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Sewing and Quilting for Dolls

Have you ever made doll clothes or accessories?  They are so cute, and are relatively quick to make, and they sure make the dolls’ mommies happy!

doll sleeping bag and backpack


My Camping Gear has instructions for a zippered sleeping bag and a backpack, both sized for an 18′ doll.  The backpack is so cute!  It has a zippered top, pockets on the side and a flapped pocket on the back.


Doll Tent


The Backwoods Bungalow works for “camping trips” in the backyard or for pretending in the bedroom.  Window flaps roll up for “air circulation” (and so you can peek inside).  There’s room for two, so dolly can invite a friend to go camping with her.


Wardrobe case for doll clothes


For the more style conscious doll, here’s a case that will hold her wardrobe when she travels.  It measures 20.5″ x 12″ x 8″ and has an elastic pocket for those loose items.  Also included in the pattern are instructions for an accessories bag with 12 pockets for shoes, purses, etc. and instructions for a garment bag.  Again, so cute!


Doll quilt patterns

You’ll find several patterns in Child’s Play.  The doll sized wall hanging boasts (in embroidery) “My First Quilt”.  Two more quilt patterns are sized at 22.5 x 26.5 and 11.75 x 15.75.  Plus there are instructions for pillows, a rope bed, mattress, and tea party napkins.  Lots of little projects to delight the little ones in you life!


So many of us learned to sew by making doll clothes, before graduating to full sized clothes and quilts.  Have fun with these patterns, reminisce about your first sewing days, and share the fun with a new sewer.

Becky And Me – Happy Little Quilt Patterns!

Becky and Me quilt patterns are suitable for all ages and skill levels.  Easy to follow instructions assure a quilting success.

Flowers in a watering can


Spring is captured in this log cabin framed quilt with a blooming flowers in a watering can. This 16″ square, cheerful quilt works as a wall hanging, a pillow, or part of a larger quilt.


Log cabin quilt block with center applique



Do you know any high school seniors that are headed to college next year?  Kitties might be a cute pillow for them to take with, especially if they have a kitty that they have to leave behind.  Another 16″ square project (Becky and Me has lots of these!) it will also work as a wall hanging.


Applique over the head baby bib

Becky’s Bibs offers instructions in two sizes – 11″ infant & 14″ toddler.  The ribbed neckline is comfy and the appliques are cute! Alphabet applique is included so you can personalize the bibs. Great shower or new baby gift. The Flannel Softs Quilt Pattern includes these bibs and a pattern for a hooded receiving blanket.


Scrappy red white and blue stuffed bear


Isn’t this little Sailor Bear adorable?!  Measuring 16″ tall, he’s fat quarter friendly and made from pieced squares. Becky suggests that you could also use pieces of old quilts.  Hmm, maybe even old clothes? Whatever you use, he is sure to be loved by someone special.


Today’s post focus was on little projects but, if you browse all the Becky and Me patterns, you’ll see several lap sized and larger quilts… most of them cheerful!

Welcome Quilt Patterns

A quilted Welcome wall hanging is a great way to greet guests as they enter your home.   Let everyone’s first impression of your home be a quilty one!

Flower Welcome Pattern



Flower Welcome by Bloom Creek is 12″ x 28″.  Choose your method: fusible applique or hand applique.  A charm pack would be great for this pattern.


A Fine Welcome



A Fine Welcome pattern offers three projects.  Make a wallhanging for the front entry and one for the back entry.  Plus a bonus pillow.  Each item has a folksy, slightly wonky, cheerful look to it.


Welcome Home


What says Home more than a white picket fence?!  Hang the Welcome sign and change the picket fence gate for each season.  Both pieces together measure 23″ x 32″.






If you are partial to landscape quilts, Welcome with a backdrop of a Rocky Mountain sunrise might be your favorite.  Finished size is 29″ x 16.5″.


Welcome Bunny



And now for something completely different:  Welcome Bunny.  A bold 3-D bunny with carrots and flowers and adorable floppy ears. Your guests will be smiling!

Placemat Patterns To Dress Up Your Table

Don’t you just love the look of a table all dressed up for a meal?  Family supper, kid’s birthday party, casual brunch, formal dinner, romantic meal…. the table dressing sets the stage.

