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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85 Comments

Heather
Heather

June 24, 2020

I’d love to make the hobo bag!

Jessie
Jessie

June 24, 2020

Almost impossible to pick just one! They are all adorable, but I am crazy nuts about circle bags for myself, so I think I’d like to make one of those for my daughter’s dolly.

KC
KC

June 24, 2020

I love the idea of recycling an existing bag into a doll bag! We get so many, it’s great to have such a cute way to re-use them!

KC
KC

June 24, 2020

I love the idea of recycling an existing bag into a doll bag! We get so many, it’s great to have such a cute way to re-use them!

MARGARET S.
MARGARET S.

June 24, 2020

Would love to make the LEILA tote bag – so many ideas for a variety of ways to use it!!

Margaret S.
Margaret S.

June 24, 2020

Would love to make the LEILA tote bag!!! So cute and so many ideas to make them different!!

Lila
Lila

June 24, 2020

The upsycaled tote bag is so cute. I’ve had a few bags like that in the past which came with things that I never had a purpose for after I took whatever it was holding out.

Kate
Kate

June 24, 2020

I love the circle summer tote! I also love the Whole Foods bag. So cute!

Anne C-E
Anne C-E

June 24, 2020

I like the cord and lace tote from your tutorial,the otherts whil cute are not a roomy as the round one.

Dorothy Brown
Dorothy Brown

June 24, 2020

I made two versions of Mesh Book Carry Bag…great pattern! I would like my next project to be QT Old School Backpack.

Gram
Gram

June 24, 2020

Oh, most of them but first the circle summer tote!

Donna Landreth
Donna Landreth

June 24, 2020

I would like to make the Boho Boutuque bag. I think it is so cute. Thank you Cinnamon for the awesome giveaways.😘

Jackie Koepnick
Jackie Koepnick

June 24, 2020

i really like the mash carry bag it has a beachy look

Frances
Frances

June 24, 2020

For summer tote, I will make the mesh book tote bag – not only to carry the book to read on the beach or up a tree, but also to accommodate a diary and pen, a sketchbook and pencils – as well as a snack and water bottle!

Judith Shear
Judith Shear

June 24, 2020

These are all adorable.

Gail D
Gail D

June 24, 2020

Unfortunately for me I like all the bags.

Jane
Jane

June 24, 2020

My doll needs a mesh tote for going to the Farmer’s Market!

Christine
Christine

June 24, 2020

I would like to try the Sew Urban summer tote pattern hack. I like the ties on the strap, and they look easier than buckles to do.

Marilyn
Marilyn

June 24, 2020

I like the pink tote.
Marilyn

Laura T.
Laura T.

June 24, 2020

I like to make the Emma Tote, it’s so cute! A stylish bag for the the beach or a day of shopping.

Eliza
Eliza

June 24, 2020

The Magnolia bag is adorable!

Sandy
Sandy

June 24, 2020

How could I not think that dolly would not love to have a summer tote (or 2 or 3). Emma is the tote that caught my eye. Can see many possible variations for this pattern.

Kaylee
Kaylee

June 24, 2020

I like the little pink one with the bow on the shoulder. It’s so cute and fashionable; you could have endless possibilities with it.

Barbara Rouse
Barbara Rouse

June 24, 2020

The Cleam bag by Miche Designs really catches my eye so that’ where I’d start.

Gail
Gail

June 24, 2020

I like the mesh book carry bag.

Barb B
Barb B

June 24, 2020

I have made the Emma Tote Bag by Bonjour Teaspoon, using different fabrics for lining & pocket and body of bag, Not only did they turn out really, really cute, they were fun to make!! Bag is large enough for play money, mini magazines & dolly sunglasses!

Donna Sherry
Donna Sherry

June 24, 2020

Quick and easy shoulder bag is my favourite

Donna Sherry
Donna Sherry

June 24, 2020

Quick and easy shoulder bag is my favourite

Lynette
Lynette

June 24, 2020

I would love to make the Emma tote.

Kimberly C
Kimberly C

June 24, 2020

I would love to make the Boho Boutique bag. I love making little doll purses!

Janet F
Janet F

June 24, 2020

I love the crochet look bag made from the summer tote pattern hack.

Stephanie Edberg
Stephanie Edberg

June 24, 2020

I like urban bag

Jo
Jo

June 24, 2020

I always seem to lean towards the Miche Bag – for dress or play, it fits the day.

MAUREEN A
MAUREEN A

June 24, 2020

I’d love to make that Magnolia Bag – it’s not far from me and would be fun for my doll to have her own souvenir!

Joanne
Joanne

June 24, 2020

The Upcycle bag. Thanks!!

Sandra
Sandra

June 24, 2020

I love the crochet fabric bag, but I don’t think I would be able to make one myself.

al
al

June 24, 2020

I love the bag idea. I’d like to make a matching one for mom.

Debbie Reusser
Debbie Reusser

June 24, 2020

I like the mesh bag. It’s perfect for going to the beach or toting swim gear in. I can’t wait to make a couple for my granddaughters favorite dolls.

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

June 24, 2020

I think the Sew Urban Summer Totes are cute

Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann

June 24, 2020

I like the Game Time Athletic Bag (I’m not athetic, maybe my doll can be).

Bev
Bev

June 24, 2020

I like the cross body bag it would leave hands free for beach toys

Amelia O
Amelia O

June 24, 2020

I love the Upcycled Tote!

