‘Ariel’ Doll Sleeping Bag (for 18″ dolls)

May 11, 2016By Janice FergusonEmbroidery, Projects 40 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Every 18” doll can get Princess quality beauty rest in this cozy sleeping bag. With your Brother embroidery machine and Disney’s Princess Signature Collection from iBroidery.com, you can make this quick and easy project.  Brother’s embroidery machines can stitch Ariel or other Disney royalty onto unique garments and accessories for girls of all sizes.  This diminutive accessory is a welcome gift for any little lady who loves her dolls.


  • Yellow fabric (bag exterior) 27″ x 13″ and 17″ x 13″
  • ‘Ariel’ fabric (lining) 27″ x 13″ and 17″ x 13″
  • Small amount (3 handfuls) of Poly-fil®
  • Stabilizer
  • Thread for embroidery and construction
  • Ariel name (embroidery design from iBroidery)
  • Ariel logo (embroidery design from iBroidery)
  • 4″ x 4″ embroidery hoop
  • Optional: Novelty fish and shell buttons

Embroidery Directions:

  1. Hoop stabilizer and 17″ x 13″ yellow fabric in your 4″ x 4″ hoop.
  2. Embroider ‘Ariel’ logo. (Center design horizontally and at 6.5″ from lower edge horizontally and 6.5″ from lower edge.)


  1. Hoop stabilizer and 27″ x 13″ yellow fabric in your 4″ x 4″ frame. Position fabric as shown, with design center at 2.5″ from the 13″ raw edge and centered horizontally.


Construction (All seam allowances are 1/4″.)

  1. Stack logo embroidered yellow fabric and ‘Ariel’ fabric with right sides together. Take care to place ‘Ariel’ fabric with heads pointing up toward the top of the bag.
  2. Stitch two pieces together, leaving a 4″ opening at the bottom for turning the piece right side out.
  3. Turn right side out, whip opening closed and press.
  4. Repeat with the two larger pieces (one ‘Ariel’ fabric seamed to yellow ‘Ariel’ name embroidery).
  5. There are now two flat, completely lined pieces.

2 lined piecesx

  1. Note that ‘Ariel’ name is positioned upside down.
  2. Flip yellow ‘Ariel’ name piece over, exposing ‘Ariel’ fabric. Fold embroidered name down 4″, rendering a doubled piece 4″ x 12 1/2″ for pillow.
  3. Topstitch pillow in place on one short side and along the long side, through all layers. Leave one short side unstitched.
  4. Stuff opening with Poly-fil® and topstitch closed.
  5. Stack logo embroidered piece on larger piece, matching three sides.
  6. Topstitch down the left 16 1/2″ side, across 12 1/2″ bottom, and up 10″ on third side. This leaves a 6 1/2″ flap for sliding in the doll.
  7. Tuck a doll in for the night.

bag finished

Final Project


Poly-fil® is a product of Fairfield, and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such products.


    • Thank you for the kind words Barbara! I know Janice is reading all comments and is thrilled to see people happy with her project. I know we are!

  • What an adorable sleeping bag for the dolls!!! I’ll definitely have to make one of these for the granddaughters. 🙂

  • What an adorable sleeping bag for the dolls!!! I’ll definitely have to make one of these for the granddaughters. 🙂 Love it!

    • Kathy, I’ve made a few of these and the little girls all love them. The Princess name and logo make it especially appealing to our little princesses who are so focused on Disney Princesses. We’d love to see a photo of your finished project on Brother’s Facebook page. Thanks for writing.

    • Cheryle, you are so right that this is a great accessory for little “doll mothers” to bring to sleepovers. No one wants her doll to sleep tossed in a corner somewhere ;-). Thanks for your comment.

  • I love this so much. I am so glad to have a place with such experts to guide us along. I am glad to see you here Janice. I can get some of those classes I had been praying for.

    • Thanks for your very sweet words, Kay. This blog holds a wealth of information. I love reading all the tutorials and tips. There is so much to learn!

