Reversible Doll Sleeping Bag with Cuddle Fabric

Categories: Gifts, Kid Friendly, Doll

There’s really nothing more fun than a good doll sleepover, and every sleepover needs a good sleeping bag.  These are so luxuriously soft when made with lush cuddle from Shannon Fabrics, that your favorite girl might just be a big jealous of her doll.  You can really top off the look by making up some cute coordinating pillows and pillow cases.  For our my daughter who loves her Grace doll and everything to do with Paris, we chose Paris Cuddle® Hot Pink as our outside fabric and Ziggy Soft Cuddle® Snow as the inside fabric.  For my girly-girl niece who loves wants polka dots on everything, we chose Bubble Dot Cuddle® in Lilac/Hot Pink and Embossed Star Cuddle® Fuchsia.  For best results choose cuddle fabrics with different textures.

This is just one part in my series of DIY doll accessories.  You can go to my blog here to make coordinating Doll and Me Travel Luggage from a suitcase.

And head to the Shannon Fabrics blog here to learn to make the Doll’s Hanging Garment Bag.

You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com. You can also use their Store Locator to find shops near you: Store Locator.

What you need to make this project

Materials
1/2 Yard of 2 Coordinating/Constrasting Cuddle Fabrics by Shannon Fabrics
1/2 Yard Batting
1 - 24" Reversible Separating Zipper (See photo in instructions for correct zipper.)

Download Pattern

Supplies
Straight Pins (Extra long preferred)
Sewing Machine
Fabric Scissors and/or Rotary Cutter and Mat
Needle for hand sewing
Coordinating Thread

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American Spirit Batting™ Classic Cotton 45″ x 60″

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Instructions

Step One

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Start by layering your fabrics and batting.  Put your most plush fabric down first, face up.  then your second fabric next face down.  Then your batting on top.

042 Layering

Step Two

Print out your pattern.  (Link at the top of the page.)  because it’s larger than a sheet of paper and an awkward shape for printers, it will actually print on 9 pages.  The red lines show where the pieces will overlap and they go together A-C top row, D-F middle row, and G-i bottom row.

Lay your pattern out and cut around it.  I found it helpful to use some pattern weights (kitchen knives) since the fabric is so plush.

045 Cut Out

Remove your pattern piece, but do NOT move your fabrics.  You may want to gently use a hand vac or vacuum hose to capture any cuddle fuzz.

 

Step Three

To make your sleeping bag reversible, you’re going to need to purchase a 24″ reversible separating zipper, like this one.  You could also make due with a non-reversible separating zipper, but then you’ll only be able zip and unzip from one side.  Open and complete separate your zipper.

043 Zipper

Step Four

Fold your pattern in half and use that fold to mark the middle point of your sleeping bag with pins.

048 Adding Zipper

Start with the bottom end of your zipper 1″ from the pins marking the center.  Leave about 1/4 inch between the edge of your fabric and the edge of your zipper.  (We’re going to be sewing a 1/2 inch seam and we do NOT want to be sewing right next to that metal zipper.)

Step Five

Continue lining up and pinning your zipper with the pins going the same direction as the zipper and no more than about 1″ between pins.  You need to pin A LOT when working with cuddle fabrics.

049 Ending Zipper

Repeat for the zipper on the other size.  Start with the bottom of the zipper and work around to the other side.

Step Six

Continue pinning around the top of the sleeping bag in a regular fashion, leaving an opening of 3-4 inches on the straight part.  (This will be for turning your sleeping bag.)

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Step Seven

Stitch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the whole sleeping bag, leaving the 3-4 inch gap for turning the sleeping bag.

053 Sew Around

Trim and notch the curves.

054 Trim Curves

Turn right side out.

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Check for any problems with your zipper and be sure to

Step Eight

Hand stitch the turning hole closed.  Fold the edges under to match the seam allowances.  One of the awesome things about cuddle fabrics is that they hide the hand stitching really well.

060 Opening  061 Sew closed

 

Step Nine

Zip up the sleeping bag and tuck your doll in.

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And have fun flipping it to the reverse side.

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Step Ten

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And if you’d like to learn how to make more comfy cozy things for your doll, head over to my blog to learn how to convert a suitcase into a Doll and Me Travel Luggage with a comfy doll mattress.

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Step Eleven

And you can go to the Shannon Fabrics Blog to get this tutorial for the coordinating Doll Hanging Garment Bag.

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If you’re looking for more accessories to make for your doll, you might want to check out these fun ideas.

Easy DIY Doll Tent 
 http://www.piecesbypolly.com/2013/10/harry-potter-printable-spell-books-sew.html

 Reversible Doll Sleeping Bags
 
Easy Doll Hanging Garment Bag

 
 Super Easy Doll Puff Quilt
 
DIY Hogwarts Robe for 18-inch Doll
 http://www.piecesbypolly.com/2013/10/harry-potter-printable-spell-books-sew.html