Make a doll sleeping bag with Laura Kelly fabric

My friend Laura Kelly has some adorable new fabric and I just got my hands on a sample. She also sent out some coordinating ribbon and her specialty colored buttons from Buttons Galore and More. So I set out on the task of making something with all these fun things so I could share the materials with you. This project was inspired by a special blog hop hosted by Buttons Galore and More today featuring Laura’s new fabric and button collections.

The fabric I received is a super cute princess pattern. I got just enough to make a pillow and matching sleeping bag for my daughter’s 18″ doll. Add in some pink felt, which I had a huge pile of, originally designated for a poodle skirt that never was… and off I went. I was able to make this set in about 30 minutes and then I hand stitched the buttons.

Sleeping bag and pillow for 18" doll with Laura Kelly fabric and buttons
Sleeping bag and pillow for 18" doll with Laura Kelly fabric and buttons

The Sleeping bag is a simple concept but a little tricky to sew.

  1. Cut 3 pieces of felt and 1 piece of patterned fabric, all the same size. Measure to fit your doll and leave at least 2″ on each side to allow for seems.
  2. Sew each side of the bag separately, using 2 pieces of fabric for both front and back. Sew the top, right and bottom, with fabrics wrong side facing each other.
  3. Turn right side out, stitch top edge and 1/2 of the right edge.
  4. Repeat for the back side of of the sleeping bag.
  5. Place front of bag and back of bag, insides facing each other so the bag is right side out.
  6. Stitch left, bottom and 1/2 of right side together.
  7. Add a ribbon bow and buttons with embroidery thread.
  8. Voila, all finished! Make sure to do a little extra reinforced stitching on all open ends to prevent premature wear and tear.
measuring fabric for doll pillow
measuring fabric for doll pillow
measuring fabric for doll sleeping bag
measuring fabric for doll sleeping bag

The pillow is just a rectangle using 1 piece of felt and 1 piece of patterned fabric.

  1. Put fabric right sides facing each other to stitch inside out. Stitch 3 sides together, making sure to include ribbon in seam.
  2. Turn right side out, fill with polyfill.
  3. Fold over open edge, stitch closed.
  4. Add buttons with embroidery thread.
18" doll sleeping bag using Laura Kelly fabric and buttons
18" doll sleeping bag using Laura Kelly fabric and buttons
Doll pillow made with Laura Kelly fabric designed by Jen Goode
Doll pillow made with Laura Kelly fabric designed by Jen Goode
pretty button bow for doll sleeping bag
pretty button bow for doll sleeping bag
Sleeping dollie
Sleeping dollie

You can make a lot of fun doll accessories with your fabric scraps. Laura’s fabrics are perfect for cute craft projects, especially with her coordinating button collections! You can follow these same instructions to make a sleeping bag for whatever size doll or stuffed animal you’d like, just change what size you cut the fabric to match the toy of your choice. I’d love to see what kind of things you come up with!

If you’d like to see more fun projects featuring this fabric, “hop” on over to Buttons Galore and More and check out the other participating designer projects! This post is also linked up with Made by You Monday, Craftomaniac Monday, Metamorphosis Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Get Your Craft On!

What fun would you have with this fabric?

Comments

  1. Betsy says

    For those of you in love with the fabric…Hancock Fabrics carries it. It is duck cloth. They also have a really cute pirate fabric for the boys!

  2. says

    This is a Great idea every little girl would love to have a sleeping bag and pillow for their dolls. I use to make little blankets for my daughters dolls when she was little. Just Cute.

  3. says

    SUCH clever use for that DARLING fabric! Kind of makes me wish for a LOT more to make a REAL life sized one for my wee girl! {Now THAT would be a commitment! LOL} Seriously, this is a terrific and fun showcase – great job!

  4. says

    This is really sweet Jen! My 2.5 year old is looking over my shoulder and pointing saying “awwwww” with an excited tone to her voice! LOL :) Love the idea of a doll sleeping bag!!! :)

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