Sleeping Bag Tutorial

Sleeping Bag Tutorial

Two years ago I made my first cute little sleeping bag tutorial (link below) and I decided to make a couple this year and update the pattern to make it a little easier.

DIY Sleeping bag tutorial for dolls and stuffed animals
  • Cut 2 pieces of fabric for the back of the sleeping bag – 10 inches x 18 inches and one piece of batting.
  • Layer right sides together with the batting on the back and stitch around the sides leaving a opening for turning it right side out.
  • Stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  • Turn right side out.
Turning sleeping bag inside out
  • Cut 2 more pieces 11 inches by 9 inches. The top will be wider than the bottom.
  • You could also cut 1 piece 22 x 9 inches and fold it over.
  • Stitch around the outside leaving a opening for turning.
  • Turn right side out.
Sleeping bag DIY tutorial

In the photo below you can see that the top is wider. If you would like to do some quilting on the bag, now is the time to do it.

Sleeping bag DIY tutorial for kids

Place the top on the bottom matching up the sides seams. The bottom will be too big and you will want to make 2 pleats or tucks.

Top-stitch around the sides and bottom. I caught the openings for turning in my top-stitching.

Sleeping bag DIY tutorial for kids

You could always use clips instead of pins to hold the pieces together.

Sleeping bag DIY tutorial for kids clips to hold pieces together

Fold-down the top part of the backing to make a little pillow. Top-stitch on one side and the bottom, then stuff and stitch down the other side.

Sleeping bag DIY tutorial for kids

I also made one that has binding around it. Actually I made it first…..then I decided on making the sleeping bag even faster…..without binding.

Sleeping bag DIY tutorial for kids
Sleeping bag DIY tutorial for kids

Here you can see the sleeping bag all done except putting a binding around the sides and bottom. I cut my binding 2 1/4 inches.

Sleeping Bag tutorial for a stuffed animal

This one was actually a little wider.

Sleeping bag DIY tutorial for kids

These would make a great last-minute gift. The little bears below were bought at the Dollar Tree.

Sleeping bag DIY tutorial for kids

Of course, I had to make a sleeping bag out of batiks……this is from Island Batik and is from the Quilts of Valor group.

Sleeping bag DIY tutorial for kids

Be sure and checkout my other DIY sleeping bag tutorial!

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Hi, I’m Connie Kresin Campbell, the quilter, writer, and photographer behind Freemotion By the River. I enjoy inspiring others with my quilt tutorials and patterns.

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14 Comments

  1. Ah, my potential-step-granddaughter-to be would love one (or more!) of these… will share this with her mum as I bet they'd have fun creating some on one of their crafty afternoons

  2. I have been wanting to make a stuffed toy as a gift and adding a bag to go with it would be interactive and fun.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial, Connie. These little sleeping bags are adorable. Especially with a built in pillow! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  4. I saved the tutorial. Belle is only 12 months old but I can see making these for her in the next year!

    I want to stop over and show you the 25 full sized pillowcases and 7 travel size cases I made for Christmas. I still need to make 4 more travel size and one full size but they are going up north and I will send them home with my brother when he come to visit in January.

  5. These are very sweet and would make wonderful gifts for charity drives. Thank you for sharing your excellent tutorial. Christmas Blessings Dear…

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