Today I’m participating in Sara’s Dress Up Party series, a series of dress pattern reviews!
Thanks so much for the fun response to the Doll Fabric! I am just so excited to see all of your dolls when your fabric comes! If you missed the Doll Fabric post and tutorial, check it out here! You can also see the fabric here.
Today I have TWO things in this post:
Let’s do the tutorials first! In Friday’s post I showed you how to put the doll and skirts together.
Today I will show you how to sew the bows, the ice cream cone, the piece of candy and the animal toy. These are all pretty simple to sew!
The bows are really simple to make. There are 4 bows included in each panel, so you can choose the colors you want to use.
TO MAKE THE BOWS: Pin the bow pieces together right sides together. Make sure to match up the points. Sew around the bow at 1/4″, leaving a small space on one side of the bow. Clip the corners and turn. Press and sew up the side opening with your sewing machine OR by hand using a slip stitch.
Stack the bows on top of each other and sew to your doll OR sew one to each pigtail.
TO MAKE THE CANDY: Do the same thing you did with the bow, leaving a small opening on one of the “wrapper sides”. Stuff the candy with stuffing. Stitch up the side, then tie thread around the “wrapper” to shape the candy piece. Tie it tight and repeat on the other side.
TO MAKE THE ICE CREAM CONE: Sew with right sides together. Leave an opening, turn and stuff. Then sew up the opening with a needle and thread.
TO MAKE THE ANIMAL TOY: This is getting a little redundant, but sew this the same way. Sew right sides together and leave a small opening at the side of the leg. Stuff and finish opening. And you’re done!
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I’m so excited to share this project that I’ve been working on for the last month or so! Printed doll fabric! This fabric is soooo fun! I designed 6 little dollies, all with unique names and personalities! I designed it on Spoonflower for my little girl, printed it off and sewed them together. These are similar to my triangle fabric in the fact that most of the work is done for you, but you get to put it together and choose your options!
Each doll is a one-yard panel with everything you need printed on it, including all the bows, skirts and accessories. You just order it from Spoonflower, cut out the pieces and sew them together. All you have to do is add 1/4″ elastic (for the skirt) and stuffing!
I love options, so each fabric panel as a total of 4 bows in two colors! You can sew them to one side of the doll’s head or put one on each pigtail!
Each doll panel has 3 skirt pieces printed on it including a cat skirt, a skirt with little X’s across the bottom and a third colored skirt. And you can add the optional pocket, too!
Ready to meet the girls?
Pearl is style! She has platinum hair, flawless light cocoa skin and bright red lips! Her shirt is polka dot with 3 skirt options: b/w stripe, lavender kitty cat, and aqua/purple with an X pattern. Pearl loves mint chocolate chip ice cream and writing poetry.
Rosie is a seriously cute girl with jet black hair and bright red lips! Her shirt is grey with 3 skirt options: b/w arrowhead, grey kitty cat and pink. Olive chocolate sprinkle ice cream cones and her tiny teddy bear!
Chloe is a red-headed beauty with bright orange hair and pink cheeks. Her shirt is pink with 3 skirt options: polka dot, cream kitty and bright yellow. Chloe loves frolicking in the meadow and bubblegum chocolate chip ice cream!
Goldie has a blonde head of hair and sweet pink cheeks. She loves polka dots and has three pretty skirt options: b/w stripes, blue kitty cat and pink X design. Goldie loves bubblegum ice cream and flying kites!
Ruby is the definition of chic! She has dark skin and dark brown hair with soft pink lips, a pink shirt and three skirt options: b/w polka dots, pink kitty cat, and bold yellow. Ruby loves chocolate chip ice cream and hiking with her friends!
Olive is a suntanned beach babe with brown hair and mauve lips. Her shirt is mint green with 3 skirt options: magenta, striped kitty cat, and purple with an X pattern. Olive loves pink sprinkle ice cream and reading a good book by the waves!
Printed doll fabric // Tutorial
–One doll panel (one yard of Basic or Kona cotton)
-6.5 inches of 1/4″ elastic
-softie stuffing, I like Pellon Perfect Loft
When you order your fabric, it will come to you looking like this:
Cut out the doll pieces:
-the body front
-the body back
-1 skirt (optional pocket)
Cut along the dashed lines printed on the fabric. There is a 1/4″ seam allowance included on all pieces!
Press all pieces so they are nice and flat.
Pin the arm pieces together with right sides together.
Sew around the arm piece with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Use pinking shears to trim seam allowance. Turn and press.
Now stuff the arms. I love the Perfect Loft stuffing.
Pin the arms to the body 1/2″ from the neckline.
Baste arms on.
