Quilted Nap Sack with Layer Cakes


1 Layer Cake or 30 squares (10″ x 10″) – Hello Betty by Chloe’s Closet is featured

2 1/4 yards of coordinating fabric for sashing, binding, and pillow
4 yards of coordinating fabric for inside napsack and pillow.
1 Twin Size batting (I used Kyoto Bamboo Blend Batting by Luna – Quilt batting by Moda)
1 12 x 16 pillow form
1 3/4 yards of 7/8″ Grosgrain ribbon in a coordinating color.
Snap Kit (need 2 snaps)
Coordinating Thread
Fray Check by Dritz

Mettler Cordonnet thread in a coordinating color

Step One:
Gather all your ingredients together.

Step Two:
For the back of the nap sack, lay out 18 of your layer cake squares – 3 across and 6 down
For the Front (cover) of the nap sack, lay out 12 of your layer cake squares – 3 across and 4 down.
Step Three:
From the coordinating fabric for the Sashing, cut the following:
9 strips that measure 2 1/2″ x 33″
20 strips that measure 2 1/2″ x 10″
Step Four:
Sew the 10″ strips in between each of the 10″ squares in each row. (2 strips for each row)
Step Five:
Sew the 33″ strips between each row and above the top row of the cover of the nap sack.

Step Six:

The back and cover should now look something like this. Align the back and the cover from the bottom up. The sashings on the cover should all meet up with the sashings on the back.

Step Seven:

With right sides together, pin and sew one of the sides together. It doesn’t matter which side.

Step Eight:
Open and press all the seams down.
Step Nine:
From the 4 yards of coordinating fabric for the inside of the nap sack, cut the four yards in half creating 2 – 2 yard pieces.
Step Ten:
Match the right sides together at the selvages and sew together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. You are creating the inside of the nap sack. Once the selvages are sewn together you should have a large piece of fabric that measures approx. 2 yds x 2 1/2 yds with a seam down the middle.

Step Eleven:

Lay out the inside fabric face down on an area large enough. I like to use my carpeted floor because I can pin the fabric down into the carpet. Pin or tape (if on hard surface) your fabric down tight so there are no wrinkles or creases in the fabric.

Step Twelve:

Layout your batting on top of the wrong side of your inside fabric. Then lay the pieced fabric on top of the batting right side up creating a sandwich effect. The middle seam of your pieced fabric should line up with the seam of your inside fabric. This will become the seam that you fold your nap sack on.

Step Thirteen:
Safety Pin all three pieces together so there is no shifting or bunching when you quilt it.

Step Fourteen:

Quilt your nap sack however you desire. I used the Mettler Cordonnet thread in a teal color and stitched just on the inside of both sides of the sashing.

Be sure to refer to your sewing machine manual for what they suggest when using a thicker thread like Mettler Cordonnet. You may need to adjust your tension just a bit. I used it as both the top and bobbin thread, which in the future I may just use regular thread in the bobbin and the the decorative Cordonnet thread as the top thread for smoother sewing.

To finish it off, I tied off the nap sack in the center of every square with the Mettler Cordonnet. You can then trim off all the excess fabric using the pieced layer as your guide.
Save the large scrap piece for your pillow center.
Step Fifteen:
For the pillow you will need to cut the following…
From the inside fabric, Cut:
1 – 12″ x 16″ rectangle for pillow center
(use your large left over scrap piece that was cut away after quilting.)
From the coordinating fabric for the sashing, binding, and pillow, Cut:
1 – 2 1/2″ x 20″ strip for pillow flange
2 – 2 1/2″ x 12″ strips for pillow flange
1 – 3 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ strip for pillow flange
1 – 18″ x 20″ rectangle for pillow back
Sew the two 2 1/2″ x 12″ strips to the pillow center as shown below. Press seams.
Step Sixteen:
Sew the 2 1/2″ x 20″ strip to the bottom of the pillow cover.

Step Seventeen:

Take the 3 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ strip and match the ends and with sew right sides together.

Step Eighteen:
Flip the strip right side out and press. The seam should be at the end of the strip. Pin and sew the reversible strip to the top of the pillow. Press.

