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

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.

jen
jen

June 26, 2020

I love the idea of packaging bags recycled as a doll totes. There are so many cute designs that could easily accommodate a cute logo.

Peggy
Peggy

June 25, 2020

I’ve been making purses for my dolls for a long time, but never thought to make a market tote. They were really cute and I have a considerable amount of small jewelry bags that I think will be great for this project. Thanks for sharing this hack.

Sue
Sue

June 25, 2020

I like the Emma Tote bag.

Beth Watness
Beth Watness

June 25, 2020

I pick the Hobo bag made from crochet fabric. It’s so summer-y.

Ann
Ann

June 25, 2020

I would make a tote like the tutorial above, except I’d square out the bottom corners and add a pocket to the back. I also size the totes to fit the doll’s needs: Beach Tote: striped canvas and can hold the towel, sunlotion, magazine/book, etc. or Tourist Tote: recycle a logo stamped fabric and make it large enough for a doll’s wallet, sunglasses, water bottle, etc.

Sam
Sam

June 25, 2020

I think the crocheted urban tote is really cute.

Sharon Thomas
Sharon Thomas

June 25, 2020

My fave would be the upcycle as I really enjoy doing that with things. Our grands love having their dolls wear things made from our well loved clothing.

Denise
Denise

June 25, 2020

I would love to try the Clem bag. It looks versatile by making different fabric choices.

Beverly Voth
Beverly Voth

June 25, 2020

Love the lacey one … how great it is that you show step by step and make it easy for us to follow. May your summer keep you relaxed and happy. Beverly

Maurine
Maurine

June 25, 2020

I would love to make the Urban Summer Tote.

Sara
Sara

June 25, 2020

I like the lace one.

Cheryl R.
Cheryl R.

June 25, 2020

I love the Macy Tote from Appletotes & Co.

Judy
Judy

June 25, 2020

I would like to make the Emma bag and the mesh book carry bags.

Betty
Betty

June 25, 2020

I would like to make the Emma tote.

Monique Venne
Monique Venne

June 25, 2020

I’d like to make the Circle Summer Tote. So different from rectangular ones!

Jacquie Corrigan
Jacquie Corrigan

June 25, 2020

I will definitely make the upcycled bag, but I’ll also make the others too!

Sparkle
Sparkle

June 25, 2020

Love the open mesh bag!

J.J. Goody
J.J. Goody

June 25, 2020

The mesh bag

Ginger
Ginger

June 25, 2020

I’d love to make the magnolia bag it look like so much fun!!!

Sandra S
Sandra S

June 25, 2020

I love the Urban Summer tote. It has the fun look of a “go to market” bag.

Joanne
Joanne

June 25, 2020

I like the magnolia hack! Looks pretty simple and cute! Thanks so much!

Alison
Alison

June 25, 2020

I love the tote bags! Made the Easter basket and loved it so now I want to make more. I really like the mesh bag!

Sue
Sue

June 25, 2020

An upcycled tote bag is the way to go. Great for the beach or farmer’s market.

Barb
Barb

June 25, 2020

All the bags are so cute, it really completes the outfit. I would like to try the upcycle bag and then making a matching bag for doll and mom would be great also.

Stephanie
Stephanie

June 25, 2020

I love the tote bags!

Linda Bostwick
Linda Bostwick

June 25, 2020

I would love to make the Emma tote for my granddaughter’s doll. It could hold so much of her “stuff.”

Connie
Connie

June 25, 2020

I love the idea of upcycling small store bags into bags for dolls.

Kathleeen A
Kathleeen A

June 25, 2020

I’d love to try the hobo bag hack. Making bags is one of my favorite things to do! I love that they “finish” outfits! Right now I’m laid up after surgery to remove a tumor on my vestibular nerve, and my dolls and sewing machine are calling to me! I miss it so much! It’s only been a week. Soon, I’ll get back to it.

SUSAN Jordan
SUSAN Jordan

June 25, 2020

I’d like to try the crochet yardage market tote. It’s perfect for my granddaughter who loves to go to the farmer’s market with her mom.

Pat
Pat

June 25, 2020

So many cute ideas. I love the Urban Totes

Amanda
Amanda

June 25, 2020

I like the summer tote… between upcycling things I am about to throw away & I’d also like to do a transparent pink vinyl one too.

Pat
Pat

June 25, 2020

I love the urban summer tote. So perfect!

Nora
Nora

June 25, 2020

I’d like to make the summer tote pattern hack-it would be quick and fun to make and could be done in many different fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kristen C
Kristen C

June 25, 2020

I love the bag with the crochet yardage. It looks so delicate and feminine and perfect for a trip to the beach in the summer.

Sewbig
Sewbig

June 25, 2020

I like all of them. Haven’t made this one yet, but I love it every time I see it – Miche’s “CLEM” tote bag.

stephanie
stephanie

June 25, 2020

I can’t decide, I love them all!

Jeanne
Jeanne

June 24, 2020

I like the Emma Tote. So many ways to use existing fabric.

Cindy P
Cindy P

June 24, 2020

The Leila Bag

miranda
miranda

June 24, 2020

I’d love to make the upcycled tote! It’s so cute and a great idea!

Eddie
Eddie

June 24, 2020

I like both bags but I think I will make the mask bag first as I just completed a crochet outfit for my granddaughter and it is the perfect accessory.

designdreamer
designdreamer

June 24, 2020

I’ve had the Miche Clem pattern on my wishlist for awhile now, so I’ll have to go with that.

Marian
Marian

June 24, 2020

Shoulder totes

Marian
Marian

June 24, 2020

Love shoulder bags, since AGs cannot hold other types

Marylin
Marylin

June 24, 2020

I like the totes a lot. I can make them to match some of the outfits I made for my granddaughter and her doll.

