Tutorial: Make a Sleeping Bag and Tent for an American Girl Doll!

Did anyone get an American Girl doll for Christmas? Or any other 18″ doll? I made my twin 8-year-old daughters sleeping bags and a tent for their dolls this year.

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I did not use a pattern, I made it up as I went along. The sleeping bag was easy, I made 2 in an hour. I used double-sided quilted fabric that I found at Joanns. This stuff is pricey ($20 a yard normally) but it was on sale and you only need 1/2 yard to make a bag and pillow. you will also need a 18″ zipper, some bias tape, fiberfill and a sewing machine.

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To make the bag cut 2 rectangles of material 13″x20″. Insert the zipper then top stitch it down on the front side before you sew up the bag. Then sew up the bag and sew bias tape over the raw top edge. I like to use bias tape here rather than hemming it because it looks neater and has less bulk. For the pillows I simply cut two rectangles out of the leftover scraps, sewed them on 3 sides, stuffed it with fiberfill and sewed up the open side, easy as pie!

Tip: Rub the zipper with a bar of soap so it will be easy to open and close!

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For the tent I bought 1 and a half yards of two cotton fabrics from the clearance bin, cut it down to 27″ wide, pinned them right sides together and sewed it up on 3 sides (both short sides and one long side is sewn). Tip: If you sew it so the selvage edge is the un-sewn edge you won’t need to hem it! Turn it right side out, it will look like a huge, unruly pillowcase. Cut two 20″x26″ pieces of cardboard or foamcore and one 16″x26″ piece. These are the tent wall and floor supports. Now with the fabric right side out you need to sew 2 dividers in the fabric. I placed one of the large boards in the fabric and marked along the edge to get a line to sew on. You want the material to be tight against the boards.

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The flaps are tricky, after I made the tent I assembled it and traced the end onto newspaper and used it as a template to make the flaps then I sewed each flap to the front end. I kept the back-end open because I wanted to be able to remove the foamcore piece and replace it if it got bent or if I needed to wash the tent.

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Best of all the tent is reversible and can be folded up and tucked in a closet or under a bed when not in use!  You will need ribbons (or velcro) at each end of the tent as well as on each side of the flaps to keep the tent up and to tie the flaps back. It is probably better to catch the ribbon in the seams as you work but you can just as well sew them on afterward. It is up to you!

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This was a fun project and the sleeping bag and pillow would make a great sewing project for your child! thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cute Gift: Handmade Sewing Kit

Here is a cute little sewing booklet you can whip up in an hour for any of your girlfriends. This would make a nice gift for a daughter attending a prom or a bride to be as well. You only need a few supplies to make this project:

Supplies

Canvas (natural 100% cotton duck)

Gesso: Pro Art *Note: I tinted the gesso with pink glimmer mist for the cover.

Stamps: Pink Persimmon (Vintage Girl & Cute as a Button sets)

Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black-Pigment)
Other: Button, velcro dots, scrap fabric, ink refill, paint brush, heat tool, iron, sewing machine, scissors, cardstock scrap, hot glue & glue gun, glue stick
Finished size: 3″x3.5″ (closed)
Directions: Paint several scraps of canvas (6″x8″) with gesso and let dry. You can tint the gesso with dye based reinkers if desired. I added pink ink to the cover but left the other gessoed canvas (for the pockets) white. The Gesso will make the canvas easier to stamp and make it more rigid and will reduce fraying. Cut 2 pieces of raw canvas 3″x5″ for the inner pages and set aside.
Once the canvas is dry cut a 3″x5″ scrap of cardstock and center it on the back side of the cover piece of gessoed canvas, tack it down with a glue stick. Lay a scrap of pretty fabric on top of the cardstock making a sandwich and tack that down as well. Iron the sandwich and straight stitch with your sewing machine along the edge (but not through) the cardstock. Use decorative fabric shears to trim 1/4″ from the stitching. this is the cover. Make a tab closure by sewing a tube of scrap fabric that is closed at one end (sew it right sides together) then turn it right side out, tuck under the raw edge and sew it.
Center the pages you cut earlier on the inside cover and straight stitch down the middle. Now you can stamp on the cover of the book and on any pages you wish. Be sure to heat set everything you stamp with a heat gun so the ink does not smudge!
To make pockets simply cut rectangles of gessoed canvas, stamp them and hot glue them on 3 sides to a page to make a pocket. Pin safety pins, sewing needles and straight pins to the un-gessoed (raw canvas) pages in the book. Hot glue in spare buttons, don’t worry, they can be pulled off if mending is needed! Add scissors, snaps, thread and any other sewing essentials. You can buy a sewing kit from the dollar store or repurpose a hotel sewing kit for this project.
To make the closure I used velcro dots on the tab and cover. I glued a button on the tab to make it look like it has a button closure, pretty tricky, huh.
To make this a special gift for a bride or a prom-goer add a bobbin of thread to match their gown. It will truly be a cherished keepsake! Here is a peek at the stamps I used on this project:
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s hear it for the BUOYS!

Oh, I do love a good pun;) I was commissioned (well, la-dee-da don’t  I sound all artsy-fartsy!) to paint some lobster buoys this summer by a friend. She wanted me to paint a Santa on one and on the other some wording.

I used my die cutter and SCAL software to cut the letters out of gold vinyl after painting the buoy red. For Santa I drew an oval for the face and painted it peach and painted the rest of the buoy red (two coats) then I painted the black belt and white beard. Details on the face were added after the beard and hat fluff had dried. I used acrylic paint for this project and real lobster buoys. The buoys are made out of foam and really easy to paint on-no prep required!

So, if you are looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift of a craft fair item to make and sell why not paint a buoy? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Quick Gift Idea!

