Sunday, 15 November 2015

A Giveaway: The Three Bears Sleeping Bag PDF Pattern


I thought that with Christmas rapidly approaching, I might do a giveaway of my Three Bears Sleeping Bag pattern, just because these beds make such a lovely gift for small (and even not so small) children. Just say hello in the comments to enter (or make a suggestion on the conundrum below if you happen to have any ideas). I'll choose three entries to receive a copy of the PDF pattern, so do make sure you leave a way of my contacting you, if it isn't easily discoverable online. As you'll see further down in this post, these sleeping bags are good for any kind of creature and I've also written a post to help you solve any fitting problems for irregularly shaped animals, entitled Unwieldy Antlers and Other Sizing Issues.

So, to the conundrum I mentioned above: I wondered if you have any memorable gift ideas for marking a big-round-number-birthday? When my husband celebrated his thirtieth birthday, I gave him a box filled with thirty pebbles, each with one of his best qualities, or one my favourite memories of him, written on in silver ink. To celebrate Nell's first birthday, I created a book for him that told the story of her first year with us, which he loved (there is nothing quite so good as giving someone a gift that leaves them watery eyed!). I'd like to do something similarly personal to mark his fortieth birthday which falls just after Christmas, but I don't feel like I've settled on the perfect idea yet. I've been thinking of making a photo book with a few photos taken from each year; making another handmade shirt (just one though, not forty, with a birthday message stitched somewhere inconspicuous inside); asking my children to reshoot spelling out a message throwing body shapes; or doing some other variation around the stitched lined paper theme, but I'd really love to hear any of your own creative ideas that you might have stored up for marking someone's birthday in a special way as I'd love some inspiration.


Anyway, back to the sleeping bags! I thought you might like to see some of the amazing sleeping bags others have made from this pattern. It's so much fun seeing them all lined up together; the same, but also completely unique, each with their own creature nestled inside that's special to someone somewhere in the world. The bag above is made by Nicola Berry (whose child has exactly the same bear as my own daughter, which features in the photo at the top of this post!). Here are some more lovelies from my Flickr pool and sent to me via email:

From left to right, sleeping bags have been made by Julie Bridgeman; Bridgid Todd; Nicola Berry; Chris Best; Elizabeth; Wendy Rabung.

Although it's called the Three Bears sleeping bag pattern, it seems that it's less often bears that reside in the beds; when I was looking through my Flickr pool I noticed that monkeys feature very heavily.

From left to right, sleeping bags have been made by Julie Bridgeman, Katie B, Stacey Pinique, Julie Bridgeman

And here are some other creatures in their bags:

Jamie Seifert, Libby Dillard, Katie Allcorn, Mysedan1, Katie B, Chris Best, Lila James, Sally, Heather, Julie Bridgeman, Stacey Pinique, Jamie Seifert. 

Aren't they all glorious! And below are some close ups of the incredible detail people have added to their sleeping bags - the hedgehog is paper pieced (even though it looks so perfect that it actually seems like it's printed). The embroidered flower on the pillow blows me away - I would love to put my head on that if it was bear-sized.


As per previous roundups, Heather Ross fabric features heavily and rather magnificently (the fabric used on the second photo down in this post, as well as the trio below are all made from Heather Ross designs). I still rue the fact that I've never had any of her designs in my stash - an anomaly that I can't make sense of.


I think that's it for now. Thank you to everyone who has made things from this pattern and shared photos with me (irrespective of whether it's appeared here!) - I absolutely love seeing them all and hope that you don't mind that I've shared your sewing here.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment saying hello or make a suggestion on the conundrum I mentioned earlier in the post and I'll announce a winner soon.

