DIY Faux Fur Sleeping Bag Sneak Peak – The Ultimate Pottery Barn Teen Knock-off

Posted in DIY, SEWING
on December 12, 2013

Bless me readers, for I have been absent – it’s been two weeks since my last blog post. I have been very chaotically frantic and unfocused busy. First, I had to un-decorate from Thanksgiving. Then, I had to start decorating for Christmas – which, by the way, I’m still doing – I’m determined to be finished by the end of the week. We’ve been homeschooling – ever crazy since I’ve becoming unorganized. And, I’ve been going to the gym to work off the 10 lbs I ate between Halloween and Thanksgiving. I’ve also been sewing. Alot. So, now you’re all caught up and we can move on to what I’ve been sewing, which is really what I wanted to talk about!

Have you seen these?

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Love them, don’t you? I mean, really, what’s not to love, besides the crazy price? Soft, sweet, and warm and totally stinkin’ cute. They are slumber party luxury, with ears.  Our girls loved them on sight while browsing through the catalog – so much that I almost went ahead and ordered them as a splurgy Christmas gift. Almost. I do have a few wits about me on occasion – even during shopping season.

Instead, I came up with another solution which would allow me the kids to get just a few more gifts this year. While walking through JC Penney one day, I came across an absolute steal on faux fur, animal print blankets. An absolute steal as in a thick faux fur throw, in King size no less, for $24. Sadly, they didn’t have any King size left, but after taking a look, I was able to find 2 Queen size – at $19 each – with which a hair-brained idea was hatched. Well, it was hatched after I was able to quickly look up the dimensions of the actual sleeping bag on PBTeen, and knew I would indeed have enough fabric..  I could make the sleeping bags. I mean, I could.. right?

Let’s explore all the reasons there were to NOT make them. First, I’ve not exactly ever made a sleeping bag. A few duvets – yes. Sleeping bag, with zipper.. no. I didn’t have a pattern – almost nothing exists online either.  Definitely high on the important list..  I’m not a super-great seamstress. Although I am skilled enough to be a great seamstress – or should be, given the number of years I’ve been feeding fabric through a machine, while trying to sew successfully – I’m really a very lazy seamstress, which automatically makes me a poor seamstress, I think. I’m impatient, and I prefer projects that can be completed in at most, one day. If it isn’t completed in a day I either cut corners, or I lose interest. I didn’t want that to be the case here. I don’t have a fancy machine –  I wasn’t even sure that my machine would be up to the task of sewing a sleeping bag – it was close. Lastly, there were the fundamentals that would probably be required on a project such as this, all of which I’m not too fond of doing. I hate edging, I hate trimming seams, I’m not crazy about pressing, I don’t have a serger, and sometimes I don’t even feel like trimming threads or using pins to hold things together. I’m a lazy seamstress, as I said.

The only reason to make them is that I thought I could not only accomplish it, but could probably do it for around $60 as opposed to $179. I mean, how hard could it be? It’s a bag, which is essentially a really long rectangle. With a zipper. Okay, maybe it might be a little harder.. this is the  quite possibly out loud internal conversation I was having with myself in JC Penney as I was handing over my debit card.  At the same time, the cashier was calling security about the crazy woman talking to herself  noticing my extreme trepidation over purchasing anything, and giving me an additional 15% off – yes, that makes two Queen size throws at 90 x 90 for $16 each. This essentially was the end of the conversation of whether or not I was actually going to tackle the job. It was done. I was going to make them. At which point I then took on a new level of trepidation – the pre-sewing project kind. You know, when you feel like you might have bitten off more than you can chew? Which goes without saying.. because I really do feel that if I put my mind to it, I could have built Rome in a day.

So, now I’ve made them, along with matching bags, and vacuumed for three days straight to remove the ridiculous amount of fuzz on my carpet, I’m so happy! They were kind of time consuming – definitely more than I would usually take on, but they are soft, and sweet and luxurious and all kinds of stinkin’ cute. So much so, that I think we are going to have to have a slumber party to show them off! Maybe next weekend! Or.. Hmm.. probably after Christmas. Or, next year some time. Yeah. Definitely next year. Or.. not. We’ll see. Still! So stinkin’ cute!

If you’d like to learn more about the wild and winding road I went down to make them, stay tuned, as I’ll be posting a tutorial soon and will update the link from here!

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