Doll Sleeping Bag Tutorial

I've got something fun here for you today.  Today I'm celebrating the release of my latest pattern in my pattern shop:  the bedbug doll pattern!  I thought what better way to celebrate than to show you how to make an adorable sleeping bag for your dolls.  It's a sneak peak into what my pattern is like, and also a great example of how you can customize a pattern to really fit your own style and needs. With these basic steps you should be able to create a sleeping bag for any doll...small like my bed bugs, or large!  Just make your pieces larger or smaller as necessary.

Enough talking...let's get started!


Introducing the Bedbug Doll Pattern!

UPDATE:  The pattern is now available in my pattern shop!

Alright guys!  It's time to introduce my latest pattern which will be up in the shop within a week or so:  The Bedbug Doll Pattern!  As I mentioned in my last post, this is what happens when you let an almost 3 year help you pick fabric in a fabric store and dictate your sewing.  Things got slightly out of control...and she couldn't be happier.  The pattern has two different short hair options and two long hair options: buns or pigtails.  There's also a superhero mask, and a easy sleeping bag pattern!  The dolls themselves are about 9 inches tall.  There are lots of options:

Clothing can be either attached, detached, or a combination of both.  Instructions are provided to either draw on or embroider the face.  There are lots of detached clothes options:

And because my two year old is kind of obsessed right now with playing doctor:

It's a tough job being a superhero or a mermaid!  If you use felt for the hair or clothing, the felt band-aids even adhere!  Then you can tuck them all into bed and wish them a speedy recovery!

I thought it might be fun to make a few more customized dolls to show how you can take the pattern one step further...I used the pattern to make these lovely mice...  Recognize those ears?  They are really just the pigtails!  I've included the embroidery face template in this pattern in case you too want to make a mouse....

And I've decided to add the following five dolls to my Etsy shop (they will hopefully be listed by November 1st!).  More about those though later. 

 Keep reading for more pattern details: 


A sneak peak...

I have exciting news!  I've been working super hard lately sewing like well, crazy. My 2 year old started it all, and then things got just a tad bit out of control.  That's good news for you though!  Give me a couple of weeks and I hope to have an adorable new pattern in the shop...AND a FEW DOLLS/MICE too!!!  That's right!  A couple of these guys will be in my shop pretty soon, just in time for the holidays!


Padded headbands!

Hi all, just stopping by from what is turning out to be a very busy week to tell you that I'm a new contributor for A Nest for All Seasons.  Yay!  Click on over to see my tutorial for padded headbands.

I'm so excited that Amy invited me to be a contributor.  If you haven't heard of A Nest for All Seasons before, check it out!  Amy has some wonderful posts on gardening that I think will be super helpful to me, given that my yard currently looks like this:

Yay, that's right....we're poolless!!  Let the home addition project begin!!  That also means that I think we're hopefully about done with the bobcat, which my daughter is quite certain is going to come into the house and eat her for lunch. (Oh the joys of construction, right?)  I'll have to give a housing update soon!!


The "Other" Anna Jumper

A few of you might remember that last spring I made my girls jumpers, inspired by the outfits worn by the young Anna and Elsa in the movie Frozen.  I drafted a free pattern, and shared it in my Craftsy store.  You can find the whole tutorial here.  

Today though I'm going to show you how with a few modifications you can use that same pattern to make a simple version of the adult Anna dress. Just in time for Halloween, right!

Ready to get started?  This is really simple!


The Day (Before) the Pool Went Away...

I've mentioned here before that we're planning a home addition that necessitates filling in our pool.  A good friend suggested letting the kids paint the pool once it was drained but before it was demo'd...and I thought it was a fabulous idea!  We let the kids dip balls in paint and roll them all along the pool.  When they tired of that they dipped their hands and feet in paint and continued "decorating" our pool.  It was so much fun, and one great last memory with our pool.  Lu even exclaimed it was 'the best moment of her entire life."  Haha!

Ready to see some awesome pictures from our fun day?


Tips for Making a Waldorf-Style Doll

I mentioned a few weeks ago that my daughter's starting school made me realize that the time for making her a doll might be quickly passing.  Since soft doll making is something I'd always wanted to try, I made it a goal for myself to make something truly special for my girls in the near future...maybe Christmas?  Not sure.

I've made dolls for my kids before, but never anything that is "sculpted."  I've always been inspired by waldorf dolls, and I wanted to make something along that line....but I felt like I needed to practice some.  So this is my practice doll.  It's not made with all natural ingredients, but it's made with easily available materials.  Everything I found locally, and the only thing I paid for was the fabric (and a doll needle).

I've learned a lot during this process, and I'm happy to tell you what I learned and what I'll likely do differently when I make the girls next dolls.

Interested?  Keep reading for more details about how I made this doll...


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