Let’s #sew a #DIY #gym bag for AG #dolls!

Image shows the Kiya doll from the American Girl Doll company wearing a hand-made halter top, hand-sewn pants, and DIY sandals. She carries a hand-sewn duffle bag that matches her outfit. She stands on a sandy beach with a seascape behind her including rocky cliffs and rolling waves. Kiya looks at the camera with honest eyes. She extends one hand in which she carries the DIY duffle bag. The header for the image says, "Purple Duffle Bag Pattern for AG Dolls FREE 2" and the watermark says, "ChellyWood.com: FREE doll clothes patterns and tutorials." In fact, if you go to ChellyWood.com, you can download the free, printable sewing pattern for this duffle bag (and the other American Girl -sized doll clothes patterns for the other items of clothing she wears) and all patterns at ChellyWood.com are free and come with a free tutorial video showing how to make the clothing item (including this duffle bag or overnight bag for dolls).

Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

At the start of the new year, I did a survey. Do you remember that? A lot of people requested free patterns to fit 18″ (46 cm) dolls, like American Girl Dolls, Madame Alexander Dolls, etc. Well you talked, and I listened!

Now I’m pretty new to this size of doll, so my first prototypes didn’t fit correctly and I’ve had to make adjustments. It really does take about 6 months to create an outfit like this with patterns that I can be sure will really work. (Some of you have made requests and been surprised that it takes that long to create a pattern.)

Finally I have an outfit completed that I am sure will fit American Girl, Madame Alexander, and similar-sized dolls! We’re going to start by making the duffel bag /overnight bag / kit bag that my Kaya doll is holding in the image above and my Madame Alexander doll holds in the image below:

Image shows the 18" or 46 cm doll from the Madame Alexander Doll company wearing a hand-made halter top, hand-sewn pants, and DIY sandals. She carries a hand-sewn kit bag that matches her outfit. She stands on a sandy beach with a seascape behind her including rocky cliffs and rolling waves. This 18" or 46 cm Madame Alexander Doll looks at the camera with honest eyes. She extends one hand in which she carries the DIY kit bag. The header for the image says, "Purple kit Bag Pattern for AG Dolls FREE 2" and the watermark says, "ChellyWood.com: FREE doll clothes patterns and tutorials." In fact, if you go to ChellyWood.com, you can download the free, printable sewing pattern for this kit bag (and the other Madame Alexander -sized doll clothes patterns for the other items of clothing she wears) and all patterns at ChellyWood.com are free and come with a free tutorial video showing how to make the clothing item (including this kit bag or overnight bag for dolls).

Please Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

As you can see, this gym bag has pockets on the side and straps to hold it. I used a rectangle of foam and another rectangle of cardboard in the base to help it keep its shape.

For the straps, I will provide a pattern, but you could also use bias tape or ribbon.

Image shows the Kaya doll from the American Girl Doll company wearing a hand-made halter top, hand-sewn pants, and DIY sandals. She carries a hand-sewn duffel bag that matches her outfit. She stands on a sandy beach with a seascape behind her including rocky cliffs and rolling waves. Kaya looks at the camera with honest eyes. She extends one hand in which she carries the DIY duffel bag. The header for the image says, "Purple duffel Bag Pattern for AG Dolls FREE 2" and the watermark says, "ChellyWood.com: FREE doll clothes patterns and tutorials." In fact, if you go to ChellyWood.com, you can download the free, printable sewing pattern for this duffel bag (and the other American Girl -sized doll clothes patterns for the other items of clothing she wears) and all patterns at ChellyWood.com are free and come with a free tutorial video showing how to make the clothing item (including this duffel bag or overnight bag for dolls).

Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

As you can see in the image above, the 18″ doll carry-all bag can hold an overnight outfit, swimsuit, pajamas, or other doll clothes. You can open and close it because I’ve designed it with a Velcro® flap. When completely sewn, it’s 5 3/4 inches long (14 cm long) and 2 inches wide (5 cm wide). It has four side pockets (2 on each side).

This week I’ll be posting the free sewing patterns and DIY tutorials for making this gym bag for 18″ dolls (46 cm dolls) like American Girl Dolls, Madame Alexander Dolls, and others. Later I’ll post free printable sewing patterns and DIY tutorials for each item in the outfit, including the super-easy-to-make sandals shown in the image below:

Image shows the 18" or 46 cm doll from the Madame Alexander Doll company wearing hand-sewn pants and DIY sandals. The image is a close-up of her feet and legs. She carries a handmade gym bag that matches her outfit. She stands on a sandy beach with a seascape behind her including rocky cliffs and rolling waves. This 18" or 46 cm Madame Alexander Doll has set her DIY gym bag down in the sand as if she’s getting ready to have some fun at the beach today. The header for the image says, "Purple gym Bag Pattern for AG Dolls FREE 2" and the watermark says, "ChellyWood.com: FREE doll clothes patterns and tutorials." In fact, if you go to ChellyWood.com, you can download the free, printable sewing pattern for this gym bag (and the other Madame Alexander -sized doll clothes patterns for the other items of clothing she wears) and all patterns at ChellyWood.com are free and come with a free tutorial video showing how to make the clothing item (including this gym bag or overnight bag for dolls).

Please visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns to make dolls’ clothes for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Special thanks to Brian Garcia, who allowed me to adapt his duffel bag pattern for this project! Thank you so much for sharing your pattern with me, Brian! I hope I do it justice!

 

 

Additional Information:

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Some of my followers have wondered what motivates me to give my patterns away for free.

First of all, I’m a librarian by trade. Librarians love free stuff! We believe that the more a person knows, the more enriched their life will be. So it may sound kind of crazy, but I want ChellyWood.com to become a sort of library of free patterns that help people learn to sew doll clothes.

If you’d like to learn more about my motives, feel free to visit my Chelly’s Books page.

My Gallery Page is the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for patterns and tutorials.

Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.) To review my difficulty scale (demonstrating how hard or easy a pattern is by the number of flowers displayed), take a look back at this blog post.

Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).

My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.

Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:

Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.

In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. You might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.

If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and crafts.

 

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