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One of Lillian’s daycare friends turned 3 in January and I found out from her mom that she loves playing with dolls.  So I thought it would be a perfect birthday gift to make her doll accessories, including a diaper bag!  Remember the baptism dress that I made?  This little girl is the older sister to the baby. 


I decided to make her a diaper bag, burp clothes (or they could be blankets), diapers, bibs, wipes, and a case for the wipes.  Everything fits inside the diaper bag, plus there is still room for few more things, such as bottles.


I used my own design for the diaper bag. Actually it’s the same pattern as the beach bag that I made, except smaller, of course, and I added a recessed zipper.  I wouldn’t want all of the doll’s stuff to fall out after all.


There are four pockets on the outside and four on the inside.  Pockets are always helpful and kids love them!  So really, you can’t go wrong with adding pockets.



Here is a picture of the recessed zipper.  Since the side pieces are sewn to the front and back pieces, I would extend the zipper to the edge of the front and back pieces the next time I make this bag with a zipper.  It just wasn’t open quite as much as I would have liked.  It’s still perfectly useable and I’m sure no one else noticed, but it’s just my preference.


I got the wipes case idea from this tutorial.  Christina used fleece, so I had to figure out how to get it to work with cotton which would fray if there were any raw edges.  I have to admit that I did leave raw edges on the inside, but used pinking shears on them.  I don’t normally like to do that, but it was a wipe case so I figured it wasn’t a big deal.

The wipes are just two 5 x 5 squares sewn wrong sides together, then turned, and topstitched to close the opening.  Super easy and quick. 


The bibs were not really that much fun to make.  I should have made them a tad larger, but wanted the diapers and wipes to fit the same size doll.  They look decent, but definitely aren’t my best work.  I don’t think the dolls will notice though.  I based them off of this tutorial/pattern, but changed the size and only used one fabric design instead of two.


If you have been reading my blog since close to the beginning, then you might remember that I made a doll diaper for Lillian.  I used the same tutorial for these as I did when I made Lillian’s.  It’s easy to follow and the diapers turn out super cute.


Here is the doll that I used to make sure everything would fit.  I am not sure what kind it is, but I do know it was purchased from Target.  When I looked there recently though, they didn’t have these anymore.  It’s a pretty small doll, maybe 14 inches, but I’m not really sure.


Another easy one is the burp rags, or blankets if you prefer.  Again, just cut two pieces of fabric the same size.  Sew wrong sides together, leaving an opening for turning.  Turn, and top stitch.  I used flannel for these, but you could really use any fabric you would like.


Here is a behind the scenes picture.  Lillian and I are prepping the doll for her picture.  Mark (my husband) takes most of the final product pictures, but Lillian and I help to get things set up.

What gifts have you made for young children?  Any one else make doll accessories before?

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Congrats to Em Helen for being the winner of the three pattern bundle pack to Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop!  She was actually the first person to enter, and said “Well I sewed doll clothes when I was a kid… But if you do not count that, only a year or so but really only a few projects, so far.”

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Em, I sent you an email, but if you didn’t get it then email me or leave a comment.  Thanks to everyone that entered!

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I mentioned in my last post that I made the Play Date V-neck Tee from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  This is the first shirt I have ever made and almost my first project made out of knit.  I’m pretty excited with how it turned out and looking forward to working more with knit and trying out more of Amy’s patterns.  I think I will talk about the pattern first, then a little about the fabric and supplies needed, and finally a coupon code and giveaway!


The pattern…as I mentioned above, is the Play Date V-neck Tee from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. I made a size 3T and it’s a tad big on Lillian, but most 3T’s are still a little big for her. Plus, I used a 1/4” seam allowance instead of the 1/2” that the pattern stated.  The pattern has a chart to reference so you can use your child’s measurements to help determine which size to make. I figured that since we were getting close to warmer weather (or at least I thought!) that the larger size would fit next year. Hopefully that is the case!


I actually altered the pattern a little because I wasn’t a huge fan of the ruffles at the bottom, so instead I went with a plain strip.  I debated about just doing a normal hem at the bottom of the polka dot fabric, but I like the pop of color that the pink strip adds.  I just used a similar size to the ruffle, but made it the same width as the main pieces of the shirt.


Amy did a nice job of explaining exactly what needed to be done for each step and there are pictures for us visual learners.  Seriously, how do people follow patterns without pictures?!?!  I’m not sure what else to say about it because I really had no issues with following the pattern at all.

Oops, I guess I forgot to mention that the pattern is a PDF download.  I only printed the pattern pieces and then viewed the instructions on my laptop.  That way I saved paper and ink.  The pattern pieces are color coded by size, so it was easy to tape them together to get the right size.


