When I was a kid, my great grandmother made my younger sister and I these totally adorable cradle purses. A cradle purse is exactly what it sounds like: a cradle for a baby doll that converts into a purse. I decided my niece needed one too, and looked up some patterns. I found a few on Pinterest, started making it, HATED it... returned to Google with more specific criteria. I have no idea where I found the pattern now, but I'm pretty sure it was the exact pattern my great grandmother used to make ours, which added a bit to the special factor.
I used Patons Astra yarn, because it is inexpensive and comes in great colours. I really hate the doll's nose, but I finished it with no time to spare to gift to my niece for Christmas, so a new doll might be in order eventually. I'm also not a huge fan of the hair, but wanted the doll's hair to be close to my niece's hair colour.
In addition to the purse itself, the pattern included different outfits. I made a yellow sun dress, a green and gold Christmas dress, and a night shirt and underpants!
My niece is a huge fan of babies, and loved the gift! I'm hoping to add more outfits over time