Any Occassion Tablerunner & Placemats would look great at a Sunday brunch, or tea time with friends.  Choose your color scheme but this green and pink looks really pretty.  The center blocks are great for showing off your favorite large scale prints.




What little boy or girl wouldn’t love to have these Cupcake Party placemats at their birthday party?  Or use them anytime to make a dinner special.  Pattern includes full-sized pattern pieces.






Easy Elegance from Designs To Share With You uses a quilt-as-you-go method for curves so you’ll be dining in style before you know it.  Perfect for a dinner party, or just for making your family’s evening meal a little more civilized.




Frosty Table Toppers will work all winter long.  The Tablerunner includes snowmen, pine trees and stars.  Use any of these designs to make your placemats to match.



Go as bold as you dare with Rainbow Crystals.  So easy to make – just stack, slice, and mix.  No paper piecing and no templates.  Grab your colorful solids, tone-on-tone, or batiks and make a set for yourself.  You’ll probably find the process so quick and fun you’ll have to make more to give away.





The Rosey Posey pattern is lovely.  Tablerunner and placemats feature appliqued flowers, leaves, and vines that are accented with delicate stitchery.  A stitchery pillow pattern is also included.




Browse the rest of the placemat patterns and start dressing your tables!


Aug 2, 2012 - Patterns, Pillows    No Comments

Quick Bedroom Makeover

When you’re in the mood to change the look of your bedroom, or dress up your bed, but don’t have the time to make a bed sized quilt, there’s still lots you can do.   Bed runners will brighten things up and change the whole look of a room in much less time (and less fabric!) than a quilt.

 Head to To Bed Runner has a strong graphic look.  Add the matching pillowcases and you have a striking makeover.  Use the pillow case part of the pattern to make a coordinating wall hanging.  Designer Mary Hankey of 2 Easy Designs suggested small prints of tone on tones for the most impact. 


For a southwest look try Santa Fe Stars Bed Runner.  The pattern includes instructions for a wallhanging, too.





 For an even quicker makeover, use a quilt fabric panel like this Stonehenge panel.  It measures 24″ x 42″ so sewing two or three together, end to end will make a beautiful bed runner. Then just sandwich and quilt!   Or add fabrics from the Stonehenge line to either end.


Any row quilt can be modified to make a bed runner. Choose your favorite row or rows.  Let them stand on their own or add borders.  Memory Lane has SO many cute options that it’d be hard to decide on a favorite!  The puppies are adorable, the flowers are so pretty, the pinwheels have lots of motion….  go ahead, pick just one!

Of course, adding new pillows is always a quick, easy way to dress up a room.  Choose from dozens of pillow patterns.

Start sewing and before you know it you’ll be enjoying your new look!

Jul 17, 2012 - Nature, Pillows, Quilt Patterns    No Comments

Butterflies Are Self Propelled Flowers – RH Heinlein

Butterflies are in abundance with the summer flowers blooming.  They’re beautiful, but you need to look quick to enjoy.  Now, a butterfly quilt, that’s a different story.  Not flitting away, but always there for your viewning pleasure!


Grab your colorful scraps for Butterfly Baskets.  Shown here in repro fabrics, this would also look great in batiks, or in any bright fabrics.  Instructions are included for a pillow.


Butterfly Town is a little bolder.  12″ blocks make this a fairly quick and easy quilt.  Three sizes are included: baby, lap, or bed.



The Heirloom Buttefly-Flower is pre-printed and pre-colored.  Just add embroidery!  This makes a great take-along project.



With a strip pieced background and raw edge fusible applique, Bertie the Butterfly has lots of personality.  Several of these 9″x11″ quilts would really brighten up the wall of a little girl’s room.  Hmm…. might look pretty good in the sewing room, too!



There are two size options for the Oriental Butterfly wallhanging: 18″ x40″ and 26″ x 59″, plus a pillow pattern.  The petal edging looks fluttery, doesn’t it?  Perfect for a butterfly pillow.



They are square dancing, doing the Butterfly Doe-Si-Doe!  Two simple blocks combine to great the butterfly look.  All piecing – no applieque.  Dig out those colorful scraps.

This link will take you to more Butterfly patterns and Butterfly fabric.

We’ll close with an Irish blessing…

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness, and riches
Today, tomorrow, and beyond.