American Girl / Our Generation mini doll dress – Free pattern and tutorial

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018! – Free mini doll dress pattern

I want to start the New Year as I mean to go on.  That means not neglecting my website.  It’s not easy finding the time – not only to make new things but to turn them into patterns to share, as I work full time and have a lovely family.  But I didn’t want to give up and lose the work I’ve put in so far.   So having had some time off over the holidays, here’s a free pattern and tutorial for a doll dress.  It will fit a mini American Girl doll or Our Generation doll (around 6″).  I made a small Waldolf doll (about 8″ high) which it also fits. The fabric in the pictures is a gorgeous Liberty fabric from one of my lovely local shops, Clothkits. 

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Make a Cuddly Unicorn – Free Tutorial and Pattern

Sew yourself a cuddly unicorn friend

Unicorns are everywhere at the moment – for good reason.  They are magical, colourful, cute and poop rainbows!  So I decided to create a cuddly Unicorn for my daughter.  Her full name is Princess Unicorn Yasmin the Third.  Follow the instructions below to make your own pet Unicorn to play with and enjoy.  Just don’t complain when you have to scoop rainbow poop from the floor (they don’t come house trained)!

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Pokemon Deck Holder – 15 minute sewing project

Pokemon card holder

My son has just got into Pokemon trading cards in a big way and as I’m always sewing things for my daughter I thought this time I’d make him something.  As he’s always carrying around his Pokemon cards I decided he needed something to put them in!  I found some red, black and white felt and made this deck case.  He now wants me to make lots more so he can trade them with his friends to get some good cards.   Here’s what to do…

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Sew an ‘Instamatic’ Tote Bag – free tutorial

I am slightly obsessed with bags and I love being able to design and make a bag that does just the job I want it to do.  This easy to sew Tote bag is the perfect size for a lunch box, water bottle, journal (or ipad) and an umbrella for those frequent rainy days! You can play around and make it with your favourite fabrics – I fell for the cute Instamatic cameras on this fabric, hence the name of the bag!

What you need:

  • 1m fabric for lining and side panels
  • 1 fat quarter fabric for main panels
  • 1m interfacing (if you want a stiffer bag use a thicker interfacing)
  • 140 cm coordinating bias binding

What to do:

Print out Tote Pattern 1 and Tote Pattern 2 (make sure the 1″ square is the right size when you print it out) and join the pattern pieces where the dots indicate.

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Free Sloth cuddly toy sewing pattern

Snoozy Suzy Sloth sewing pattern

Download the PDF pattern to make Suzy

Sleepy toddler?  Use this sewing pattern to make them a suitably sleepy friend.

There’s something rather cute about Sloths and they make a change from teddy bears!  I’ve designed Suzy the Snoozy Sloth to be very soft, floppy and cuddly, the ideal companion for any little one to snuggle up with.  It’s a fairly simple pattern to make, although sewing with plush fabric takes a little bit of getting used to – it’s worth it for the extra cute cuddly softness though!   Enjoy using your free sewing pattern to make your very own cuddly sloth toy!

The instructions are here: Suzy Sloth Sewing Instructions and the pattern pieces are here: Sloth sewing pattern

Sloth sewing pattern
Sloth sewing pattern

Sloth sewing pattern

Suzy Sloth Snoozing

Beanie Boos T-shirt Tutorial

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My daughter decided that her Beanie Boos Lion, ‘Hero’ needed a make over.  So I’ve made a new t-shirt for him (slightly girlie fabric but never mind!).  The pattern should also fit other medium size Beanie Boos that are in the same ‘sitting’ position (e.g. Tasha, Safari, Maddie etc).  I used a girls skirt from a charity shop for the fabric.

If you haven’t sewn with jersey before, this is a good size to practice on!  There are some good tips on different websites – I used the Tilly and the Buttons tips when I started experimenting with jersey (not that long ago).   I do have a ‘walking foot’ for my machine which does make a difference, and I use ball point needles.   I used a long zig-zag stitch for all of the t-shirt.

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Sock Alien Tutorial

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It’s all about ‘Space’ at the moment – at my daughter’s school anyway.   It wasn’t part of the homework but my daughter, Amelie, decided to design a sock Alien to take into school and to write about.  She even offered to make it herself – if I could help with the sewing machine bit (I still haven’t made the ‘plague’ rat she designed for the last topic!).  So I made the one that features below and she made her own one, which she didn’t want to feature on my blog in case everyone copied it!  The Alien does need legs because it can fly, obviously…

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Pirate Tic Tac Toe

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Despite being busy with a few other things at the moment, I’ve managed to put together the first in what may or may not become a series (!) of Quick Makes – Pirate Tic Tac Toe or Noughts and Crosses.  I made this for a ‘Quiet Book’ but you could easily make a bigger pouch and fold the board up as well; great for taking in the car or to restaurants and keeping kids/ grown-ups entertained.  Happy making!

Quick Makes-Pirate Tic Tac Toe

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Cuddly sleeping bag tutorial

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I always like making things for party favours for my children’s parties.  This year I decided to make sleeping bags for 6″ Beanie Boos (as it was a Beanie Boo themed party – more on that later).  They are quick and easy to make and would easily work with cotton instead of plush.  My daughter loves plush so she had one made out of just plush.  The heart pillow gives your Beanie Boo a nice comfy place to rest their head for the night!

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