Saturday, April 28, 2012

How to alter a Build-A-Bear top to fit your AG doll

Now that I am retired and have more time to sew I am working on altering several "tops" that I purchased at Build-A-Bear to fit my American Girl Doll.   The Tops cost between $5.00 - $7.50.

A little information about BUILD-A-BEAR (BAB).  If your not a member of their Stuff Fur Stuff club I highly recommend that you join.   I'ts FREE!  Here's the link to see all the benefits you get as a member: 

It begins with selecting the right top to alter.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Tissue Boxes for your AG Doll and you.

Always have tissues handy for both you and your AG doll.    Free printable layouts for  Kleenex "Boutique" box for you and a matching mini one for your doll.

prints 3 on 1 sheet 
Click on the link below and save as a JPEG on your computer.
Print in portrait mode

Card stock, printer, glue or double sided tape, scissors,
Bone Folder and a little bit of tissue or toilet paper.

Boutique "Doll" size

Kleenex (flat box)
3 different layouts on 1 sheet. "NO" glue needed
Click on the link below and save as a JPEG to your
computer.   Print in portrait mode.

                           Boutique "People" size layout
2 pages
Click on the links below and save as JPEG to your
computer.   Print in landscape mode.

Click on the link below to see "you've Got Mail" another printable layout to share.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

At last! I finally got to organize my fabric

I had fabrics stashed everywhere.   The fabric was spread out in dressers, cabinets, linen closets and bedroom closets on all 3 levels of our home.   I'm not quite finished but I am off to a good start.   I picked up 2 Martha Stewart cube units at Home Depot and put them in a closet in one of the Guest bedrooms.  This will make my life so much easier.   I plan on getting one more cube unit and I will still have hanging space for guests clothes.

Updated 5/15/12 to show 3rd (last) cube unit closet finished...for now.

Friday, April 13, 2012

American Girl Doll Clothes Patterns.

With my current interest in sewing clothes for American Girl dolls, I've seen my collection of patterns grow by leaps and bounds.   In order to reign in the chaos of over  120 plus PDF patterns I have resorted to using 2 inch binders filled with clear plastic sheets .   Each binder holds 18 - 20 patterns.  With so many patterns it was necessary for me to sort them by categories:  Tops, bottoms, dresses etc.  Each plastic sleeve is home to the printed out PDF Pattern instructions and the the cut out pattern pieces which I printed on card stock and laminated.   I trace the pattern piece onto the fabric with a fabric pen.   Secure the traced outline with  2 - 3 pins and cut away.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Pleated Top, Tunic & Sundress

Found a great pattern by Kotton Candy doll fashions -   PDF sewing pattern.   Easy to sew, clear detailed instructions and a great fit - what more could you ask for.   Oh yeah, reasonably priced and since it's a download pattern, I printed the pattern pieces on card stock and laminated them for easy tracing and cutting on fabric.   I've made about a dozen of them in the 3 different lengths.