Your pillow front should now look like this from the right side…

and like this from the back side…

Step Nineteen:
Take the 18″ x 20″ rectangle for pillow back and fold and press the top of the fabric down towards the wrong side of the fabric about 1″, then fold down and press at about 2″. Sew about an 1/8″ on either side of the rolled hem.

Step Twenty:

Lay the back of the pillow face up and then place the top of the pillow face down matching the bottom and sides.

The pillow top will be slightly longer than the pillow back so that when stitched down to the nap sack you can still slip the pillow form in and out for easy washing.
Pin and stitch the sides and bottom of the pillow together. DO NOT SEW THE OPENING AT THE TOP.

Step Twenty One:

Snip the corners for a clean point and turn the pillow cover right side out. Press.

Step Twenty Two:
Stitch about 1/8″ outside the pillow center to create a pillow flange. Do not sew the top closed. Only create a pillow flange on the sides and bottom of the pillow.
Step Twenty Three:
Center the pillow cover to the top of the nap sack. Pin and sew the pillow top to the top of the nap sack using a 1/8″ seam allowance.
Step Twenty Four:
Cut 7 -2 1/2″ x WOF (width of fabric) strips for binding from the same fabric you used for the sashing. Create your binding and bind your napsack as if you were binding a quilt. Sew the binding all the way around the edges of the napsack. Be sure to only sew the top of the pillow into the binding.

Step Twenty Five:
Cut two pieces of your coordinating ribbon each one measuring 30″ long. Fold each ribbon in half.
Apply Fray Check to the ends of the ribbons to prevent fraying.

Step Twenty Six:

Fold the nap sack so that the bottom edges match with right sides together. Pin the nap sack along the bottom and up the side just to the second sashing.

Place the folded end of the ribbon in between the two layers creating a “sandwich”. Each ribbon should be centered on the sashings and the loose ends of the ribbon should be inside the napsack. Pin


Step Twenty Seven:
Sew along the bottom of the nap sack and up the side until you get to the top of the second sashing. With your needle down turn the foot so it angles off the end of the napsack to close off the seam. I like to backstitch a few times over the ribbon ends and at the angle off the end for reinforcement.

Step Twenty Eight:

Turn the nap sack right side out. The ribbon ends should now be hanging out towards the bottom of the nap sack.

Step Twenty Nine:
Following the instructions for your snaps, attach the snaps to the ends of the ribbon. These will be used when the nap sack is rolled up for easy toting. You may need to roll up the napsack when attaching the snaps to see exactly how the snaps need to be attached so that it closes properly.

Step Thirty:
Insert your pillow form in the back of the pillow.

DONE! Now a happy kid has a cool nap sack to take to sleepovers.

To roll up the nap sack, start at the pillow rolling the pillow into the nap sack until you reach the end. Use the ribbon snaps to close it up and carry along.

Makes 1 nap sack for stylish sleeping.
Add an applique’ letter or other applique’ image to the pillow cover for a little personality.

0 comments on “Quilted Nap Sack with Layer Cakes

  1. Needled Mom says:

    Great tutorial. I see many more being constructed out here.

  2. Vickie E says:

    That was a fabo tutorial. I can tell you put a great of time into this. I have wanted to make something like this for my 2 year old. Hmmm now which layer cake…hmmm…so many to choose from.

  3. This is fantastic! I had a similar sack when I was a kid and I *LOVED* it! What a fantastic tutorial with clear instructions and beautiful photos. Thanks so much for all you do-I’ll be linking.

  4. happy zombie says:

    I want to curl up in your nap-sack, with a small carton of milk – and have a story read to me! Soooooo cute Angela!

  5. Camille says:

    Awesome tutorial! Thanks angela!

  6. Camille says:

    oh, and nap sack? SO clever!

  7. too cute.. too much for me but I loved it at Rachels place so I had to come by and see.. I love your quilting, I am not that good at it. I can sew but not quilt.. Awesome job spelling it out, it made me want to try it..P. S. I pin things into my carpet too, I am glad I am not the only one 🙂

  8. V and Co. says:

    this is perfect for my boys!!!!