Crafting with Kids: Little Fairy Dolls

We've had a busy summer so far, but it's also been really nice to have some low key time to spend with the kids. A week or so ago, Lu begged me to do another fairy craft.

I'm beginning to feel like my blog is turning into a fairy blog!  I've made fairy costumes, and fairy puppets, and fairy dolls. And yeah....here's another fairy craft.

And sorry guys, but it won't be the last the last of fairies here on the blog.  It turns out Lu's begging for a fairy party for her 7th birthday....and today's craft is sure to make an appearance!  
 We made little fairies, and I think they are really fun!  I couldn't believe how long the girls were willing to spend making them.  We spent several hours over the course of several days.  They LOVED making them.  And we certainly made lots of them!!Would you like to make some fairies of your own? Let's get started.


Homemade Watermelon Creamsicles

A few weeks ago my family and I went to our local farmers market and we had a special treat:  a watermelon shave ice atop vanilla ice cream.  Now I wouldn't have ever thought that vanilla ice cream would be a lovely combination with watermelon, but it totally is!

That got me thinking about popsicles, and how a watermelon creamsicle might be delightful. So I decided to give it a try...and it was yummy...AND EASY!!! 

Who is ready to make some creamsicles?


Frog-shaped Nature Satchel

Hi all!  Today I'm over at Make It and Love It showing how to make a simple kid's cross-body bag.  Here on my  blog though I'm showing how with a few modifications, you can make this cute frog bag! Then you can have both a frog AND a bee bag. 


The June Bug Doll Quilt

Hi guys!  Those of you that have followed my blog for a while know that whenever I release a new pattern, I like to do a companion tutorial.  For the June Bug pattern, I'm showing you how I made this little cherry quilt!

I'm not really a quilter--at least not yet--but I think there's just something so incredibly charming about a doll quilt.  Since it's so small, it comes together easily. It's the perfect companion to my newest doll pattern! I've made my kids lots of dolls before, but I think these little dolls might be my favorite.  I feel like the more I made dolls for my girls, the better that they get.  These dolls are just so incredibly soft and cuddly.  I love everything about them, down to their little sculpted belly buttons!  If you are looking for a doll project that's truly a really special special gift, I think you'll really like this one.

I can't wait to see the variations of this pattern that you all come up with, both for the dolls and the quilt. 

For now though...who is ready to make a mini quilt!


Introducing the June Bug Pattern

I love this new little doll pattern!  My girls have been begging me to make them some "like me" BIG dolls, and I'm really excited about how they turned out. You can purchase this DIGITAL PDF doll pattern in my Craftsy Shop or my Etsy Shop.

The pattern is different from my other patterns.  For one, the dolls are larger.  They are 14 inches tall.  Another big difference is that this pattern is meant to create a doll body out of knit interlock, instead of a woven fabric.  This creates a doll which is soooo soft and cozy.  Plus the added benefit is that you can sculpt these little dolls....everything from fingers to a cute little belly button!

Of course if you don't want to make the doll from knits you can use a woven fabric...all you have to do is add a seam allowance to the existing pattern.  But really...stick with the knits.  It's soooo worth it, plus the pattern gives several tips about how to make sewing with knits a breeze...and all you need is a basic sewing machine that at least has the capability to do a zig-zag stitch.  No serger required.  I promise! 
The pattern includes instructions for how to make the doll (with two different hair styles), a shirt/short combo, a bathing suit, a dress, a pair of shoes, a pair of sandals, a headband, and a quilt.  That's a lot of goodies!   
What can you expect from this pattern?  It's a lot like my other patterns in design.  It's 33 pages long with over 150 color "how-to" pictures.  This includes 8 pages of full size template pieces.   In terms of licensing, this pattern is intended for the home sewer.  You are welcome to use my pattern to make dolls for a small scale craft fair or online shop, but no mass production, okay?
 Just like my other doll patterns, this isn't a difficult pattern.  It does however involve working on a smaller scale, which can make things a bit more challenging (and probably more appropriate for the intermediate sewer).  Here's what you should know in terms of basic sewing skills:

Sewing straight seams, zig-zag, back-stitching (and when to use) with a sewing machine

Ability to adjust length of stitch on your sewing machine to make stronger, smaller seams and longer seams for gathering

Using hand-sewing (the Ladder stitch) to close the doll body and basic embroidery stitches (whip stitch, chain stitch, back stitch) is helpful but not required.

Pressing with an iron to fold in seam allowances

Ease of working with small seam allowances (1/4 inch) and sewing in small spaces.

Some experience transferring an image (the face template) onto the fabric (for embroidery) is helpful, but not required.
Those of you that have been following my blog for a while know that I like to accompany my pattern releases with a tutorial here on the blog.  Next Monday you'll be able to see the whole tutorial for the mini quilt here on the blog!  (The link will go live at 6am). It's a great way for you to get an idea of what my pattern is like. 
If you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to leave a comment below (or send me an email at snugglebuguniversity (at) gmail (dot) com. You can purchase this doll pattern in my Craftsy Shop or my Etsy Shop

If you like this pattern, you might like some of my other patterns:

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