In honor of Celebrate the Boy month over at MADE and Made by Rae, I am going to try to focus on making some cute things for my boys. The little guys were in some desperate need of some “boyish” sleep sacks.
Here is what the poor things have been wearing.
Hand me downs from their big sisters. I know, I know, don’t stereotype. Boys can wear pink and purple too but don’t you think the butterfly and princess are pushing it just a bit?
I know they’re big boys to still be wearing sleep sacks but I have my reasons.
1. They move around too much to ever possibly stay under a regular blanket.
2. They are chunky monkeys and wear a size 4t even though they just turned two. However, they aren’t tall enough for 4t and I usually have to roll their pants up. If I tried to put them in footie jammies they would be way too long.
3. They are still in cribs because quite frankly the thought of them on the loose all night is just frightening. The sleep sacks are actually helping to prevent them from climbing out of their cribs. (FOR NOW!)
So that being said, sleep sacks are literally $30 a piece. They would really each need two for laundering purposes. No way am I spending $120 on fleece sleep sacks only to need to buy knit ones in a couple of months when the weather warms up. I was complaining about all of this to my friend Susan. “Blah, Blah, Blah…!” When she cut me off and said, “Wait a minute. Why are we even having this conversation? Couldn’t you just make some?” Duh!!!!! What is wrong with me? Oh yeah, I can just make some. Thanks Susan!
For about $15 for cute fleece fabric and zippers, I made these cute boyish sleep sacks! Yeah! You could make them for less if you used a solid fleece rather than a print.
I just traced one of the girlie sacks to make the pattern.
This tutorial was very helpful to me too. I think that they turned out great seeing as I was just winging it.
Remember that if you want the sack to zip from top to bottom it is very important to you use a separating zipper. I used 24” separating zippers. Have fun making some too.