DIY Kid’s Snuggie for $2.50!
I am so excited about this DIY Kid’s Snuggie made from a $2.50 Walmart fleece blanket! These are quick and great for a person just starting to sew. If you’ve never sewn with fleece, here are 12 tips you can check out.
While looking on Pinterest last week, I found this tutorial on making two 18″ pillowcases from a $3 target dollar spot blanket. It was so quick and easy (and cute!) I wondered what else I could make with a blanket like that. . . .
On Friday night we were walking around Walmart and I saw these colorful, super soft and stretchy 50″ x 60″ fleece blankets for the amazing price of $2.50 in a huge bin. There are quite a few different colors and patterns to choose from, even a few solids. And then, the idea hit me! I did some research on snuggies for kids but I wasn’t able to find one to fit my 3 year old. So, I did some measuring, re-measuring, drawing and re-drawing! Here’s what I came up with!
**Please note this best fits a child 3 – 6 years old and is less than 48″ tall.
- Buy one 50″ x 60″ Fleece Throw from Walmart (or anywhere else that may have them).
- Lay the blanket out 50″ top to bottom and 60″ right to left.
- Measure and cut 16.5″ off of the 60″ side to make one 50″ x 43.5″ piece and one 50″ x 16.5″ piece.
- Take the larger piece (50″ x 43.5″) and fold the 43.5″ side in half, keeping the 50″ length.
- Sew a couple stitches over the loose/cut binding on the 50″ x 43.5″ piece to prevent unraveling. The raw/cut edge can be left as is, but you can hem it with a slightly longer straight stitch or machine sew a similar length blanket stitch, it’s up to you!
- Draw an oval that is about 4.5″ x 5.5″ (16″ all the way around) and cut it out. Using a ribbon cut to 16″ and placing it over your oval is a great way to double check. Draw an oval around a diagram like this:
- Take the folded 50″ x 43.5″ piece, place the fold along the right side, measure 6″ down from the top and 6″ left of the fold. Place your oval on the fabric where the 6″ down meets the top middle of the oval and the 6″ across meets the right middle side of the oval.
- Cut around the oval through both layers to make the armholes. Y’all see my egg-shaped arm hole? Guess I need to practice my ovals.
- Take the 16.5″ x 50″ piece and cut two 16.5″ pieces. You now have two 16.5″ squares. You will have a little bit of leftover material to save or discard.
- Fold 16.5″ squares in half, placing right sides together and sew down the edge opposite of the fold with 1/4″ seam allowance (or to the edge of the binding) to make a tube/sleeve. Sew a couple stitches over the binding on the ends to prevent it from unraveling. Repeat for second sleeve, sewing the two opposite raw/cut edges. After I made this, I realized I should of kept the side with the binding for the end of the sleeve instead in sewing it.
- Attach the sleeves using the raw/cut edges. This will be a little tricky to explain but stay with me, you can do this! Place the main part of the snuggie right side facing down. Roll the fabric out from the first arm hole so about 1″-2″ of the right side is showing. Take the sleeve with the rights sides still on the inside, use the raw/cut edge and roll about 1″-2″ of the right side of the fabric out.
- Using the 1″-2″ of the right sides showing on both pieces, pin the right sides together. Start with the seam on the sleeve and make sure that is placed on the underarm/bottom area of the oval. It’s perfectly fine if the armhole is slightly larger or smaller than the sleeve, the fabric is very stretchy, so just gently stretch the piece that is a little smaller to match up with the other piece. Place pins on opposite sides of each other when pinning, this helps to even things out when sewing.
- Sew the sleeve, wrong side facing up, making sure both sides are getting sewn together. I did a regular straight stitch with 1/4″ seam allowance but a small zig zag stitch is recommended for arm holes, I will do that when I make my next one. Take your time on this part, pausing to remove the pins as you go. You’re almost done!
- Repeat steps 10-12 with second sleeve.
- Put on child and take a picture because you are done!
Bonus: Here’s a handy dandy PDF I made as well. The left edge cut off my numbers a little, it’s 16.5″ for the bottom left measurement not 6.5.” Click on the “3to6snuggie” link below to view and/or print. 🙂 I’ll be happy to answer any questions if something is not clear, post a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and were able to make one, or two, or more! Let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions in the comments below! I’d love to see your creations, send me an e-mail at email@example.com or post a picture to the Gwinnett Family facebook page.