Faux Button Front Top for 18 inch Dolls

Today I’m sharing a top I designed for 18 inch dolls like American Girl! I think it turned out great and with it’s Velcro closure but it’s worth noting that we have the flexibility of adding REAL button holes if we’d rather. It’s fully lined, too, which not only looks nice on the inside but eliminates those tedious tiny hems!

A fat quarter will give you enough fabric for the outside and the ruffle but you’ll need some scraps for the lining. (Note that the ruffle is 24″ long so when using a fat quarter, you’ll have to sew pieces together to achieve that. A simple fix AND it eliminates wasted fabric! I show this, btw, in the video tutorial linked below.)

In my continuing quest to use up my stash AND refashion/recycle/reuse fabric as much as possible, the polka dot top was sewn from a crib dust ruffle I bought on closeout for 90% off! (Gotta love those overstock-buy-up stores!)

Download the pattern and written instructions here and be sure to print actual size. And a video tutorial can be found here!

I’ve also provided options for attaching the ruffle:

Hand stitch (or glue) lining over the raw edges.

Option 1 encases the raw edges and is best if you don’t have a serger/overlocker. (I think this looks so nice, too!) I think the “proper” way is to hand stitch the lining to the ruffle but if you like to take shortcuts like I do, you can use fusible webbing, fabric glue or even hot glue works great!

 

 

 

Serge/overlock or zig zag over the raw edges.

 

 

But Option 2 is faster and easier! While it’s great if you have a serger/overlocker, it CAN be done with a zig zag or overlock stitch on a regular sewing machine!

Have fun with this free pattern! Feel free to share by linking back to this page!

Help for Sister Margaret Mary 2019

 

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As a long time Sheepishly Sharing community member, Sister Margaret Mary reached out to us to ask for our assistance. Sister runs a top-notch music program for her school located in a lower income area of Kentucky. We all know that The Arts are seriously underfunded in most every school so educators need to be creative to achieve funding to 1) keep the program alive and 2) keep improving it. Sister takes that mission to heart and one of her fundraisers is a booth at her school’s fall festival. She’s allowed to keep the proceeds from her sales for her music program.

 

Sister1In the past, she and her students made the inventory but Sister is currently battling health problems that prevent her from producing an adequate number of items! (And it’s worth mentioning that Sister Margaret Mary is vision impaired but can crochet much better and faster than I can when her pain allows! She has even developed an adaptive crochet technique that she teaches in this video!)

 

How We Can Help

Could you spend some crafting time making some things for Sister’s craft table?! ANY type of craft is welcome! The name of her booth this year is “Teddy Bears and Toys so anything that would appeal to kids (or “kids at heart”) would fit the theme! Search Pinterest and YouTube for good ideas! Here are a couple of my Pinterest Boards to get you started:

Fun Amigurumi ideas

Browse through my Crochet Hats board to find some Character Hat ideas.

Lovies may be a good idea!

Quiet Books and Busy Bags

Do you have a cutting machine? There are tons of great “kid items” to make out there! Look through my Silhouette board for items that would fit our theme!

Fairy Gardens are popular with kids! I don’t have a board saved but here’s a general Pinterest search for some cute DIYs!

Important Info re: Knit and Crochet

Unfortunately, hats and scarves don’t seem to sell at her booth UNLESS they’re fun and/or silly character hats! So save your hats and scarves for other donations and think WHIMSICAL choices for Sister’s family-oriented event!

Deadline: October 7, 2019

Mail to: Sister Margaret Mary, SJW
music@sjawalton.com
St. Joseph Academy
48 Needmore St.
Walton, KY 41094
859-485-6444
St. Joseph Academy is a 501(c)(3) institution.
Tax ID #61-1155444

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UPDATE from 2018: Thank You Note from Sister Margaret Mary

“I would like to thank my “guardian craft angels” for their donations. I was so impressed with everything I received to help support the music program at St. Joseph Academy. All of the items were works of art made with perfection and a lot of TLC! What really touched me the most was all the letters and notes of support! I just wasn’t receiving hand-made items alone… I was receiving treasures from the heart from each person! What a tremendous blessing! I love you all! There is a special bond between us… sharing God’s gifts with others!

I have another special request. I am in need of fun fur and eye lash yarn in large amounts (bigger skeins). My crochet and craft club members are excited about making teddy bears on the Addi Express knitting machines. Julie Greenfield is the designer of the teddy bear patterns. Her tutorials can be found on YouTube. I purchased a couple of six-packs of eyelash yarn from Amazon. Oh my goodness… I did not realize how little yarn is in one small little skein… Since the skeins of yarn are on 50gm (approx. an oz), it will take six skeins of fun fur or eyelash yarn without any mess ups!  If people would like to donate, I need six skeins of a color.  All 12 kids want to make a teddy bear.  I have no stash of this type of yarn.
I am attaching my first sample teddy bear using Red heart Super Saver. I am currently making another teddy bear with eyelash yarn.”

 

 

Fun Pom Pom Scarf

ted baker scarfWhile Christmas shopping online, I ran across this Ted Baker “Tizzy” Pom Pom scarf for $125 at Bloomingdales. It’s no longer available but you can purchase it from the designer’s site for the same price if that floats your boat.

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Naturally, this prompted the “I Can Make That”

mindset so, knowing I couldn’t get the nice materials Ted used, I went with a more silly option with endless theme or color choices. Since it’s close to Christmas, I was thinking about Santa and thus, we have this version!

