Category: Sewing

September 29, 2012

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Pattern

Filed under: Everything Else,Sewing,Tutorials - 29 Sep 2012

I have memories of growing up carrying a plastic, orange jack o’ lantern bucket to collect my trick or treat candy.  When our girls were old enough to go out and collect up candy from our neighbors, they were into everything pink and glittery. So, naturally, they had pink, glittery princess buckets to carry on Halloween.  The sad part about the buckets were they would spontaneously open at the bottom and each year someone would wind up with all their candy in the street. This year, the poorly made princess bucket are out of here because I made them some new trick or treating bags.


November 19, 2011

18-Inch Doll Hospital Gown Tutorial

Filed under: Sewing,Tutorials - 19 Nov 2011

I made a hospital gown for an American Girl doll. A friend of mine was doing an awesome thing and donated part of her liver to her mom. I wanted to do something for her. I made her a hospital gown to wear and I made one for her daughter’s American Girl doll, in hopes it would help ease her fears about her mom and grandma’s surgeries. It’s been a long time coming, but here’s finally a tutorial.

First, draw the simple pattern. You only need one piece for the gown. It will fit on a sheet of copy paper. It’s easiest to begin in the upper left corner. Mark a dot one inch down the page and another three inches along the top. Connect these two dots with a slightly curved line. Follow the diagram below to complete the pattern piece.

Cut out the fabric pieces. Place the left side of the pattern on the fold of your fabric. Repeat one more time to get two identical pieces. Flip the pattern piece over and cut one, not on the fold. You will need to make one alteration. Place the full size back piece, right side up. Draw a line from the armpit to the top of the neck curve. Cut off this sleeve portion.


You should now have your three pieces to make the gown.

Fold the fabric on the neck towards the back twice, Iron the pieces to make stitching the curved portion easier. Stitch along the neck for all three pieces. I didn’t do this the first time around so I had to rip part of the gown apart to complete the neck since it was just too tight to easily stitch after the shoulders were sewn. I went ahead and did a sample to show you the part with the neck stitched, and just pretend the pictures following this step have the neck completed.

Place the back pieces on the front with right sides together. Line the shoulders up and stitch using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance and iron open. You can also serge or do a zigzag stitch to finish the edge, but I find pinking shears work fine on doll clothes.

Fold back the end of the sleeve two times (about 1/4 inch for each fold is sufficient) and stitch.

Line the sides up and stitch from the end of the sleeve to the bottom of the gown, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Pink the edges.

Fold back and stitch the remaining sides to finish the edges on the back pieces.

Hem the bottom of the gown and attach fasteners of your choice. You can use snaps or Velcro. Placing one at the neck and one along the side. With this design, the back flap stays closed.


That’s it! As an alternative, you can use bias tape around the neck and to tie the gown closed.


If you need a matching down for your child’s hospital stay, I have that pattern available too!



September 19, 2011

My First Quilt

Filed under: Sewing - 19 Sep 2011


I had help with the artwork. The girls did several blocks piece by coloring with crayons on muslin. Then I used Army themed fabric between their squares and for the backing. The quilt came together quickly. I was surprised about that. It only took four days from start to finish, thanks to all the coaching from my mom. Thanks, Mom!

It was a surprise gift for my husband. I thought that during times the Army takes him away from us, he’d like something comforting from home with him.


September 11, 2011

Messenger Bag Tutorial with Matching Doll Purse

Filed under: Sewing,Tutorials - 11 Sep 2011


I didn’t take pictures of the bag I made Katelyn as I went along, so I decided to make another one. This time I made it for her American Girl doll. Now they have matching purses.
I need to get a shot of the two of them together.

The measurements (obviously!) are different, but the construction is the same for each of the bags. So use the measurements for the size you want and follow the instructions.

Go here to see detailed pictures of the other things I made to put in this bag.

Here we go!




September 8, 2011

Messenger Bag, Wristlet and Notebook

Filed under: Sewing - 08 Sep 2011

For Katelyn’s birthday, we wanted to get her a purse. She’s getting older and wants to start carrying her money to the store with us. She also always has some sort of treasure she needs to carry. Having a notebook to make endless lists, doodle and color during boring trips out was also a must.

I searched for something I knew she would love and couldn’t find it. Everything was either too large, too expensive, too ugly or too juvenile. Nothing worked. So one day I had a stroke of genius and decided to make her the perfect bag and coordinating accessories.

Here’s what I came up with for her.

It’s a mini messenger bag, complete with a button and a ruffle flap.


I put a large pocket on the back.

The inside has two pockets for her treasures.

A coordinating wristlet holds her money and she can just grab it out of her purse and go if she wants. She loves having a place to keep her “credit card” which is really a gift card, but she thinks it’s more fun to pretend it’s a credit card.


The little fabric covered notebook was one of my favorite parts of the gift. She got right to work on a list of stuff she wanted to buy with birthday money.


The best part of all was how happy she is with her new purse and accessories. She was even wearing it with her pajamas the next morning!

Tutorials for everything coming soon!

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