the Baby Doll Basket PATTERN is here!

Get your sewing machines ready.
We’re making doll baskets!

Baby Doll Basket PDF Pattern – $8  (Purchase HERE in the shop)


Make one for Christmas or a birthday.
Give them as a gift to nieces, nephews, and grandkids.
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Kids, dolls, and softie toys everywhere will be happy.

These baskets are soft and plush with a bit of batting inside.  And they’re great for boys and girls.  My son is always looking for a cozy spot to put Woody the cowboy to bed….or for a make-shift Death Star for an Angry Birds battle.

If you’ve got a toy that needs a special spot, we’ve got the pattern.

Here are the details….

PATTERN and PRINTING:
 • This is a 36-page PDF document, which means you download it after payment to your computer. The pattern is not physically mailed to you.  After purchase you are sent a link for downloading the pattern to your computer (this is sent to the email address attached with your paypal account).  Please note that the link will expire after a few days!  So when you open the download pattern link, make sure you save the pdf file to your computer so you always have it for future use.
• The file size is 2.8 MB
• You do not need to print every page, only the 12 pattern pages.  
• Also included is a printable 3-page cheat sheet for sewing reference.
• Pages print to standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper (for printing outside of the US see below)
• Pages are pieced together by trimming along the border, matching them at the markings, and taping together.  I’ve tried to make this as simple as possible with detailed instructions in the pattern itself.
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SIZING:
The Baby Doll Basket Pattern comes in 3 sizes:
SMALL: fits dolls and toys 12-14 inches
MEDIUM: fits dolls and toys 14-16 inches (such as “Bitty Baby”)
LARGE: fits dolls and toys 16-18 inches (such as “American Girl” or “Our Generation” dolls)

The pattern combines colorful photos and illustrations with very detailed instructions for sewing a Baby Basket, with a basket mattress, pillow, and simple doll blanket.
We won’t leave out any bits of info!  If you like our tutorials, you’ll love this pattern.

SKILL LEVEL:
The pattern is aimed the Advanced Beginner and beyond.

Of course I encourage anyone to push themselves and take on a challenge.   So if you’re a true beginner, don’t be scared off.  Just bear in mind that you will be sewing with bulkier fabrics, pinning and sewing some interfaced corners, and working with bias tape.  Get a sewing friend to coach you along the way and you can do it.

FABRIC and SUPPLIES:

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Printing in another Country (outside of the US)
The pattern was created for standard US printers but should work for other countries as well. There are measuring rulers on the side of each page (in inches) so you can see if you’ve printed to the proper print size. The pattern images do NOT print to edge of the paper…so I recommend printing to your standard size paper, checking the ruler, and matching the pattern pieces up as outlined in the instructions.

And….that’s it!
Ready to sew baby baskets?

Baby Doll Basket Pattern – $8 (Purchase HERE in the Shop)

• Instant payment is through Paypal
• E-check payment through paypal will delay your pattern download a few days.
• MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE PROPER EMAIL ADDRESS ATTACHED TO YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT. This email address is where the info about your purchase and download instructions will be sent.
• You will receive a few emails confirming your payment and providing info about downloading the pdf pattern to your computer.

Happy Sewing!

Lining fabrics used in this pattern are FANFARE by Rae Hoekstra.  Visit made by rae for more info.
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  1. 1) Lynne Tilley

    These are just so adorably delightful. Can I possibly squeeze time for another project like this?? Love these!

  2. 3) jodie

    thanks dana, now to sew sew sew, have a few little girls this is perfect for and with the shorts pattern im set for the boys! happy thanksgiving also.
    cheers jodie

  3. awesome! can’t wait to make this for the kiddo for christmas :)

  4. 5) Celeste

    I’ve been checking back for this every day! I have a goal to be done with my gifts by the end of November, so it’s just in time for one more late night project. Thanks!

  5. 6) Sarah

    I think my daughter and my son would love this!

  6. 7) Marilyn

    I’ve been checking every single day. Yay!! it’s here. Just downloaded the pattern. I am so excited. Thank you.

  7. 8) Tegan

    Just wondering what difficulty rating you would give this project? I am a beginner and wondering if its out of my depth. Thanks

    • 9) Celeste

      I sewed one last night. I think Dana is right when she calls it a project for an experienced beginner. There are a couple of spots that can get a bit tricky, but the instructions show a lot of pictures and charts that will guide you through it. I’d say, give it a try.

      • 10) Tegan

        Thanks Celeste, I think I will give it a try.