  • That is such an adorable idea! I think I want to do a whole Princess line, this is just too cute. And, are those real little shells on the edge? Ahh. So cute!

  • Another one of your wonderful creations! I so appreciate your projects because they always are so unusual yet your instructions are so clear even a beginner can follow them with confidence.

  • I need to make two of these for the dgd’s dolls, and two for the dolls I keep here. They have play days at Nana’s house, you see. The youngest dgd doesn’t have her own doll yet, but loves to play with Nana’s. Thank you, Janice, for sharing!

  • So cute, and as always, perfectly stitched! I’m so glad to see projects that are possible for those of us who have only 4×4 frames.

  • Neva, aren’t grandchildren just the most fun? We get to be kids again with them. Having those little girls with their dolls at Nana’s house makes for a great play day. And when the dolls nap in their new sleeping bags, those little girls need to do the same! Nana’s need their rest, too!

  • This looks like a very achievable project for a novice embroiderer and sewer, which is much appreciated. I will be taking my first machine embroidery class in a couple of months and this could be a good project to tackle. I appreciate the picture showing the fabric-in-hoop placement; having a free edge is ok, which is good to know. And the concept is so adorable. It could also work for a teddy bear or other friend with different design motifs, not just a doll. My baby boy has a stuffed dog that he plays with and its sleeping bag could have grass and leaves embroidered on it and a bone on the pillow… Thank you for getting my creative thoughts flowing.

    • Jennifer, I am excited for you to enter the world of machine embroidery. Your suggestions for making this a suitable project for little boy toys is perfect. You’ll have to make a dog sleeping bag for your little boy. Thanks for reading this post so carefully.

  • Thanks, Jeannette and Terri. Sewing for children is just so much fun. Now with this up-to-the-minute popular designs, we can make items to satisfy a little one’s current interest. Remember when we had to wait for a collection on a card? Now you can dowload the designs hot from the designers in a flash, 24/7. I love it!

  • I love this little sleeping bag. The embroidered design on the front is a perfect fit for the “under the sea” theme of the sleeping bag. I love the idea of the Ariel fabric inside! Little girls would be delighted with this sleeping bag. It has a flexible design, so it can easily turn into a sleeping bag for another toy that could be enjoyable for boys as well, simply by changing the fabric inside and perhaps changing the embroidery design. The instructions were so easy to follow and the the pictures were clear. It looks like a very fun project!

    • Thank you, LCF, for your careful evaluation of this project. Your idea for modifying it to suit other interests make this bag a great option for any child.

  • Love this bag. Think I might make one for my granddaughter. Don’t have a brother, so will have to substitute designs.

    • Linda, you could stitch this sleeping bag up so quickly using any designs. Any design would work while the construction is just the same. Thanks for looking this over. We’d love to see a picture of your finished bag.

  • Could this idea be used for stuffed animals and boy dolls with a different take on materials? The embroidered “Ariel” is just glorious.
    Keep up your ideas, Janice

    • Susanna, absolutely this could be used for stuffed animals or toys other than dolls. See the comment above to Jennifer who thinks along these same lines. Thanks for writing, Susanna.

  • I have to go to my doctor’s office every six weeks for an IV. One of the nurses there has a YOUNG daughter that is learning to sew with her grandmother’s help. She got a real sewing machine for Christmas 2015 and exhibited items at the county fair this year and won blue ribbons! I’ve printed this out so I can take the instructions to her mom so if she would like to make this for her American girl doll. We need to encourage sewing wherever possible in our children!

  • Gailette, printing these instructions for your nurse’s daughter is such a thoughtful thing to do! And YES, we need to encourage sewing whenever possible, in our children and in others. I’m so happy for that little girl to have her own machine at such a tender age. So few schools ever include sewing in their curricula, either as an elective or a required subject. We all have to work behind the scenes to introduce and encourage children to the joy and usefulness of sewing. Good work, Gailette!

  • Another great project and tutorial. Bookmarked it for future reference! Little girls would love this for their dolly! Thanks!

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