My twins turn seven today - and they are full into the American Girl doll scene.
My parents got them the camping tent (it fits two dolls), which got me thinking about the other gifts that fit with the camping/hiking theme. Since we enjoy camping and hiking as a family, I got each girl a pair of special hiking shorts - the kind with mesh pockets, d-rings and ties.
And then I ventured back into the world of 'sewing for dolls' for a second gift: doll sleeping bags. I kept it relatively simple, with a self-designed pattern for a sleeping bag.
But it turns out that my sewing machine really IS broken (at first I thought I had just mis-threaded it, but there is certainly something wrong with the bobbin mechanism now) so I couldn't turn them into proper sleeping bags.
As I finished them with more hand stitching then I care to re-count, I decided to call them camping rolls. And they have been met with more enthusiasm then I could have hoped for (cue the big sigh of relief). They didn't even realize that I made them at first - a high compliment in my book - and then I showed them photos of them as babies, wrapped in the flannel blankets I used to line the sleeping rolls, and they exclaimed, "SO COOL!"
The rolls are made with a heavy cotton exterior, flannel interior and lined with a layer of cotton batting. They measure approximately 20 inches long by 12 inches wide. There isn't any top-stitching (a detail I would have liked to add) and they mostly just fold over the top of the dolls. The ribbon ties are nice and long so the girls can roll and tie them up themselves. The pillows are sewn directly into the top seam and fold down, or up, depending on your preference.