Tuck arms into the middle of the body and pin back piece to the front with right sides together. Sew all the way around, leaving a 2-3″ opening at the side of the torso.
Trim seam allowance, turn and press.
Now stuff her up! I like it pretty full, so start at the head and push as much as you can into the body.
Sew up the opening with a needle and thread.
Each doll fabric panel has 3 skirts to choose from. You can pick your favorite or sew them all up and create a little wardrobe for your doll!
To make the pocket, press under 1/4″ at the top TWICE and stitch along the top.
Press under 1/4″ on the sides and bottom then pin to skirt. Sew around the sides and bottom of the pocket, backstitching at each end.
Press under 1/2″ at the top of the skirt and 1/4″ at the bottom.
Make a casing at the top by stitching at 3/8″.
Hem the bottom with a straight stitch.
Thread your elastic through the casing and sew it at each side.
Sew the side seam and finish seam allowance.
Now put it on your doll!
Next week I will post a tutorial for the bows, and all the other accessories!
Yesterday I posted about 5 secrets to doing it all, including sneaking away to my “happy place.” I made these printed pouches to go along with that post! I made the HAPPY pouch to hold my tablet but it was so fun I made a few more. Today I’m sharing the tutorial for these pouches!
I recently found out about this cool product called Kraft Tex, that is just like Kraft paper but it is actually a durable FABRIC! As soon as I saw it I thought it would be fun to put it through my printer! This is a true mixed media project and I love how fun they are. There are SO many possibilities with this, because you can design anything you want on your computer and print it out. You can even do colors! And custom pouches for specific events! So fun! I started out with these modern black and white pouches, backed with a black and white twill from Joann.
I printed stars, lines and HAPPY on sheets of Kraft-tex that I trimmed down to 8.5″ by 11″ so it would fit in my printer. My old printer had a little trouble figuring out how to get the thick paper through. I ironed the paper on low to flatten it out. Since it comes on a roll, it was a little curved at first. My newer printer had no problem with it, though! It’s probably a little thicker than cardstock.
I love the crinkled look of the Kraft-tex! It’s also very durable.
DIY Printed Zipper Pouch///
Let’s get started!
Print off your design on the paper.
Cut two rectangles: 7.5″ by 10.5″, one with the backing fabric and one from the Kraft-tex
Cut one rectangle 3″ by 9-10″ for a zipper tie.
Clip the the zipper face down on the Kraft-tex. You don’t want to pin this paper/fabric because the pins will leave holes.
Sew and then fold the seam allowance down.
Optional: Topstitch along zipper to secure seam allowance.
Repeat on the other side of the pouch with the fabric. Make sure to line up the fabrics at the same point on the zipper, so they match up. Then, open the zipper most of the way.
Match the front and back of the pouch, and clip together. Sew around the pouch, sewing the zipper pieces towards the bottom of the pouch. Pivot at the corners.
Turn your pouch! It is a little tricky to turn the Kraft-tex, since it has a thick paper consistency, but just crinkle it up a bit and push it through the zipper. I used the ends of my scissors to get the corners sharp.
For the tie, press the strip in half and sew around the edges and corners, leaving a 2″ opening in the middle of the strip.
Turn and topstitch over the opening that you left.
When you tie it in a knot, the stitching will be hidden, so don’t worry about that.
Now, use a hand needle and thread to stitch the center of the strip to the zipper pull. Don’t worry about what your stitching looks like, it will be hidden also. Tie off and then tie your strip into a knot.
Now you have a cute little zipper pull!
That’s it! Now fill it up with whatever you please!
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As a busy mom, I am often asked the age-old question “How do you do it all?”. The question first makes me laugh (Hah! you have no idea, come see my laundry pile!), and then it makes me a little sad! The feeling I get from the women who ask me this question is that they don’t think they are doing enough, or they want to have time to be creative and pursue hobbies, but it just doesn’t seem to fit in their current lifestyle. I never want anyone to think she isn’t enough. And I wish everyone had more time to be creative. I’m hoping this little glimpse into my life will help you feel like you are doing and achieving and also help you make time to sew. Let’s face it, that’s what it comes down to: MORE SEWING. ;)
The motherhood + life/work balance is hard. In bold. Even if you don’t consider you creative pursuits “work”, I think it takes careful prioritizing to make sure you have time to be creative each day.
It feels silly for me to be giving life advice. I’m still young and someone lost. (hah!) I mean, I don’t have it all figured out. But in the past almost 5 years of motherhood, I’ve learned a few things that have helped me make time for myself to create. It is so important for me to have time for creative pursuits, and I’m guessing since you’re here that it is important to you also. I’m wired to create and I go crazy if I can’t.
