Catching Z’s

I’m due to have my second child this January, and these sleep sacks are the first thing I’ve sewn for the new baby. (What with chasing after a 2-year-old and all, they may be the only thing I sew for #2!)

I sewed them up before I knew the baby’s gender (it’s a boy!), so it was great that they are very gender-neutral in color and theme (if I had known I was sewing for a boy, I probably would have left the little flower applique off, but I don’t mind it). That’s what I love about our Love My Honey collection in general—it works for a boy or girl depending on which fabrics you use. I also can’t resist bee-themed fabric—I have to admit that I collect it. (We all have our fabric weaknesses, right?)

Anyway, back to the sleep sack pattern! I jumped on the chance to sew these up because I found sleep sacks to be really handy with my first born. She was a winter baby who didn’t like being swaddled, so the sleep sack was perfect. Once my husband and I discovered this, we tried to buy more sleep sacks and couldn’t find them anywhere in the stores because stores only had summer baby things (in February! I’ll never understand the seasonality of the clothing market.) So now I feel prepared with this set of two for my next winter baby. Sue did a great job designing this pattern so that it’s simple to sew, and it’s practical. I love that you can just open the bottom Velcro if you want to –perfect for nighttime diaper changes! One of our staffers, Sharla, has twin grandbabies, so we had to let her borrow these to get an action shot. The twins are only about 2 weeks old in this photo (they weren’t preemies, they’re average newborn size), so the sleep sacks are a bit big still, but they are definitely cute!


  1. kelly O. - October 13, 2011

    love these! I’m going to have to pick up that pattern!

  2. Shannon - October 16, 2011

    They are very cute! Boys like flowers too!! I like when kids are not stereotyped from day one, boys in blue fabric with trucks and girls pink with ruffles.My DD grew up with blocks and dolls and so did my son. They are successful and happy, both at great universities.
    Love the sleep sacks. sorry for the rant…LOL

  3. Melissa - October 17, 2011

    I couldn’t agree more, Shannon! That said, I’m finding that I do have certain ideas about what styles of clothing are “too girly” as I go through my first born’s clothes to save the gender-neutral ones. For example, brown pants with a ruffle on the bottom. I don’t think it will damage my son in any way to dress him in “girl clothes”, but at the same time I don’t want to be that mother in the supermarket getting sideways looks. It’s all very silly.