FPP Craft Camp, Week 4: Tiny Sleeping Bags

 
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Nothing says summer - or summer camp - quite like, well, camping. Set up a campsite for your teeniest and tiniest with these Tiny Sleeping Bags and campsite!

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Our Tiny Sleeping Bag pattern is the perfect fit for our Little Pocket Pals, but you can easily adjust the pattern to fit pal you’d like to set up to camp with.

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You can purchase all the materials to make the sleeping bags here then download the FREE pattern, and follow the full instructions below. The pattern also contains templates to make the trees, tent, and fire. These Camping Accessories are made using thin cardboard sheets and markers… easy peasy!

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Once you’re done you can roll out the sleeping bags, pitch a tent, build a fire, and roast some (mini) marshmallows!

Let the (summer) camping begin!

Get Ready

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GATHER SUPPLIES

To make one Tiny Sleeping Bag, you will need …

  • A Tiny Sleeping Bag pattern

  • A hand sewing needle

  • A Tiny Sleeping Bag Project Bundle

    (these are enough materials to make 1 Sleeping Bag)

    • Main Color Felt (One 6 x 9-inch piece of 100% wool felt)

    • Accent Color Felt (One 2 x 2- inch piece of 100% wool felt)

    • One skein of embroidery floss

Want to make a little Pal too? Everything you need to make one Little Pocket Pal in any style is available here!

Get Set

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CUT THE PATTERN PIECES FROM THE FELT

Use the paper pattern to trace and cut …

  • 1 Sleeping Bag Front from the Main Color

  • 1 Sleeping Bag Back from the Main Color

  • 1 Star from the Accent Color

Transfer the Markings from the paper pattern onto the felt pieces (we used water soluble fabric marker).

Sew!

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Thread the needle with 2 plies of embroidery floss, cut to 8 inches, with a knot tied at one end.

Tip! Embroidery floss is made with 6 plies (or strands) bundled together to create a single thread. You can stitch with all 6 strands, or “ply” the floss to work with only a few at a time. To ply the floss, first cut the thread to the desired length. Pinch the 6 strands close to one end. Keeping hold of the floss, carefully pull out one strand at a time until you have the number you need for stitching. Put the individual strands back together for working.

Stack the Star on top of the Sleeping Bag Front as indicated on the pattern piece.

Pull the needle through both layers of felt, from back to front, at one end of the marked line on the shape. Stitch the Star into place along the marked line 3-4 times.

To finish, bring the needle to the back. Push the needle and thread through the loop of stitches you just made. Snip the thread close to the fabric.

SEW THE FRONT AND BACK TOGETHER

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Stack the Sleeping bag Front on top of the Back, lining up the bottom, curved edge. Fold back the top, straight edge of the Sleeping Bag front along the fold line and pin in place.

Thread a needle with 2 plies of embroidery floss, cut to 18 inches, with a knot tied at one end.

Sew the Sleeping Bag Front and Back together using a Blanket Stitch. (If this is your first time embroidering you may want to use a Running Stitch or Whip Stitch instead.)

When you reach the folded flap of the Sleeping Bag Front, sew through all three layers of fabric.

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Continue to stitch around the full perimeter of the Sleeping Bag. Once you’ve worked all the way around, finish the stitch by sewing in place 2-3 times. Bring the needle to the back. Thread the needle through the loop of stitches you just made and pull it all the way through. Snip the thread close to the fabric.

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You’re ready to tuck your Pal in!

Extra! Extra!

Want to set up camp? Here’s how we built our campsite …

TENT

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Use the Tent template to cut out two identical Tent shapes from a thin sheet of cardboard. Use markers, crayons or colored pencils to decorate your Tent.

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Stack the two pieces on top of each other and slide together along the cut lines on the top flaps. That’s it!

TREES

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Use the Tree templates to cut out Tree and Trunk pieces from a thin sheet of cardboard. Use markers, crayons or colored pencils to decorate.

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Slide the two pieces together along the cut lines at the bottom of the Tree and top of the Trunk. That’s it! Now build a forrest!

CAMPFIRE

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Use the Camp Fire templates to cut out two Fire and two Log pieces from a thin sheet of cardboard. Use markers, crayons or colored pencils to decorate.

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Lay the two Log pieces on top of each other to create and “X”.

Now, slide the two Fire pieces together along the cut lines at the bottom and top. Set the Fire on top of the Logs. That’s it!

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Corinne Gill