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
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.
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.
FInished wrapped pieces (I ran out of flowered duct tape)
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.
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.
After you finish putting tape on all the connections it should unfold like this:
I hope that you enjoy the chair and please let me know if you have any questions!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once they are cut out put them right side together and pin the ribbon near each corner of the bodice.
Then 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.
Clip the corners and edges.
Then turn righ side out, press and topstitch around to secure the opening.
Finally cut hook and loop or your preferred fastener to length and attach it!
Put it on the doll and admire! This one has the ribbon wrapped and tied (gently) in the front.
Then switch it to the other side and admire some more! This one has it tied at the neck in a big bow.
Karen Mom of Three When Karen of Karen Mom of Three told me she was going to do a blog post about my tutorial I was so flattered! Karen’s blog is one of my favorite blogs and her “sew along … Continue reading →