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Erin designed this little Softie Sleeping Bag for hours of play! She’ll be back later this month with more…

I’m so excited to share this doll sleeping bag tutorial with you! If your kids are anything like mine, they love putting their dolls and stuffed animals to sleep.

This is a simple project that they are going to love. The pattern here will fit a 16” doll, but you can easily adapt it to any size using the same steps.

You Will Need:

  • Your choice of printed cotton or flannel
  • Fleece, felt, or quilt batting
  • Small cord elastic (but any narrow width elastic will do)
  • Two buttons

First we will make the two front flaps of the sleeping bag. You need to cut out two pieces of fabric: the larger is 13” x 11” and the smaller is 13” x 5”. I chose to have some fun with the larger flap and pieced it together from some favorite scraps; you can do this too or just use a great print.

You will also need to cut out two more pieces, with the same dimensions as above, that will make up each flap. These will become the inner batting (here I used the yellow fleece) and the back of the flap (blue with animal heads).

Starting with the larger flap, make a sandwich of the three fabrics. The front piece and back piece are right sides together, with the inner batting underneath. Begin at the top left corner and sew until you reach about 2” down from the top right corner. Here is where you will insert your first loop of elastic. The two arrows on the photo mark where you will insert each loop.

Insert the elastic by making a loop and placing it between the front and back piece, with cut ends facing out. Pin in place. Sew back and forth over the elastic several times to secure it in place. Continue sewing to the bottom right corner, clip the top right corner, and turn right side out. Topstitch the seam you just made.

To make the smaller flap, make the same sandwich of front and back pieces right sides together and inner batting underneath. This time, start sewing from the top right corner and continue to the bottom left corner. Clip the top left corner and turn right side out. Topstitch.

For the main part of the sleeping bag you will need 3-4 pieces that are 18.5” x 12.5”. One front piece (stripes) one back piece (blue with animal heads) and the inner batting. For the batting I used both one piece of fleece and one piece of wool felt (this piece is optional and adds stability; a thicker interfacing would work well too). I chose to round the top edges of each piece.

To sew all the pieces of the sleeping bag together you need to make the ultimate sandwich; this is the most important part! Stack from the bottom up:
– Inner batting piece(s)
– Back piece, right side up
– Larger flap, right side down
– Smaller flap, right side down

Finally, top it off with the front piece, right side down. You can pin the pieces together to make sure that everything stays in place while you sew.

Start on the left side of the stack (see arrow in photo above) and sew all the way around, stopping about 5-6” down from where you started. Give yourself a wide seam allowance for this step, you want to make sure that you catch all the layers in this seam.

In the hole that has been left, find the front flap and the back piece and turn right side out through the opening.

To make the pillow, start just under the top of the larger flap and topstitch all the way around until you reach the X (photo above). Take a bit of stuffing and add it up into the pillow through the opening left in the side of the sleeping bag. If the opening is not large enough for you to reach your hand inside, try using a chopstick to push the stuffing into the pillow. Topstitch the pillow the rest of the way closed.

To close the side opening, tuck the raw edges of the fabric into the sleeping bag. Here you are going to use a ladder stitch to finish the seam. This is a great video tutorial for the ladder stitch.

To finish off the bag, add two buttons on the smaller flap at the same height as your elastic loops. This is what holds it all closed. And you’re done! Wonderful!

Now go play!