Flip Chair for Mini Doll

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I was inspired by the new Mary Ellen flip couch to try to make one for the American Girl Mini doll.  Per my daughter’s request I also made one for the Ever After/Monster High dolls as well.

Supplies for chair

Supplies for chair

Supplies Needed:

Sponges

Duct Tape

Marker

Scissors

Ruler

First you need to mark the sponges for the chair.  For the mini doll I cut both the sponges at 3 inches and for Monster High size I left it as is.  Sorry that I don’t have pictures of that, but the instructions are the same.

Permanent Marker worked best for marking the sponges.  The other pieces have to line up with the height of your sponges.  One is the backrest and the other is the height of the stacked sponges so that the pack rest has something to sit on when it’s in chair form.  They should fit together as shown in the second photo.

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Then cover all the pieces with duct tape.  I found that the tape wouldn’t stick to the sponges, but it sticks very well to itself.  Also, the sponges fresh from the package felt a little damp, so I let them dry out over night.  Therefore, I made sure that each tape piece was longer than the sponge piece I was wrapping so that I could wrap it around and stick the duct tape to itself.

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FInished wrapped pieces (I ran out of flowered duct tape)

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After this you need to create the chair by attaching duct tape to be the “hinge”.  First do one side and then the other so that the sticky part isn’t exposed.

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The piece on the bottom back is fixed so it can be taped more securely if you want.  It becomes a “pillow” went it’s expanded.

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After you finish putting tape on all the connections it should unfold like this:

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I hope that you enjoy the chair and please let me know if you have any questions!

Jessica

Reversible Sun Dress for Mini Doll

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Even though right now we have near sub zero temps in Chicago I had this idea as I was sewing my dress for Karen’s sew a-long for December 2013 that this wonderful dress tutorial would be easy to adapt to a dress for a mini doll.2013-12-01 13.54.19

This is my first attempt making the original pattern and here’s the original sundress pattern for the 18: American Girl doll that inspired me: dress tutorial.

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This  dress for the American Girl mini doll is so easy, and I say that as someone who has tried numerous other patterns for mini dolls without success!  It’s also a great pattern to use up those little scraps of fabric that you have laying around.  You can make it with or without the ribbon.

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This is my first time with a pattern piece so I hope that everyone is able to use it!  The 1 inch measurement is to scale, but the others may be slightly off because I rounded them to the nearest 1/4 inch.2014-01-05 11.44.35

First cut out two pattern pieces and if desired two pieces of ribbon at least 6 inches long.  Mine were about 6 inches, but I think that even longer would give more flexibility.  I suggest treating the ends with Fray Check or by melting them to prevent fraying.2014-01-05 11.47.05

Once they are cut out put them right side together and pin the ribbon near each corner of the bodice.

2014-01-05 11.50.05Then making sure not to sew the ribbon into the bottom hem sew the two pieces together leaving an opening to turn it right side out.

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2014-01-05 12.41.59Then turn righ side out, press and topstitch around to secure the opening.

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Finally cut hook and loop or your preferred fastener to length and attach it!2014-01-05 12.57.15

Put it on the doll and admire!  This one has the ribbon wrapped and tied (gently) in the front.

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Then switch it to the other side and admire some more!  This one has it tied at the neck in a big bow.

Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!

Layered Skirt Tutorial

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I hope that you got a lot of use out of the reversible skirt tutorial!

This one is a variation on it so that any of those odd bids left at the end can be combined into a cute new skirt! I just love creating the casing at the top of the skirt between the layers so this skirt variation does the same thing!

As before the instructions are based off the simple skirt tutorial at MADE. If you haven’t visited her site you should, there’s a ton of great ideas there!

First assemble your supplies.

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Supplies

For this skirt you need the following:

One 6 in by 18 in long rectangle
One 4 to 5 in by 18 in long rectangle
One 10.5 in strip of 1/4 in elastic

The 6 by 18 rectangle will be the pop at the bottom and the shorter strip will be the top color. I used a 4 in strip for this so you can see more of the bottom fabric, but feel free to experiment! I used an 18 in as the width because it was the width of my fat quarter, but you could easily increase the width if you wanted a fuller skirt!

