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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Elf on the Shelf: DIY Sleeping Bag

I have 2 ways for you to make a sleeping bag for your elf.  The "no-sew" option doesn't require a sewing machine or any sewing skills, but it actually takes longer.  The sew option is unbelievably quick and easy.
I will say that I had some trial and error with the no-sew option, so please do as I SAY and not as I did.  Your knots will actually be much prettier than mine making for a much nicer looking sleeping bag.

NO-SEW Sleeping Bag (based on the small Elf on the Shelf as pictured)
2 pieces of fleece cut to 11" x 20"
1 piece of fleece cut to 11" x 15"
1 template 3" x 3" with marks every 1"

Layer the pieces of fleece as shown: large patterned, large solid, small patterned - all aligned at the bottom.  Place the elf on the fleece with his feet 3 inches from the bottom aligned edge.  Fold over the small piece to allow for the elf's face to be fully visible.
Cut 3 inch squares from each corner.  Cut 3 inch deep cuts spaced every 1 inch all the way around.
Tie the top piece in a knot with the 2 bottom pieces as you work your way around the sleeping bag.  Do not pull them too tight, or it will make your sleeping bag bunch up.
The "sew" method.  
3 pieces of fleece:
2 - 5" x 15" (one patterned, one plain)
1 - 5" x 17" (patterned)

Place the two longest pieces right sides together.  With 1/2" seam allowance, sew the top and 2 1/2" down the sides.  Trim the corners.  Turn right side out.  If you want the little "folded" look for the top "sheet", then take the short piece with right side facing up, and fold down the top 1/2" - 1" and pin it in place.  Place the shorter piece with the right side facing the right side of the other patterned piece  (if you folded, then the folded side will be hidden "inside" and nearest the sewn end of the other two pieces.)  Sew the remaining edges together, trim corners, and turn right side out.

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