Advice for Making a Doll Quilt

In this image, we see the Chelly Wood doll (a Spin Master Liv doll that has had its face re-painted and its hair dyed to grey in order to look like the real doll clothes designer, Chelly Wood) standing next to a book entitled, Little Quilts: All Through the House. The doll stands in the middle of her tiny sewing room. To her left is her sewing table, complete with tiny sewing machine, miniature swatches of purple and blue fabrics, a coffee cup, a teeny-tiny tomato-shaped pin cushion, and a blue-cloth-covered office chair pulled up to her sewing table. Farther to her right is a hutch filled with tiny swatches of fabric in many colors. The book she stands next to shows illustrations of miniature and doll-sized quilts decorating the walls, table and hutch (similar to Chelly's hutch) with doll-sized quilts. The Chelly Wood website logo appears in the lower right-hand corner of this photo.
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In my inbox this past week, I received an email from one of my followers, asking me for advice on doll-sized quilts. The question she asked was, “[If] you were to make a doll blanket or quilt for [a 14 inch] doll, what dimensions would you suggest?”

So today’s blog post is a variation on the advice I gave her over email…

There’s a fantastic book called Little Quilts : All Through the House by authors Alice Berg, Mary Ellen Von Holt, and Sylvia Johnson. It was published by That Patchwork Place, Inc. The ISBN (international standard book number) is 1-56477-033-8.

If you can’t find a used, for-sale version of the book online, try bringing this information (title, author, publisher, and ISBN number) to your public library. They can order it for you, using inter-library loans.

A lot of the quilts in Little Quilts : All Through the House are the PERFECT size for your 14 inch dolls, and the book comes with all the patterns in the back of the book.

I had never made a quilt before in my life, when I bought this book, but I had no problem piecing together the miniature quilt projects offered in the book.

Have a look at my 16 inch vintage Velvet doll standing right next to the “twelve hearts” quilt from the Little Quilts book:

The image shows a 16" Velvet doll from the Crissy family of vintage dolls. She seems to be strolling in front of a wall where a lovely miniature quilt is hanging. The quilt is made with purple applique hearts on a white background, and it's trimmed in purple and white floral fabric. The doll wears an easy-to-sew felt sleeveless shirt / top and a super easy to make elastic waist skirt. Patterns for the skirt and shirt are found at in the form of a free printable PDF sewing pattern.
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This tiny hearts quilt is made using simple applique methods, but there are more than just applique quilts in the book.

Little Quilts by Alice Berg et al. also offers a pattern for a really neat American flag quilt that’s exactly the right dimensions for a 14 inch doll — and it would be great for other dolls as well:

A 17 inch Dreamtopia Endless Hair Kingdom Barbie walks past a quilted American flag hanging on a brick wall behind her. the doll wears a sleeveless white summer top with a blue business skirt and pink plastic shoes.

I first made my American flag quilt as a table “place mat,” but I love to photograph it behind dolls for my website when we get close to our American Independence Day too.

I highly recommend Little Quilts: All Through the House for small quilts. It’s out-of-print now, but you can buy it on eBay and other used-book websites for under $4 sometimes. Always remember to calculate the shipping and handling costs though.

Now there was a little tidbit of information that I forgot to mention to my fan/follower who emailed me this question about doll quilts, so I hope she reads this article! Another piece of advice I have for making doll quilts is this: don’t use any quilt batting at all.

Even the thinnest batting will make the blanket too stiff to “tuck” a doll into bed. So if you skip batting altogether and just use a lightweight cotton or even a flannel backing, that’s enough to give the dolly blanket a more natural look when we put our dollies to bed.

Any out-of-print pattern books I display and talk about here on are often also available for sale on eBay. However, if you’ve never purchased anything on eBay before, it’s a good idea to read the article I wrote called, “Tips for Buying Used Doll Clothes Patterns on eBay.” It will save you time, money, and will likely prevent buyer’s remorse.

And by the way, if you use the links I’ve provided to make your eBay purchase, this website will receive a small commission, which helps fund the website, so I can continue to provide you with all the free patterns and tutorial videos offered here.

Before I go, I want to remind you that my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” is now live on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want!


And don’t panic if it seems like too much to take on right now — sometimes our lives get really busy. I get that. But for any class on Creative Spark, you actually have plenty of time to finish the course after you sign up.

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