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"Snuggle Bags": A Tutorial

Do you like snuggling up to read a book or watch a movie? Do your kids? I love having cozy blankets around the house and I usually wrap them around myself to get even more cozy. Here’s a cool little project to make a really useful blanket and sleeping bag all in one!! Also, it would make a fantastic baby or birthday gift!!I picked two kinds of fleece that had corresponding colours and had them cut to the same length. I ended up with a bag that was about 1.5 m long and 1m wide. Because you buy fabric that is double wide, you should have loads and loads to use for straps if you go with this length (or more, if you want a longer bag).Step 1: Cut both pieces of fleece to the right size for your creation (Note, the photos shows were taken to create a tutorial for a blanket. The only difference is the size of the fabric and that all four sides were closed in the blanket project.)dsc_6086Step 2: Cut lots of strips *from your extra fabric* to use as tags. The strips should be cut with the stretch of the fabric (I liked it better like that) and should be about 6 inches long by 3/4 inches wide. I used both the fabrics that I had because I liked the look of alternating them.dsc_6089Step 3: Punch or cut small slits about 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric. These holes should be about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches apart. After trying both methods numerous times (I made two blankets and two snuggle bags) I prefer cutting each hole after having tied the knot at the previous hole, even though it felt more repetitive.dsc_6087dsc_6088Step 4: Fold the fabric strip in half and push it through the hole. You may need to use a narrow tip to help poke the fabric through. A bigger hole helps, but doesn’t always look better.dsc_6090Step 5: Put the two ends of the strip, up, through the loop.dsc_6091Step 6: And pull tight.dsc_6092Voila!Now, you just need to keep doing that aaaaall the way around the fabric. If you are making a bag, keep one of the narrow ends open to snuggle into, if you are making a taggie blanket, close ’em all. There are loads of ways that you can modify this project to suit your skills and your taste. You can make a pillow case, a seat cover, a poncho thing… It’s super quick and easy and your kids can join in, too, or even make their own! H helped me out by pulling the knots tight and S did too tried to climbed all over me while I knotted. The finished snuggle bag:dsc_60561The finished taggie blanket:dsc_6094

A Super Hero in 5 minutes

My kids are almost four and one-and-a-half. They love capes. We have quite a few of them in our dress-up bin. Whenever they have friends over, the capes come out and the kids rip around in them, inventing whatever super-hero fits the cape. The capes I’ve made are pretty much the easiest costume ever, and you can make them, too. All you need is an old shirt. I’ve used biiiiig shirts, that way there’s lots of neck room and fabric to flow behind you when running. You take the shirt and pick whatever side you want to use – front or back. I used shirts that came with logos… just because they were offered to me. Also, for the latest batch of capes I made, I used the shirt-front, because that’s where the logo was. Here are the steps you can follow to make your own super-easy, for-any-occasion, cape.

Step 1) Lay out the shirt, with the side up that you are going to use as your cape.dsc_6761Step 2) Cut around the edges (I took the serged edge off as my kids don’t like seams and tags). At the top, I curved the cut into a soft curve, instead of following the sleeves.dsc_6763 Continue reading A Super Hero in 5 minutes