Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Adele dress by Bobkins

It is my grand daughter Madeleine's 1st birthday next weekend

So I spent Friday night looking for a dress to make for her party.

Finally after much help from a lovely friend I found this pattern by Bobkin Designs

It is called the Adele dress

The next problem was which fabric to choose.  Luckily I have lots in my sewing room.

My daughter in law Kylie picked Veranda, which is one of my all time favourite fabrics. 

The pattern was simple to follow.
  It has a concealed Zip which I have never tried before but the instructions made inserting the zip simple.

Here is the dress part way finished.  Just need to top stitch everything and make the belt

The finished dress.   Can't wait to see Madeleine in it!

Till next time

Simple Inexpensive Blythe Bed Tutorial

I wanted to make a Blythe bed to photograph my dolls on.

Because that was probably all I would ever use it for I did not want to spend a lot of money.

So I made this simple bed for less than $10

I went to the hardware and bought these MDF pieces and some small square timber

The largest piece is the bed base and the other two are the ends.

The largest end will be the bed head and I cut the other end shorter to be the end of the bed

I then cut the square timber the same length as the width of the bed base

Now glue the square timber to your bed ends at the height you want your bed base to be

Then when that has dried glue your bed base to the upper side of you square timber.  

Looks like a bed now!!

Now you can paint or stain your bed.  I choose to stain mine as I had some left from another job.  

If you were going to paint you could just buy a sample pot of colour

I made my mattress from a foam seat pad from a discount store. It cost $2

And I just cut it to size and covered it with fabric I had.

Then I made a bed ruffle ( this hides the cut out bit of the bottom of the bed head ) and 
a quilt and pillow.

And I think it looks fabulous for something so quick and easy to make.

Hope you like it as well!!

 Till next time

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Blythe Doll Carrier Tutorial

Here is a quick and easy Blythe Doll carrier you can make

What you will need.

2 x fabric 18"x 14"
1 x quilted fabric 18"x 14"
1 x knit fabric 18"x 3"
1 x knit fabric 18"x 6"
36"of ribbon 
Scissors, pins, pen and ruler.

OK so here is a pic of what you need as outlined above.  
Disregard the bias binding in the pic...I was going to use it, but then wondered why I was making more work for myself. 
 Molly is my model for the carrier as I have never made one so I used her to guess the measurements.

Cut out your fabrics to the measurements stated at the start of the tutorial. 
 I just outlined mine with the ruler (keeping it square) and cut them out ready
So we are cutting 1 piece of quilted fabric and 2 pieces of our fabric
18"by 14"
The 18" is the width.

Next I cut out my knit fabric and over locked the top edge only of each piece.  
You could even cut up an old tee shirt for this part.  
You would use the bottom of the tee shirt (the hemmed edge) as your over locked edge.

Now lay 1st your quilted fabric, then a piece of your fabric face up and then your two pieces of knit fabric right way up.
The 6 "piece goes at the top with the over locked edge facing towards the centre
 the 3"piece goes at the bottom with the over locked edge towards the centre.

Next cut a piece of ribbon 36"long and fold in half.  
Pin it to the left hand side half way down (7") and pin in place. 
 Fold the loose end of the ribbon (the end we are not sewing into the seam) over on itself in the centre of the fabric and place a pin through it so it does not get caught in your seams.

Then place your top piece of fabric face down. 
Pin around all four sides, through all the layers.

Now sew all around the edges.  
Start about 2" in from the centre down the bottom.  
Sew all the way around.  
I used the edge of my sewing machine foot as a guide
 (so the right hand edge is in line with the edge of the fabric)
  and this give me a 1/2 "seam on my machine.
Stop about 2" from the centre on the bottom . 
This gives you a 4 "opening at the bottom. 

I sewed over my ribbon a few times to reinforce it as you will be using it a lot.
Now trim your 4 corners and turn in side out.  
Poke your corners into shape (you can use a chop stick or a knitting needle).
Unpin your ribbon
Pin all around your edges - rolling them flat and into place as you go.

Now top stitch the lot.  I started at the ribbon, so I would end there. 

Again it was so I would have a bit of extra stitching at the point where it will be pulled when it is tied up.
This is also closing up your bottom gap for you. 

So now your new Blythe Doll carrier is ready to use.  The reason we have put the knit fabric top and bottom is so there is no risk of our doll slipping out of the top or bottom when she is rolled up.

So insert your dolls head in the top and feet into the bottom

Fold the side with out the ribbon towards the middle

And then fold the side with the ribbon over that.

Wrap your ribbon around and tie in a bow.

And as you can see...there is no worry of her slipping out.

Hope this was easy to understand.  It really is quick and easy to make.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can help at all.

Till next time!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Blythe Dresses

Well I still haven't been sewing except for some Blythe doll dresses.
  But I thought I would show you what I have made.

I finished these while I was working in Sydney.  
I used wrapping paper sticky taped to the picture hung above the desk
for the back ground and the lamp for lighting.  
The house maid must have wondered what was going on. lol


These are the ones I have made since I got home

I have about another 30 cut out!


I have been trying to take better doll pictures.  Some of the women and men out there take fabulous photos

So here are a few with clothes I have made

This last dress I didn't make but the photo was too cute not to show!


And last but not least 

Look at these fabulous hats and tops and dresses my sister in law made for my dolls

I am so lucky and grateful!!

Aren't they just awesome!!

Till next time!!