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January 4, 2010

“I ” bags” the bag!”… kid cuddle cosy bag for winter, that is…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Our kids like to curl up  on the sofa in the morning and wake up slowly  in their pajamas in front of children’s TV,  whilst they eat breakfast until it is time for dressing, teeth brushing, school bag packing and out the door.

I will already be at work whilst all this activity is taking place so this is the routine that my husband likes too, can handle and orchestrate relatively smoothly in my absence.

It’s easy enough in the warmer months but when it’s cooler or downright cold, the gas heater takes a little while to get the chill of the room and the kids will often be fighting for a favoured super-soft blanket (of which we only have the one) and like as not the one who ” bags” it first will not always be willing to share.

Time for a solution… and no, giving away one of the kids is not the solution… but on some days when they are at their most squabblesome (like most  parents I suspect) I might consider it  … for a nano second.

What is needed is something that they can climb into, very soft and very warm for that snuggle time when they first get up and just before they go to bed.

Something that they will be totally comfortable in, roomy and soft… a cuddle cosy bag,

I also can’t be bothered to try and find a pattern or follow one,  because life is just too busy and tiring at the moment so decide to just improvise and see if I can make a quick, easy, lazy version.

I have detailed step-by-step photos using some paper cut-outs to represent the pattern because my fabric was dark and the stitch lines don’t show up well enough.

First I took a square piece of fabric that measured a decent length longer then  the kids feet at the bottom when the top of the fabric was level with their shoulders, and double the width of them ( with a baggy look, very roughly measured)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Then I folded the fabric  in half and cut it vertically down the middle (so each of the two places are wider than the kid and slightly longer.. in this pattern ” baggy” is good !)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Now cut two squares off the top, these will be the sleeves.  NOTE:   Small glitch solved: Next time I make one of these I will make them more square rather than rectangular, because this gives a bigger opening into the sleeve and when I made the rectangular ones for my four year old the sleeves turned out about two times longer than his arms! That was less problem with my eight year old  because she has long arms anyway.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Now cut a little semi-circle into the top of both of the long rectangle ” body” pieces. DO use one of your kids tee-shirts to measure roughly  the size it will probably be smaller than you think !  You can adjust these easily enough later if you need to.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Now do a zig-zag around all the edges you have so far. Beware this soft fabric is easy to sew but it will leave a trail of fabric fluff as you handle it, so wear some old clothes when you sew this up (my clothes took several washes to get all the fibers off.)

Now…  you have all your pieces and they have been edged so that they won’t fray.  Take the two ” body” pieces and join the two shoulder lines together, stopping at the neck.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Where I have drawn the dotted lines on the photo above, turn the fabric over on the line and sew a small tunnel for some elastic later. Do this on both ends, making sure that you tuck the fabric over so that the extra fabric is on the ” wrong” side of the fabric.

Now  take  the sleeves and also sew a  “tunnel”  in the ends (the shorter ends if you have a kid with longer arms as their “sleeve” pieces will be more rectangular than square)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Now place the shoulder pieces next to the body pieces, pin on the long side and sew ONLY along the line where the body and sleeve meet ( we will sew the rest closed later)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Now, with all the seams on the inside, fold the whole ensemble over at the shoulder points and it should look like this:

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Now ( turn inside out so that the ” right sides are together)  pin and sew: starting at the a wrist of one of the sleeves, sew towards the arm pit, then tun and sew down to the hem at the bottom. Repeat  for the other side.

Now all that needs to be done is to insert some elastic into the sleeves and into the hem and adjust the neckline ( only if needed) once you have tried it out on the child. Keep the elastic loose at the bottom because the child needs to be able to slip this over their head to get into it, and then can draw the elastic tighter once they are in it to keep their feet warm.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

My kids love to cuddle up with these over their pyjamas…. and they are really warm !

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