Handmade Beginnings : Patchwork Sleep Sack

I think its the year of the baby. Every person I know is having a baby or just had one. And when new life comes into the world, that means its time to make something special. For a little girl who was born last month, I made this Patchwork Sleep Sack from Anna Maria’s book Handmade Beginnings. Probably my favorite sewing book.

Patchwork Sleep Sack

Patchwork Sleep Sack back

The couple who had this little girl chose to be surprised about baby’s gender, and so she has only unisex items. That’s all well and good, but I think every baby needs something special, and for goodness’ sake she’s a little girl and needs something feminine. As soon as I heard the news, I set out pulling voile fabrics in a feminine palette. I stitched them together, then I used Christmas as an excuse to leave the patchwork piece uncut. (It’s difficult to tell yourself to cut into a patchwork piece you just stitched together out of some of your favorite fabrics.)

Patchwork Sleep Sack Closeup

I finally mustered up the courage to cut into the patchwork piece and everything went together beautifully. This is for a newborn, so I only used the softest fabrics ever. Voile is insanely smooth and soft, and AMH’s flannel is just incredible. We’re talking about a luxury sleep sack, here. I would like a large one for me.

Patchwork Sleep Sack detail

I switched things up just a tad with the bias binding. I made mine single fold rather than double fold, and slip-stitched just like with quilt binding. There’s really little difference, I just made the change to incorporate my own preference.

Patchwork Sleep Sack binding

I do hope this little girl will love her sleep sack. She lives in the frozen north, so at least she’ll be able to wear a long-sleeved onesie and stay covered with this. Layla hated being swaddled, so I thought if she was the same way, she’ll be able to stretch out in the roomy sleep sack.

Patchwork Sleep Sack on wood

As with anything AMH, the pattern was fantastic. Very clear, concise, and easy to follow. It was also a very quick sew. So if you know of any new babies coming into the world this year, I highly recommend Handmade Beginnings. I have a link to it in my sidebar if you’d like to check it out!

Have a great day!


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  • Tiara

    This is so amazing! Definitely putting it on my to do list whenever the next baby may comeReplyCancel

  • Needlewoman2

    The sleep bag is just gorgeous; I love the colours, and the creamy yellow really sets the pinks up beautifully. I’m intrigued by your use of the term ‘voile’. I assume you do mean a fabric different from quilting cotton – even the better quality sort. Where do you find it, and is it much harder to cut/sew than quilting cotton?

    Thank you; I’m really enjoying your blogging


    • Voile is different from quilting cotton. It can certainly be used in quilts, which is something I do quite often. Its also perfect for garment sewing. Its the softest fabric ever. It’s cotton (at least AMH voile is) and it has a very tight, fine weave making it very strong and sturdy. I could give your my views on it, but its better coming from the master herself. Here’s post Anna Maria wrote about her voile fabric: http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2010/03/all-voile.htmlReplyCancel

  • So cute, Meredith! Voile and flannel sound so cozy and perfect for a sweet little one.ReplyCancel

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