Introduction: Kids Snuggie

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Now you can make a Kid sized Snuggie with this free pattern.  Customize it to suit any child's size and taste.

Just look how this snuggie style blanket can turn your little fighting monsters into precious angels!  Make one to fit every child in your family, and never hear them complain again.*

For more explanation on the process, see Make Your Own Snuggie.  

*individual results may vary

Step 1: Materials

How much fleece you need is going to depend on the size of your kid!  The length is up to you, and if you want it to wrap around their feet while they're on the couch, or if it should be shorter for them to run and play in.  Once you've determined that length, add the length you want for the sleeves, and about 9" (23cm) for the cowl.

These particular snuggies used 2 yds (1.8m) of 60" (152cm) wide fleece each.  Any width of fleece will work - it just affects how much the finished snuggie will wrap around the child.

You'll also need a measuring device, some chalk or disappearing ink pen, a pair of scissors and some thread. 

I decided to use contrasting thread and the Singer  serger to flatlock the seams together (more on that in Step 4!).  You could use matching thread and a sewing machine, or sew by hand.  The choice is yours!

Step 2: Measure and Cut

I measured about 24" (61cm) for the sleeves, leaving me with 48" (122cm) for the body.

Cut along this line, then fold the sleeve portion in half, and cut along fold.

Step 3: Cut Armholes

Fold your fabric in half to cut out matching armholes.

Measure down from the top edge of your fabric about 9" (23cm) and mark with your chalk or disappearing ink.

Measure in from the fold about 9" (23cm) and mark again. 

These two marks indicate the edges of your oval template .  I included the same template as I did for the adult snuggie, which you'll want to scale down to a more appropriate size (80% in this case).

Pin the two layers of fleece together.  Trace and cut out the armholes.

Step 4: Serge

You can easily sew these seams together.  Since I had access to the Singer ProFinish serger, I chose to so something more decorative!

I decided to flatlock my seams together.  Pretty much, that means I used a serger to attach the layers together, then pulled them apart so edges of the fabric were butted up against each other, but the stitching connected the two sides.

Just watch.
  1. Set the serger to its determined flatlock settings.  For the Singer ProFinish Serger, set the tension dials as shown in picture 1 (check your machine's manual)
  2. If you're using fabric with a "right" and "wrong" side, make sure you're pinning the wrong sides together, so when you pull the seam open, the pretty side will be on top.  (it's good to do this on some test fabric first, to make sure the tension is correct for your fabric choice)
  3. So let's start by sewing the sleeves.  Fold the sleeve pieces in half width-wise (so they're the 24" in length) and serge along the cut edges (see picture 2)
  4. You can do continuous serging, which means you just keep feeding the pieces through without cutting the previous ones (see picture 3).  Especially helpful if you're making multiples!

Step 5: Magic the Seams

This is the moment you've been waiting for.

Now that the seam is nicely serged (picture 1), open up the garment so the serged edge is in the middle (picture 2).

Pull the opposite sides away from each other (picture 3) until the stitching lays flat and the edges are more or less butted up against each other.

Yatta!  You did it!

Step 6: Set in Sleeves

Since we have these awesome flatlocked seams, let's show them off!    Remember to use the top side as the outside of the sleeve now.

  1. Pin the sleeve into the armhole.  If you're using fabric with a "right" and "wrong" side, make sure you're pinning the wrong sides together, so when you pull the seam open, the pretty side will be on top.
  2. Place your pins well away from the edge if you intend to serge the seam with the pins still in.  You want to make sure they're far away from that cutting blade!  Alternatively, you can just pop the pins out before they get to the needles, but don't overlook any!
  3. Repeat the steps from before to finish the seams.
  4. Now do it again with your other sleeve!

Step 7: Peace Out

Apply to child and step back to prepare for adorableness.

Your whole attitude will change when you see your kid snuggle up into the new snuggie you've made them!

If they're extra nice, you could add a front pouch pocket to the front of the front of the snuggie.  These little ladies even have their initials monogrammed on their pockets (made simple by the Singer Futura CE-250) so there will be no confusion over whose is which.  You could add custom patches or multiple pockets - the options are endless!


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