January 06, 2017

18 inch Doll Sewing and Beds+Book Tutorial and Printable

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This Christmas, I went a little bit crazy making things for my older girls' 18 inch dolls. I kept getting ideas for outfits and accessories. If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably saw way more than you wanted to of 18 inch doll related pins. Sorry!

My favorite project was building these beds. This is the first thing I've ever built from scratch, and although they're not perfect, I'm really proud of how they turned out. I cut the wood, drilled and added the screws (except for the first drill hole, which was my husband showing me how), filled the holes, and painted all myself. You can find the free plans for the bed here.


December 30, 2016

Christmas Neighbor/Teacher Gift

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So I realize this is too late for this year, but maybe it can help someone next year! I'm telling you, if you want more up to date posts, follow me on Instagram.

I used this dishcloth pattern to make some dishcloths, then tied them to a small bottle of dishsoap.


The tag came from A Lemon Squeezy Home, but you can find them all over the internet. I liked this one because it was black ink only!





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December 28, 2016

Christmas Dresses

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This year I decided to go with solid colors for my kids' Christmas outfits. I ended up using all patterns I've tested (so all the patterns were given to me), and two of them were pretty old.

This one is the Big Bow Dress from One Little Minute. I used the chest size, and didn't make any adjustments for length and it ended up being a cute little vintage length (because she's two and fits into the 12 month size).

For this dress, I used the Tiny Bubbles Dress from Blank Slate patterns. It's an older pattern, and I had to make some changes to get it to work the way I wanted to (the biggest problem I ran into was the armscythe-it was super tight, and caused a lot of weird pulling and needed several adjustments), but it turned out how I envisioned it in the end. 


This is how most of the pictures of her turned out.


These two are much more willing to pose for me. The red dress is the Saumur Dress that I tested earlier this year.


And here they are. I wanted to get pictures before the weather turned cold, so I ran out of time for handmade for my son, which is usually how it goes for him.







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December 26, 2016

Knit Fabric Outfits

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JoAnn's has a line of fabric for children, and the price on the knit fabric is pretty good if you get it on sale. It's hard to find cute printed knit for a good price. This shrinks a lot in the wash and the stretch recovery isn't the best, but for around $5 a yard, I'll take it!


I made this little dress with the Anytime Tee from Shwin designs (free when I reviewed it a few years ago), and added a circle skirt to it.


This is a Simplicity peplum pattern, the same one I used to make her Halloween costume. It is supposed to have a zipper in the back, but with the knit, I just cut it on the fold instead, and it's been fine. It's actually one of her favorite shirts.


Aren't they cute?


This outfit was made with a combination of JoAnn's fabric and some fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabric from a contest I won. I used the monkey leggings and the hood from the Lisse hoodie from New Horizons Designs (both given to me when I tested them) and the recess raglan from See Kate Sew. The shirt design was inspired by something I saw from @snugasabugclothes on Instagram.



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December 24, 2016

Sashay Christmas Stocking

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I received this pattern for free because I helped test it.

I've been wanting to make new stockings so that we would have coordinating stockings for all the kids, and when I saw the testing call for this, I had to sign up!


It's a fairly simple pattern. I thought the hardest part was the ribbon ruffle. I skipped the ruffle for my son's stocking, and without it, it was a really quick sew. 

I just used a basic white fabric for the lining, but these stockings are reversible, so you could go for a totally different look.



You can find the pattern here. Right now it's at the regular price of $4.99, but there was a sew a long right after the release, and it was on sale for $1. I posted it on Instagram, but didn't get around to blogging about it until now. Follow me on Instagram for more up to date posts so you don't miss sales on patterns I post about! I'm @mamasayssewblog.




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