Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Kid's Fox Sleeping Bag

Okay, so how cute is this Fox Sleeping Bag?  I couldn't help but think about "To Grandma's House We Go...." lol.  This was such a fun project to make and actually didn't take too long to work up.

This measures 32" across and 61" long.  A standard-sized pillow will fit under the fox's head.  It's made with Bernat Blanket Yarn so it's super, super soft.  So, click on my Amazon link to find great deals on the Big Balls of Blanket Yarn!!!!

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Fox Sleeping Bag



Fox Sleeping Bag Pattern

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Size:  32" across x 61" long

Materials:
--10mm hook (I used the Clover Amour hook; and it was awesome on the hands)
--Bernat Blanket Yarn:
   -Backside:  Approx 804 yds (I used shades of brown I already had in Sand, Sonoma and Little Sand Castles)
   -Front:  Approx 930 yds (3 full and 1 partial skeins of Pumpkin Spice (220yds/skein), 2 skeins of White (72yds/skein) and 1 partial skein of Coal (220yds/skein)
--Tapestry needle for weaving

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
St: stitch(es)
SC: single crochet
HDC: half double crochet
TC: triple crochet
HDC2tog: half double crochet 2 stitches together
HDC3tog: half double crochet 3 stitches together
MR: magic ring
FO: fasten off

Directions:
Backside
1.  Ch56, 1 HDC into second ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
2-92.  1 HDC into each st across.  Ch1 and turn.
I made my backside to be approximately 61" in length and 32" across. 
This can be adjusted accordingly to make smaller or bigger.

FO and weave ends.

Frontside
Pillow Top Portion:
Measures 15" long x32" wide
1.  With white yarn, Ch56, 1 HDC into second ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
2-6.  1 HDC in each st across.  FO and switch to Pumpkin Spice yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
7-22.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With Coal yarn, 6 HDC into MR.  (6)
2.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next.  Repeat around.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (9)
3.  Using white yarn, I embroidered onto the center of eye.

Ears (make 2):
1.  With Coal yarn, Ch2, SC in second ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
2.  2 SC in st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
3.  2 SC in first st and 1 SC in next st.  Switch to Pumpkin yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
4.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
5.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
6.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and join white yarn.  (5)
7.  With white yarn, 1 SC in each st around the ear.  FO.  Leave long tail for attaching.

Nose:
1.  With Pumpkin, Ch2.  SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
2.  2 SC in st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
3.  2 SC in first st and 1 SC in next.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
4.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next, 2 SC in last.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
5.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
6.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 3 st, 2 SC in last.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
7.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
8.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 5 st, 2 SC in last.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
9.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching.  (9)

Nose tip:
1.  With Coal yarn, 4 SC into MR.  Sl st to join.  FO and leave a long tail to attach to tip of nose.

Bottom Portion of Frontside:
For the bottom portion, I chose to work the "belly portion and front legs" into my rows; however, you could make the bottom portion entirely in Pumpkin and then do an appliqué belly and legs.  The bow tie and buttons are appliqués.  

1.  With Pumpkin, Ch56.  HDC in second ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
2-25.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
26-27.  23 HDC in Pumpkin, 9 HDC in white, 23 HDC in Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
28-30.  18 HDC Pumpkin, 19 HDC white, 18 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
31-32.  17 HDC Pumpkin, 21 HDC white, 17 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
33-43.  16 HDC Pumpkin, 23 HDC white, 16 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
44-46.  17 HDC Pumpkin, 21 HDC white, 17 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
47-49.  16 HDC Pumpkin, 3 HDC Coal, 4 HDC Pumpkin, 9 HDC white, 4 HDC Pumpkin, 3 HDC Coal, 16 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
50-52.  16 HDC Pumpkin, 3 HDC Coal, 7 HDC Pumpkin, 3 HDC white, 7 HDC Pumpkin, 3 HDC Coal, 16 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
53-57.  16 HDC Pumpkin, 3 HDC Coal, 17 HDC Pumpkin, 3 HDC Coal, 16 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
58-60.  17 HDC Pumpkin, 2 HDC Coal, 17 HDC Pumpkin, 2 HDC Coal, 17 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
61-64.  18 HDC Pumpkin, 2 HDC Coal, 15 HDC Pumpkin, 2 HDC Coal, 18 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
65.  18 HDC Pumpkin, 2 HDC Coal, 15 HDC Pumpkin, 2 HDC Coal, 18 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
66-68.  18 HDC Pumpkin, 3 HDC Coal, 13 HDC Pumpkin, 3 HDC Coal, 18 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)
69-70.  18 HDC Pumpkin, 5 HDC Coal, 9 HDC Pumpkin, 5 HDC Coal, 18 HDC Pumpkin.  Ch1 and turn.  (55)

At the end of Row 70, FO and weave ends.

Buttons (make 3):
1.  With Coal yarn, 8 HDC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave a tail for attaching.

Bowtie:
1.  With Coal yarn, make a MR and Ch4.
2. 4 TC into MR.
3.  Ch4 and sl st into MR.  Ch4.
4.  4 TC into MR.
5.  Ch4 and sl st into a MR.  Pull tail to tighten at center.  FO, leaving a long tail to wrap around the center and for attaching.

For the Coal outline around the belly, I made a chain of 120 and then used my tapestry needle to attach.

Assembly:
1.  See pics for placement of ears, eyes and nose to pillow portion.
2.  Lay the pillow portion at the top, flush with the top of the backside.  Whipstitch around the sides and top.  Leave the bottom portion open to insert pillow.
3.  Lay the top portion down and whipstitch down one side and across the bottom.
4.  For the remaining side, you have a few options:  leave open; add a zipper; use buttons; or use Velcro snaps.

Lay flat, fold left side over, and then roll up for easy carrying.  I think I will make 2 straps - 1 for each end - to tie into a bow after rolling up.

I used a belt buckle to make a strap to go around the rolled Sleeping Bag to secure.  To make the strap:  with 10mm hook and Pumpkin orange, ch4. HDC in second ch from hook and remaining 2.  Ch1 and turn.  HDC across. Ch1 and turn.  Continue making rows of 3 HDC stitches until you reach the length of 32".   FO, leaving a long tail to whipstitch join the end to the belt buckle.  On the opposite end of the strap, you will want to lie it at the top center, measures about 6-8" in.  And move that measurement to be flushed with the top to whipstitch so there's the 6-8" free to use to attach to the belt buckle.

I'd love to know what everyone thinks of this.  I think it's super cute and a fun project to make for kids....

Happy Crocheting....

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