First let me say our girl scout leader does not have a computer so I am safe posting this :)

This is a desk calendar for my girls Daisy Scout leader, I used a 6″x12″ oak frame as the base, cut pattern paper (K&Co have wonderful Girl and Boy scout licenced papers!) to fit the frame and used my cuttlebug flower petal dies and embossing folders (got the whole kit on sale at Big Lots for $2 last spring!) to make daisy petals, inked them and glued them down. You know you could also cut the petals with the Cricut and just place them in whatever EB folder you like. I glued a tear away calendar pad from skybluepink.com over the petals then I used my Cricut machine and Sure Cuts a Lot software to make the “Daisy Girl Scout” title and mat.  If you are looking for the perfect gift for a Cricut user get them SCAL2 for Christmas, it will let you cut all of your computer fonts with your Cricut machine, it’s easy too and it is still on sale for $59 {reg. $75} and that is less than the price of  one Cricut cartridge!

The font I used is called LD This and That from Lettering Delights, it cuts like a dream and I love the funky mix of letters in this one. I have a 40% off your entire purchase coupon Lettering delights too: GiveThanks and it is good through Thursday so don’t wait!

I will later (if my computer and the new software we have installed cooperates) print a photo of the daisy troop and add it to the frame but if you have no picture you can also add a pad of post it notes to the frame, that would be handy!

This project qualifies for the following challenges: Alphabet challenge , Lots To do (e=embossing),  Bunny Zoe (anything for Christmas-not a card-does a gift count?), CRAFT challenge (create a gift), Charisma cards (for the girls), Craft Your Days Away (texture), For Fun, Hodgepodge shop, Inktegrity ,totallystampalicious, (anything goes), funwithshapesandmore, Make it crafty (anything but a card),  Inspired Crafters (3-D project with die cuts), Papertake weekly, artfulinkables (die cuts)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ready, get set…Christmas crafts!

OK before you through rotten tomatoes at me it is NOT to early to start getting ready for Christmas. Besides, wouldn’t it be nice to have all of your shopping done by Thanksgiving so you could actually relax and enjoy the Christmas season? That is my goal anyway. In addition to the store-bought gifts I buy I like to make gifts too (no plastic canvas toilet paper cozies either) I’m talking about stuff that people will actually want and use. Check out the easy and pretty calendar I made with the new Homemade Holidays paper pack from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff:

I made 4 of these in the course of an hour assembly line style, the more you make at once the more time you will save. As I was making these I realized that they would make awesome gifts for teachers, coaches and scout leaders as well as the family members I made these for (No one I know in real life reads my blog so I am safe LOL!)

I used 6″x12″ wooden frames meant to hold panoramic photos for my calendars. I bought a ton of these about 10 years ago with grand plans that never happened so this year I am using them up. You can use whatever size frame you want or have. Look around your attic or cellar, a quick coat of paint will make an old frame new! If you don’t have any frames check the dollar store, you can buy small wood frames there, these can be any size you want. If your frame has glass just place it behind the calendar papers so at the end of the year the recipient can use the frame for something else.

Supplies:

Frame, Tear-Off Monthly Calendar (Mine is from SkyBluePink.com), Cardstock, Pattern Paper (I used the Homemade Holidays Paper pack from Lindsay’s Stamp stuff), glue (either hot glue or tacky glue), double-sided tape, embellishments: felt stickers {from the dollar bins at JoAnns}, photo corners, buttons & bakers twine, Optional: Sewing Machine

Gather your supplies, I printed out full sheets of Homemade Holidays paper, to do this just choose the borderless photo setting on your printer, letter size paper and scaling to 100%. Tip: To save money on printing ink try off-brand ink cartridges, I get a set of 6 carts for my HP Photosmart printer (HP02) for $10 through amazon.com and they work just as well as the HP brand ones that are $12 each! Also take your empty ink carts to Staples because you will get $2  for everyone you recycle! It is like free ink!

Since I am using a 6"x12" frame I trimmed my cardstock to 6"x12" and my pattern paper to 5"x11", I used scraps to make the mat for the calendar. Paper punches can dress up corners and edges at no cost if you already have some (although I broke my Fiskars border punch during this project!)

Trim cardstock to fit the inside of your frame. Trim your pattern paper 1″ smaller and adhere it to the center of the cardstock. Use a sewing machine and cream thread to stitch around the edges. Make sure you do not put adhesive near the edge or it will gum up your needle. Adhere your photo over the pattern paper then cut pattern paper to mat your calender and adhere both of them down with double-sided tape. Glue on your embellishments. Place your creation in the frame and you are done! Easy peasy!

Small details really make a big impact: Machine stitching, threading twine through buttons and inking the edges of mats add homespun charm to any project.

This project qualifies for the following challenges:BabyBud (Scallops, buttons, bling), Bee Crafty, OSAAT, Marks Finest Papers, Stamp and Create, TopTipTuesday & Critter Challenge (Christmas), Craft Your Passion, Incy Wincy (anything goes), Craft’s & Me (make a Christmas Gift), Crafty Cardmakers & The Crafty Pad, Stempel Magie (stitching), Creative Card Crew (Punches), gingerloft, SSDS, Humble Pie (buttons), Inspired Crafters & Mami doodles (anything but a card) and Digital Tuesday (use a frame)

Lets take a look at the new Homemade Holidays paper pack from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

If you hate to print in color I have created a Bold Black &White paper pack too and I have a new set of clip art with SVG cutting files called Up, Up & Away in the shop this week too!

And now the moment you have been waiting for….the freebie! A fun pack of 9 papers with an 1980s flair!

click the image to download, enjoy! Thanks to Inferlogic for use of the zebra pattern.

Now let’s see what the rest of the LSS design team is up to this week:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Laurel Seabrook

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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