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   Slumber party invitations Posted by Chica 
June 9, 2013 
Chica
 

My friend’s little girl is turning 9 this month, and is having a slumber party to celebrate. She wanted a unique invitation for her sleepover party, so when I saw her last weekend, we brainstormed ideas. Together we came up with a really unique and adorable invitation that includes a tiny little sleeping bag. I’m so thrilled with how these came out, and I can’t wait to show you.

There are two parts to the invitation — the sleeping bag and the insert. I’ll get to the insert later, but first I want to show you how to make the little bags!

For each invite, you’ll need a piece of fabric that measures 8.5″ x 8.5″ and a piece of coordinating fleece that measures 8″ x 8″. We had fun picking out a bright pink fabric, but you could easily customize this to suit your party.

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Put the fabric face down on the table and then put the fleece on top, centering it. Pin in place, then flip it over.

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To make this look like a sleeping bag, you need to quilt it. Run it through the sewing machine at a diagonal several times until there are rows of stitches across the whole thing. To make this go faster, set your stitch length long and space the rows about 1.5 to 2″ apart.

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Then run it back through in the opposite direction, so that the rows of stitches cross and create a diamond quilted pattern across the whole piece.

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Next we need to get rid of those ugly edges. Fold the top of the fabric over the edge of the fleece, then fold it again, so that the cut edge of the fabric is completely hidden.

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Pin the double-fold in place

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Do the same folding technique for the two sides, but only fold/pin down about 3 inches. The corners will be a little tricky, but just pinch and fold and do your best.

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Use your sewing machine to top-stitch the folded edges in place.

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Now fold the bag in half, with the fabric side touching itself and the fleece on the outside, and the long sewn edge on the top. Sew down the rest of the right side and the bottom, encasing it so that it becomes a little bag.

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Flip it inside out and ta-da! You have a mini sleeping bag! (And hey — this would also make a pretty cute little case for eyeglasses, wouldn’t it?)

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Now before you make any more sleeping bags, do yourself a favor and test to be sure the first one fits in the envelopes you’re going to use. I’d hate for you to realize there’s a problem after you’ve made a bunch! They should fit perfectly in a standard #10 business envelope (4 1/8″ x 9 1/2″), which you can find in lots of fun colors these days.

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Once you’re sure you’ve got the right fit, head back to the sewing machine and make the rest. I had an army of tiny pink sleeping bags by the time I was done!

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Now it’s time to create the insert with the party details, and for that you’ll need the template I told you about earlier. I made you a nice Word doc that you can easily customize.

harry_potter_hedwig_party_invitation_thumb Download our
Slumber Party
Invitation Template

Once you’ve downloaded the invitation, open it in Word and customize it using whatever text, fonts, and colors you want. You can get really creative here and match your party. Then print the invitations onto white cardstock and cut them out.

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Just stick the insert down into the sleeping bag, letting the pillow stick out the top. It’s ready for the envelope and then to be delivered or mailed!

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Madison loved her invitations and couldn’t wait to hand them out to her friends. I think it really sets the mood for what a fun party it’s going to be!

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13 comments so far:

  1. Marlene said: (June 9th, 2013 at 8:39 pm)

    Those are the absolute cutest things I have seen in a very long while!!! How incredibly creative!!! Makes me wish I could turn back the clock a few years to make them for my daughter :-)

  2. Chica said: (June 10th, 2013 at 8:26 am)

    Thanks, Marlene! This same invitation could also be used for a camping trip or scouting event, and could be adapted to a boy’s party easily by choosing the right fabric.

  3. Rachel said: (June 11th, 2013 at 11:49 am)

    You come up with the CUTEST ideas! I would have been beyond excited to receive one of these when I was little. Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea and printable- I’ll be linking!

  4. Chica said: (June 11th, 2013 at 12:23 pm)

    Thanks, Rachel!

  5. Melissa said: (July 4th, 2013 at 8:55 am)

    This idea is so cute!

  6. JADA said: (August 22nd, 2013 at 5:47 pm)

    cute!! where can i make the acutlle invitation paper?

  7. Chica said: (August 23rd, 2013 at 5:38 pm)

    Jada, we made a customizable invitation template that you can download and print. You’ll find a link to it in the middle of the tutorial and at the top of the page.

  8. Cindy said: (October 6th, 2013 at 2:43 pm)

    Wow i love this idea im turning 11 and i want a sleepover party and this idea is really cool. Awesome invitation

  9. Ella said: (January 11th, 2014 at 8:53 pm)

    These worked perfectly, how creative!

  10. Coni said: (March 19th, 2014 at 11:50 am)

    This sleeping bags are mesure in inches or centimiters. ?

  11. Chica said: (March 19th, 2014 at 6:25 pm)

    Coni, the measurements are in inches (as indicated by the ” character)

  12. Kaya said: (May 15th, 2014 at 11:46 am)

    Love the idea! (and the phone number reference ;) )

  13. Chica said: (May 18th, 2014 at 9:33 am)

    Thanks, Kaya, and glad somebody got the joke!

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