhood" we did on her recently.




now let's hear from lindsay......

Wow, I'm thrilled to be back at luvinthemommyhood as part of the "Babyhood Bonanza". My name is Lindsay and I am here from The Cottage Home (blog) and The Cottage Mama (etsy shop).

I have two darling little ladies of my own - Savannah Rose (2 years) and Matilda Jane (11 months). Being a mother is the best thing to ever happen to me. It has grounded me, created a very clear direction for my life and has given me the drive to follow my dreams. If it weren't for my girls, I would not have started my blog, I would not have started my children's clothing business, and I would not be here sharing my Dress Shirt Sleep Sack Tutorial with all of you. My girls are the world to me and have definitely shown me the meaning of true love.



I don't know about you, but for the first year or so of my girls life they spend most of their time sleeping in a sleep sack. I never have enough sleep sacks - they always seem to be in short supply, but they are pretty expensive at $20 a pop. So that's where today's tutorial comes in........Dress Shirt Sleep Sack Tutorial.

I have seen so many tutorials for men's dress shirt refashioned into little girls dresses, which are SO adorable and I've been meaning to make one (or two) for my girls. But here's a new twist - make your little lady or little man a sleep sack out of their Daddy's shirt. Use a 100% cotton dress shirt for a light-weight, summer sleep sack and use a flannel, button-down for a cozier winter sleep sack.

The idea of my little baby Matilda all cozy in her crib, wrapped up in her Daddy's shirt, just warms my heart.........can you feel the love?

Supplies:
1 Large Men's Dress Shirt
Bias Tape
Scissors
Thread
Sewing Machine
Iron
Baby Sleep Sack (to use as a pattern)
Rick-Rack, ribbon or other trim (optional)
Fabric for applique (optional)
Fusible Interfacing - I like Wonder Under (if doing applique)

Directions:

Grab a men's button-down dress shirt - preferably from your little one's Daddy or Grand-Daddy. But if your hubby doesn't have an extra one, just pick one up at your local thrift store.


Lay your regular sleep sack on top of the dress shirt. Line the zipper of the sleep sack up with the buttons of the dress shirt. A large men's shirt is the perfect size for a 6-12 month sleep sack.


I am a big fan of using hardware-store washers as pattern weights. Place your weights onto the sleep sack to ensure no slipping during cutting.


Cut around the sleep sack leaving 1/2"-3/4" border. I always use a rotary cutter because I am usually very short on time - makes for much quicker work!


You will leave this border to allow for your seam allowance, which is 1/2" in this case.


Cut all the way around the entire sleep sack - through both layers of the dress shirt.


Here's what the sleep sack will look like after you have cut it out. I left the pocket, but feel free to remove it with a seam ripper.


Sew the top of each shoulder - right-sides together.


Stitch away.


Press your seams with an iron.


Now cut out the neck (only cut the top layer). Use your sleep sack as a guide. I just free-hand drew mine with a water-soluble fabric pen - approximately 3" wide by 3" deep.


Here is the sleep sack with the neck removed.


This part is TOTALLY optional. I wanted my Matilda's sleep sack to be a little more girly so I added some trim. Get creative with this and use whatever trim you have on hand.


Stitch your trim to the sleep sack.


Pin your bias tape around each arm hole. Open it and pin it to the RIGHT side of the garment.


Stitch the bias tape.


Now fold over your bias tape and stitch again on the RIGHT side of the garment.


Do the same thing around the neck opening, but make sure you fold over the edges as this will show and you do not want any raw edges against baby's skin.


This part is entirely optional as well. I cut out a flower from some fabric (Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane) and used fusible interfacing to adhere it to the sleep sack. Follow the manufacturers instructions for interfacing to do this step.


Then stitch around your flower. I used a straight stitch, but if you do not like the frayed look, I would suggest using a tight zig-zag.


Now to finish. Pin the sides and the bottom - right sides together. Stitch the three sides closed. Turn right-side out and press.


And there you have it - A Dress Shirt Sleep Sack


And here's my sweet baby girl wearing her new cozy sleep sack.


Checking it out, making sure Mama did it right.


Yes! I LOVE my new sleep sack!!


Time for a nap!

