Doll Bag With Pattern That Kids Can Make

18-inch doll with handmade bag

Meet Allalena! Emma got her for Christmas, and she has been the source of great joy, creative play, and creating! Johnny and Emma worked together to come up with her beautiful name.

Allalena came with an extra outfit (Hooray, Costco, for selling beautifully-made, affordable 18-inch dolls who come with accessories!!!), and Emma loves changing her clothes. She also loves making her accessories. We worked together to design this simple bag, which Emma sewed all by herself (I chained three strands of yarn together to make the strap and sewed on the button).

Emma sewing her doll a bag

Felt is super-easy to stitch, you don’t have to worry about fraying, and Emma has enough experience that she stitched this together easily, once I showed her which side to sew where. We left the stitching on the outside because I like that look, but you could also stitch and turn the bag right side out – or even sew this on the machine.

handmade bag for an 18-inch doll

We used craft felt; proper wool felt wouldn’t reflect the light like this in photos.

Just in case there are other dolls in search of bags, I uploaded our doll bag pattern here, complete with instructions. In addition to being a doll accessory, I think these little bags would make darling party favors!

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  1. says

    That is so cute. R really wants to learn how to sew, but I don’t know how either. I’m hoping to work on that this year. I’m going to add this to our to do list.

    That doll is cute. My in-laws buy R an American Girl doll every year and I think they are so overpriced.

  2. says

    So sweet! I also want to start teaching Anna to sew this year, but I think it makes sense to wait until she is about 5.5 and can do more independently.

    • maryanne says

      That makes sense. Emma turns six next month, and I’ve definitely seen a big jump in her ability to complete projects like this in the past six months or so.

  3. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    Adorable!! Wow, Emma’s going to be six next month? She is amazing!! :-)

    I know a certain 7 yr old who would LOVE to sew up some cute bags for her own dolls too… ;-)

  4. says

    I need to help Batman finish his monster. He keeps asking me and I keep not following through, it’s one lousy seam………..

    The purse is so cute!


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