As far as actually making the shirt, I can’t say it was the easiest piece of clothing I have ever made, but it wasn’t that difficult either.  You seriously can’t get much easier than a basic skirt.  I would probably suggest making a shirt without a v-neck first, but if you are comfortable with trying, then why not make a v-neck tee?


My biggest fear when thinking about making shirts was adding sleeves.  But it really wasn’t all that hard!  With the sleeves, you actually attach them before sewing the side seams, so you are sewing two curved flat pieces of fabric together.

The hardest part of making this shirt was definitely the “V” in the neck and in general the whole neckline, but that is because I used jersey knit and it was a small piece to try to keep from curling.  Other than the curling it wasn’t difficult at all.


Now a little about the fabric…I purchased both from Hobby Lobby and they are also both a jersey knit. Jersey knit curls a LOT along the edges, so it is a little difficult to use. I just pinned really close to the edge so that the pins would stop the jersey knit from curling. I used my regular sewing machine with my over lock stitch and a ballpoint needle.


Jersey knit is really soft and comfortable and I have found that there are some really cute patterns out there. Most people use rib knit for the collars, but Hobby Lobby didn’t have any. The jersey knit worked fine in my opinion, but since rib knit doesn’t curl so much, I can see why it would be easier to use, especially for a collar.


I attempted to use a double needle over the seam on the collar, but it didn’t work out the best. It kept getting stuck and created a lump in the collar, but I did read online that lengthening the stitch length might have helped. I was, of course, already finished with the shirt, so I will have to try again next time.


How did you like all of Lillian’s poses?  What a silly girl she has become.  She liked this shirt so much that she asked to wear it two days in a row.  On the second day I asked why she liked it so much and she told me that she liked it because I made it.  What a sweetie pie!

Peek-A-Boo Spring Into Savings 2013

Be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win three patterns of your choice from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  The first entry is required and that is just to leave a comment answering the question.  The other options are not required, but will give you another entry.  It’s open to everyone and will be 3 PDF patterns delivered via email.  I will keep the giveaway open until March 27th.  Good luck!

If you aren’t feeling lucky, or just can’t wait to purchase a pattern, be sure to enter code “dripdrop” for 25% off of your entire purchase.  The discount ends on 3/23, so you don’t have much time!  Even if you don’t plan on purchasing anything at this time, I highly suggest checking out all of the adorable patterns that they carry.  There are boy and girl patterns, as well as clothes for summer through winter.  I plan on picking out a few more patterns, so plan on eventually seeing a few more pattern reviews.

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Have you ever had a project in which you could NOT mess it up?  You pretty much had one chance to get it right?  Well, this baptism dress was that project for me.  And I am pretty excited with how it turned out.  It’s nothing too fancy, but still cute.


One of our friends asked me if I would make a baptism dress out of her mother’s wedding dress.  She said her mom was just going to throw the dress away anyway, so there was no pressure.  This is something that I could NOT mess up though.  It was going to have sentimental value after all.


I was hesitant to say yes I would try, because I had never sewn a dress before.  Since I was planning on making Lillian a V-Neck t-shirt using Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop’s pattern, I decided to get my butt in gear and make it so I would know if it was even possible for me to make a baptism dress.  (I will blog about the t-shirt later)  Come to find out, shirts are not that difficult and a dress is basically a long shirt!


I found a few dress patterns and emailed them to my friend to try to get a general idea of what she liked.  She had one that she really liked, but when I saw the wedding dress, I got a few ideas of how to incorporate the details of it into the baptism dress.


I essentially made a miniature wedding dress that wasn’t quite as fancy.  I took the original sleeves and made them into the sleeves for the baptism dress.  I also used the “lace” at the bottom of the wedding dress for the bottom of the baptism dress.  Not only did both incorporate the details into the baptism dress, but it made my life pretty easy…no need to do any hemming!


To make the dress and pattern I combined a few tutorials and used the Hangout Hoodie pattern pieces, just the sleeve and dress pieces though.  I adjusted the pattern pieces using tips from Craftiness is Not Optional’s Charlotte Dress Sew-A-Long.  I also used this tutorial to help with puffier sleeves.


Since the fabric wasn’t stretchy, I decided to add an invisible zipper to the back so that the dress would actually fit over the baby’s head.  I’m so glad that I recently purchased the invisible zipper foot and made pillowcases.  Adding the invisible zipper was super easy and was indeed invisible, except for the zipper pull.


The wedding dress had a lining so I just used the same material for the lining of the dress, except for the top front piece.  I wish I knew what type of fabric this was, but I have no idea.  Without my walking foot, this dress would have been much more difficult to sew.


I’m pretty sure the bottom of the dress was not uneven like it appears in the pictures.  I think it’s just hanging on the hanger kind of crooked.

