Ok, I was giggling the whole time I made this. And then I started taking the occasional picture, because it was just too fun not to share.
I’ve been thinking how snuggies are just blankets with sleeves, and since I know how to cut a big rectangle and then a circle, I could make one. And I had just picked up some Fancy Nancy fleece. The stars had aligned.
To make the snuggie, I measured my child’s height (just ignore her super old princess dress that I made from nightgown fabric once upon a time when I didn’t know what I was doing), and then added a least another foot because she does grow fast. Then I measured her arm length and added about 5 inches to that length too. I also made it wide enough to wrap around real loose with extra room for growing.
Next, I marked where the sleeves would go on the actual snuggie by having my daughter lay down on the blanket for an idea on where her shoulders were. I needed them spaced apart by about 14”, so I marked with a single pin where the centers of the sleeves would be.
Next I hemmed the sleeve, but I only did this with one of the snuggies. Fleece isn’t going to fray, so I didn’t bother on the second.
Sew the sleeve right sides together into a long tube. Turn it right side out.
The tricky part for me was figuring out how big to cut my circle where the sleeve was going in to. I first measured the diameter of the sleeve (from fold to seam), and then subtracted 1” for the seam allowance to get my finished circle diameter. I ended up with a hole smaller than the sleeve when it was laying down,
But when the blanket and sleeve were pinned right sides together, it fit pretty nicely. I had to adjust only slightly as I was sewing.
This was seriously so fast… and I got 2 little kid snuggies out of the fabric I had on hand. Woot woot!
Now the kids can warmly play their V-Smile and bite their fingernails. Hmmm. I’m actually thinking these would be GREAT in the car so they can still play and eat snacks and whatever and still stay warm.