dollmaking supplies and where to find them

For those new to dollmaking where to get the supplies can be daunting. But really you should be able to find everything you need at your local fabric/craft store if you want to get started straight away or online if you’re a planner.

BODY FABRIC:
Starting with the bodies, the key to body fabric is a tight weave (so no stuffing oozes out) and no stretch. For my patterns you will not be able to keep the doll’s shape if … More

Sewing a Make-Along “Spring it on” dress for Kit-Kat

I love this vintage print, the colors are amazing. I think it was sheets or a pillowcase. I haven’t used any of my vintage fabrics in a while. When I started making toys everything I used was from the thrift store. Since fabric companies finally learned to tap wonderful designers for their prints I’ve been unable to stop myself from shopping and using mostly new prints but it is fun to go back to “my roots”, especially for the very … More

scrapbook instead of facebook

It’s been hard getting back into the swing of work after the holidays this year. I had my birthday week of lunches out and then the kids had another 2 days off of school this week. But mostly, it’s that I can’t get out of my head. I’m reading too much news, I’m worrying too much. Well, I know I’m worrying the right amount but it’s still unproductive. So I’m going to try something new today, I’m not going to … More

Happy New Year!

Make-along animals

Looking back through my 2016 photos to set the mood for my next pattern subscription, Make-along Animals! I have 2 more patterns for the first Make-along subscription to finish and then it’s on to animals in outfits, which has always been a favorite of mine. The bodies will be the same size so the clothes will fit both!… More

New dolls up in the shop

For those looking for a handmade doll for under the tree this year, I have 3 currently up in my shop. If you’re interested but would like to add a Christmas dress or something extra, just let me know!

Lauren is a Make-Along doll so if you were looking for a doll/pattern combo gift she would be perfect for the young sewist in your life.

Annika is already pretty Christmasy with her red/pink/green color scheme. She is made from … More

Free Cardigan knitting pattern for Make-Along and Elsa dolls

free doll cardigan knitting pattern

Tiny, cozy sweaters knit for handmade dolls, it doesn’t get much cuter than that! Please enjoy this knitting pattern for a doll cardigan. It is knit in smaller needles with sock yarn to fit Make-Along dolls and bigger needles and DK weight yarn for Elsa. It is a different version than the sweater I replicated from my great grandmother’s pattern which involves a lot of seaming. This one is knit from top down in one piece and sleeves can … More