        • 11) Dana

          Thanks for the feedback Celeste!
          And thanks for asking about that Tegan. I’ve added additional “skill level” info to the listing above….

          The pattern is aimed the Advanced Beginner and beyond.

          Of course I encourage anyone to push themselves and take on a challenge. So if you’re a true beginner, don’t be scared off. Just bear in mind that you will be sewing with bulkier fabrics, pinning and sewing some interfaced corners, and working with bias tape. Get a sewing friend to coach you along the way and you can do it.

  8. 12) victoria

    YAHOO! I have been checking everyday! Thank you so much.

  9. Congratulations!!! The basket looks simply adorable!

  10. 14) Emily

    Yay! Christmas sewing here I come!

  11. That’s just fantastic – little miss has an 18 inch doll & I’m very keen to choose some fabric for this & have a go :)

  12. 16) anita

    Oh wow….so cute!

  13. 17) Vicki

    Been waiting for this nervously as Christmas looms, thanks.

  14. 18) Lucy

    And now my 17 month old has a present :) thanks!

  15. This is such a delightful project! Having one of these when I was a child would have been the best.

  16. 21) Stephanie

    I have been checking multiple times a day as well. I am so excited. Just printed my pattern out and am excited to go to the fabric store today to get the goods to make a few of these.

  17. 22) Connie

    Thanks Dana! Just ordered the pattern….came just in time so I can make this for my 4-yr old GD for her babies…..

  18. 23) Emily

    Just bought it! So excited to add a couple under the Christmas tree this year!

  19. So looking forward to sewing this! Thanks, Dana.

  20. 26) Julie

    So excited for this pattern! I have no time to sew but will purchase anyway…love it! Thank you 😉

  21. I love that white one! I may have to duplicate it in a white PUL (for easy clean care). And i forgot woody needs a place to lay.

  22. Oh!!!!! I have some cowboy PUL i’ve been hoarding! And some buzz fabric that matches! Yay!!!!! Starting on a large asap!

  23. 29) Beatrice

    Love it! Looking at your photos reminded me of the baby doll basket my mom made me when I was little. I had totally forgotten…wish we had hung on to it.

  24. Love it!! Such a fun sew for Christmas time too!

  25. Dana – this is crazy amazing!! I am so in love with it!!!

  26. 33) Via

    So adorable!!!

  27. Very cool. I’ll definitely try it for my little one. She still loves to cart her babies around. I’ve enjoyed your tutorials and referenced them often. Well done.

    Gibb

  28. 35) Rita (Lisbon, Portugal)

    Thanks so much! And… where can I buy the Darth Vader pillow pattern? Wow! Do you sell that too? :-)
    Thanks from Portugal

    • 36) Dana

      haha. No. Sorry :( I bought those at a store called Target. It’s a Darth Vader Angry Bird toy. I’m sure you can find it online!

  29. 37) Jana

    Wow! So cute…..Thank you Dana for wonderful pattern!

  30. 38) lux

    yes!!!! thank you – been checking nonstop for this to come!

  31. 39) Jody

    This is so cute I must make one or several!
    What is your policy if we wanted to use your pattern to make some of these to sell?

    Thanks

    • 40) Dana

      Yes! You are able to make and sell these if you’d like. Here’s what the pattern says:

      • What IS permitted….is to make doll baskets from this pattern and sell in your small-scale shop, such as an etsy shop, or for a local fundraising event. No production license is needed. However, please mention somewhere in your product listing that you used the “Baby Doll Basket Pattern by MADE” (www.danamadeit.com)
      And NO mass-production please.

      • Yay! I really appreciate pattern makers who are willing to allow limited use with attribution to the pattern maker. You really help promote making and selling local for those of us who sell on small scale. I will be getting your pattern and promoting YOU. I make soft dolls and toys with a local child care center and to offer at farmers market. The carry basket will be an awesome carrier for soft baby dolls and other stuffed animals. Thanks for a great idea and the willingness to share your work and design creativity.

  32. 43) Melanie P

    I just purchased it– can’t wait to get started!

  33. Just finished making my first and have two more to go! Ok, so I totally screwed up the first time around when cutting the center pieces. Where it said “folded”, I actually folded it! Not sure what I was thinking. Needless to say I had to re-cut the center pieces and start that section over. Other than that it was fairly simple and your instructions were so incredibly easy to follow! Thank you!

