June 23, 2020

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DIY Summer Tote Bags for Dolls

DIY Summer Tote Bags for DollsIs your doll in need of the perfect summer accessory? Are you looking for a simple sewing project to practice your stitching skills, or to experiment with some new decorative embroidery? The tote bag is the perfect blank canvas for fun embellishments, and can really tie together any summertime look.

This post features a few great ways to make the perfect summer tote for your doll, from PDF sewing patterns, to a free tutorial for upcycling your own tote. 

Giveaway Alert! We're giving away one $50 Pixie Faire gift card in this limited time contest. Scroll to the end of this post and leave a comment telling us: Which tote bag from this post would you like to make?

Summer Tote Pattern Hack

DIY Summer Tote Bags for Dolls

Everybody needs a go-to summer tote- perfect for a trip to the beach, the park, or the farmer's market. This pattern hack of the Sew Urban Reversible Hobo Bag creates an easy casual bag that is unlined and has no hardware, making it great for a beginner project or something you can whip up super quick! Be sure to click the image below to go to the full pattern hack post for this project.

Sew Urban Pattern Hack Summer tote Tutorial For 18-inch dolls

The tie strap detail creates a fun and casual look, and the simple design of the bag means it can be made in a variety of fabrics, from quilting cotton to crochet yardage. 

How To Make An Upcycled Tote

DIY Summer Tote Bags for Dolls

All the time we come across little bags when we're out shopping, from gift card holders to small dust bags for jewelry, and we can't help thinking- hey, this would make a great bag for a doll!

This quick and easy tutorial shows how we made a doll-sized tote bag from a Magnolia bag which had the right width but was too long for a doll bag. This basic concept can also be used to make a bag from scratch, just by cutting out similar sized rectangles and sewing the side and bottom seems first. 

DIY tote bag for 18-inch dolls

Start by deciding on the ideal measurements for your finished tote. We did this by comparing a tote we already had whose size we were happy with (this gift card holder from Whole Foods!).

Our ideal finished measurements were about 4-inches wide by 3-inches tall.

DIY tote bag for 18-inch dolls

Once you have determined your measurements, cut horizontally across the top of the bag, making sure to add an extra 1/4-inch for the hem.

With the help of quilters tape (optional), press and hem the top of the bag all the way around. 

DIY tote bag for 18-inch dolls

Cut two pieces of trim to use as bag handles. Measure on your doll the appropriate strap length for a shoulder bag. We made our straps about 7-inches long. 

Mark the ideal placement of the bag handle. Sew the strap to the wrong side of the bag by making an X with your stitches. Repeat with the second handle on the other side of the bag. 

DIY tote bag for 18-inch dollsAnd your DIY upcycled tote bag is complete!

Even More Great Bag Tutorials

Summer Bag Tutorial For 18-inch Dolls

Looking for more bags to make? We have a few more tutorials for cute little bags. You can find the Quick & Easy Shoulder bag here on the Blog, and the cute variation with the rope strap (pictured above) is featured in Sewing With Cinnamon. The Circle Summer Tote tutorial can be found on our Youtube channel. 

The Ultimate Pattern Collection For Bags and Purses

DIY Summer Tote Bags for Dolls

There are so many great purse and bag patterns on Pixie Faire, and any of them can be transformed into the perfect summer bag just by choosing the right fabrics and details. Be sure to check out the pattern collection for Bags and Purses For 18-inch Dolls to see all the patterns which might catch your eye and inspire you to make your doll the summer bag of her dreams!

Here are a few great patterns for summer bags:

Boho Boutique Tote Bag Sewing Pattern For 18-inch dolls Leila Bag PDF Hand Bag Sewing Pattern For 18-inch dolls Clem Designer Tote Bag PDF Sewing Pattern For 18-inch dolls Emma tote PDF Sewing Pattern for 18-inch dolls Beach Tote Crochet Pattern For 18-inch dolls Mesh Book Carry Bag PDF Sewing Pattern For 18-inch dolls

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100 Comments

Mary
Mary

July 02, 2020

I think i would like to try the mesh carrying bag. I looks interesting!

Lynn
Lynn

June 29, 2020

I love them all but will make the circle summer tote first.