Sandra Cox
Sandra Cox

June 24, 2020

I would like to make many of the totes that are available but the Circle Summer Tote is first on my list.

Thresea
Thresea

June 24, 2020

I love to upcycle!

Mary R.
Mary R.

June 24, 2020

I love all the bags and totes, but I have had my eye on the Leila Bag for a while.

Terri silva
Terri silva

June 24, 2020

Love the repurposed bags!

Dena M
Dena M

June 24, 2020

I would like to make the Mesh Book Carry Bag.

Sharon
Sharon

June 24, 2020

So many bags, so little time! I am actually trying to design a doll tote bag based on a regular tote bag. Just need to work out the math and trial and error.

Martha Ann Reese
Martha Ann Reese

June 24, 2020

I like the upcycled bags.

Deborah
Deborah

June 24, 2020

I love all of the bags and would make several to match outfits I am planning for my grand daughter, Liara. I also could also really enjoy a knit tote, as knitting is my favourite activity! Ta, Deb.

Cindy
Cindy

June 24, 2020

I like the Emma tote! Thank you for the chance of winning this!

Bridgette
Bridgette

June 24, 2020

I like the diy summer totes! Thanks for the chance to win this!

Allison T
Allison T

June 24, 2020

I would love the Circle Summer Tote!!

Bridgette
Bridgette

June 24, 2020

I like the upcycled tote! Thanks again for all the giveaways!

Marie
Marie

June 24, 2020

Well I liked them both but to pick one I like the DIY SUMMER TOTE!! The reason I picked that is bec with that chosen Magnolia bag you can make a very nice tote from the bottom of the bag and stitch where you cut on the top of the bag to make a duffle bag for going to the beach or lugging laundry! Never waste anything!! Growing up we had duffles with our names on my mom sent away for them from a free promotion.I think all 6 of us kids got one!! Mine said: “Marie’s bag”! So the duffle you make can be decorated any way you want!

Pam H
Pam H

June 24, 2020

Love the white cross body bag, perfect look for going to the market.

BevM
BevM

June 24, 2020

Very cute bags for lucky dolls and girls.

Lynne Govers
Lynne Govers

June 24, 2020

I can see our twin dolls with the red and white striped shoulder bags. So classy.

Lynne Govers
Lynne Govers

June 24, 2020

I love Pixie Faire patterns and can’t wait to start Design Academy.

Linda A C
Linda A C

June 24, 2020

I like the up cycled tote made with the magnolia bag the most.

Linda A C
Linda A C

June 24, 2020

I like the up cycled tote made with the magnolia bag the most.

Judy
Judy

June 24, 2020

I love the idea of upcycling!

Pam
Pam

June 24, 2020

I must say I love the Lunch Bag!

J Tabler
J Tabler

June 24, 2020

I would like to make the Sew Urban Summer Tote. It has such a fun, casual look.

Cathy
Cathy

June 24, 2020

love the sew urban summer tote hack.

Mary
Mary

June 24, 2020

I’d like to make the Leila bag – looks like a good bag for a picnic!

Kathy
Kathy

June 24, 2020

gonna do the hobo bag and leila as I already have these patterns.

Beth C
Beth C

June 24, 2020

I would love to make the Sew Urban Summer Tote pattern hack!

Judith Martinez
Judith Martinez

June 24, 2020

I love the upcycled bag. So creative!

Virginia G Newsom
Virginia G Newsom

June 24, 2020

I wouls love to make the emma tote and the petal hat for my granddaughter.

Linda Wernette
Linda Wernette

June 24, 2020

I would love to make the tote bag so I can embellish it in so many ways. Painting, appliqués, beads, buttons. The possibilities are endless!

Dellasue
Dellasue

June 24, 2020

I am making the mesh bag. My dolls need a beach tote bag.

Sandy
Sandy

June 24, 2020

I like the shoulder bag. It looks like the Sew Powerful purses I’ve been making.

Mary
Mary

June 24, 2020

Don’t know why I have never thought of making a purse or tote accessory. They are all adorable . I ke the recycle bag idea

Grannie Frannie
Grannie Frannie

June 24, 2020

The sew urban tote in lace is really unique and attractive. Doll mommies would so enjoy giving it to their girls to add pizzazz to their play.

June
June

June 24, 2020

I like the Emma tote because it looks like something I would like to carry

April
April

June 24, 2020

Absolutely love the idea of making an upcycled tote bag! Genius!

Cath
Cath

June 24, 2020

BTW, the Emma Tote is really cute when made. It could have a lot of different looks, depending on the fabric. Next it would be fun to make that one that looks like it’s crocheted. A tour through the lace stash is called for. The “Magnolia” touch on the other bag in the tutorial is a great idea, especially for those of us who are “Fixer Upper” fans.
Happy stitching! Thanks for the opportunity.

Misty Chapman
Misty Chapman

June 24, 2020

The quick and easy shoulder bag is really cute and looks simple to make. I’d love to make one similar to the current girl of the year’s bag from her accessories, so cute and beachy.

MARLENE
MARLENE

June 24, 2020

They are all so cute. But I would love to try to make the circle bag, it’s unique

Florence
Florence

June 24, 2020

I would love to make the upcycled bag. All of the bags are cute and who doesn’t love any tote bag!

Dorothy
Dorothy

June 24, 2020

I love the idea of upcycling, or recycling, as it gets the creative juices flowing, and maybe uses something that would otherwise be thrown out.!

Doll Lover
Doll Lover

June 24, 2020

I’d like to make a bag like the little Magnolia bag tutorial shows! Looks easy enough to do quickly…

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