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First sew up the short end of each rectangle with a 1/4 seam allowance to create two tubes.

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Then because I usually forget earlier I finish the edges and then press them to the side (if you prefer to finish the edges earlier or have a serger please adjust to your preferences!). Since I was at the iron I pressed each seam to the side and turned up 1/4 in and then 1/4 again and pressed to create the hem.

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Then this is the confusing part (at least for me!). With right sides both facing up (towards you as you look at them) put the shorter piece inside the longer one aligned along the top. Then sew together with a 1/4 inch seam along the top. For this I sew along the right side.

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When done your skirt should look like this so trim along the top.

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Flip the longer piece inside, press and sew down 1/2 in to create the casing! Remember to stop about an inch or two before the starting point to insert the elastic!

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Insert elastic and sew ends together making sure it hasn’t twisted anywhere along the “waistband”.

Sorry, I must have forgotten to take a picture of this step, but finish the casing by sewing with a 1/2 seam along the opening that you left and enjoy!

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Reversible Gathered Skirt

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This is my very first tutorial so I hope that everything is clear enough for everyone to follow!

I’ve been admiring the Pretty Plaid outfit from American Girl, but not the price tag so I wanted to try to recreate my own version.

However I wasn’t sure how until I saw this cute plaid at Wal-Mart and then the free pattern from Eden Ava (for signing up for their mailing list) that I knew that I could recreate it.

Since the top pattern is really wonderfully detailed (and takes almost no fabric) I’m going to let that speak for itself.  However, I would like to attempt to explain how I made the skirt in case anyone is interested!  I did the plaid skirt first to be sure it would work so I don’t have any pictures using that fabric.  No problem though, I just used that excuse to make a new skirt to go along with the tutorial!

This skirt pattern is loosely based on the instructions found at MADE on a simple skirt, however I adjusted it for my American Girl Doll and then inspired by the reversible top pattern decided to make it reversible!

So here it goes!

First gather your supplies:

  1. Two 6″ by 18″ rectangles (I used 18″ because that was the width of my fat quarter)
  2. One 10.5″ 1/4 inch elastic
  3. Trim as needed
  4. Sewing Stuff

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Once your supplies are assembled you first need to attach the trim.  For this skirt I only attached trim at the bottom.  I did it now because I wanted to keep the raw edges encased inside my skirt, but it did make the back look a little funky.  It worked beautifully when I attached it higher (sorry no in progress pics of that – it was my trial run!)

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Since I only added trim to the bottom the two skirts can share it, therefore I didn’t attach any to the other (blue) skirt.  For the plaid and flowered skirt at the top I attached the trim about an inch up from the bottom.

Next sew up each skirt at 1/4 in to create two tubes.

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Now you need to press the seams open and since I was at the iron I pressed the bottom (side with the rick rack on the green) up 1/4 inch.  Then put the two skirts together with right sides together.

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(Sorry forgot a picture of this!) But sew right at top of the skirt all the way around trying to make sure that the bottom of the skirt mostly matches.  Once you’re done then trim along the top.  If you forget it’s not a big deal, it just makes it a little easier to feed the elastic through later!

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Now flip the skirt right side out and press it so the wrong sides are together (sorry for all the pressing!) and sew 1/2 inch down from the top of the skirt stopping about 1 or 2 inches just before where you started.  This creates the casing between the two skirts.

(You can see in this picture how the trim “skips” right at the back seam because of the way I attached it)

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Once this is done you’ll have an opening between the two skirt layers which you can feed your elastic through.  Then make sure the elastic isn’t twisted and then sew it together.

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Finally put the skirt back on and finish the “waistband” by sewing across the gap you left to feed the elastic through.

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OK, almost done now, we just need to try to keep the two bottom edges together and top stitch right along the bottom of the skirt.

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And that’s it – you’re all done!  Feel free to repeat whenever your doll needs a new skirt (or the urge strikes)!

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Please let me know if anything isn’t clear, I’d love to get any feedback!

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