Florence x

UPDATED: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and ideas. The winners are: Teresa Stanulis, Sarah-Lou and Winter Tree - I'll email your patterns to you today. Thank you so much for taking part. x

64 comments:

  1. Love these sleeping bags, my little boy sleeps with a giraffe and frog that would be very comfy in one!
    Rhea
    Mrs_bolton@hotmail.co.uk

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  2. This may be more 'girly' than manly, but for my 50th birthday a friend gave me a box with 50 messages on small slips of papers. There were Bible verses, quotes, and encouraging thoughts. It was the gift that kept on giving and I loved it!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  3. Oh I think my little daughter would love these for her little dog and her bear!

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  4. What a cute idea for christmas gifts ...
    Thanks for the chance ...

    hippolicious (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  5. I'd love to make sleeping bags for my favorite small people and their creatures!

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  6. My brother in law has a birthday near Christmas and they celebrate the 12 days of daddy with gifts each day. One of something, then 2 of something, etc.

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  7. My brother in law has a birthday near Christmas and they celebrate the 12 days of daddy with gifts each day. One of something, then 2 of something, etc.

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  8. These are adorable! Would love to make one for a sweet little bear. Mary

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  9. Hello! These are adorable, I know two little girls who would love these in their Christmas stockings. I love your idea of a handmade shirt with a hidden stitched message, I might just save that idea for myself ;)

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  10. The sleeping bags are adorable! I'd love to make some for my grandchildren ... or maybe make as iPhone cases for my friends❤️. Thanks for the chance. Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

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  11. These would be great for the dolls I'm making for Christmas gifts! Thanks for the chance to win ;c)
    shopgirl7232 at yahoo dot com

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  12. I love these sleeping bags and would love to make them for my 10 year old daughter who still sleeps with her pink poodle 🐩 that she's had since she was a baby and my friend's daughter who sleeps with her kitty

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  13. I love these sleeping bags and would love to make them for my 10 year old daughter who still sleeps with her pink poodle 🐩 that she's had since she was a baby and my friend's daughter who sleeps with her kitty

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  14. I like your ideas of celebrating those special decade- birthdays and I'm sure it's always appreciated that you time such special care in making them memorable! My husband will turn 60 next year, so I am thinking of a way to make it special for him. (nothing yet!) One way my girl-friends always celebrate decade birthdays is to hang bras in their yard the night before with signs that say "We Support You!". We have collected about 300 bras over 15 years and they've been hung many times! I do love those sweet sleeping bags and I'd be so happy to make lots of them for my little friend's friends! duchick at gmail dot com

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  15. I would love to make sleeping bags for my 3 and 5 year old's favorite stuffed animals. kristy_barkley at sbcglobal dot net

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  16. How about a adult sized bear sleeping bag? I'm sure he'd love it. Hey I'd use one ;)

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  17. I would love to make sleeping bags for two special toys, Spencer the bear and George the pig, my grand sons bedtime hugs.

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  18. I would love to make sleeping bags for two special toys, Spencer the bear and George the pig, my grand sons bedtime hugs.

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  19. Darling pattern! I know that my grandchildren would love one of these little sleeping bags for their beloved stuffed animals. Such a clever, sweet idea! Thanks!

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  20. My girls would love these sleeping bags - what a great gift! What about a book of vouchers for 40 memorable activities that you could do with him - things he has enjoyed in his life from when he was a child (those would be pretty funny to do as an adult) to things you did as a couple to family activities that you enjoy doing. Wouldn't have to be costly just little things.

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  21. Photobook kind of this is your life so far! I'm addicted to making blurb books. For my 40th I didn't want to have a party as my birthday is a month after Christmas when nobody is that interested. Instead I spent the year doing special things and made a photo book at the end (not that that is that special as I do photo year books each year!)

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  22. Love these sleeping bags,they are so cute. Not much help with the present though, I'm afraid I'm quite rubbish at things like that

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  23. What a lovely collection of teddy bears and other animals! For my husband's 27th birthday (so not a big one, but he'd been esp wonderful) I hid 27 presents round the house, each one with a clue to help find the next. None of the presents were particularly expensive (the dvds of Men in Black 1 & 2 counted as three presents for example) but it was fun!

