Some of my most sacred childhood possessions were the handmade doll accessories and clothing my mom (who's taught me everything I know about sewing) made for me.
I wanted to make something hopefully as special for my little 3 year old (soon to be 4 on January 1st!) daughter. She has a little Baby Alive doll she's named Ariel, and Ariel has no diapers. My Little C specifically requested them (along with some doll clothes, which I hope to tackle before Christmas too), and I thought they'd be so much fun to sew. I also found an adorable dolly diaper bag pattern that I thought my girl would love, and then I thought: "What the heck! I'll sew up a wipes case, changemat and bib too and make it a sweet little set!"
This deluxe dolly diaper bag and accessories set would work for any doll that's around 12-15" tall (like Baby Alive, Melissa & Doug 12" Dolls, Waldorf Dolls, American Girl Bitty Baby) and it's a great way to use up scraps of fabric (from my ever-growing collection of fabric goodness from my favourite place to get it - Fabric.com). You could give the set as-is, or add more things to the bag like a doll's bottle, pretend food jars, spoons... and really anything that you think the wee recipient would love!
- scraps of cotton fabric (you'll need a yard for the bag and then just little bits for the rest)
- scraps of minkee or fleece fabric (for the "wipes", the bib lining, the diaper lining and the changemat lining)
- three squares of crafter's felt coordinating colours (for heart appliques and wipes case)
- 1" wide velcro
Doll Diaper Bag with Heart Applique
I sewed the dolly diaper bag first. I basically followed this wonderful doll diaper bag tutorial by Mommy By Day Crafter By Night to a tee. The only changes I made were omitting the cardboard base (I wanted the bag to be washable) and I sewed a heart applique from two layers of felt on the front piece of fabric before sewing it to the rest of the pieces (I eyeballed the heart, but you could also print a heart out from an image on the computer and use that as a pattern). The tutorial was so easy to follow, and the size and shape of the bag will be perfect for my little Miss!
Doll Cloth Diapers with Heart Appliques
Next, I sewed the little cloth diapers. They're so teeny tiny and adorable! I was inspired by these dolly diapers from Craftaholics Anonymous and used this printable doll diaper pattern I found at Happy Together to cut out my fabric (I didn't even add seam allowances since this pattern was a little bigger than I wanted anyhow).
I cut a piece each out of cotton fabric and minkee fabric, pinned them right sides together, sewed around leaving a 2" hole, flipped them right side out, and then top stitched around the perimeter (closing the hole). I added a pink felt heart to the back of each diaper (I eyeballed the heart shape again and simply sewed it on).
Doll Felt Wipes Case with Wipes
The miniature wipes case and wipes were next. I also got this idea from Craftaholics Anonymous and thought it was so very cute and clever! I made the case out of squares of felt as per the tutorial, cut out an oval, sewed on a flap, and finished the flap with another heart applique. For the "wipes", I cut out squares of white minkee fabric and stuffed them in. My daughter is going to go crazy over this!
Doll Folding Changemat
To make the changemat, I cut out a rectangle of cotton fabric and one of minkee fabric that were each 8" wide by 15" long. I rounded the top corners of the fabrics using a round cup as a guide. Then, I pinned them right sides together, sewed around the perimeter with a ¼" seam allowance and leaving a 2" hole, turned it right side out, and top-stitched around the perimeter (and closed the hole this way). I finished with two lines of stitching that went horizontally across the pad to divide the mat in thirds vertically, a velcro piece at the inside top and the opposite side of the velcro in the middle of the bottom panel (as shown in the pictures above) and a heart applique.
This wee DIY bib was the final piece to this dolly set. I couldn't find a pattern online that I liked for a dolly bib, so I measured my girlie's doll and made a printable doll bib pattern up - feel free to use it if you need it! Simply click the image below to make it full size before you print it out and use it as a pattern.
I cut out a piece of cotton fabric and a piece of minkee fabric using this pattern and then pinned them right sides together. I sewed them together leaving a 2" opening, turned the bib right side out, top-stitched it, and then stitched on some tiny pieces of velcro to the neck openings.
I'm going to fill the dolly diaper bag with all of the tiny accessories, and then I'll probably add some more things that a "little mommy" might need for her "baby" (spoons, "food", bottles, a blanket). I may add a few handmade dolly clothes, but we'll see how far I get before Christmas!
I truly hope my spunky little girl will love this handmade dolly diaper bag set as much as I think she will - it will make sewing these crazy-small little diapers all worthwhile!