Doll Play Day 74 Make an Easy Tote for Dolls

A girl, I mean a doll, can never have too many purses or bags in my opinion! Especially when they are so easy to make using materials you probably already have on hand such as fabric scrap, felt, construction paper, and the ever popular Duck Tape! One of our readers, Delaney, sent in this easy tutorial for making a doll tote bag using duck tape and I tried it out, making a tote bag for Julie.

how to make an easy tote bag for dolls

Julie has some errands to run today so her new tote back is going to come in handy! I used Delaney’s basic pattern and changed a few things, but the end result is the same – Cuteness!

Step 1 - Cut two pieces of Duct Tape 8″ long and lay them side by side. Delaney did this step twice, folding the 8″ strips in half to make two squares with the sticky sides together. I taped my Duck Tape strips to construction paper (you could use felt or fabric too), trimmed it and just folded the one long piece in half.

Step 2 – Place the two squares together and tape three of the four sides together using the same color or contrasting Duct Tape. You have to leave one end open for your doll to put stuff in her bag. Like I said above, I used one long piece folded in half so I just taped two of the sides.

Step 3 – Make straps for your bag by cutting a 9″ strip of Duck Tape and folding it in half, stick sides together. If you want wide straps, repeat this step. For narrower straps, cut the folded piece in half lengthwise to get two straps (this is what I did).

Step 4 - Tape the straps inside the bag and you are almost done. Of course, you could make your straps from ribbon, string, or by braiding a ribbons, too.

Step 5 – Add some embellishment to your bag. Delaney added a paper flower to hers. I took three fun foam hearts and stacked them using double sided foam adhesive to make them “pop.”

Be creative! Try out different materials and embellishments to make a fun accessory for your dolls.

Thanks Delaney for taking the time to send in the photos and the instructions.




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  1. Maddie says:


  2. Delaney says:

    Awww thanks Char! I have made some more, too!

  3. Maddie says:

    And its adorable. Another cute craft!!

  4. Delaney says:

    I like the Idea with the two straps! I am gonna try that!

  5. Serena says:

    Can someone plaese figure out how to make doll crochet hooks I have seen kniiting needles but not crochet hooks?

  6. Delaney says:

    Serena, I am not a knitter or crocheter ( words?) so I am not sure. What about pipe cleaners?

  7. qtlol10 says:


  8. Ava says:


  9. ags139 says:

    you are so creative! cute!!!

  10. Kaylee says:

    This is so cute. I always make totes and messenger bags for my dolls. Thank you, Char and Delaney!

  11. Molly says:

    adollable! :) ooh Kaylee, I would love to know how to make a messenger bag! I tried with duck tape, but it didn’t really turn out….

  12. Char says:

    Molly, to make the messenger bag, just make one side longer than the other so there is a flap. MyFroggyStuff has a good tutorial on their YouTube channel.

  13. Gail says:

    it makes me think of the grocery sroe green bags!

  14. Cassie says:

    Adorable and creative! Great job!

  15. elise says:

    Thanks Delaney and Char… This is the cutest craft, I have to make it!

  16. Emma says:

    aww its so cute im gonna make that!

  17. Raine says:

    this is sooo cute! im going to make these for my friends too! thank you sooo much!!

  18. Erica B. says:

    I am gonna make this

  19. Rachel says:

    This is adorable!!!!! I’m so gonna make that later!!!!

  20. Sydney says:

    Molly, Char definitely explained it, lol! They turn out really well if you keep trying. Good luck!

  21. aglover says:

    wow looks easy my dolls are low on hand bags!

  22. Gail says:

    What can’t be made with duct tape?

  23. Lauren says:

    Iv made a duct tape bag that is my size.

  24. Lauren says:

    does anybody know how to make a doll chinese folding screen?

  25. aglover says:

    gail i really do not know maybe only food can not but the worst thing is i do not have duck tape and lauren i really do not know but i have seen one

  26. Kaylee says:

    Lauren- That is a really good question! I’ve seen one too but IDK how to make one. But I’d like to learn!

  27. elise says:

    Maybe you couold make a doll chinese folding screen by gluing together thin strips of wood and then glue silk-like fabric onto the back of the wood?

  28. Delaney B.(123ForeverAG) says:

    My name is Delaney too!

  29. Delaney says:

    That’s cool Delaney B.! I don’t know very many Delsney’s.

  30. Delaney says:

    Oops…… Typo! I mean Delaney’s.

  31. Raine says:

    where can I get some really pretty duck tape??

  32. Ingrid says:

    I have an idea of a guest post.Its kinda long soo if can’t do it that’s alright.This is really good.I cant wait till the August contest.

  33. Char says:

    Ingrid – you just need to email it to me at and I will let you know what I think.

  34. Delaney says:

    You can get Duck Tape at the Dollar Store, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and many more. I have some really cute polka dotted duck tape, and I got it for 3.00 (I think) at Walmart.

  35. Dollstars tic job delaney wand char! SOOO MAKING!!

  36. Oops dollto! I meant ” dolltastic”

  37. Irene says:

    Walmart now has duct tape sheets. They look to be about 8 inches by 10 inches. Did not measure them exactly. Used them to make the scrapbook project. They come in many designs.

  38. i have a lot of duck tape i cant wait to try it!

  39. Char says:

    Irene – I have seen them.

  40. Jen says:

    I love it! Why have I not thought of this before?? I mean..I have duck tape in purple..I gotta buy more but I keep looking for it at discount stores but no luck. Its a little pricey at craft stores..IF anyone finds it for a good deal…please let me know! All these crafts use it a lot so I need to stock up! Good job on this idea! Its very cute!

  41. Nicolette says:


  42. Sydney says:

    This is extraordollnary! Like my doll adjectives? :)

  43. Lauren says:

    aglover- where have you seen it?

  44. Kaylee says:

    Sydney- Love them! That’s a good one. Doll-a-licious!

  45. Amanda says:

    Ok, I know this is totally off topic, but Char, do you know anything about Lalaloopsy’s? I’ve been going back and forth whether or not to get one… like, they are cute, but also kind of scary. What do you think about them?

    Oh, and on topic, I’m so gonna have to make that bag!!!

  46. aglover says:

    Lauren On Karens Blog but it is hard not paper and Amanda I Know you didnt ask me but they are scary to me

  47. Amanda says:

    aglover, you know, every time I pass them in the doll isle I’m like “yikes!” and then I thought they were cute for a few seconds… then I got back to scary. Lol! Instead, I made my own rag-doll with more friendly looking googly eyes :D

  48. Amanda says:

    Lol, *THEY got back to scary. That could have been bad if I didn’t fix that. Lol!

  49. Amanda says:

    Oh, and Delaney, beautiful purse! I’m gonna have to try that.

  50. Erin says:

    I tried the craft, it worked great and I loved it!! I modified the directions after making a few totes. I put the straps on the back of the bag instead to make a backpack. It came out great!!! : )