How To Make Elf On The Shelf Sleeping Bag! Make your elf feel right at home with his very own sleeping bag! The question is how to make the fairy in the sleeping bag on the shelf? This easy tutorial will show you how to make an elf sleeping bag in just a few simple steps.
How To Make Elf On The Shelf Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Bag Materials
- 1/2 yard fleece fabric
- coordinating thread
- ruler or measuring tape
- sewing machine (optional)
1. Cut your fleece fabric into a rectangle 18″ wide and 24″ long.
2. Fold the fabric in half so that the width is 9″ and the length is 24″.
3. Pin along the folded edge, making sure to catch all of the layers of fabric.
4. Sew along the pinned edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 2″ opening at one end.
5. Turn the fabric so that the opening is at the bottom and you are looking at a flat piece of fabric with right sides together. Press along the entire length, using an iron if needed to get out any creases or sharp edges.
6. Open up one edge of your sleeping bag and place elf inside. Sew along the edge of that opening, using a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving a 2″ opening. Trim any excess fabric. Repeat on the other side.
7.) Next, we’re going to sew up the sides of our sleeping bag. Measure along one side and mark with pins every 4″. Continue this pattern until you have pinned along the entire length of that side. Sew over the pinned area, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat for the other side of your sleeping bag.
8.) Now it’s time to turn our elf on the shelf sleeping bag inside out so that we can stuff it with polyfill fiber stuffing before completing the seams and closing up the openings. Using a safety pin, thread a small amount of fiber stuffing through the opening and turn inside out. Continue until all the fiber filling is stuffed into your sleeping bag, using a chopstick or pencil to help push it along if needed.
9.) Once you have pushed all of the stuffing into one end of your elf on the shelf sleeping bag, sew up the end with a ladder stitch. This means that you are sewing over your original seam several times to ensure it is strong and secure.
10.) Now pull the other end tight, and using a ladder stitch, close up the other side as well. To learn about different types of seams, read this helpful guide from The Sewing Loft.
11.) You’re all done! Your elf on the shelf sleeping bag is now ready for lots of cozy nights by the fire.
Make Your Own Elf on the shelf sleeping bag pattern
If you prefer to use a pattern to make your elf on the shelf sleeping bag, several patterns are available for purchase online. One popular option is the North Pole Workshop Needlepoint Sleeping Bag Pattern.
It’s also possible to use a fleece blanket as a pattern to cut out two rectangles of fabric and sew them together along three sides, leaving one end open.
No matter which method you choose, your elf on the shelf sleeping bag is sure to be a hit this holiday season!
Elf on the shelf sleeping bag pattern with measurements
Elf on-shelf sleeping bag pattern with measurements. Click the picture below to download your copy!
I hope you have fun making this simple elf on the shelf project for your little one! This is a wonderful way to engage children in the process of creating with their own two hands and has all sorts of educational benefits as well.
Get your kids active and involved in the creative process while having fun simultaneously. I’d love to see some pictures of your finished elf on the shelf sleeping bags, so be sure to send me a tweet!
The Bottom Line
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