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  24. I wanted to do something special for my husband's 40th last year too. I ended up doing a version of something I saw on on a blog - "60 years of memories". I did '40 years of memories' and secretly contacted all his friends (some whom he had not spoken to in years) and asked them all to send me their favourite memory of him and included myself as one. It was the best present. He was so touched by this and he savoured reading every single letter. He was also so surprised that I managed to track down some old friends of his without any of his help. Here is the blog I got the idea from: http://nothingbutbonfires.com/2011/06/sixty-years-memories.

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  25. My granddaughter would love this for her faithfully companion Schnitzel a much loved dachshund soft toy namedcforca character in one of her favourite books. Lorraine aka monkey business & quilts

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  26. I'll read the comments here in the hope of stealing an idea for my own dear husband. I had a friend who for every "0" birthday got a watch and another who did a "70 things we love about mum" collage although that is kind of similar to the pebble idea. What about a list of 40 experiences to have - perhaps things that may have fallen by the wayside due to family or work commitments? Good luck coming up with an idea

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  27. Oh! 40 a great age in my experience ;-) I like the idea of 40 things to do using vouchers or slips of paper. You could make that into a book too! It would be nice to have fun things like: playing frisbee on the beach; going for a swim; eating ice cream with the kids; as well as going to see a play, or a film, or visiting old friends.

    I 'gave' my husband a new baby for his 40th!!

    Love the pattern, and have a huge stash of fabric, as well as three chiddlers ;-)

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  28. How about whisking him away for a surprise trip to some where he's always wanted to go x

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  29. Thank you for the chance to win! Would make a lovely christmas present for my little daughter ...

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  30. Ooh these have got my creative juices flowing! People have made some amazing little beds for very special creatures. I would love to make some for my little girls favourite toy dog, Colin. S/he (it changes depending on her mood and what s/he is wearing!) would look very cute, I'll send you some more photos to add to your stash! Good luck on your conundrum. I find it so much easier to think of things for women rather than men. My husband is always grateful for time spent together just the two of us as it doesn't happen very often, quality time, rather than him watching tv and me sat sewing in the same room!

    Best wishes
    Clare

    clarejenkinson@talktalk.net

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  31. Not a specific gift idea, but at some point I started to focus more on dreams/plans for years ahead instead of commemorating years behind...just a thought :)

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  32. The sleeping bags are adorable. My girl would love them.

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  33. I would just love to have the pattern for the bags so as to mke them for my girls' little friends.
    Antigone,
    antigonesdrolia at gmail dot com

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  34. What a lovely idea valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

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  35. A friend of mine made a Shutterfly recipe book for her husband for his 30th and included 30 of their favorite recipes and then photos of them cooking or enjoying the foods that they had made together with those recipes (ex. picnics, family holiday dinners, parties) It turned out so well and I thought it was such a good idea. Good luck!

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  36. I love this pattern -- so cute! My little guy has a ton of lovies who could use a good sleeping home. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  37. Love these bags, would love one for my chaps teddies, so cute. For my hubs 40th, I did a photo book starting with his parents courtship, wedding pics, building their house, having their kids, one of whom was him and then his childhood, his travels and right up to having his own son... He cried, it was rather lovely, even if I do say so myself lol My email in case I am luck is triona dot winter at gmail dot com thanks for sharing your great ideas for birthdays too ��

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  38. This is perfect for my little boys giraffes. We have to wrap them up just right every nap and every night. This way he could put them to bed himself! Excellent idea!

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  39. I would love to make some sleeping bags for a stall at our school Christmas Fair.

    jmac at hotmail dot com

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  40. Hello:) I am don't have a good idea for your conundrum, but would love to make a sleeping bag for my daughters stuffie. Andrea 2207 at yahoo

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  41. I know a lot of little friends who would love for me to win this pattern! Thanks for the chance :-) As to big birthdays - how about a memory quilt?

