A friend called and said she really wanted to make a baby doll carrier for her daughter’s birthday (in 2 days). She’s not a sewer, but she thought maybe she could camp out at my house for a while to use my sewing machine. I told her she was free to come over but that she should pick out a pattern online in advance because sewing (especially for the first time) isn’t as easy as it looks.
As soon as we hung up, it dawned on me: She doesn’t want a sewing lesson, she wants a baby doll carrier for her daughter’s birthday! I now had the perfect opportunity to surprise her daughter with this amazing gift for her birthday.
I looked over the baby doll carrier tutorial she found online and thought, there’s got to be an easier way! Everything I know about sewing is from trail and error and a little You Tube. So I let my creative wheels start spinning and suddenly it clicked. I got out a cute summer jumper and a flannel burp cloth and got to work.
Baby Doll Carrier Tutorial
- Summer jumper
- Flannel burp cloth
- I cut the flannel burp cloth into two 18 inch 3.5 inch strips.
- I folded over and ironed a half inch on the right edge and an inch on the left edge of each strip (LEFT). Then I ironed it in half (RIGHT).
- To finish my straps, I sewed a straight line down along each side, about an eighth inch from each edge.
- I cut across the backside of the jumper (the frontside of the baby doll carrier) about 6.5 inches from the crotch, in order for the baby doll to be able to look out.
- On the front side of the jumper (or the backside of the carrier) I cut a straight line across the top of the jumper about 12 inches from the crotch.
- I turned the jumper inside out. I folded over the backside about a half inch and sewed along the fold.
- Since my jumper was too big and baggy, I decided to bring it in a little by sewing straight up from the outside of the leg openings (about 10 inches wide) and stopping at the top of the baby doll seat pocket (now 9 inches wide).
- After taking in the bottom half of the jumper, I needed to take in the sides of the top half as well. I cut at the same angle as what I just sewed until the baby doll carrier measured about 8 inches wide across the top, 9 inches across the middle, and 10 inches along the bottom.
Putting it all together:
- To create a clean, finished look, I decided to use the left over pieces of the flannel burp cloth to line the back of the baby carrier. The only problem was that I made a mistake the first time I cut the flannel straps so I actually had to sew the pieces back together. In the end, the flannel measured 8 inches across the top and 9 inches across the middle/bottom and about 7 inches long.
- I turned the jumper right-side out again and put the front side of the jumper and the right side of the flannel face to face with each other. I pinned them together so that the top sides (8 inch sides) lined up.
- I tucked the straps up between the flannel and the outfit, one on each side, so that the straps were hanging down (counter intuitive, I know) with just a half inch or so sticking out the top.
- I sewed the two pieces together along the top, across the handles, and along both sides, just until I reached the top of the baby doll seat pocket, leaving about a 2 inch flap of flannel to tuck down into the baby doll carrier. I cut off the excess material around the sides, especially at the top corners.
- Last but not least, I folded the carrier back inside out and pull the straps down through the baby doll seat and out the crotch of the jumper. I sewed across the crotch of the jumper just above the snaps. I cut off the snaps and threw them away.
Giving it away:
I turned the jumper right-side out, put in my daughter’s baby doll and had her try it on. I sure hope the birthday girl likes it as much as my daughter Cora. She is excited to give it to her on Saturday! Let’s hope it stays that way.