Saturday, September 5, 2009

Toddler Sleeping Sweater: Crafty Saturday!

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Sleeping Sweater
It gets cold here at night in the winter. Especially the bedrooms. Well it's started to get kind of chilly at night here as of this past week and my kids had a bad habit of kicking off the blankets. I have been putting Bug to bed in a sweater vest and Chicklet to bed in one of my sweatshirts. It's an old ugly sweatshirt and I had to roll the sleeves half a dozen times! So I cut it up to make a sleeping sweater for her out of it.
First I laid it out flat on the table. Then I cut up the sides about 2 inches in from the side seam.
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I cut 2/3 of the end of the sleeve off. Then I cut the sleeve about 3 inches in from the seam and paralell to it. I made my cut along the bottom of the sleeve and my cut along the side seam go in straight lines until they met. Then I took the same amount out of the side and the sleeve on the other side of the sweatshirt. I did not alter the neck hole or the length at all. Just the width and sleeves.

Then I cut some hearts out of fabric scraps and applique sewed them onto the front of the shirt to cover the logo.
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Now, I've never ever done this before so it looks kinda sloppy but she's wearing it to bed and it's an old ratty sweatshirt anyway so I figured it's good practice. I also cut matching rectangles for cuffs out of the scrap fabric.

I sewed the cuffs onto the ends of the sleeves
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and then I laid the shirt inside out and matched up the seams and sewed along the underside of the cuffs, arms, and along the sides,
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sewing it together to form a very long floppy toddler sized sweatshirt that she can wear to bed. :)
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I folded back the cuffs (I will unfold them when she's older and has longer arms) and put it on her and she loves it. I have her wear long pants pajamas underneath it and a cami under that. The sweatshirt comes down to her knees and looks tube-dress-like so over the pajama pants it looks very feminine and modest and it keeps her nice and warm at night.
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The sweatshirt I used was an adults Medium and Chicklet usually wears a 4T if that helps for guaging size. :)

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