Doll Tote Bag: a sorta tutorial kind of thing. Maybe.

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I wanted to blog a big more regularly than I have so far but I’ve been working very hard and then flopping in the evenings, rather than thinking ‘woohoo sewing time!’ – nothing dramatic but maybe just a hangover from sewing til insane o’clock all through June.

What was I sewing? Beautiful frocks? Kind of. Maybe. I was also sewing this, my first proper bag. It’s a pattern from the girl & doll book designed to make taking your doll anywhere easy. Except Wee Bear won’t let another child even look at Lily Sugar so… Mostly it’s doll containment right now.

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In theory, should one have a child who takes a doll somewhere, this is a superb idea. I’m planning to retrofit a seatbelt for her, otherwise it’s all a bit unbalanced & she looks like she’s about to go for a burton out the back of the bag… In fact, a kind of sling/backpack might be better. But not if you’re wearing a party dress.

It’s basically a series of rectangles: here are the hand-drawn instructions. I found them really easy to follow and clear.

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I traced all the pieces out & drew the unprinted pieces (the base and sides) onto my trusty Swedish tracing paper *insert smug face at having ordered two rolls ages ago* – makes it all much easier.

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I ordered this spiffy & easy to cut ‘n’ sew laminated cotton in a cute Urban Zoologie print and teamed it up with some bright fuschia polka dots. As you can see I toyed with the spring-colour way chevrons but went for the punchier option. Hey, I am regularly whacked when Wee Bear overloads & melts down so punchy seems appropriate.

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Putting it altogether was pretty straightforward: I particularly liked the pockets.

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As they were incredibly easy – rectangles of fabric, held in place by a single length of cotton webbing: job done!

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Assembling the sides was likewise easy – I do like a simple straight line. It looks like a box, especially if you interline with padded calico.

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And even adding the base wasn’t too bad: until I added the plastic grid to keep it stiffened.

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The rather cool-but-ineffective strap to close up: not really much use but I like it. The raw edges are all enclosed with bias tape (ready made this time).

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It was finished in a night – a late one – and considering that it was supposed to be in plain quilting cotton, I think it turned out really well. A word of advice; Plush Addict is a dangerous site. They have a permanent discount in orders over £100 and their service is second to none. You’ve been warned.

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9 thoughts on “Doll Tote Bag: a sorta tutorial kind of thing. Maybe.

    1. I feel smug but a bit panicky – only one full roll left! I’ve taken to re-using pieces that are large (like skirt patterns) after I’m done & cutting it for girl & doll patterns 🙂

    1. Hi there! Sorry for the delay – I used
      – overall I’d say there are enough good, basic patterns to make it worth adding to your doll library. There are quite a few specific techniques that I’ve added to my repertoire and it’s clear the author has spent a loooooong time making doll clothes. Enjoy!

  1. I have this pattern too but am confused on the dimensions for the front and back???? Are they really 51/2 by 7 inches????

    1. Hi Becky! Sorry for the delay. I will check this but can you compare it to the sides? Those sound like the ‘ends’ to me but maybe it depends on what way we look at the bag 🙂

  2. Came across your tutorial via Pinterest and just wanted to pop in and say thanks for sharing! I was able to make this for my daughter for her upcoming birthday and it turned out great! I need to work on my bias tape work, but other than that, I love it. Thanks again for sharing your source and tutorial!

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