  34. 45) Stephanie

    I have made two medium sized ones now and I LOVE them. This pattern is so amazing. I think my husband got sick of hearing me say, “this pattern is so well written” as I was sewing. Thanks Dana for another GREAT pattern.

    • 46) Dana

      That makes me so happy to hear!
      Thanks for the great feedback Stephanie :)
      – Dana

  35. 47) Kendra

    Just bought the pattern to make presents. On your medium example, I notices you used already quilted fabric for the basket. Did you just skip the batting on the basket and still line it with fabric and interfacing?

    • 48) Dana

      Hi Kendra,
      I still used batting and interfacing with the quilted fabric. And it worked great.
      Have fun sewing!
      – Dana

  36. 49) Natalia

    Dana,

    Thank you so much, this is going to be the most perfect Christmas present for my daughter!

    I do have a question – could I get away with using fusible fleece instead of batting and interfacing?

    Thank you!

    • 50) Dana

      You could try that, although I’m not sure fusible fleece is puffy enough. You want batting that gives a bit of puff to the basket layers.

  37. 51) Megan Hutchison

    How long is this taking the advanced beginner time wise?

    • 52) Dana

      Prob a few hours—A couple hours of prep and an hour, or hour and a half of sewing.
      It’s a great project to work on in two sets:
      Cut everything one day or after kids go to bed at night.
      Then sew it all the next day.

      The cutting and prep is the most time consuming part. But I walk you through all of it very systematically. And then the sewing comes together fairly quickly.

  38. OHHH! Thanks for the pattern, my daughter will be very happy!!

    Palmi

  39. 54) Karen

    I am pinning the center on the side. I have 7 1/2 inches of the center left over. Yikes, is something wrong.

  40. 55) pam gordon

    Dana, I have sewn for years and am having a terrible time with this pattern. What do you mean by “pivot” the center piece when sewing to the side piece? Please help. I am in the midst of this and cannot go any farther.

    • 56) Dana

      When you get to the corner, stop sewing, leave your needle down in the fabric, lift your presser foot, then pivot or turn your fabric 90 degress, then put your presser foot back down and start sewing in the new direction.
      I guess that’s the best way I can explain how to sew the corners.
      Sorry if it confused you!

  41. Thank you so much for the baby doll basket pattern! I am making them for my 4 and 2 year olds for Christmas. The first is completed and is absolutely adorable with her new baby doll snug inside. Very cute!

  42. 58) Marianne

    Might be hard to explain, but how stiff is the interfacing used. Trying to find suitable type in Norwegian craft stores

    • 59) Dana

      it’s stiff, but still bendable.

  43. 60) Sarah A.

    Hey, Dana! Just made 2 for my 2 girls for Christmas! Thanks for a great pattern with easy to understand directions. I am a beginner sewer and learned new skills, but had fun and am happy with the outcome. Thanks!

  44. 61) Lucy

    I’m having a terrible time trying to sew the binding round the edge of the finished basket! It seems really hard. Any advice? I’m hanging the end of the machine off the table and am finding I don’t have room to turn it round the corners. I’m not very good I know :(

  45. 62) Marianne

    I made two of the medium-sized for Christmas and they turned out great. Mine were a bit floppier than yours so maybe my interfacing was not stiff/thick enough (had trouble finding the exact type in Norway). No biggie though as my daughter and niece loved them. The lining also ended up a tad too big so I had to re-do the seams with wider seam allowance so it would not be bulky. But I think this might be because I might have had a bit too wide seam allowance with the outer fabric. Anyways, a great pattern and I loved the final product. I used a soft, narrow corduroy for the outer and cotton poplin lining.

  46. 63) Jen

    Do you get all sizes in one pattern or buy each separate. ?

    • 64) Dana

      Yep! All three sizes are included are print to the same pages.

  47. 65) Ann Codlin

    Delighted with the outcome of this pattern. Once all the cutting out was done it was a breeze to make. Your instructions were perfect and easy to follow.
    I used the padding on the liner too and it gave it the extra firmness.
    I know my granddaughter is going to love this!

  48. 66) Megan

    Does anyone know which size would best fit a Baby Stella Doll?? A Cabbage Patch Kid?

  49. 67) Ruth

    Hi. I bought this pattern the other day. It makes up beautifully and my daughter is over the moon with her doll basket.
    Now my son wants one for his teddy and I’ve got some pre-quilted (pre-backed with batt) fabric that would look lovely for it, but I’m just wondering what the deal is with interfacing when/if using this fabric? Obviously I can still back the lining with interfacing but should I add in a sandwich layer of cotton/polycotton with interfacing or go without…?
    Thanks, and thanks again for the pattern, it’s completely fab!

