This is x-posted from my homeschool blog, but I figured it was an “arty” activity, and I think summer… was the last time I posted here! Gotta get my artyness in gear already! So anyway, make some sleeping bags! Take pictures of them, and then scrapbook it! yay!
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Among the toys Eleanor got for Christmas was a Barbie Camper, as well as a camping set with the marshmellow sticks and fake campfire. It’s all very cute but it came with one sleeping bag that was basically a one-ply scrap of material… much like the blanket for the drop down bed in the camper. So a very urgent request went in for more sleeping bags!
And since we do a little sewing in our homeschool, I decided instead of just making them for her, I could let her help. She’s pretty good at sewing almost straight lines and for this project that is all you need to do! And if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can easily hand-sew this project.
You will need:
1. Material of choice. Any kind of quilting fabric or cotton will work. We used some fleecy stuff I had leftover from making burp cloths. So it was nice and soft. (But honestly, I don’t think your dolls will care.) I wouldn’t reccomend a knitted fabric because it’s stretchy and you’ll need a ball point needle. A little harder for kids to work with.
2. Batting (this is the flat cottony stuff that makes your sleeping bag poofy) You can certainly do without, but your sleeping bag will be very flat and not have that huggy feel of a nice sleeping bag.
3. Sewing machine or needle and thread.
4. Cotton, polyfil, or batting for matching pillow.
Let’s get started! We found a piece of this Horse fabric which just happened to go with this particular Barbie’s horse shirt. lol. I’m pretty sure Barbie probably picked it out herself.
Measure and cut 3 pieces exactly the same size. Ours were 6×15 to fit one full size Barbie. This step depends on what kind of doll you are making your sleeping bag for. Obviously… heh.
Now take your batting and cut one piece to match the size of your fabric pieces.
Now take two pieces of your fabric and place them on top of one another right sides together.
Make sure the patterns on each piece of fabric are both in the same direction. Like in this case, there are no upside-down horses on either side.
Now put the piece of batting on top. (You will be turning this inside out, so the batting will be hidden inside when you’re finished)
Now pin your pieces together at the edge and sew around the perimeter about a 1/4- 1/2 inch from edge. Do not sew around the entire bag, leave about an inch hole so that you can turn it inside out.
Now is a good time to trim any corners or bulk around the seam you may have.
When you turn it inside out, you’ll have a small hole. If you’re happy with what you have so far, you can turn the edges in, and topstitch that hole closed.
If you notice any other holes where there shouldn’t be, turn it back inside-out and re-stitch over the holes.
Now this next step is optional. We didn’t do this on our first sleeping bag, but we tried it on this one.
We decided to give it a more authentic sleeping bag look by sewing extra lines down the body of the bag to make those sectiony things. Lol. I’m 100% sure you know what I mean.
We did one about every 2 inches leaving a bit more on top and bottom. Our lines weren’t completely straight but again, no biggie. You could pin both sides to make sure you get to the right spot on the other side. She really looks comfy… this picture is making me sleepy.
Now take that third piece of material and fold it down to where it would reach just up to your dolls neck.
(You could also keep this full length, but I think this just makes it easier for your dolls to breathe.)
Cut a piece of batting to match the size of the folded over part.
Sew around the top of your piece where you added the batting. This is to make a poofy edge to the top piece of your sleeping bag.
Now pin this top piece of fabric right side down to your quilted bottom sleeping bag. For the bottom piece, consider which side you want to be the outside and which side you want to be mostly covered up. It may not matter, but if one side looks better that the other, you might want to hide the sloppier side with your top piece.
You are only going to sew around the sides and bottom. You want to leave the top open for your doll to slide in.
After you sew around the sides and bottom, trim any excess bulk from around your stitches. The bulkier it is, the more sloppy it will look when you turn it right side-out.
Now flip your bag right side out and let your doll have a test nap.
If you like what you’ve done, you are finished!
If you want a little something extra, you can make a matching pillow!
You probably have extra scraps from what you took off the top when you cut your sleeping bag pieces. If you did this, they are probably already the right size, if not, you can always just cut two rectangle pieces to fit your bag.
Sew right sides together leaving one short end open.
Fill with cotton or polyfil, and then topstich the open end.
And you’re DONE! You can make a billion little pillows for your dolls like this in minutes! That barbie camper pull down bed could probably use some decorative pillows.
This time we made a single person sleeping bag. Our first was a double-wide to accomadate a couple barbies. Apparently, Stacy wanted to share a bag with Barbie for the first night because she was scared of bears!
Kevin seems to have taken up residence now that Barbie has her own sleeping bag .
She could probably throw Kevin at the bear if need be.
For our double-wide, we used two different matterials, both dog realated, but went cute together. Eleanor thought attaching this pear cut out with a foam dot was also a good idea.
So anyway, have fun! I think these ended up to be a really fun project for Eleanor! I’m sure we’ll be making more and doing some other modifications over time so we’ll be sure to share any updates. I think we might add ribbon to the ends so we can roll them and tie em for easy transport!
Thanks for stoppin by!
God Bless your dollies!