Whip Up Pattern: Sleepy time baby and doll quilt

by kath_red on 10/01/2011

in Whip Up Tutorials

Sleepy-time baby and doll quilt

This adorable cuddly sleepy-time baby with its coordinated mini doll quilt will be loved by little girls. It’s easy to make and by adding some dried lavender to the stuffing you can help your little ones have sweet dreams.

Tools for this project
Sewing machine + sewing machine thread
Embroidery (hand stitching) needle
fabric glue
tape measure

Materials for Sleepy-time baby
20cm square piece of black felt for hair
5cm square piece of white felt for arms
Cream fabric for face 12x17cm / 4x7inches piece (x2)
Pink fabric for body 20x17cm piece (x2) 8x7inches
Scrap of polka dot fabric for scarf 3x17cm 1×7 inches (x2)
Scraps of pretty fabrics for collar + pocket
Pillow stuffing (+optional dried lavender)
Black embroidery thread for facial features

Materials for doll quilt
Scrappy strips of pretty fabric – approx 23x3cm / 9x1inches (x10)
Polka dot piece of fabric for pocket 13x13cm / 5×5 inches
Pink strip of fabric 42x4cm 16.5x 1.5inches
Unbleached or cream cotton for back – 54x42cm / 21×16.5inches
Unbleached or cream cotton for front – x6 pieces (42x17cm/ 16.5x7inches; 42x5cm/ 16.5x2inches; 42x11cm / 16.5x4inches; 23x13cm/ 9x5inches; 23x10cm / 9x4inches)
Coated hand-quilting thread

[Notes: Press seams as you go and press each piece flat before moving on to the next step.]

Sleepy-time baby
Pattern pieces for doll

Step 1. Cut out your pieces using the diagram shown above:
– cut the hair from the black felt, cut the arms from the white felt, cut the collar and pocket from scrappy pretty fabric.
– Sew together the fabric for face, the strip for the scarf and the fabric for the body (x2 for front and back of body).

Step 2. Lay out all the cut out pieces onto the body, fix them in place temporarily with small dabs of fabric glue then machine sew them.
– Attach the rounded hair piece to the back head
– Attach the fringe hair piece to the front head
– Attach the arms and collar to the front body
– Make a pocket by cutting out a pocket shape and hemming around, then attaching in position by machine.

Step.3 – Hand embroider the face details using black thread and a simple back stitch.

Step.3 – Fold the pony tails at the top to make a small pleat and pin them onto the head front, facing inwards – sew them into position.

Step 5.
– Place the front and backs right sides together, trim the top of the head to be slightly rounded.
– Pin and sew around the edges, leaving a gap at the bottom to insert the stuffing.
– Turn the body right side out through the gap at the bottom.

Step6. – Stuff the doll with your pillow stuffing until nicely filled but still soft. (Optional add a handful of dried lavender in the body stuffing.) Hand stitch the opening closed.

Now make a doll quilt to go with your sleepy-time baby.

Making the doll quilt
Pattern pieces for mini quilt

Step 1.
– Gather your materials and cut to size
– Lay out the pieces as per the diagram

Step 2.
– Sew the strips together in section 2.
– Sew the 2 long strips to the top of section 3.
– Sew section 1 and section 3 to either side of section 2.

Step 3.
– Lay the top and the back piece right sides together. Round the corners by first marking them with a small bowl and cutting with scissors.
– Pin together and sew around the edges, leaving an opening in the base.
– Turn right sides out and press. Hand stitch the opening closed.

Step 4.
– Using hand quilting thread, needle and thimble, hand quilt using a simple chunky running stitch (+ optional cross stitches).
– Run a line of stitches around the border, and a few lines along the centre, and one side. Your little quilt is now finished.


Inside Issue 3 of Action Pack: A mini-mag for kids who want to do stuff! there is a simple pattern and really detailed tutorial for making the cup, saucer and some tasty felt jam tarts. That pattern is pretty simple, perfect for beginner sewists and kids to make. The teapot pattern is a little more fiddly and tricky and more for intermediate sewists – it is available for only $2 at Pattern Spot – you can get it here.

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lissy January 10, 2011 at 8:41 am

adorable :)


2 Michelle January 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

Wow. Now I know what I’m making today! Do I have a little girl? No, but there are several on my street who I’m sure would nap more soundly if they had such a sweetie to snuggle with. Thank you. m


3 liz noonan January 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

This is so sweet! Never thought of stuffing with lavender, what a great idea!


4 Lisa January 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

That is so sweet…! Love it. And thank you for the very clear and logical directions.