  50. 69) Nadine

    Hi Dana,

    I live in Germany and wonder about the fusible stabilizer that you are using for the baskets (just bought the pattern and would like to make it for the 3rd birthday of my daughter which is next wednesday, so I need an answer FAST ;-)!)
    Over here they have different numbers and I checked again at the store today and what they have is one: http://www.vlieseline.de/English/Products/Interfacings/Iron-on_Nonwoven_interfacings/H_250.htm

    Or alternately something that will make it really stiff, something you would use for the brim of a hat.

    So which one would you recommend using? Or are they both not ideal for this project?

    THANK YOU so much for yur answer. I hope I cann still make this!
    Kind regards
    Nadine

  51. 70) Linda

    So cute! I will be making two of these for my 19 month old twin granddaughters! I may add small pockets to the inside to hold a baby bottle and diapers! Do you think that would work?

  52. 72) Jamie Mitchell

    I cant wait to make this. I also saw a swaddle photo. Do you have a pattern for that?

  53. 73) Cristi

    By chance is there a cutting chart for the rectangles in the pattern? I make better cuts with measurements than around patterns. I know I can tape them together then measure, but just thought I would ask before taping them together.

  54. 74) Samantha Y

    I love this pattern but really am struggling with the bias. Each time I sew it I find it’s too thin and keeps missing the fabric. I’ve done so much unpicking with it.

  55. 75) Debbie Miller

    This is adorable! Would love to make this for my granddaughter.She loves her
    baby dolls!

  56. 76) Margaret Nugent

    This is awesome! I am taking my 3 granddaughters to NYC at Easter to adopt a baby from FAO Schwarz and these carriers will be going with us!

  57. 78) Barb

    Oh what a wonderful pattern. I can not afford the price. Maybe one day I will find a free pattern

  58. 79) Nancy

    Hi Dana,

    I bought your baby doll basket pattern and my grandaughters love their baskets that I made them for Easter. My only question is when I sewed the outside pieces to the center outside, when I got to the foot part, one side was higher than the other. Could you tell me how I may have gone astray?
    Thank you,
    Nancy

  59. 80) Natasha

    Where the pattern is it free

  60. 81) Lori Beth Clark

    I am getting ready to start my second basket. The first was a gift for my three year old niece, she loves it! The pattern is wonderful and the directions are so simple to follow. The basket comes together so beautifully.
    I did have a small problem when I was assembling last time that I am hoping to avoid this time. It seemed like the lining was not fitting into the outside very well. Once the outside has the batting basted to it, it feels like the same size as the lining. Am I missing something or doing something wrong?

    • 83) Dana

      Very cute! I love the fabrics you chose! Thank you for sharing with me :) – Dana

  61. 84) Noémie

    Hello !

    I just love those beautiful baby doll basket and plan to do it for my girls but i’m french and i’m not sur i will understand everything on your tutorial. So i would like to know if there is pictures with the writing to explain everything ? Or do you think your tutorial is realy easy ?

    Thank you

    Noémie

    • 85) Dana

      Bonjour :)
      Yes there are many pictures, but there are also many words.
      I can send you a sample of 6 pages if you’d like.
      Just send me an email: danawillard (at) gmail.com

  62. 86) Sue

    Love this pattern and planning to order. A question: would the doll bed work using pre-quilted material or would it be sturdier using the batting etc.? Thx

    • 87) Dana

      I’ve never used that but you could definitely try it out!

  63. 88) Sheri

    Wondering how long it takes to receive the download. Have been checking multiple times a day. Really want to get started. Granddaughters birthday is approaching fast. Thanks

    • 89) Geraldine nesbitt

      Have you received your download yet, Im still waiting for mine

  64. 90) bIMBO

    you are just Amazing. I guess am stuck to your blog.

  65. 91) Geraldine nesbitt

    How long does it take for the download to arrive, I paid over a week ago
    thanks

  66. 92) Jenny

    Thank you for the great pattern and excellent instructions. Very easy to follow. I’ve had such fun making the doll basket. Must make another!

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  69. 93) NAncy

    My granddaughter has a baby doll that is 22 inches long. Also about 12 inches wide. Is there a way to make the pattern bigger? Want to ask before I purchase it.

    • 94) Dana

      You could draw the pattern out another 1/2 inch or so. But if it’s gets too large, it will be kind of floppy and not hold shape as well.

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