Sue
Sue

June 24, 2020

I like the up-cycled tote

Nancy
Nancy

June 24, 2020

I want to try the Circle Summer Tote…that is really different from all the totes I’ve made. I have recycled golf club covers (sort of a suede with foamy fabric inside) into totes and doll purses. So fun!

Kristin
Kristin

June 24, 2020

I like the shoulder bag and the Miche Designs bag. Can’t wait to get started on bags for my granddaughter’s dolls

Candy
Candy

June 24, 2020

I like the mesh bag , but it’s beyond my talents. I really like the magnolia bag and the shoulder bag.They look really cute with the dolls.

Lorraine M
Lorraine M

June 24, 2020

The Mesh bag or the Leila bag are 2 of my favorites!

Lorraine M
Lorraine M

June 24, 2020

The Mesh bag or the Leila bag are 2 of my favorites!

Mae Stewart
Mae Stewart

June 24, 2020

My doll-crazy daughter, and her doll Claire, would ask for all of them – in different colors, of course, to match all her outfits! Awesome pattern! Thank you for sharing!

Pamela
Pamela

June 24, 2020

I am making the one from Sew Urban. I have made the original one before and just love it!

Cassandra
Cassandra

June 24, 2020

I like the recycled tote. I love to recycle fabrics and trims etc where possible cause you get so much more variety.

Priscilla
Priscilla

June 24, 2020

I love them all. Bags and shoes are my weakness can’t have a favorite

Renee
Renee

June 24, 2020

I would make them both

J
J

June 24, 2020

Cross body bags for sure.

BrendaK
BrendaK

June 24, 2020

I do not see where to enter contest!!!!

Kam
Kam

June 24, 2020

I love the Leila Bag….I’ll probably try making one soon:)

Pam
Pam

June 24, 2020

I’d make a mesh book bag tote because the dolls love the library.

Sherry Campbell
Sherry Campbell

June 24, 2020

I like the urban tote. I think i will make a tote using som of my wedding dress fabric. It wa in crochet style, and I made it myself. My daughter and granddaughter would treasure it.

Mary Ellen Swift
Mary Ellen Swift

June 24, 2020

I like the Upcycled tote pattern. I have lots of these little bags from jewelry

Heidi Brown
Heidi Brown

June 24, 2020

I would enjoy making the Emma tote!

Tammy
Tammy

June 24, 2020

I love the upcycled Magnolia tote.

Joy
Joy

June 24, 2020

Love all of the totes. Perfect for any occasion.

Andrea
Andrea

June 24, 2020

The totes are both adorable. The possibilities are pretty well unlimited. It will be cute to match to outfits.

Sharon B.
Sharon B.

June 24, 2020

I really like the Sew Urban Pattern Hack one – so great to get ideas on variations!!

Maureen
Maureen

June 24, 2020

I like the magnolia tote.

Andrea
Andrea

June 24, 2020

The totes are both adorable. The possibilities are pretty well unlimited. It will be cute to match to outfits.

Carrie Pericola
Carrie Pericola

June 24, 2020

I love the recycled tote as well as the Sew Urban Summer Tote Hack.

Mardelle J.
Mardelle J.

June 24, 2020

The Boho Boutique Bag looks like it would be fun to make!

Nicole
Nicole

June 24, 2020

The Pink purse Is so pretty!

pat p
pat p

June 24, 2020

I am going to try the Sew Urban Summer Tote pattern hack today for starters. I have had a similar piece of fabric in my stash for a while thinking I would make one for myself.

Jeri
Jeri

June 24, 2020

I woud like to make the upcycled tote made with the Magnolia bag. Thanks for the great bag patterns!

Lori
Lori

June 24, 2020

I love the Emma totel

Darby Darby
Darby Darby

June 24, 2020

Mesh book bag is one of my favorites made quite of few.

Angela
Angela

June 24, 2020

Love the book carry bag! Always need more book space, right?

B A Laidlaw
B A Laidlaw

June 24, 2020

I’m going to try the crochet look bag. Great idea for summer

Maria L
Maria L

June 24, 2020

I love the Clem Designer Tote Bag, it can be used all year long! If done with leather it would be more dressy than if done with fabric

Sandy
Sandy

June 24, 2020

I am always on the lookout for little bags to upcycle into totes and bags for Barbies, AGs, and other dolls. And I’ve used some Pixie Faire patterns, too. Love to make accessories for my “kids”!

Mae Lynn Beck
Mae Lynn Beck

June 23, 2020

I would like to make the Sew Urban summer tote in crochet fabric. Just looks like summer.

kathy
kathy

June 23, 2020

I like the mesh book bag.

Theresa
Theresa

June 23, 2020

I like the Sew Urban Summer Tote hack.
Rabbit
Rabbit

June 23, 2020

I like the upcycle concept.

Sherril
Sherril

June 23, 2020

I love the Sew Urban Summer Tote hack, the crochet look version.

Jennifer Lange
Jennifer Lange

June 23, 2020

the Leila bag

Heidi
Heidi

June 23, 2020

The Ombre Ruffles Purse.

S. C.
S. C.

June 23, 2020

I would like to make the Miche Designs bag. It looks like a real, nice designer bag. (The little Whole food bag is adorable too! I gotta pick up a Whole Foods gift card soon 😊)

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