Doll carrier - sewing pattern with 6 animal designs

The Cuddly Carrier pattern makes a super cute carrier for children to baby wear their dolls, teddies and other cuddly toys. It can be worn on the front or back and animal variations include a cat, mouse, fox, badger, bear or monkey. Suitable for walking children from age 1 up to age 10 and beyond, the waistband comes in 3 sizes and is easily adjusted using hook and loop tape (e.g. Velcro). The main body comes in 2 sizes to carry different sized toys. The straps can be secured with snaps or D-rings making the fit adjustable for different aged children. Boys and girls love them!

Make one of the animal versions, showcase a favourite fabric or add appliqué or embroidery - Bishy Barnababes has lots of free-motion appliqué patterns and tutoorial. It's perfect as a quick birthday gift!

Use up your leftover fabric or treat yourself to more. In addition to fabric; hook and loop tape (e.g. Velcro) and D-rings or snaps are required.

The 35 page PDF file includes:

  • Pattern; fully scaled, computer generated pattern pieces using trim and no-trim methods of assembly. Both rectangle measurements and pattern pieces are provided so you can use the cutting method you prefer.

  • List of materials needed, including a chart showing the size of each piece of fabric required.

  • Metric and imperial measurements.

  • Printing instructions, including using layers to print just the sizes you want, a chart detailing which pages to print on letter or A4 paper.

  • Tutorial; detailed step-by-step instructions with clear diagrams, photographs and tips.

Rated as Beginner+ as it's easy to make. However, some of the pieces, like the eyes, are a bit fiddly to sew on the machine - you can easily hand sew them though or use buttons!

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  • Illustrated sewing pattern
  • Both patterns pieces and cutting measurements
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Age 1 to 10 years approx.

Materials you need at home:

  • Between 0.55m woven fabric (e.g. cotton, polycotton, corduroy) for smallest size and 0.8m for largest size
  • Fabric scraps for animal faces - eyes, muzzle etc. (animal versions only)
  • Fusible adhesive/interfacing if using fabric for animal faces that frays
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing (if using lightweight fabric like quilting cotton)
  • 0.5m hook and loop tape (e.g. Velcro)
  • Kam snaps or D-rings
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper machine foot (D-ring version)
  • Removable fabric marker (animal versions only)
  • Turning tool (optional - for turning straps)
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Bishy Barnababes

I am Vicki Hibbins, the designer and owner of Bishy Barnababes - creating cute PDF sewing patterns that mum's will love to sew and children will love to wear. I live in Norwich, UK (where a ladybird is called a bishy barnabee) with my husband, daughter, dog and cat.

A Primary teacher for over 20 years and sewing since I was 4 (my grandfather taught me using a Victorian sewing machine), I combine both these passions to make patterns with great instructions that are suitable for beginners upwards. I love sharing my skills and introducing sewers to new techniques - my favourite at the moment being free-motion appliqué. I also produce The Sewing Room podcast where I share the ins and outs of running a pattern company, latest Bishy Barnababes news and the latest creations from my sewing room.

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