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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Doll Sleeping Bag Tutorial

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Doll sleeping bag tutorial at Freemotion by the River
I made another little sleeping bag and have the tutorial for you.
 The first thing I did was getting into my batting scraps and piece some together using a zig-zag stitch. This is a great way to use up your scraps.

Read the directions and then if you have a bigger doll just adjust the size. The easiest way is to lay a piece of fabric over your doll and see how much fabric is taken up by the girth of the doll.
This sleeping bag was done with just plain pieces of fabric instead of the strip piecing. If you strip piece just do your pieces the sizes shown.

Front, batting and backing
  • Cut a 8 by 12 inch piece of each
  • Cut a 5 1/2 x 9 inch piece of each - this is bigger so you can put a tuck in it to make more room for the doll
  • Quilt as desired, I just did a straight stitch about a inch apart
  • Cut a piece of binding 2 1/2 inches by 9 inches and sew to the top of the quilted front piece - fold over and top stitch (sorry I forgot to take a picture of this)
 Now put a pin in the center of the front and back, then pin the sides.
 Make 2 little tucks so that the bottom lies flat.
Stitch to hold in place.
 Cut a piece of binding 2 1/2 inches long and sew to the back side. Then fold over to the front and top stitch.
 Here is what it looks like so far.
Now fold the top down about 3 inches to form the pillow
Put some stuffing in it and top stitch on the binding to enclose the stuffing.
Your finished sleeping bag!
 This size holds a Beanie Baby too.
Or a cute little bear!
I thought I would show a couple pictures of the strip piecing. I just added strips at a angle to cover the backing and batting and then trimmed it to the size I wanted.
When I made the first one I just turned down the top a 1/4 inch, top stitched it, folded it down 3 inches and stuffed some batting in.
 Then I pinned on the top piece and put binding around 3 sides.
 I didn't like the way I finished my binding on the ends so decided to change the way I bound the whole thing.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and make some for the little ones! Happy Holidays! Thanks also to Sew Can She for featuring this tutorial in their February 1, 2012 newsletter!
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Karen L. said...

Thanks so much for doing the tutorial! I did not realize that these sleeping bags had built-in pillows too. So darn cute!!! Mine will definitely have to be larger for the sock monkeys so thanks also for describing how to go about measuring for a different size. Your generosity in posting this puts you on my "Wonderful People I've Never Met" list. Now I think I should go back and read some of your previous postings. Thanks again and have a Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New year.

Kristy said...

These are so cute!!!! I need to make one for the babe for sure! :)

Mrs.Pickles said...

These are just do darn cute! thanks for sharing!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Those are just so darn adorable!!! Thanks for linking up :)

beaquilter said...

these are SO cute, I saved the PDF.. THANKS

Marianne, aka Ranger Anna said...

Hmmmm. ... My grands are getting baby bison this year... and now, just 3 days before Christmas, I'm thinking all 12 bison need sleeping bags.... Lessee.... 72 hours divided by a little baking, a lot of napping, and some sewing leaves.... no time for either eating or reading my blog roll..... such tough decisions!!!!

Thanks for the super cute idea! (I think... :) )

Merry Christmas!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Dear Connie,
Thank you for the tutorial. I've enjoyed blogging so much this year and have always enjoyed reading your blog.
Merry Christmas To You and Your Loved Ones,

Karenkay said...


KaHolly said...

Connie, this is a great tutorial! I can't wait to use this idea to gift my special little friends!! Thanks! ~karen

Pat said...

Really cute!

Needled Mom said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Very cute idea.

iluvmybugs said...

Thanks so much Connie for doing this tutorial!!! I can't wait to make some and I'm going to pass this on to my friends with small grandchildren.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Denise :) said...

So cute!! Perfect for a little "baby"! :)

Cyn ;-) said...

Wonderful tute, Connie! Thank you so much for such a darling idea and all the pictures! Wow -- this is great. Appreciate you explaining how to adjust size for other dolls, too.
Can't wait to make two for my two new great-granddaughters!
Thanks again... Merry Christmas from my home to yours!
Cyn; -)

If Toys Could Talk said...

These little sleeping bags are so cute. I love that they have a built-in pillow!

mtnquiltr said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this tutorial at such a busy time of year. I've made one already, it's come out very cute. I've got a second one to do before Christmas Day!

gymo said...

Thanks for posting a tutorial. My daughter's new Sing-A-Ma-Jig will have to get one after Christmas.

Joanie's Quilts said...

She were quick with providing a tutorial! The little sleeping bags are so adorable. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I enjoyed reading your comments.

AlessandraLace said...

thank you for this tutorial. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Sally King said...

Thank you so much. The Sleeping Bag is so cute.

M-R said...

Oh, these are absolutely adorable, Connie! Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Laura said...

Oh that is so cute! Tgiffriday!

Julie said...

Thanks for posting that Connie. Now I just need to find some little ones to sew for!

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mtnquiltr said...

Thanks again for the tutorial, Connie. The little girls loved them, and I posted a pic on my blog.

Grandma G said...

I found you via Sew Can She. I made a sleeping bag, and you can see it here. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Elly D said...

Great tutorial for this little sleeping bag, Connie! Thank you so much. I'm hoping to make one so will let you know how I get on.


Dona Reynolds said...

Thank you - I'm making these for the little dolls & cats I have made for the children at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. Appreciate the tutorial!


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