Baby Doll Carrier

Hi there! My name is Kim and I blog over at seven thirty three.

You’ll find all sorts of things over there from craft tutorials, party ideas and free printables! I hope if you enjoy today’s tutorial you’ll come over and say hi!

Today I am here to share with you a tutorial for making a Baby Doll Carrier. I searched high and low for an easy to sew, inexpensive Doll Carrier pattern and didn’t find one anything good. After a little brain storming I came up with one of my own and of course I have to share! This is a pretty simple project and I think even a beginner sewer could handle it.

If you are planning on making this during naptime, then make sure you grab out a baby doll from your little ones bedroom beforehand!

Materials Needed:
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2 contrasting fabrics – My fabric is from Sunny Happy Skies by Bella Blvd. for Riley Blake
Moonstitch Ribbon (or any wide ribbon)
Quilters Batting

The measurements I give made a carrier that fits both my 2.5 year old and my 4.5 year old both and if I added a little more length on the straps it would fit someone bigger too.

Alright, let’s begin:

Step 1:

Cut out 2 panels of your main fabric, 11″W X 10″L.
Cut out 1 panel of your quilters batting, 11″W x 10″L.
Cut out 2 panels of your contrasting fabric for your belly band, 14″W x 6″L.
Cut out 2 panels for the crotch strap, 3″W x 6.5″L.
Cut out 2 panels for the shoulder straps, 2.5″W x 9″L. (These can be cut on the fold so that you only make two cuts, see picture below).
Cut 2 strips of ribbon 12″L and 2 strips of ribbon 18″L.

Step 2: Take your crotch strap and put right sides together. Sew around three sides, leaving the top open for turning. Turn right side out and iron flat.

Step 3: Find the center of your belly band (right side up).

Step 4: Place your crotch strap with the unsewn edge down and hanging over about 1/4″ and pin in place.

Step 5: Place your 2nd belly panel over the top, sandwiching the crotch piece in place (all right sides together). Pin in place.

Step 6: Sew the top seam and the bottom seam. No need to sew the sides. Flip right side out and iron flat.

Step 7: Sew along the bottom of one of your shoulder straps and up the side. Do the same for the second piece. Turn right side out and iron flat.

Step 8: Cut your pieces of velcro to fit the width of your strap. Take the hook portions of the velcro and sew onto the bottom of your straps.

Step 9: Lay your quilters batting flat. Place one of your main fabric panels on top of the batting, right side up.

Find the center along the bottom seam. Take the piece you’ve sewn together and match up the crotch strap with the center mark, overhanging the fabric by about 1/4″. Pin crotch strap in place.

Step 10: Your belly strap should hang over the side edge by about .5″ on either side and pin in place. Also note in the picture that the crotch strap has a little give, it isn’t pulled tight.

Step 11: Along the top of your main fabric, measure 1.5″ and place one shoulder strap (velcro face down) and then one 12″ ribbon. (not shown in image – yes, I got all the way to having this sewn together and realized my mistake and had to rip out the top seam! The second picture above shows me placing the shoulder strap and then the ribbon on top of that. Grrr…). I center the ribbon over the shoulder strap piece. Pin in place. Do the same for the other side.

Step 12: Along the bottom of your fabric, line your ribbon up with the top and pin in place. See photo above.

Step 13: Pin your extra ribbon into the middle so that it doesn’t accidentally get sewn into the seam.

Step 14: Place your 2nd main fabric panel right side down and sandwich everything in. Pin in place.

Step 15: Starting at the edge of the right shoulder strap sew around the edges of the piece until you get to the end of the other shoulder strap. This will leave you about a 4″ gap for turning.

Step 16: Clip corners and remove all pins and turn (be careful for those pins we have on the inside, don’t want any pricks!).

Step 17: Top stitch across the top to close your turning hole. I usually start under the shoulder strap and go across to the other shoulder strap.

Step 18: At this point you can grab your little ones favorite baby doll and place her inside the carrier and figure out where you want the straps to lay. Place your soft portion of the velcro pieces where you want them and pin in place. Sew your velcro pieces onto the belly band piece only.

Step 19: Using a lighter or a match (or Fray Check) melt the edges of your ribbon so that they don’t fray.

Step 20: Insert one of your top ribbons into your buckle and then secure in place (sew across). Do the same for the second top ribbon.

Step 21: Insert buckle onto your bottom ribbons. Flip over the edge by about 1/2″ and sew across. This will prevent the buckle from sliding off.

Step 22: Criss-cross straps and buckle. You’re DONE!

Even my son wears it now and again! I asked if he wanted me to make him a boy one and he said he didn’t mind pink… ahhhh, sweet 4 year olds!

This carrier is so versatile! Take it anywhere for hands-free fun! My daughter takes it on our vacations so she can still bring her baby along. And as you can see, it also can be worn in front:

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and I hope to see you over at seven thirty three!

Happy Creating! ~Kim

Thanks so much Kim!

I would have died and gone to heaven, if I had one of these Baby Doll Carriers when I was little. Can you imagine the joy on your little girl’s face when she has one made just for her? 🙂

Not only does Kim have an amazing, fun blog, she also does blog design!
She designed our new look, coming soon! 🙂

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Have a great day! 🙂

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  1. Posted March 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    That is such a cute gift idea!!! Great job:) I love the fabric!

  2. Amanda rose
    Posted November 25, 2012 at 1:50 am | Permalink


    Your baby carrier tute is fantastic!! Im just wondering if this would be suitable for the Australian girl doll? (very similar sizing to the American doll) 🙂

  3. lina mcandrew
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    Your baby carrier looks adorable! thank you for sharing the tutorial!


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