Traditions this time of year are the best. One that I’ve always been a little intrigued with is sleeping by the Christmas tree. It sounds fun and magical! Allison and Meredith are trying it out this year.
After listening to Meredith intently for a few minutes, Allison is starting to feel sleepy in her cozy sleeping bag.
Allison has drifted off to sleep but Meredith feels all giddy inside. She just loves this time of year and the magical glow of the Christmas tree tickles her inside!
Make some no-sew sleeping bags for you dolls to get cozy by the tree.
For this project you’ll need:
- 2 pieces of fleece cut 28“ by 18“ . Use 2 different colors or patterns because one will be the outside bottom of the sleeping bag and one will be the lining. (I recommend Fabric.com – they have great fleece for up to 70% off retail)
- 1 piece of fleece cut 20“ by 18“. This is the outside top of the sleeping bag. Use the same fabric as the outside back.
- 4”X4” piece of cardboard with a mark at every inch
1. Cut and Lay Out: Cut out the 3 pieces of fleece. Lay them down first with the outside bottom (zebra print), next the lining (pink), and last the outside top (zebra print).
2. The Corners: Take the 4” cardboard and line it up on each corner. Use it as a guide to cut a 4”x4” notch out of each corner. (Note: I experimented with a folded flap on the outside top. If you like this, just add 4” to the “outside top” measurements and just fold down the top 4” before you start cutting. In these instructions I explain the no flap version)
3. The Edges: Cutting through all the layers, cut every 1” and 4” deep. Use the 1” marks you made on the 4×4 square to space the 1” cuts evenly. It will also be useful to use the side of the square as a guide for how deep to make each cuts.
4. Tying the Fringe: Each stacked layer of fringe needs to be tied together. It is a stack of 3 pieces so I grabbed the top piece and the bottom 2 together to tie each knot.
You have to be a little careful with this step so you keep the stacks together for each tie. It’s easy to check each time you tie that you have the next 3 pieces in the stack. Checking as you go will keep everything nice and straight. Also as a tip, don’t be tempted to tie the first knot too tight. It will change the shape of the sleeping bag in the end.
Tie a second knot on the same piece. This will keep the fringe from coming untied.
Work your way around each side until you are finished!
I made a second one a little smaller for the 15” Disney Princess doll. I will include measurements for both. It can be made in any size to fit your different dolls.
Help your dolls enjoy the season a little longer with a camp-out next to the tree and use the sleeping bag all year round with fun doll play!
Doll Sleeping Bag Measurements:
outside bottom- 28”x18”
outside bottom- 25”x16”
Remember, these are for dolls and are not appropriate for little children.