Tuesday, January 28, 2014

American Girl Doll Chef Set #2

Miss V loved the Chef set that I made yesterday for Kathleen and then asked where Marie-Grace's was?  I explained that I would make one for her today.

So here she is and I think she looks like she is ready for a backyard BBQ.

I made sure the pattern on the oven mitt would look ok.  No cut off Mickey Mouse.

 Here are both girls with their new chef sets.  Looks like I might have to make some new foods for them and even a cookie sheet or something.

So how do you think they came out?

Monday, January 27, 2014

American Girl Doll Chef Set

So earlier this year, I joined a Sewing Group for American Girl Dolls on yahoo.  Well they have a monthly sew along and this month was an 18 Inch Doll Chef Set.  The pattern is a freebie.

It has finally warmed up and my thumbs aren't hurting so I decided to get going since there are only a couple more days in January.

I actually had a hard time picking out what fabrics that I wanted to use.  At first I was going with an apple and solid red and it just wasn't working.  It didn't look fun...

Then I remembered I had some cute stripe and polka dot fabrics left over from a project years ago.  I used to make some little embellished overalls for Miss V's JoJo Circus party.

Anyway here we go!

I think the set came out cute and I really can't wait for Miss V to see Kathleen in her new set.  This also means I need to make a set for Marie-Grace.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

American Girl Doll Quilts update, five and they are complete!

So this weekend I finished both quilts for Miss V's American Dolls.  I used the tutorial from That's My Letter.

I used yellow binding on Kathleen's and orange on Marie Grace's.  Now I need to make some sheets and pillow cases.

Now that I am finished with these, I realized that are much easier to make than I first thought.  I think it would be cute next Christmas to make some Christmas themed ones.  I do think I would maybe make the squares 4 inches and make them a little larger.

Miss V was so excited to see them after they were washed and dried.  It certainly softened the cotton up a lot.  I was thrilled that they didn't shred in the wash and fall apart everywhere.  If that happened I probably would have fell apart too.  It was a lot of work, but so worth it to see how happy Miss V is with them.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

American Girl Doll Quilts, update four

So I added an extra row so it would drape down further on the side of the bed.  I also cut out the batting and white flannel for the backing.  Assembled it all and now just have to add the binding, which I will have to get this weekend.  Miss V has been home sick since Tuesday.

 The backing kind of moved a bit so it is a little puckered in a couple places, but I don't think it really matters to much.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

American Girl Doll Bed Quilts update, three

It has taken me almost all day but I finished the front part!  Woo Hoo!

Kathleen wanted to try it out for size.

Looks good, but not hanging over the sides enough for my liking.  I might see if I can add another column.  I think 8 squares by 8 squares would be better.

I still need to add the batting and backing tomorrow.  I am such a dope and used up the bias tape for the dog beds so I can run to Hobby Lobby and pick some more up tomorrow.

Miss V said it looks fantastic and even gave me a big hug and thank you.

American Girl Doll Bed Quilts, update two

Well I read and reread the first tutorial and that had me freaked out a bit.  I had pinned another tutorial and I read and reread that one and it made more sense to me.  You can find it at That's My Letter.

I cut all the strips out and before I cut them into the squares, I figured I could ask for opinions.  Which order do you think the squares should be in.

 I really would love to hear your ideas!

American Girl Doll Bed Quilts

So my next project is to make two quilts.  I found inspiration at BlogHer.  I had Miss V pick out 7 coordinating (or her version of coordinating) fabrics at Hobby Lobby.  Can I just say how much I love Hobby Lobby's Fabric and that calicos are 30% off?

Left to Right:
Solid White
Orange Brush Stroke
Orange with dark orange, yellow and white dots
Orange with white polka dots
Orange, darker orange, yellow and white chevron pattern
Yellow brush stroke
Solid yellow

Each quilt calls for 1/8 of each fabric and I bought 1/2 yard of each.  Now I have to figure out how to cut it all down.  ACK!!!!!!!  I am so nervous,  I have never quilted or done anything this hard before.

I am sure it is going to take me a few days to figure this out.

Does anyone have any advice?????

Snuggly Pet Bed number 2

I attempted to make another Snuggly Pet Bed last night.  I watched a great tutorial on Double Fold Bias Tape on YouTube.  Oh wow that made so much more sense.  By the way, I found some pretty awful tutorials, like the woman who didn't want her face on camera so she put her face on a sticker then glued it to a stick and narrated the video that way.


While I was sewing it started to get dark out and I don't have an overhead light in our dining room yet and Miss V saw that I was squinting and went and got a lamp from her desk.  She plugged it in and turned it on for me.  She is such a good girl.

Chocolate Chip and Meatloaf really like their new beds and Miss V is beyond happy that her doggies are happy.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Snuggly Pet Bed

Well I had been searching for a dog bed pattern for Miss V's little American Doll pets.  I found one but it is no longer sold on Liberty Jane.  I did find it on Etsy.

I had never worked with bias tape before and messed it up.  Of course afterwards I found some good tutorials and some wacked out tutorials on YouTube.  So I think the next one will look a little better.  Miss V said that Meatloaf really likes his new bed.