Today’s neutral series post highlights some easy sleep sack tutorials that work for a boy or girl. In my opinion, sleep sacks should be part of any baby’s wardrobe; they make late night (early morning) diaper changes so much easier! The one below is handmade from a t-shirt of mine, using the free pattern and instructions from This Mama Makes Stuff.
Note: When printing the pattern, I had to select “shrink to printable area,” otherwise the pattern pieces were WAY too large!
My only variation on the pattern was using a shoelace for the bottom instead of an elastic casing. I wanted to be able to tie the bottom up tight. To do this, make the casing as normal; just add two button holes close together to feed the shoe lace through.
I used a size “Adult Small” shirt, which is about the bare minimum you can use to make this pattern. Even a medium would have given me more leeway with the shirt design placement (I wanted the design to be asymmetrical on the onesie, but would have preferred it lower). Nonetheless, it’s a cute, fairly easy pattern with good instructions, and a way to (re)use your ever-growing hoard of t-shirts.
For another shirt-to-sleep sack idea, check out my tutorial for a sleep sack made from an upcycled button-down shirt here.
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