21 May 2014

Improvisational pleating on a summer Lua sleepbag

Tachaaaaan! I'm glad to show you what I've done for the "Improvisational Pleating Challenge" from Straight Grain!! :)
This is a summer Lua Sleepbag!! Soft lavander linen plus an incredible fabric from Miss Matatabi that matches perfect with a "sleeping theme".
Ann, from Straight Grain, encouraged her  followers to come up with some ideas based on 3 gorgeous tutorials she recently made about improvisational pleating. I needed a summer Sleepbag for my 15 months old baby, so why not putting together both a pattern from straight grain and her technique?

No measurements for the pleatings. Ones are short, some of them long, not purely straight... You can't imagine how neat this random sewing technique looks like when finished.!

The summer Sleepbag idea comes from my husband. Good weather had just arrived in out city. Blanca is used to sleeping bags cause she still moves a lot during the night and duvets end up at the very bottom of the crib. But the ones we have are thick; they are for the cold winter. So he said: "why don't we buy her a summer one?". .... Cause they don't exist...? - I thought. And there you are!!! A perfect excuse for sewing!! Lol! I love these challenges. Something difficult to buy or which doesn't exist is aaaalways a good excuse :)
Adults like to cover themselves with just a blanket during summertime, right? So I guess babies too!
For this one I used linen for the outside. A combination of "night" colours and theme. The inside is made of some recycled IKEA blankets. Some soft and stretchy ones. I don't remember how much they cost, but very cheap. Around 6€ a pack of 3 blankets.

And there she is! Blanca preparing to go to sleep!

Relaxing a little bit

And starting to feel tired! Haha

Bye bye! Good night! I hope you liked it!


  1. So sweet! I love the addition of pleats to this. Thanks again for linking up to Inspire Us Thursdays!

  2. What an adorable model! Your choice of fabric is super cute.

  3. What a great idea and I just love your improvisational pleating! Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Sews at PiePie Designs!

  4. What a beautiful sleepbag! Good challenge and better result!

  5. What a beautiful sleepbag! Good challenge and better result!

  6. Blanca is just such a cutiepie!!!

    And the sleepsack is really nice as well - I love the different length of the pleats...

  7. I am so happy to see a sleepsack being entered into the contest! It turned out so beautiful, and the pleating is just perfect!