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Sylvanian Families Sleeping Bag (Free Crochet Pattern)

Updated on March 8, 2013
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My favorite hobby is to crochet doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.

Father and Brother Chocolate sleeping under the stars.
Father and Brother Chocolate sleeping under the stars. | Source
Calico Critters Hopscotch Rabbit Family
Calico Critters Hopscotch Rabbit Family

Sylvanian Families are also called Calico Critters in the United States.

 

As I was browsing in the toy store for my niece's birthday, I found the Sylvanian Families section and was struck by how cute they were. Since I am a new collector on a tight budget, I thought I will compensate for the lack of furniture by crocheting stuff for them.

This hub is a free crochet pattern for Sylvanian Families sleeping bag. There are two sizes available: Father / Mother size and the Brother / Sister size. Any changes in the number of stitches for different sizes are placed in parenthesis.

Materials and Gauge

  • Size 10 crochet cotton thread
  • No. 6 steel crochet hook
  • Optional: Fiberfill for the pillow
  • 10 dc = 1", 4 sc rows and 3 dc rows = 1"
  • Finished dimensions: small: 2 1/4" x 3 5/8" (large: 2 3/8" x 4")

Pattern

Note: Original pattern written for the brother critter. Changes in size for the parent critter are denoted by parenthesis.

Starting at the bottom for the blanket:

Round 1: Ch 22 (24), work 3 dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in each ch across to the last ch, work 3 dc in the last ch, working in opposite side of the starting ch, dc in each ch across, join with sl st to first dc. (42, 46)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, join. (42, 46)

Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as turning ch throughout the project), dc in each sc around, join. (42, 46)

Round 4-13 (15): Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 alternately. Do not fasten off at the end of the last Round. (42, 46)

Working on the pillow portion:

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in 1st dc, ch 21 (23), sk 21 (23) dc, sc in the remaining dc around, join. (21, 23 sc and ch)

Round 2: Ch 2, dc in each sc around, join. (42, 46)

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, join. (42, 46)

Round 4 - 10: Repeat Round 2 and 3 alternately. (42, 46)

Round 11: Ch 1, sk 1 dc, insert hook into 2nd dc, insert back into the 1st dc, work a sl st. Working through both sides and matching the rest of the stitches, sl st in each dc across to close the pillow. Fasten off.

At this point, your sleeping bag should look like this:

Photo of the sleeping bag after closing up the top part of the pillow. You can opt to put stuffing in it before closing the other side to make it look more like a pillow.
Photo of the sleeping bag after closing up the top part of the pillow. You can opt to put stuffing in it before closing the other side to make it look more like a pillow. | Source

Note: If you want a fluffy pillow, add polyester fiberfill before continuing with the next step. I personally did not add stuffing as I wanted the piece to be functional and rolled when not in use. It will take up less space that way, when kept in storage.

Sew the bottom opening of the pillow closed.

Ties:

Ch 50, sl st in the center st (11th, 12th) of the top pillow, ch 50.

Fasten off and weave in all ends. Trim the ties to make the ends even.

How to Use the Sleeping Bag

In order to show you how to use this sleeping bag, here is Brother Chocolate with a quick slide show tutorial:

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This is Brother Chocolate showing you his rolled sleeping bag. It matches his shoes (which incidentally belonged to Barbie).First step: Pull on the ties to open the sleeping bag.Second step: Roll out your bag and lay it on the floor like a mat.Third step: Sit down and start inserting your legs into the blanket. Wiggle your body until your legs reach the end.Final step: Sleep and have fun camping.
This is Brother Chocolate showing you his rolled sleeping bag. It matches his shoes (which incidentally belonged to Barbie).
This is Brother Chocolate showing you his rolled sleeping bag. It matches his shoes (which incidentally belonged to Barbie). | Source
First step: Pull on the ties to open the sleeping bag.
First step: Pull on the ties to open the sleeping bag. | Source
Second step: Roll out your bag and lay it on the floor like a mat.
Second step: Roll out your bag and lay it on the floor like a mat. | Source
Third step: Sit down and start inserting your legs into the blanket. Wiggle your body until your legs reach the end.
Third step: Sit down and start inserting your legs into the blanket. Wiggle your body until your legs reach the end. | Source
Final step: Sleep and have fun camping.
Final step: Sleep and have fun camping. | Source

Variations

  • Add a striping effect by changing colors every other round.
  • Make a bigger bag to fit both the Mother and Father critter.
  • Change the stitch pattern into whatever you want.

As a final note, I will leave you with this photo of both sleeping bags rolled up, to get a feel of the different sizes:

Father and Brother Chocolate getting ready to sleep under the stars for the night.
Father and Brother Chocolate getting ready to sleep under the stars for the night. | Source

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      kelly 5 years ago

      so cute i know how to make small scarves :)

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      dezalyx 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for the lovely comments! I haven't done any crochet items for beds yet, as I just got the starter home last weekend. :)

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      Jo 5 years ago from Isle of Wight UK

      Oh my goodness, this is simply adorable. I love Sylanians, and have a massive stash from when I was younger. My girls love them too, and I have crocheted many pillows and blankets for the bunk beds. I love the sleeping bag idea, and the cute little slippers

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      so cute! I love your craft. However, i don't have any knowledge of crochet. Very beautiful craft. Voted beautiful.

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      Susan 5 years ago from India

      Its so cute. Good one.

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      Priyanka Estambale 5 years ago from United States

      Cutee!!! Voted up for sure :)

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