This dress was fairly easy to make and I now want to sew more shirts and dresses for Lillian.  I have a few of the patterns from Peek-A-Boo Pattern shop and just ordered some knit from Girl Charlee, so in the next few months you should expect to see more clothes.

As a note, I am an affiliate for Peek-A-Boo Pattern shop so I will get a small commission for any item you order through the links in this post.  I decided to become an affiliate for a few reasons.  One is because I really like the patterns that they sell, and Amy seems to be quickly adding new patterns and I seriously like every single one of them.  The other reason is because I essentially get a discount for every pattern that I purchase since I get the commission from the patterns.

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Here it is!  The Sew Fab e-Pattern sale!  From my calculations, if you only like three or four of these patterns, it’s still a great value.  Plus, who knows when the other patterns will come in handy.  Be sure to enter the giveaway (open to US and International residents) at the bottom of the post, no need to purchase in order to enter the giveaway.  Enough blabbing…I’m sure you want to know what patterns are included.

Sew Fab e-Pattern Sale


Today is the 1st day of the 1st ever Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle Sale and giveaway, sponsored by The Southern Institute and Fat Quarter Shop!

Over the past eight weeks a lot of behind the scenes work has taken place to bring you this amazing bundle of ePatterns from several of the top pattern designers and bloggers in the sewing and blogging world.  The result is a bundle of 18 PDF sewing patterns that you don’t want to miss.

Buy NowFor one week only, ten pattern designers have come together to bring you 18 of their best PDF patterns, valued together at over $139.00, for the incredible price of $24.95!That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!  Plus you can enter to win a dream of a giveaway valued at $390 from some really great shops!

For less than $25.00 you will have a library of resources that you can use over and over again.  The designers that have joined this sale are experts in their craft.  They have been sewing for a very long time and are well known in blogland and elsewhere.  Each designer has contributed one or two of their favorite patterns to create a bundle that is sure to please!  Whether you are sewing for your own family or making gifts for others, these are patterns that you will love to use.

If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is!  After downloading your pattern instructions and your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will.  Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern!  At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tissue paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size.  Pdf patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!

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Now let me tell you a little bit about the giveaway!

The Sew Fab Giveaway is amazing!  One lucky winner will win a bunch of amazing prizes from Craftsy, Fat Quarter Shop, fabricworm, Jennifer’s Jewels Custom Labels on Etsy, Green Bee Patterns, author Deborah Moebes, Mee a Bee, Gussy Sews, I’m Feeling Crafty, and Ball and Chain on Etsy. See the end of the post for giveaway details.  This giveaway is not to be missed!

I know you’re dying to know “What is included in the pattern bundle?”

18 well-loved ePatterns from 10 well-known designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle.  Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below to see more details):

Goodship Dress by One Girl Circus, Mommy & Mia Apron by Sew Much Ado, Ruby Lou Doll by Sew Much Ado, Mini Maxi Dress by Seamingly Smitten, Miss Mod Top by Seamingly Smitten, Love Your Lunch Box by Ginger Cakes, Modern Folksy Bunny by Ginger Cakes, Banyan Pants & Shorts by Figgy’s, Banyan Top & Tunic by Figgy’s, Go To Shift Dress by Go To Patterns, Go To Gift Bags by Go To Patterns, Sidekick Suitcase by Sew Fearless, Madeline Dress by Me Sew Crazy, Forget Me Knot Dress by Me Sew Crazy, Alex & Anna Summer PJs by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, Alex & Anna Winter PJs by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, Commuter Cowl by luvinthemommyhood, Scirocco Dress by Figgy’s

The Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again!  You can purchase the bundle from February 4th at 8 a.m. EST through February 11th at 8 a.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered.  Due to the nature of the sale there will be no refunds offered.

You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 18 PDF sewing patterns from 10 of the best designers out there!
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And now for The Sew Fab Giveaway!

You are not going to believe the prizes included in this giveaway!  Can’t buy the bundle?  It’s okay… purchase is not required to enter.  Take a look at what you have the chance to win:

A Sewing Themed Box of Goodies from Pick Your Plum Fabulous Wristlet from Gussy Sews (not necessarily the one pictured) The latest release, Stitch Savvy, by Deborah Moebes Sterling Silver Sewing Machine necklace from Ball and Chain on Etsy $50 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop $50 Gift Certificate to fabricworm A free online class from The Scoop Tote Pattern from Green Bee Patterns 60 Custom Tags from Jennifer’s Jewels Red Riding Hood Little Girl’s Satchel from Mee a BeeHandmade Sewing Machine Cover from I’m Feeling Crafty


There are lots of chances to win and no purchase required to enter the giveaway.  Just use the Rafflecopter widget and enter to win this amazing prize package that will inspire you in your sewing as well as keep you stocked with fabric for many projects to come!

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