How to Make a Doll Sleeping Bag
Sorry I have been such an absent blogger lately. I am really struggling to keep up with everything. I bit off more than I could chew this semester at work. That always been the story of my life, but this semester, I really, really did it.
I still owe you a post about my trip to Columbus, OH, and we had a great art quilt group meeting the other night. But, first I want to blog something that I am totally excited about.
Sweet Pea is turning 7 years old at the end of this month. Papa Pea isn much of a birthday party kind of guy. He says they didn always have them when he grew up, so Sweet Pea doesn get one every year. We offered to give her one this year (her first one since she was about 1 year old), and she really excited. We are doing a little sleepover with four of her friends, and she decided she wanted it to be a “bring your favorite doll” theme. I blog about all the preparations later.
But, she has been wanting a sleeping bag for her doll (I made it to fit an 18″ doll or an American Girl doll), and I thought it would be fun to make one for each of the girls as their “party favor.” So, I got to it this weekend, and they turned out so cute!
First, I googled “doll sleeping bag tutorials.” I was surprised that there wasn too much out there on it. There was one pretty good video tutorial from expertvillage.
is the first clip in the set of instructions. pandora bracelets The tutorial is divided into a series of clips, and it hard to find them all and to sequence them. (You have to look for them on YouTube.) I think I found most of them, and I found this style of sleeping bag most close to my taste, and the tutorial was really clear. I based my sleeping bag on this and will show you the steps I used to create it. But I thought it might be helpful to have all the steps in one place.
Also, if you feel so inclined, you might want to stop by YouTube and leave her a comment on how nice her tutorial is. I was reading the comments others had left, and I couldn get over how rude they were. People making fun of her souther accent, calling her doll a “baby doll,” her drapes in her living room. Totally appalling, especially considering she is sharing her idea in such a nice way and free of charge. I really can believe some people. I totally cannot get enough of this fabric. I used the flower on the outside, the striped ticking look on the inside, and the big polka dot for the pillow.
Here is what I did:
After watching the instructional videos with me, Sweet Pea drew me a picture of how she wanted the sleeping bag to look. She cracks me up. This was on Sunday morning, and she hadn even brushed her hair yet. Forgive me. Also, my sewing room is also my laundry room, so you see laundry in the background sometimes. Sorry. You have to deal with it! : )
I think I began with approximately 5 yards of fabric. (EDIT: I mean 5 yards of lining fabric AND 5 yards of outside fabric.) So, I folded it selvedge to selvedge and trimmed off the left hand side. I have the fold lined up with the bottom of my cutting mat, and I cut a length of fabric at the 21 inch mark.
Next I wanted to cut it to be 13″ long. So, I butted up another ruler to it, and aligned the 7″ mark along the fold. 7″ plus the 6″ of my other ruler equals 13″.
Here is a close up of how I have my ruler aligned. Notice the folded edge is at the bottom. You don want to cut off the fold. You are going to cut along the selvedge edge.
After you cut this, you have a piece that is 13″ folded by 21″. So, if you opened it up, you have a piece that is 26″ by 21″.
Repeat this process for the fabric you are going to use for the outside of the sleeping bags.
You can save the scraps you cut off on the selvedge edge for the pillow, if you want. I was using a different fabric for the pillow. I just save those scraps for another project. I used a variety of different battings for this. I just used up some of the scraps I had. But you might want to use a fluffier polyester batting if you want it to look even more like a sleeping bag.
I layered these three layers together to form a quilt sandwich. The fabrics are both facing rig pandora bracelets ht side out, with the pandora bracelets batting in between. I basted simply by spraying some starch on the backside of one fabric, putting the batting down over it, and ironing the together. I then sprayed starch on the batting and layered the other piece of fabric on top, ironing again. This held it together just fine. I put my walking foot on and did some straight line stitching down the fabric. I used my Aurifil, white cotton thread, and it worked like a dream. I think most sleeping bags would have horizontal quilting. I did mine vertical, because that is what way the stripes went, and I could just use my quilting bar to follow a line and quilt. This made it so quick and easy. My quilting lines were as far apart as this quilting bar is from the needle.
After I had quilted it, I folded it in half along that original fold again and marked the halfway point along the 21″ side using pins. I marked both the front and back piece here.
I used 1/2″ double fold bias tape to finish the edges. I could have made my own, but I was keeping this quick and easy. I used a lid from a jar in my sewing room and traced around it. I still have it doubled here, so I trimmed both at the same time so they would match perfectly.
Now open it up, and starting where there is one pandora bracelets of the pins, start sewing the bias binding around the first 1/2 side, around the top, and down the other 1/2 side to the next pin. Don worry about the raw edges on the bias binding. It will get covered up later.
I left my walking foot on tof this step. You can see I stitched close to the folded edge.
Easing around the cornders is always a little hard for me, but it was okay. I found it helped to pull on the binding a bit to stretch it around the corner so as not to get a tuck.
It should look like this when done with this step.
Now, fold it in half (like you did when you first cut it), matching up the two corners that already have the bias trim on them. I sewed the bottom half of the sleeping bag together, with the trim covering both raw edges. I started where the raw edges of the bias were. I folded under the edge of this piece of bias, so as not to have an exposed raw edge. I started a little above the raw edge on the previously sewn part to cover those raw edges. I sewed down to the bottom, around that last corner, and across the bottom.