Angela
Angela

June 29, 2020

Love all the sewing patterns.

Linda
Linda

June 29, 2020

Doll Tag Clothing mesh bag would be the one for me.

Terry
Terry

June 29, 2020

I’d like to make the Leila Bag by Appletotes.

FRANCES
FRANCES

June 29, 2020

THEY ARE ALL GREAT, BUT I PREFER THE BEACH TOTE STRIPED CANVAS.

Stephanie Sheridan
Stephanie Sheridan

June 28, 2020

I like the magnolia bag.

eamGail B
eamGail B

June 28, 2020

the Leila and the summer urban bags are so cute , but I loved them all

Barbara
Barbara

June 28, 2020

I would really enjoy the Magnolia bag!

Marcy Mahle
Marcy Mahle

June 28, 2020

I love these wonderful pattern ideas for bags. our girls will love to go shopping with these.

Amy B
Amy B

June 28, 2020

I like the look of Clem, Emma and the Boho boutique set. I would definitely make Emma, but I’d love to learn more on using doll sized hardware for realistic purses!

Julia
Julia

June 28, 2020

I’d like to make a little cross body purse.

Susan
Susan

June 28, 2020

I will try the mesh bag. It looks cool.

Linda
Linda

June 28, 2020

I love the little peach colored bag!

Cathy
Cathy

June 28, 2020

All of the bags are great, I really like the Magnolia Bag, and the Leila bag is so eye-catching in those colors.

Amanda
Amanda

June 27, 2020

I love the quick and easy shoulder bag

Emma Wyatt
Emma Wyatt

June 27, 2020

I would like to make the Emma Tote.

velda holt
velda holt

June 27, 2020

I like all the totes. but the mesh bag is pretty sweet,

CdnCrafter
CdnCrafter

June 27, 2020

I’d make the mesh bag or the magnolia bag

Pam Miller
Pam Miller

June 27, 2020

I love the circle summer tote.

Rebekah
Rebekah

June 27, 2020

I like the crochet-look ~ but I also love the ideas for making an upcycled bag! Thanks!

Piroska
Piroska

June 27, 2020

I love the Magnolia bag. It’s so darling.

Wronda
Wronda

June 27, 2020

I love the little magnolia tote.

Sylvia
Sylvia

June 27, 2020

I plan to make the cross body bag for 2 reasons. First is because I can make a matching one for my daughter using the Sew Powerful purse pattern. Second because you can embellish it with embroidery, beads, fabric markers, photo printed on fabric or a fun print. My 14 year old daughter likes having matching accessories or clothes with her 4 American Girls dolls and this pattern meets that need.

Sandra L.
Sandra L.

June 27, 2020

I love all of them but I would love to try the Circle Tote. I love circle purses and have owned many of them over the years.

Cathy
Cathy

June 27, 2020

I prefer the Urban Tote as it has so many possibilities.

NICOLA LANGFORD
NICOLA LANGFORD

June 27, 2020

I always like the idea of upcycling items. But all the bags are lovely and can be made from outgrown clothing material. x

Diane
Diane

June 27, 2020

I want to try out the up-cycled tote. I think it may make a good gift container for doll shoes, a double present.

Jo
Jo

June 26, 2020

Love the the sew urban summer tote.

Liz
Liz

June 26, 2020

I like the mesh bag, and I would also like to make a pet carrier tote similar to the one we have for our dog (but the cat likes it too.) The circle purse is cute and retro trendy and I would like to start on that one also. Thanks!

Martha
Martha

June 26, 2020

I think the Circle Summer Tote is so cute.

Vicki
Vicki

June 26, 2020

I love all the tote bag ideas, but especially the instructions using the Magnolia one! This makes it easier for me to envision trying all sorts of ideas for dressing up (or going casual) with a tote bag!

Thelma Pierce
Thelma Pierce

June 26, 2020

I love the mesh bag. I think my girls would like the Miche Design bag.

Dianne
Dianne

June 26, 2020

I love Miche’s Clem bag. I have the pattern, but haven’t had time to make it yet. Hope to soon.

