Sunday, October 23, 2016

Baby Doll Bibs

Gerber Baby did not stay dressed long. Nonetheless, Claire wants a high chair for her doll for Christmas, so I thought bibs would make a nice accessory. Fortunately I found a pattern. I made one to match the set of kitchen accessories I made for Claire's play kitchen last Christmas. They close with Velcro, the buttons are just for decoration.

Finished size: 4.5" x 5.5"

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Little Bird Doll Quilt

I bought a fat quarter of this bird fabric with no plan, just because it was cute. After talking to my sister, I knew it would be perfect for a doll quilt for one of Claire's friends.

Finished size: 17.5" x 21"

I had to go back for another fat quarter so I could make a matching bag:

Finished size: 3" x 6.5" x 6" plus handles

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Baby Doll Dress

Growing up, Julie and I both had Gerber Baby dolls, and Claire has now adopted Julie's. Gerber Baby isn't usually dressed when I see her, and when we video chatted recently, Claire asked me to make pajamas for her doll. (I suspect this request was prompted by my mom, as GB has big drool stains on the cloth part of her body.) I have made doll clothes for my American Girl doll, but those were hand-stitched and I didn't have to worry about a 2 year old being able to put them on her doll. However, you really can't say no to your adorable 2 year old niece, as she won't understand that you aren't very good at making clothes, so I offered to make a nightgown - which would eliminate sleeves and legs - cutting my mom off as she suggested I make Claire and Gerber Baby matching pajamas, since clothes for Claire would actually have to fit properly. It remains to be seen if this will actually fit Gerber Baby, as the pattern is for a 16" Waldorf doll. I figured a 2 year old could handle a wrap style dress with Velcro closures, though this one is not reversible, as I didn't think a 2 year old would yet have the fine motor skills to manage the closure on the reversible style.

This was supposed to be a nightgown, but after I finished it, I was worried it might be too short, so I decided Gerber Baby needed a pair of bloomers. I used a pattern, making the curve of the leg a bit larger, since Gerber Baby is a bit bowlegged. The legs ended up longer than I anticipated, and I'm concerned they ended up a bit short in the waist, but I'm considering this a test, and I will adjust as necessary once I see how they fit. Hopefully the waist is snug enough!

ETA: Here is Gerber Baby all dressed up!

Julie said everything fits well enough. The pants are a little long, but they stay up at the waist. It's a bit hard to get her arms in and out of the top, but Gerber Baby has tricky arms, and the top actually looks looser than I expected.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hopper Magnets

I finally bought a 1" hole punch; mostly so I could make these magnets, but it will come in handy for making other items as well. They are epoxy stickers covering Edward Hopper paintings. Edward Hopper is my favorite painter and for years I had calendars of his artwork. Most people will know him for Nighthawks, but these are some of my favorite images.

Clockwise from upper left: Chop Suey, New York Restaurant, Table for Ladies, Compartment C Car

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pointed Star Ornament

Christmas ornament season has officially begun! I've already made several ornaments this year, but I hadn't given much thought to the ornament exchange with Amanda until September, which is unusually late for me! (The earliest I've started is February). This ornament is for me though. In 2013, I made two versions of this ornament - a snowflake one for Amanda and a holly one for mom - but I didn't have enough of either fabric to make one for myself. Fortunately I had some scraps from Melissa's tree skirt that were long enough (I really love this fabric), and I'd conveniently linked to the tutorial in my original post. Where as the snowflake was flat and the holly ornament just had points on one side, this one has points on both sides.
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