My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
Calico Critters Crochet Pattern for Sleeping Bag
As I was browsing in the toy store for my niece's birthday, I found the Sylvanian Families (also called Calico Critters in the United States) section and was struck by how cute they were. Since I am a new collector on a tight budget, I thought I could compensate for the lack of furniture by crocheting stuff for them.
This article is a free crochet pattern for a Sylvanian Families sleeping bag. There are two sizes available: Father/Mother size and the Brother/Sister size. Any changes in the number of stitches for different sizes are placed in parenthesis.
- Size 10 crochet cotton thread
- No. 6 steel crochet hook
- Optional: fiberfill for the pillow
Gauge and Dimensions
- 10 dc = 1", 4 sc rows and 3 dc rows = 1"
- Finished dimensions: small: 2 1/4" x 3 5/8" (large: 2 3/8" x 4")
Note: This is an original pattern written for the Brother critter. Changes in size for the parent critter are denoted by parenthesis.
Step 1: Starting at the Bottom for the Blanket
Round 1: Ch 22 (24), work 3 dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in each ch across to the last ch, work 3 dc in the last ch, working in opposite side of the starting ch, dc in each ch across, join with sl st to first dc. (42, 46)
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, join. (42, 46)
Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as turning ch throughout the project), dc in each sc around, join. (42, 46)
Round 4–13 (15): Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 alternately. Do not fasten off at the end of the last Round. (42, 46)
Step 2: Working on the Pillow Portion
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in 1st dc, ch 21 (23), sk 21 (23) dc, sc in the remaining dc around, join. (21, 23 sc and ch)
Round 2: Ch 2, dc in each sc around, join. (42, 46)
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, join. (42, 46)
Round 4–10: Repeat Round 2 and 3 alternately. (42, 46)
Round 11: Ch 1, sk 1 dc, insert hook into 2nd dc, insert back into the 1st dc, work a sl st. Working through both sides and matching the rest of the stitches, sl st in each dc across to close the pillow. Fasten off.
At this point, your sleeping bag should look like this.
Note: If you want a fluffy pillow, add polyester fiberfill before continuing with the next step. I personally did not add stuffing as I wanted the piece to be functional and rolled when not in use. It will take up less space that way when kept in storage.
Sew the bottom opening of the pillow closed.
Step 3: Ties
Ch 50, sl st in the center st (11th, 12th) of the top pillow, ch 50.
Fasten off and weave in all ends. Trim the ties to make the ends even.
How to Use the Sleeping Bag
In order to show you how to use this sleeping bag, here is Brother Chocolate with a quick slide show tutorial.
- Add a striping effect by changing colors every other round.
- Make a bigger bag to fit both the Mother and Father critter.
- Change the stitch pattern into whatever you want.
As a final note, I will leave you with this photo of both sleeping bags rolled up next to the Calico Critters, so you can get a feel for the different sizes.
kelly on April 22, 2013:
so cute i know how to make small scarves :)
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on March 06, 2013:
Thanks for the lovely comments! I haven't done any crochet items for beds yet, as I just got the starter home last weekend. :)
Jo from Isle of Wight UK on March 06, 2013:
Oh my goodness, this is simply adorable. I love Sylanians, and have a massive stash from when I was younger. My girls love them too, and I have crocheted many pillows and blankets for the bunk beds. I love the sleeping bag idea, and the cute little slippers
peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 06, 2013:
so cute! I love your craft. However, i don't have any knowledge of crochet. Very beautiful craft. Voted beautiful.
Susan from India on March 05, 2013:
Its so cute. Good one.
Priyanka Estambale from United States on March 05, 2013:
Cutee!!! Voted up for sure :)