Category: Sewing

November 21, 2014

Child Hospital Gown Sewing Pattern

Filed under: Sewing - 21 Nov 2014

Did you know you can bring your own gown for a  hospital stay or for outpatient surgery? child hopsital gown pattern

I’ve made several of these gowns for our children and friends. They are always a hit at the hospital! I’ve decided to offer the pattern for free, for a limited time.

Being in the hospital is a scary thing for children. Being able to wear a hospital gown with a favorite character, color or pattern on it helps to ease the fear! Bring a smile to the face of a young child by sewing a one-of-a-kind hospital gown. You know they will love it! Just imagine all the extra attention that will come their way when they wear a special hospital gown. Children having minor surgeries in outpatient settings love having a special gown to wear on the big day!

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The gown design features snaps on the sleeves for the convenience of IV lines. Because the gown ties on the side, it keeps private areas concealed. This also helps ease some of the anxiety of being in the hospital. Coordinate colorful bias tape to add trim and tie the gown closed.

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The finished hospital gown measures 27 inches from shoulder to hem and 19.5 inches from side to side. You can easily add additional length, if necessary. Fits children size 3-8.

Includes optional pocket.

Click Here for the PDF Hospital Gown Pattern





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!



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