These 5 tips are simple things that I have put into practice that help me feel more on top of things and less guilty that I am not “enough” in any aspect of my life. There have been lots of tears, so much stress and questioning why I try along the way, so don’t think I don’t get discouraged. I still do. So here is HOW TO DO IT ALL:
1. “Doing it all” doesn’t exist.
That’s the real answer. I don’t do it all. There is no “doing it all”. There is no perfect work/life balance and I’m not sure there ever will be. So stop worrying that you aren’t good enough or aren’t doing enough. I think you are! Just do your best! I’m a big believer in times and seasons, ebbs and flows, and taking breaks when you need to.
It’s daunting knowing that perfect balance isn’t truly achievable, but at the same time, it takes a lot of pressure off. Whew! We don’t have to try to do it all anymore. Let’s just do what we can. So that’s what this post is about, doing what I can do to make time for myself to create. Not doing “it all”.
With that out of the way, let’s move on to some real tips you can put into practice now!
2. Freezer Meals
My first tip is very pragmatic. The first thing I always tell people is “Oh, I don’t cook dinner!” It’s sort of a joke, to deflect how awkward that question makes me feel. But it is also kind of true. I do COOK the dinner, but I prepare meals ahead of time so I don’t have to think about what meals to make, where the ingredients are, etc etc. And no last minute runs to the store at 4:30 pm with two cranky kids.
I have done a few freezer meal plans in the last few months that I love. I’m on a Costco/Freezer Meal kick. There are two ways I have done this. The first way is to make all the meals at once, it usually takes a solid 4 hours. It’s so much chopping and dumping and cooking. But then it is done! Or, I will make 1-2 meals each day for a week, making double or quadruple batches and freezing the extra.
I’ve found that this is also very cost effective (more money for fabric! Yeah!) and reduces my stress level SO MUCH. Also, we eat out a lot less and don’t depend on unhealthy, quick meals as much.
This is my favorite resource for freezer meal plans: http://www.5dollardinners.com/recipe-lists/ There is a Sam’s Club version also. I split the meals in half because they are a little too big for my family of 4. Most of the plans make 20 meals, but since I split them in half I get about 40 out of them. That’s over a month of meals ready in one day! I’m a believer!
I’m always looking for more ideas, so leave a comment if you have a favorite freezer meal or plan!
Ah, dinner is out of the way. Dinner is so daunting to me. Onto the other tips!
3. Prioritize tasks
Ah tasks! I usually make this just work/creative stuff. All of my other responsibilities get done in between (like dishes) or they don’t (like laundry) and that’s okay. Here are my tips for task prioritizing.
4. Be present in whatever you are doing
This is pretty simple, at least in concept. If you’re in mom-mode, be a MOM. If you’re working WORK. If you’re playing with your kids PLAY. This is a mindset exercise. Put down your phone and be present. It’s harder than you might think. But practice makes it easier. You’ll get so much more work done when you’re working and you’ll feel so much less guilt about balancing things.
5. Work from Your Happy Place
My final secret is slipping away to my little “happy place!” away from home for a few hours every once in a while. I LOVE working in the library.
It’s INSANE how much I can get done when I am alone, without distractions in a quiet place. Usually I have a task list to be done that I estimate will take me 3 hours and I’m always done with it in about 45 minutes. It’s library magic! I think it’s more the fact that there are no snacks, no kids and no household chores around.
I save all of my computer tasks for this chunk of time. For me that is emails, patternwork, writing posts and editing photos. And sometimes I hang out streaming episodes of Friends on Netflix…. Recharging my batteries. It’s work. ;) Sometimes I wander over to the books while I’m there, but usually, I am just working working working.
The HP Stream 8 with Intel allows me to work from my happy place, the library or anywhere. Sometimes I think about bringing my sewing machine and sewing in a private study room. I haven’t done that yet, but the HP stream 8 with Intel comes with a free year of Office 365, so I can get a lot of work done using those programs, like Word and Excel. I try to save all of my computer work for these times when I can sneak to the library.
I can use the HP Stream 8 with Intel and it’s apps to make grocery lists, plan out freezer meals, order craft supplies or groceries. Anything I can do at home with kids crawling on me, I can do in the library so much faster. This helps me to separate work and play also and be present where I am.
This isn’t an exhaustive list but I do hope these tips give you a place to start and help you find your own time to be creative!
I still don’t have a solution for the laundry. Sorry.
Tomorrow I will share the tutorial for that “HAPPY” pouch! It makes a great tablet case, or art supply pouch and it can be one of your “quick, easy” projects that make you feel accomplished!