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Add a Fleece Sleeping Bag to Make a Doll or Stuffed Animal Even More Giftable

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This year, I am making some dolls and including them in shoeboxes for the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child 

I have been holding onto these patterns from Wendi Gratz at Shiny Happy World wanting to make them for the longest time.  I finally got myself some plastic pellets so I couldn't wait to get started.  I wanted to make Cindy, the Itty Bitty Sleeping Baby.

Shiny Happy World Cindy Itty Bitty Sleeping Baby doll pattern link

My son wanted the Itty Bitty Bunny.

Shiny Happy World Itty Bitty Bunny doll pattern link

So, here are my versions.

Fabric Frantic Fabrications Itty Bitty Sleeping dolls

The patterns were simple to trace.  The instructions were easy to follow.  It took no time at all to make these adorable dolls.  Only thing I did differently was I used quite a bit more pellets than what was called for.

Now, cute as the are, they didn't look too comfortable all slouched over.  I decided that for them to be more "giftable" they needed little beds so I made them each a sleeping bag.

I've made several for my son's animals from fleece.  It's so fast and easy.  Plus, they are simple to customize for size. 

First I measure the dolls.  

and I pay particular attention to how long the body is and how long the head is.  This tells me how big to make the pillow portion of the sleeping bag.  (My son absconded with the gray bunny one before I could even make him a bed.)

So, not including the bunny's ears, the dolls are roughly the same size - 7.5 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide.  I gave myself an additional half inch on both the length and the width and then I doubled the length.  So, I cut the first sleeping bag to 16 inches long by 6 inches wide but I forgot, though, that I was using a 3/8" seams rather than a 1/4" seam. Because they are bean bags, the dolls fit in but they were snug.  

So, I made another, with a little more room.  I cut the fleece to 16.5 inches long by 6.5 inches wide - so the length of the fleece is the length of the doll doubled plus 1.5 inches and the width is the width of the doll plus an inch.  That extra half inch made a big difference.  

With the right side of the fleece facing up, you fold the top down and the bottom up. They do not, however, meet in the middle.  (Yes, this photo is from the first bag.  Don't want to confuse you!) 

The top part comes down so the the top part is the same length as the length of the dolls head and the bottom should be the same length as the length of the body with a little extra room to spare.

Pin it in place and sew along each long side.  I like to use a 3/8" seam with fleece. I also double back where the top and bottom meet to reinforce the area. After I get past the area, I sew backward over it again and then forward again.

Fabric Frantic Fabrications sewing sleeping bag side seams

Once both sides are sewn, I clip the corner to reduce the bulk

then I turn the bag right side out through the opening between the top and bottom.  

I stuff the pillow portion with poly fil.

Then, sew across the opening of the pillow portion.  I usually use a zipper foot because of the poly fil.  

Snuggle your dolls inside

So, off I go to show off my creations.



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