For Christmas I made the sleepsack Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings book. The floral on the back side is a Renate duvet from IKEA which I bought specifically for baby room projects. For the front patchwork, I combined the Renate with several prints from the Washi collection. I enjoyed making the patchwork and the process reminded that I really should try some modern quilting.
One variation from the book pattern was continuing the bias tape along the bottom. It creates a nice finish and encloses all the raw edges. I also cut the patchwork strips in various lengths and with a 3″ width, rather than the 2″x2″ squares the pattern specifies. For the lining I used a green and white check cotton flannel from Joann.
Although Ella has outgrown the sleepsack already, I may just hang it in the nursery so I can still admire it. My older daughter remarked that the sleepsack actually looks like a dress, so I may refashion it at some point.