This started out as an experiment to see if I could take advantage of Arachne’s size to make large pieces of felt fabric more easily than I could create them by hand. I wanted to make a sleep sack, a slightly more functional baby gift than the standard blanket.
A friend with children much younger than mine, and who uses sleeps sacks regularly, burst my bubble when she said this was too small for a newborn. Measuring 20″ x 11″, I can now see what her eye was able to assess in an instant. Both of my babies measured 22″ at birth. Clearly, I need to start with a much larger piece of felt, but I’m not sure how much larger I can get with the current constraints of my workbench.
For now, it will make a dandy sleeping bag for my son’s favorite pal. My mother made this Waldorf doll for his first birthday. Not only did she make the doll without a pattern, but the outfit matches a full size version she crafted for his birthday. I’m amazed at her cleverness. This doll has lived through many adventures and hours of play. Now he has his own sleeping bag to keep him warm.