This was a simple, fun and fast project and I can see it being a great indoor project for kids to tackle. It took about 2+ skeins of Herrschener’s Worsted 8 yarn. (It was hard to tell because I used scraps along with one brand new skein.)

Here ‘s the tutorial:

Silly Holiday Scarves

How about some simple, novelty scarves for the holidays?! These are so fast and easy and sure to bring a smile! Skip the elf shoe and change the colors for an “anytime” scarf!

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For the scarf, I used some inexpensive acrylic in Christmas colors. While this was done on my Addi Express Professional (circular knitting machine), you can certainly do a simple tube scarf with your knitting needles, crochet hook or knitting looms! Gauge is not really an issue but my scarves measure about 3″ in width and 36″ in length.

You can use store-bought mittens or gloves (as I did for those red gloves) but patterns for the mitten shape and elf shoes can be found with a simple Google search but if you’d like to use mine, download the pattern here. (Of course, you could always find a simple pattern for knitting or crocheting your own, too!)

Instructions can be found here:

DIY Scented Pinecones!

I love natural scents in my home so it made scents sense to make some of these!

Supplies:

  • Pine cones from your backyard (or someone else’s backyard but don’t trespass!)
  • Foil
  • Baking Pan
  • Oven
  • Essential oil of your own choosing (I used Cinnamon Bark)
  • Something to display them in!

Here’s how:

Big DIY Dry-Erase Calendars

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A great way to get a quick overview of your upcoming months is an extra large dry-erase calendar! I use 2 so I can see the month ahead as well (although I wish I had 4 so I could see the whole quarter).  I was determined to use only what I already had on hand so this project cost me NOTHING!

Supplies:

  • old frames
  • scissors
  • painters tape
  • something for covering (fabric, paper, wallpaper, felt)
  • yard stick
  • Sharpie
  • spray paint (optional)

For a complete tutorial, see the video below!

Recycled DIY Supplies

So… What “trash” do you save for your DIY projects?! I had to start over since the move to Atlanta but here are some things I’ve been saving lately. Be sure to read the comments on the YouTube video watch page if you want even more great ideas. And/or hop on over to the Sheepishly Sharing Facebook Group to see even more suggestions!

 

Lattice Organizer

Pegboard-Inspired Lattice

How about a pegboard-inspired organizer without installation headaches? (Great for renters because it’s portable, too!)

Materials:

  • 1 8ft x 2ft piece of vinyl lattice (available at home improvement centers for around $12)
  • Saw (circular saw is easiest OR have it cut to fit at the home improvement center)
  • 2 over-the-door hooks (mine came from the Dollar Tree)
  • S Hooks (number depends on your need)
  • Various organizers to hang on the lattice

Directions:

  1. Cut the lattice to fit the door. (Be sure to save your scraps for small-space organizing!)
  2. Place over-the-door hooks and hang lattice.
  3. Arrange S Hooks on lattice to suit your needs.
  4. Get creative with your containers
  5. Move and rearrange as your storage needs change!

More Details Here in this video:

2016 Crafty Goals

I keep my crafty goals very general because my yarn is my de-stresser! I would never want to ruin that with too much pressure on my beloved hobby but I think it’s important to grow, learn and be a better version of yourself… even when it comes to yarn!

How did I do last year? What’s in store for this year? Have a look:

Sew a Fish Extender or Closet Organizer

Going on a Disney Cruise? Then you may want to participate in a Fish Extender group! If you don’t know what this is, I’m going to send you to read this wonderful blog post by Darcie. She explains it very well. I’ll also suggest that you join either the Disboards she mentioned or the Fish Extender Facebook Group. Both will help you find fellow cruisers that want to share “a little pixie dust.” They’ll also help you with  ideas for Fish Extender Gifts and don’t forget to search those 3 little words on Pinterest. Great ideas!

Alternatively, this is a great closet or wall organizer for use at home!

Project Materials:

Background Fabric: 16 x 32″
Interfacing for backing: 8 x 32″
3 Pockets: 11 x 8″ each
Pocket Interfacing: 11 x 8″ each
Heavy Duty needle for sewing machine
Thread to match
Download the Pocket Pattern here
1 pkg Extra Wide, Double Fold Bias tape

**These Written Instructions may be all an experience sewer will need. If you’re a beginner or find these instructions unclear, the video below may be helpful.**

1. Apply interfacing to pockets and one half of background fabric.

2. Fold background fabric in half (long ways) wrong sides together and sew all edges together.

3. Pleat pockets (see pattern for where to crease fabric). Press.

4. Baste along bottom of each pocket.

5. Apply bias tape across top of each pocket. Re-press creases in pleats.

6. Apply bias tape across the bottom edges of TWO pockets.

7. Align 3rd pocket along bottom edge of background. Apply bias tape across bottom encasing all layers.

8. Pin a pocket 1″ above top of bottom pocket. Pin last pocket 1″ above middle pocket. Attach bottoms of these 2 pockets by sewing along stitching line of bias tape.

9. Baste long edges being careful to align edges of pockets with edges of background fabric.

10. Encase long edges with bias tape on each side. Finish top edge with bias tape or a zigzag stitch.

11. Fold over 1.25″ at the top and sew to form the rod pocket.

12. Decorate with names, etc!