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Frugal Christmas Gifts Day 14: Pillowcase Style Snuggie

Posted: 12/14/11 3:00 PM (Modified: 12/14/11 3:00 PM)

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This idea was submitted by Meredith and is certainly cute for your own kiddos or maybe as a cute stocking stuffer? Looks easy enough!

{DIY Pillowcase Snuggie}


This is my version of a snuggly, which resembles a long fleece pillowcase dress with sleeves. Essentially, you will construct a big pillowcase type garment and attach sleeves and then tie at the shoulders. Of course, you don’t have to attach ribbons to tie at the shoulders if it is for a boy or if you prefer it without them.

  1. Determine how much fleece you will need:
    1. Measure from the child’s shoulder to the floor to determine length.
    2. Measure from the shoulder to the wrist to determine length of the sleeves and determine how wide you want the sleeves. For my 6 year old, I made them about 7 inches wide and for my 3 year old, I made them about 5.5 inches wide. This is up to you, but you will need to double that to get the correct width.

If you want pockets or a collar, you will need fabric for these as well. I used the fleece in the width that it came on the bolt because it worked well for my children (ages 3 and 6). You may want to cut it down for smaller children or you may need to buy more if you are making it for a teenager or adult.

  1. Cut your pieces according to your measurements. I measured the length that I wanted and cut, since the fabric width worked perfectly for my children. I doubled the width of the sleeves and cut one big rectangle to double over so that I only had one seam, which would run along the underside of the arm.
  1. When you sew, make sure that your fleece has the wrong side out. For this example, the fleece is folded in half. Measure where your sleeve will attach (at the top of the big pillowcase piece) and sew the open side opposite the fold from where the bottom of the sleeve will be down to the bottom hem.
  1. Sew each side of the top (over where the shoulders will be) leaving enough room for the garment to be put on over the child’s head in the middle. You may wish to hem the bottom, but with fleece, you don’t necessarily have to.

* If you want ribbons to tie at the shoulders, you will need to stitch the end of a piece of ribbon into this seam on each side of the neck.

  1. Fold the sleeves in half and sew the open side. Hem the outside edge of the sleeves if you wish.
  1. Cut a hole along the fold for the other sleeve.
  1. Sew on both sleeves.

* Again, if you are attaching ribbons, you will sew it into the seam that attaches each sleeve at the shoulder, making sure that it will be on the right side out once you are finished sewing.

  1. Hem the neck line or attach a collar as desired.
  1. Attach pockets as desired.

One of my daughters didn’t want pockets and the other wanted a front pouch pocket, which I dressed up with additional bows. Just be sure that if you have your kids try them on to check the size they understand that they will have to wait until Christmas! My girls love their snugglies and don’t want to take them off!

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Dec 14, 2011 04:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Cute! My daughter would love it!

Dec 14, 2011 09:06 pm
 Posted by  cpbooks2

OMG! I love this I am going to make all my grandaughters one for Christmas! Thanks for sharing :)

Dec 15, 2011 09:29 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I like these much better than the ones you can buy!! Love them!

Dec 15, 2011 12:34 pm
 Posted by  silkieAddict

I love it, am making it!

Dec 15, 2011 03:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

These are cute.

Dec 15, 2011 06:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How cute! Love the bows!

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