Leticia
Leticia

June 26, 2020

They’re all so darn cute, and I love them all. Can’t decide!

Kim V
Kim V

June 26, 2020

I would make the mess bag, it matches a summer bag my daughter likes to take to the beach.

Carma
Carma

June 26, 2020

I’m not sure which I like best. The mesh tote is really cute but for my doll the Miche Design might work best. .

Dianne Mann
Dianne Mann

June 26, 2020

I love the pastel striped bag. So beautiful!

Kathy
Kathy

June 26, 2020

I really like the summer urban totes.

Tanya
Tanya

June 26, 2020

Which bag? That is tough to say. One, th cloth bag, I see as a purse. The open weave bag I see as either a swimsuit tote, or a vegetable/fruit bag. Both very darling. The Magnolia hack..as cute and creative as it cn be!!! Gives me many ideas of what to do with some of the give-away bags I have!!! thanks!

lisa
lisa

June 26, 2020

I really like the Emma Tote Bag pattern. The details make it special.

Elna R. Rothenberger
Elna R. Rothenberger

June 26, 2020

I love the peachy pink tote! actually, I like both! I am thinking the solid for right now, as this darn virus precludes me from shopping at the fabric store and I have a gazillion tones of fabric I really could use up. LOL!

Joy
Joy

June 26, 2020

The Urban Summer Tote is adorable and has flexibility.

sheila
sheila

June 26, 2020

love them! excited to make a few….thanks!

Julie
Julie

June 26, 2020

Wow! I love them all…but if I were to choose just one it would probably be the Sew Urban Summer Tote bag. Accessories are so much fun; probably the most fun part of every outfit!

Kathi
Kathi

June 26, 2020

The mesh bag just screams summer, and looks super easy! Win-win!,

Margaret
Margaret

June 26, 2020

Gotta say, I am really loving the mesh tote.

Christine
Christine

June 26, 2020

I love the Emma totenberg bag as it is so versatile and goes with so many different items of clothing, from denim to lace and satan , it all works!!

Beth P
Beth P

June 26, 2020

I love the Clem bag! Would like to make it.

Wendy
Wendy

June 26, 2020

I love the mesh bag and all the cute accessories for the Magnolia bag:)

Cynthia
Cynthia

June 26, 2020

I love the idea of recycling, so reusing a magnolia bag to make a tote is right up my alley!

Nancy S
Nancy S

June 26, 2020

I so want to make the Urban Tote hack! I’ve got the perfect lacy fabric. It’ll be SOOOO cute!

Leslie
Leslie

June 26, 2020

I Love the upcycled tote bag and I can’t wait to find some that will work for that!

Janet
Janet

June 26, 2020

Urban Summer Tote hack with using crochet/lace type fabric looks so neat.

Connie M
Connie M

June 26, 2020

The Clem bag looks so elegant.

Andrea
Andrea

June 26, 2020

I would really like to make the Leila bag, the travel luggage set, the mesh totebag, just to name a few. Bags and purses to go with every outfit a doll can create!

Glenda Hislop
Glenda Hislop

June 26, 2020

I love them all but to chose just one it would be the Lelia bag. I can picture it in so many color combinations from my scalp stash😀

Debby
Debby

June 26, 2020

I like the hobo bag but they are all cute. I make different bags to go with different outfits.

Susan
Susan

June 26, 2020

nice project for my 2 Granddaughters

Carol
Carol

June 26, 2020

Love the Urban Summer Tote – very cool. Thank you so much!

Marie B.
Marie B.

June 26, 2020

I really like the mesh summer tote

Jennifer
Jennifer

June 26, 2020

Oh, they are all so cute, especially that Emma Tote from Bonjour Teaspoon. But since I’ve made that bag before, the tote I would want to do, was the canvas Magnolia Tote hack. It looks so cute and it’s a great way to upcycle an existing bag that wouldn’t get used otherwise. So Cute! I love this whole series!

Heather
Heather

June 26, 2020

I really like the Leila bag , they’re all so adorable and would complete any outfit very much.

Christa
Christa

June 26, 2020

I would like to make the Circle Summer Tote. It is adorable!

Pattie
Pattie

June 26, 2020

Just love the adorable things that can be made by recycling!

