Inside: Easy Doll Sleeping Bag + A Tiny Kitten Tutorial
It’s made from felted wool and is the perfect size for a small child to hold. If you look closely at Stephanie’s website, you’ll also notice she has an entire menagerie of little pocket animals.
I decided that I’d make the Pocket Kitty because it’s so adorable and I know a little granddaughter who will agree. I also wanted to make a small doll sleeping bag to go along with the kitties. I used Stephanie’s pattern and made a few adjustments which you’ll see below.
The key to making these cute kitties is using felted wool. I don’t recommend using the cheaper felt from craft stores because it won’t hold up. Instead, see if you can find some felted wool. I picked up the black and white wool from my local Joann’s. Also, your local quilt shop may carry squares.
- 8″ x 10″ Felted Wool Squares (affiliate)
- FabriSolvy (affiliate)
- Embroidery Needle
- Embroidery Floss
- Chopstick or hemostats for stuffing (affiliate)
- FREE Kitty Pattern and Instructions
I didn’t vary much from Stephanie’s tutorial with the exception of using embroidery floss. The instructions are simple and straight forward.
It’s also an ideal project for teaching a young child how to hand sew.
Easy Doll Sleeping Bag:
While perusing Stephanie’s website I also came across a doll sleeping bag and thought it might add to this project. The pattern is so cute and I thought I might make this to go along with my little kittens.
It’s made with hexies and has some hand quilting which meant it might be more time consuming than I anticipated. But, I loved the idea so I found some hexie-shaped fabric (see below) and used that to get the same affect. I also skipped the hand sewing part, although it really sounded like a great way to put my hand sewing skills into practice.
Instead, I used Stephanie’s pattern as a template for my own version of a Doll Sleeping Bag. It’s so straight forward I didn’t take any process photos. If you think of it like making a mug rug with a pocket, then you’ll be fine.
- Qty (2) 8″ x 10″ Pocket Fabric – I used Riley Blake’s Serendipity by Minki Kim because it has hexies.
- Qty (2) 10″ x 14″ Back Fabric – I used Robert Kaufman’s Architextures by Carolyn Friendlander (affiliate)
- Qty (1) 8″ x 10″ Quilt Batting Scraps
- Qty (1) 10″ x 14″ Quilt Batting Scraps
- Enough scraps to make a binding approximately 2.5″ x 70″ – I used leftover Serendipity scraps to make my binding.
- Aurifil 50 wt. Cotton Thread
- Rotary Cutter with sharp blade
- Acrylic Ruler
- Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
- Iron & Ironing Board
- From the Pocket Fabric, create a quilt sandwich and machine quilt a simple grid design. I did this with a walking foot and followed the hexie lines on the fabric. Once you’ve quilted the fabric, trim it down to 6.75″ x 9″.
- Take about 10″ of binding and attach to back of Pocket using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Fold over front edge and machine stitch. Set aside.
- From the Back Fabric, create a quilt sandwich and machine quilt a simple grid design. I did this and marked my lines 1″ apart. Once you’ve quilted the fabric, trim it down to 9″ x 13″. Set aside.
- Make a 2.5″ x 70″ binding from the leftover scraps.
- Place the Pocket at the bottom of the quilt Back and pin in place. Stitch using a 1/8″ seam allowance to hold.
- Attach the binding to the back and stitch down using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Fold the binding to the front and machine stitch.
Isn’t that easy. And so cute.
And, the sleeping bag is for more than just kitties!