5 RachelM January 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

That’s lovely, thanks for sharing. :)

I’ve written my first free crochet pattern, I posted it on my blog last night if you’d like to have a look!


6 joanie January 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

That’s very cute Kathreen. Now I’m hoping the pregnant mums I know have girls.
Though I’m sure a boy would like one too :)


7 Mimi January 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This is soooo sweet! I love this! Thanks for sharing.


8 tiffany January 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

So cute! Now, if only you had included the teapot, teacup, and saucer pattern… :)


9 Alicia January 10, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Awwwww, what a sweet little dolly!


10 Jill January 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm

How adorable! You make it look easy enough for even me to do it. p.s. LOVE the teacup!


11 Jo January 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

So cute! Grandbabies are popping out like crazy around here, so I will try this, but PLEASE can you post the teacup, teapot and treats as well? Please?


12 kath_red January 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Hi Everyone
thanks for your interest in this pattern – I will get a little time in the next couple of weeks and will do the teaset tutorial – so look out for it in about a month.


13 Jo April 12, 2011 at 8:05 am

I know things get super busy, did you post this? I can’t find it if you did. Thanks and I am so glad I discovered your site!


14 Lisa January 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm

well isn’t that one of the sweetest tutorials I have ever seen! I have the same spool of that thread in a soft salmon pink that I bought to be honest just to look at because it is so beautiful… and I do believe you have just inspired me to gasp actually sew with it!


15 tiffany January 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Hooray! I can’t wait for the teaset tutorial, too! I just got my Whip Up Mini Quilts book and have been tearing through that. Thank you!


16 amanda January 15, 2011 at 2:29 am

this is by far one of the cutest little dollies around, I have a ton of little girls tutorial on my blog if you ever want to check them out..i’m now following :)

Thank you


17 Jennifer January 17, 2011 at 9:06 am

I love this!!! Thanks for the detailed description. You ROCK!
Can’t wait to make one of these for the little girls in my life.


18 The Prudent Homemaker January 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

Coming to your site from another place so that I could look for that teaset! I have 4 little girls and they want to play all the time, and they are so little that a fabric tea set would be wonderful! I’ll be looking for your tutorial next month!


19 Miss Muffin January 22, 2011 at 10:00 am

Oh, this is so cute!!!! Thanks for the pattern and instructions.

I am wondering … is there a pattern for the cute handsewn teaset somewhere to? Is it free or can it be bought? It looks adorable!

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20 kath_red January 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Am working on the pattern – thanks so much for asking


21 Jessica March 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I’d like the tea set pattern too. :)


22 Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life January 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Adorable doll and sweet fabric for the quilt, but I just have to see the tutorial for that tea set! :)


23 Casey January 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

lovely! thanks for the tutorial! looking forward to the teacup one as well! :)


24 Giselle February 10, 2011 at 3:16 am

I just had to comment on how much fun this pattern was to make – My daughter thanks you as well as I – she was invited to a sleepover and was a tad nervous, so she wanted a doll to take along to help her sleep – I saw this pattern on your blog and gave it a try. I posted a pic of the finished product on my blog (wickedjypsi@blogspot.com) along with your blog info, and would love to have you take a look. Please let me know if that’s okay –
Thanks so much for the awesome pattern!!!!!


25 kath_red February 10, 2011 at 5:08 am
26 Casey February 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Thank you for this adorable tutorial! Here’s mine: http://cbraden7.blogspot.com/2011/02/sleepy-time-baby-doll.html


27 Katy (France) April 2, 2011 at 2:51 am

I made this doll for a friend’s daughter (I tweaked the pattern just a little bit), and it turned out beautifully, thank you ♥


28 kath_red April 2, 2011 at 7:12 am

Thank you for letting me know – I hope she loves it!


29 jennifer December 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm



30 Evie September 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Hi: Please tell me where the pattern is for the Sleepytime Baby Doll…All I find is
sketches…thank you…….Evie


31 kath_red September 24, 2012 at 1:56 am

The sketches have the dimensions – if you print them or trace them you can create the pattern using the dimensions listed.

Good luck


32 rachelle November 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm

that is so adorable. what is the chance you would have the pattern for the accessories. the teapot, cup and saucer and plate of goodies would be terrific to have. thank you so much for sharing the others i love it and i am sure my granddaughter will as well .


33 kath_red November 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

If you sign up for the whipup newsletter (see sidebar) a free copy of the teapot pattern will be sent to you.

and enjoy


34 Sharon December 8, 2012 at 2:49 am

Thanks so much – I made miniature ones to fit in little tin boxes with their own blanket and mattress. Very cute, and I am sure to have some happy little girls on Christmas Day!


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