Cottage Mama's Note: Please, please check all of the buttons on your shirt and make sure they are sewn on very securely. I suggest reinforcing them, just to be extra cautious.

Thank you so much, Shannon, for having me! I'm so glad we have gotten to know each other - I feel like we were just meant to be friends. Hope you are having fun with your two sweet girly girls!

thank you linds! i'm so glad we have gotten to know each other as well and agree that we were meant to be friends! i can't wait for the day that we can meet in person and hang out and sew! thanks for all of your emails, wisdom and advice - you're the best!



i'm super excited for you all to see our next tutorial this week...it's one i've been meaning to make myself but could never do as fabulous a job as our next guest blogger is going to - so stay tuned!

are you guys having fun yet? are you enjoying the bonanza? i am! i only wish i could do some sewing...haha! what are you planning to make from our tutorials so far?

30 comments:

  1. absolutely adorable! A fabulous shop too!!!

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  2. Well I think Lindsay is just amazing!!!

    Dennis in Italy

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  3. LOVE it... wonder what Idyn would do with his feet not free lol...likely freak oh my Idyn ;) I also LOVE Lindsay's blog and etsy shop...so amazing...I too wish I was sewing...soon Shannon..soon! :)
    LOVE YA!

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  4. shut up! that's the coolest/cutest thing I've ever seen! I'm totally taking the technique and making a stack of dresses for my 3yo to wear to preschool in the fall! love.it!

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  5. You are a sewing G.E.N.I.U.S. I cannot believe how awesome this is :) Too bad my little one is out of this stage though!

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  6. Such a cute idea. Thank you for sharing. And perfect for warmer months--I'm going to look for one of my husband's cotton shirts to make a sack for the baby we are expecting!

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  7. This is adorable. There are so many ways to make what is ugle utterly cute.

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  8. I need some new sleep sacks for my youngest and didn't want to spend the money. I'm also not an expert at sewing clothes (ok, I'm actually terrible at sewing clothes!) so I didn't know how to tackle this myself. Your project has come at the right time! And, my hubby is asleep now.... so he won't know if I go raid his closet and steal some shirts. Heh, heh, heh!

    Thanks for the tute!

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  9. Awesome! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  10. Ingenious! Thanks for sharing. (Saw you on TCB)

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  11. I saw your project on Someday Crafts and had to come over. This is brilliant. It is so hard to find lightweight sleep sacs. This is a perfect.

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  12. Thanks so much for all of your lovely comments! I know what you mean about finding light-weight sleep sacks. This is perfect for those warm summer nights where they just need a little something, but not too heavy.

    Thanks again! Lindsay

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  13. Love how detailed these instructions are! I love the rick rack - a great little touch. It's unfortunate my Lil One is too big and too mobile for a sleep sack.

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  14. I just made my little guy a summer sleep sack as well!

    http://ifonlytheywouldnap.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/summer-sleepsack-mini-tutorial/

    I linked up to your post here : http://ifonlytheywouldnap.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/here-a-sleep-sack-there-a-sleep-sack/

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  15. Aww, that is so cute! I love the combo of the stripes and the feminine. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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  16. What a great idea! Our sleep sacks are also in short supply ALWAYS, more than once I've had to fish one out of the laundry basket.

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  19. I was realy struggling to setup this thing but now I hope it should get sorted. Thanks to you.

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  20. This is awesome! I need to make one for my little girl. :)

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  21. It is adorable, I'm just concerned about the buttons being a choking hazard for babies.

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  22. I love this tutorial and made two for my son today. We had no dress shirts so I used some ladies night shirts. I posted a blog about them. http://raisingourfamily.blogspot.com

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  24. Fantastic use of shirts full of creativity. Awesome stuff. Please keep continue sharing such an interesting stuff.

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  25. absolutely love it :) i was thinking how to make one of these for my daughter. so thanks millions for the idea :)

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  26. awesome, thank you! i was thinking i'll use an old xxl shirt, but this is soooo much quicker!

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  27. i'm so in love with your idea! great stuff! :D

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  28. This is GENIUS. I love this idea, and will definitely be making some "manly" ones (flannel! plaid!) for my little dude. Thanks for the tute!

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