Here's one of our main gifts for Big Sister - a baby doll carrier for her favorite little fuzzy kiddos.
We got the idea at one of her friend's birthday parties - we thought it was so cool and knew right away that it would be the perfect gift for our big helper!
We have an Ergo baby carrier, so I used that as a rough guide for this carrier. There are some good tutorials out there (since it's pretty likely my vague descriptions aren't extremely helpful). Here's a free one like a Baby Bjorn, and a reasonably priced one on Etsy from 3BeansStudio like an Ergo (it's even padded! Nice touch).
The center rectangular panel is 9"x12" finished. Each of the straps is 1" wide, finished. I appliqued the dark blue rectangle on the center panel and the ribbon on the straps.
I purchased the buckles and strap adjusters from a craft store in the notions section. A lot of baby doll carriers I saw online used ties or velcro, but our girl is so into buckling things and adjusting things that we just had to go with the big-kid version for her. I like the idea of velcro because it is easier for self-play, but she's getting old enough that buckles are a part of the experience that she would definitely want.
I am so excited to give this to Big Sis! I will post some pictures once she has a chance to use it.