Spotted: Sew a Child’s Sleeping Bag + 8 More Summer Camp Crafts

Try these nine camp crafts to get your kid ready for summer camp in DIY style.

Sew a Child's Sleeping Bag + 8 More Summer Camp Crafts

Too soon to think about summer camp, you say?

I totally agree, except that it’s not.

You’re already going to be packing and lecturing and buying new stuff the entire month before summer sleep-away camp starts, and any cute ideas that you have for camp crafts for your kid to bring are going to go right out the window if you haven’t already made them.

So you might as well make them now!

My sleep-away camp crafts got their jump-start when I spotted this tutorial for sewing a child’s sleeping bag from Crazy Little Projects. It’s perfect to make for kids who might do best with organic, natural fabrics–is it even possible to buy an organic, all-cotton sleeping bag? It’s perfect to make for kids who are super into something special–I know you can buy a child’s My Little Pony sleeping bag, but your handmade one is going to be of WAY better quality. And it’s perfect for kids who might be fussy sleepers–I know that mine will sleep better in their platform tents in June if their sleeping bags are nice and lightweight and don’t make them feel sweaty and sticky.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of getting some summer camp crafts done, and your kid is happy at the thought of having some handmade stuff at camp (some aren’t, but my ten-year-old wore home-sewn Dr. Seuss pajamas at sleep-away camp last year, and was proud of them), then now is the time! Here are a few other projects that would work especially well at summer camp.

8 More Summer Camp Crafts

1. bandana quiltIf you know it’s going to be hot at camp, then your kid will probably just want something lightweight to cover her up. This bandana quilt is just the thing–and your kid can help you sew it!

Sew a Child's Sleeping Bag + 8 More Summer Camp Crafts2. drawstring backpackIt’s exactly right for a shower bag or a swim bag, and easy for a kid to haul as she hikes to the shower house or the lake. Use freezer paper stenciling to customize it to your child’s liking.

3. liquid soapIf your kid prefers body wash to bar soap, you can still make it yourself, and it’ll still be all-natural.

4. pajamasMy kids LOVE pajamas sewn from vintage sheets. The material is light-weight and comfortable, and they get a kick out of the old-school patterns on children’s sheets.

5. pillow palIt’s a pillow AND a stuffie, so it’s double packing power!

6. quilt. You don’t want your kid to bring a quilt that you’ve spent loads of time on and put a lot of love into, but if you’ve got something non-fussy to send, like a T-shirt quilt, then the odds are good that it’ll survive, and the occasional unidentifiable stain isn’t too difficult to get out of T-shirt fabric.

7. soap scrubbieYour kid’s soap and washcloth will be much easier to handle like this.

8. water bottle holderYou want your kids to bring their water bottles everywhere they go; it’s easier if that water bottle is attached to the body.

[child’s sleeping bag image via Crazy Little Projects]

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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