Friday, December 23, 2011

American Girl Doll Sleeping Bag

My girls are just starting to get to the age where they want to have sleepovers with their friends.  My oldest recently had her first sleepover party for her 8th birthday.  It was just a few friends, so it was pretty painless.  The girls watched some movies, danced, and just played in their room for the evening.  The girls also played with their American Girl dolls, since my daughter got a new jeep for her doll.  When it was time for bed, they all crawled into their sleeping bags.  I started thinking, maybe the dolls needed their own sleeping bags!

They are pretty simple to make, with just a few seams.  You will need a piece of material measuring 32 x 21 inches in your patterned fabric and also one in your matching fleece material.  Pin your pieces right sides together.  Sew around the edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance leaving a gap in one of the long sides.  Turn it right sides out, making sure your corners are pulled out. 

Fold your material in half with the fleece to the inside, matching your two short sides up.  Make sure the gap you left is now on the bottom of your sleeping bag.  Pin the bottom together and halfway up the side.  Cut two pieces of elastic about 11 inches long.  Fold in half and slip them about an inch in to the bottom opening, one three inches in from the left side and one three inches in from the right side.  Pin them in place.  These will be used to keep the sleeping bag rolled up when it's not being used.

Topstitch across the bottom and then about two thirds the way up the side.  This way the doll can slip in and out easily. 

To store your sleeping bag, start at the top and roll it down.  Slip the elastic loops around your roll to keep it that way. 
You can even make a matching pillow for your doll.  Cut two pieces of fabric to the size of your pillow.  Pin right sides together.  Sew around the edges, leaving a small opening.  Turn right sides out.  Stuff with polyfil and close your opening!

Your doll is now ready for her sleepover! thecsiproject.comOne Artsy Mama


  1. Ooooh... my daughter would love one of these! Now I just have to find someone to make it for her :)

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  2. SUCH a cute idea! I would have loved something like that when I was little! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays! I'm sure your daughter was thrilled.

  3. Thanks for the quick tutorial.. I just made my granddaughter one and posted about it with a link back to you...

  4. That is so cute! I sure wish I had seen this before Christmas! I pinned it to make sure I remembered next year! I would love for you to link up Thursday (actually it starts tonight) to It’s a Party!

  5. How cute!! I have a couple friends that were just looking for AG dolls and this is perfect!! I'm going to send the link to them right away!!
    I'd love for you to link this post up at my weekly linky party, Lisa's Linky List.
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Lisa's Craft Blog

  6. These sleeping bags are so cute! We would love to have you come share this at our weekly link party every Saturday! -The Sisters

  7. I really like that this doesn't require putting in a zipper (I'm zipper-phobic) yet it partially turns down for easy access. I would love to link to this on my blog. May I include one of your photos of the finished product?

  8. My 6 yr old daughter uses this on backyard and backcountry trips. She loves it and doesn't seem to have any trouble with the zipper. She isn't a cold sleeper so I can't review the temp rating. She wasn't cold on a 30 degree night.

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  9. Awesome! My eleven year old is having a sleepover this weekend and I'm going to make some
    sleeping bags for their dolls, now!

  10. Thank you for the pattern! My granddaughter is having three friends over for an American Girl Doll birthday and sleep over. I am making a sleeping bag for each of the girls!

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