8/06/2018

Make your own Space Patches (with a free printable!)



Hi friends!

I can't believe summer is almost over!  I've got one more craft project for you before the school year starts, and I think that this one would be totally awesome to do to personalize your child's backpack, or even a jacket!

For Lu's birthday I made her and her doll matching jackets.  And while I used NASA patches that I purchased from Amazon for the girl-sized jacket, I made my own patches for the doll sized version. 


The truth is that these patches would be really great though for anything--doll sized or otherwise!  In the free printable that I provide, you can make patches in two different sizes.  The small size is the size that I used for the doll-sized jacket.  


I provide the printable for these that I put together on my computer based off of the ones American Girl has for the Luciana doll...but you can really make them with any picture or log that you'd like...and I'm going to show you how!

So let's get started!

7/24/2018

Easy DIY Washi Tape Puppets plus More Adventures...


Hi friends!

I hope you all are having a fabulous summer.  We just got back from a vacation, and I wanted to share some of it with you.   More specifically, I want to share a fun project that we did while on vacation, that required ZERO!! of my help.  It was such a hit, and totally last minute.  

But before we get into craft zone, I want to talk a little bit about our trip north up the California coast!  We went along highway 1, which is a super scenic route along the California Coast.  It is breathtakingly beautiful, and we found the beaches to be isolated and full of wildlife to observe.  

 We stopped at the Point Arena lighthouse, where we were able to climb up to the top and get a beautiful 360 view of the area.  The sun even came out while we were there!


 We stayed in Sea Ranch in this lovely house which had an indoor window from the second story bedroom.  The kids were totally excited by the house, as it was the perfect place to hold a puppet show!! 


 Before leaving for Sea Ranch, I realized that I wanted some sort of craft project for the kids to do while we were there.  I threw some tongue depressor/Popsicle sticks, markers, and washi tape into my bag, thinking that the kids might be able to make something out of them.  The kids' imaginations totally went CRAZY with this project.  They spent HOURS making puppets and holding puppet shows out of the cool indoor windows in the house. 

 I love what they came up with, don't you?  There was this adorable lion, mermaids, fairies, and more!  I love that they made accessories for the puppets too, like guitars, and purses!

It was such a fun trip for these kiddos....filled with crafts, nature, extended family, and beautiful scenery.

Hope you all are having a wonderful summer, and that this simple summer project excites your kids as much as it did mine!  Sometimes the simple projects really are the best ones.

XOXO,

Jill

7/09/2018

Free pattern!! Make your own Galaxy Doll Slippers




Hi friends!

I hope you are having an absolutely fabulous summer.  I'm so enjoying the slower pace of things right now...and I loved getting some time to work on this crafting project with Lu the other day.  She LOVES her Luciana doll, and was eager to make some slippers to go with the PJ's we made (with the pattern for the old Molly doll!).  My grandmother helped me sew the same PJs for my Molly doll when I was a kid, and I have such fond memories of that Sunday afternoon. I'm so grateful when I get the chance to share a similar experience with my kiddos!

But let's talk about these slippers, because we love how they turned out! The silver fabric is a stretchy performance fabric, which makes the fit so much easier!  The base of the slipper is just flannel.  
 Because the fabric is stretchy, it works great for an "elastic" strap for the back of the slipper.  Easy peasy.

We used puff paint to paint on the stars.  So fun!  The pattern is simple, but it definitely requires the help of an adult, as it can be a bit frustrating to sew within the small spaces. But they come together fast, so it is a good quick and easy project!
 Alright, let's get started!

7/03/2018

It's a Giveaway!! Plus Dollhouse Remodel Sneak Peaks!





Hi friends!

I've teamed up with Sew Can She to give away a bundle of my patterns!  Click here to enter! I'm giving away my brand new portable dollhouse pattern AND my puppy dog and dog carrier patterns!

And if you'd rather substitute another pattern or equal value, I'm happy to do that too!


I know that things have been kind of quite here lately, but we have several projects in the works, and I can't wait to share them with you!  We've also been working on redoing the kids dollhouse a bit. If you remember, when I made it I coated the inside and outside with magnetic paint.  I think my kids are finally at the age where they appreciate this feature, and they are excited to be able to decorated the walls at will.  

Here's a sneak peak of some of the things that we've been working on... Like this magnetic farmhouse door for the girls dollhouse. 

 With the magnetic walls, its easy to "slide" the door into the open position.
We've also added a loft and some artwork to the kids' bedroom.  So cute!!


I hope you are all having a fabulous summer!  I can't wait to be back here soon with a new tutorial!

XOXO,

Jill

6/11/2018

The Portable Dollhouse/Fire House Pattern and Miniature How-to's





Hi friends!

It's been a while since I've done a pattern, and I felt like it was about time for a new one!  My family is obsessed with miniatures right now, and I couldn't help but make a dollhouse tote version of the house I made for Ellie a few months ago.


We made two versions, a firehouse and dollhouse version, and both are included in the pattern and which is now available in my shop. The tote itself is about 13.5 inches tall and 7 inches wide when finished.  It has a zipper on one side, and is fully lined.  It's a relatively straight forward pattern, so it doesn't require a lot of advanced skills.  I actually think that Lu is going to make it with me as a sewing project!  In this post though I'm going to show you how to make all the little dollhouse goodies that go inside that house--keep reading!!! Lots of tutorials coming your way!


 I'm going to show you what I used to make all of these miniatures and how I made them today!  (I'll also include a short appendix to the pattern with all of this info, but that part really isn't meant to be a pattern--more of an idea of furniture you could make.)  I imagine that there will be lots of dolls used, so I didn't want to make a specifically sized bath tub for example.
What I love about all the things in this dollhouse is that everything can be neatly folded up and placed inside the dollhouse...It's the perfect toy for travel! Today I will show you how to make sleeping bags, a mattress, foot stools, a stove, a bathtub, a lamp, and cardboard  portable walls. The small white table pictured was from the center of a pizza box.  Don''t you love it when you can recycle things like that?

Who is ready to make some miniature-sized furniture?  Ok, let's get started!

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