Kid’s Sleeping Bag Tutorial

Hey Ribbon Retreat readers! It’s Amber from Crazy Little Projects again. It’s been a loooong time since I guest posted here, so I am happy to pop in with a new sewing tutorial. I am loving this Oh Boy! series. I’m a mom of 4 boys who loves to sew, so this is a perfect fit! If you visit me at my blog you’ll find lots of easy sewing tutorials for all sorts of different things plus Learn to Sew Lessons for those of you who don’t sew yet!

When I was brainstorming what to sew for boys I thought about things that boys like. My little boys LOVE camping, so a Kid’s Sleeping Bag Tutorial seemed like an obvious fit! I’ve got to tell you, this is one of my favorite projects I’ve ever made. I love how it turned out!

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So much fun!

You know what I think would be a really sweet idea with these? Grandma could make one for each of her grand kids for when they come to sleep over.

Kid’s Sleeping Bag Pattern & Tutorial:

Supplies Needed:

  • 3 yards each of 2 coordinating fabrics (This will make a preschooler size sleeping bag. Get more if you want it to be longer.)
  • 3 yards of high loft batting {I bought the thickest that the store sold and used a double layer of it. You could probably get away with a lower loft if you want. My bag is very nice and thick, so use your judgement for how thick you want it.}
  • Extra long zipper-most stores only sell up to 36″ zippers. That’s the size I used and it works fine. If you want a really long zipper that goes all the way down the sleeping bag you’re going to need to special order it.
  • Elastic (optional)


To make this bag you are going to cut your 2 fabrics in half so that they are each 1 1/2 yards long. I also trimmed off the edges of the fabric so that my sleeping bag is only 34 inches wide. My sleeping bag fits my 5 year old perfectly. If you want it to fit an older kid you’ll want to cut the fabric a little longer.

Get your zipper. Lay the zipper on your OUTER fabric so that the zipper is facing down. Lay it about 2 or 3 inches from the top edge of your fabric:


Then, place the INNER fabric on top, facing down, so that right sides of the fabric are together. Pin it in place: (sorry for a blurry picture)


Sew straight down the edge catching both fabrics and the zipper in between. When you are trying to sew around the zipper pull, just move it out of your way.

Then turn your fabrics right side out and top stitch along the zipper:


Now do the same thing on the other side of the zipper with the other 2 pieces of fabric.

Your zipper’s done!

Now, with right sides of your OUTER fabric together, sew the rest of the way down fabric on the side that has the zipper. You’ll be sewing through ALL 4 layers of fabric here.

Then sew it (again through all 4 layers) across the bottom and up the other side and turn everything right side out. You should have something that resembles a very flat sleeping bag at this point.

Now place your batting on top of your bag and cut it to fit (you’ll probably want it to be an inch or so narrower than the bag). I cut 4 pieces because I wanted a double layer. Two pieces go in each side. If you don’t want it as thick you can do 1 piece in each side.


Now, get down on the floor for this…you need to get that batting inside each half of the sleeping bag and this might take some wriggling around with your arms all the way in that sleeping bag. Make sure to get the corners of the batting all the way to the bottom corners of the bag. When you get them there, pin them in place. Then work on smoothing the batting out until it is laying as flat as you can get it. I just do one side of the sleeping bag at a time. Pin it in several places to keep it from moving around.

Now, if you have a walking foot, this would be good time to use it. If you don’t, that’s ok. I didn’t. You might want to use a heavy duty needle if your machine struggles with this (I didn’t, mine was fine, it’s just a suggestion).

Draw a couple of lines across your bag going horizontal to the bag. I did mine about 1/3 of the way from the bottom and 1/3 of the way from the top.


Now sew along those lines to keep the batting in place. This is going to be tricky to maneuver all of that fabric through your machine. Be patient. You can do this.

Do all of this to each side.

At the top I had some excess batting hanging out. Trim that down so that it is about 1 inch SHORTER than your sleeping bag.


Then fold the top ends in on themselves and pin in place.


And sew all the way around the top of the bag.

Cut 2 pieces of 1 inch wide elastic to be about 18 inches long and sew into loops. These elastic loops are going to secure the sleeping bag when it is all rolled up. And that’s it. You are done! How did it go?

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Here’s a peek at my inside:

Kid's Sleeping Bag Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Happy Sewing!!!

Holy WOW!!! Amber, you are simply amazing, talented, and incredibly innovative. I just love this tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing your mad sewing skills with us again! You are so right…boys LOVE camping…being in a tent outside or camping out on mom and dad’s floor. These sleeping bags are every kiddo’s dream. Your fabric choices are terrific too. Thank you again Amber! If you want to see more incredible and inspiring crafts by Amber, don’t forget to swing on by her Crazy Little Projects blog! It is full of fun, fun crafts. She is so great at making bags, hooded towels, and so much more! You have to stop by!

The best thing about all of the FABulous Oh Boy! series projects is that not only are they for our little fellas…BUT with a little mix up in ribbon and/or fabric these projects are also PERFECT for the little ladies in our lives as well. Little girls also love Superhero Capes, Play Tents, Memo Boards, Floor Cushions, and of course their own personal Sleeping Bag decorated in their favorite fabric! All of our projects are versatile and would be AMAZING for your little fella and girlee too!

Happy Creating & Happy Sleeping!
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  1. chrissy
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    This looks like such a cute idea! I’d love to make each of my babies one! Thanks:)

  2. Barbara Bradford
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Very Cute, and very nice tute… thank you

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi Barbara! Thank you so so much for your sweet comment! Have a great rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

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