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  42. Helo Florense, thys iz Patsi, I um a beare and eye liv with Lee hoo luvs yor blogg. I wood luv two wyn a patern, then mumi cann mayke mee won. Luvley and worm and cozy! Thankyoo. Lov Patsi X

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  43. Your bags are just adorable. Thanks for the chance!

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  44. Love this pattern. Thanks for a merry way to start the Christmas sewing season for my little nieces. :)

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  45. The sleeping bags are so sweet.

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  46. Hi, From Portland, OR. I love the whimsical sleeping bag pattern. I love to make one for my 5 yr old niece who I'll be visiting for the first time since birth back in my native country.

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  47. Hmmm, what about 40 small gifts or coupons, a second hand james bond book, a token for a meal together with friends, a games afternoon, a bottle of wine and platter of food together. Jennie, jennieglaze [at]live.co.uk

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  48. I'd love to make both is for me grand daughter's reedy known as Red Ted. X

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  49. Just love the little sleeping bags. They're so cute & I know my little niece's favourite teddy would love one too. His eyes lit up when I showed him the fancy sleeping bags that other teddies around the world had!!

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  50. Just love the little sleeping bags. They're so cute & I know my little niece's favourite teddy would love one too. His eyes lit up when I showed him the fancy sleeping bags that other teddies around the world had!!

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  51. I would love the opportunity to make one of these for my little girls dolly. My son was never into cuddlies so I could never find an excuse to make one of these sleeping bags even though I had seen them on your blog before. My daughter is 21 months and just getting to that stage where 'dolly' has to have everything she has. So a beautiful sleeping bag would be ideal. Thank you. karen dot beaumont at o2 dot co dot uk.

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  53. I'm afraid I can't help with any solutions to your conundrum (all my ideas have already been mentioned!) but I'll keep thinking about it and get back to you if inspiration strikes!

    P.S. I love your sleeping bags but please don't enter me into the giveaway, I was lucky enough to win a copy a few years back!

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  54. What about a pocket watch or hip flask which you could get engraved with a special message. You could also get a special bottle to go with the flask. Or how about making a mix tape. Could be fun to have a theme to choose songs for. Lovely pattern and giveaway. Kirstystewart1 at hotmail dot co dot uk

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  55. I love this pattern, it's so sweet and thoughtful to make a sleeping bag for a favorite stuffed animal.
    About your conundrum, how about a photo session with the whole family? Some photographers don't do posed photos as much as just capture moments with you in your home, so that could be a fun twist on the idea.

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  56. I made my husband a mosaic print of one of our wedding pictures that was made up of holiday picture and picture of our daughters first years.I used a site online think it was called zumyn maybe? He loved it. X

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  57. Love your Birthday ideas!!! So Creative! wish I could offer something grand..but no clue what to suggest...sorry. So I will definitely leave "Howdie's & Hugs" from Ohio!! :)

    Love Love Looooove these Sleeping Bags!! Thanks for chance to win pattern! My Grangirlie would Love them too!

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  58. Wow...I am not the one to ask about ideas for birthdays. I'm lucky to even remember them! LOL I've been eyeing your sleeping bag pattern for a little while now. Thanks for the give-away. :)

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  59. It's more an idea for a party game or entertainment which can be a gift in itself and make memories (especially if a guest chooses to discreetly film some of the fun). It's also a conversation piece. I was thinking of collecting 40 different expressions and sayings around the birthday's number, such as "Forty winks" for example, write them on cards and also come up with a connection with the person, written on a different card. Then hide them around the house, and whoever has found one needs to come up with the missing connection (or with the missing saying, respectively).

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  60. Hi, I love these! Perfect Christmas gifts!

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  61. Oooh these would make me the best Auntie in the world this Christmas!

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  62. These would make lovely gifts for some little girls I know! What if you bought a large photo collage frame and filled it with pictures from favorite memories thar occured over the last ten years?! I have one of my husband and I's dating years up in my laundry room and its always fun to glance over it :)

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