BrendaK
BrendaK

June 26, 2020

Not only is entry embedded it is well hidden,😖 Please make entry easier to find! All I can open is the comments!!!!

Jane
Jane

June 26, 2020

I love the most colorful bags for summer with sandals.

Arlene
Arlene

June 26, 2020

I really like the Leila bag although all of them are gorgeous!

Charla
Charla

June 26, 2020

I like the lace bag but they are all great bags.

Vicki J.
Vicki J.

June 26, 2020

I like the DIY Summer tote that was made from the Magnolia bag. I like the style of it best. Very cute! I’m curious where the Magnolia bag came from.

Leanna
Leanna

June 26, 2020

I like the idea of making the miniature upcycled tote. It’s adorable.

Jan Curtaz
Jan Curtaz

June 26, 2020

The lace. Maybe with lace “gloves” for Sunday School.

Patricia  J. S
Patricia J. S

June 26, 2020

I would love to make the magnolia bag for my granddaughters, I think it would hold up better for play.

Susan
Susan

June 26, 2020

Much as the Mesh version of the tie tote calls my name, this hack of a gift card holder makes the Magnolia bag the real winner. This one can stand up to play as well as look good. I am afraid the mesh would pull out of the seam.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn

June 26, 2020

The mesh bag really says summer to me.

Jessica Morris
Jessica Morris

June 26, 2020

I like the little summer mesh tote

Mary G.
Mary G.

June 26, 2020

I like the mesh bag – works with the bathing suit I am making – thank you for having the contest – they are so fun

Debra
Debra

June 26, 2020

What a clever idea, I love it! Thanks for the opportunity and for everything you do!

Sandy
Sandy

June 26, 2020

The Leila bag says summer to me.

Linda
Linda

June 26, 2020

Thanks for the cute idea of the up cycled tote purse!!!

Rhonda
Rhonda

June 26, 2020

I love the Leila bag or the mesh book bag

Suzi
Suzi

June 26, 2020

The mesh look bag is my favorite.

Laurel
Laurel

June 26, 2020

I would make the mesh bag. It’s very detailed.

S
S

June 26, 2020

The Clem bag would be my choice.

Ann
Ann

June 26, 2020

I would like to make the lace/mesh bag – perfect for summer.

Charlotte L Brunner
Charlotte L Brunner

June 26, 2020

I like the summer mesh bags. I think my great granddaughter would love them. I may make the Magnolia bag for her too.

Feriba
Feriba

June 26, 2020

I love the circle summer tote

NancyMarkell
NancyMarkell

June 26, 2020

I love them all but I’d start with the mesh bag – so summery and different!

Bettie
Bettie

June 26, 2020

The mesh bags are so cute and perfect for the summer. The Magnolia bag is my favorate.

marykay hymes
marykay hymes

June 26, 2020

Love them all! The mesh book carrying bag is really unique and would be fun to sew.

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

June 26, 2020

I think the Magnolia tote is the cutest

Elena
Elena

June 26, 2020

I love the hobo bag in a mesh. It looks just like a reusable produce bag!

Kim
Kim

June 26, 2020

I just love the summer circle tote! Thanks!

Dawn
Dawn

June 26, 2020

I like the white crochet bag.

Brandi
Brandi

June 26, 2020

I like the Emma bag!

Renata Streeter
Renata Streeter

June 26, 2020

I would like to make the upcycled tote bag as I have many bags saved so this is a great thing to do with them.

Marsha
Marsha

June 26, 2020

Cute bags! I would like to make all of them, but especially like the lace one. It reminds me of the white macrame one I have in my closet! :) Thanks, Pixie Faire!

Carla
Carla

June 26, 2020

I think I’d make the mesh book carrying bag. It looks like such a fun little beach bag. The Boho boutique bag is something my granddaughter would love, so it would be a perfect pattern to teach her to sew

Sandra Vargas
Sandra Vargas

June 26, 2020

I will start with the Circle Summer Tote! So many awesome ideas!

Hazel
Hazel

June 26, 2020

Everything I have ever made from this site I have enjoyed the results. I like recycling and making new items; I will do both.

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