Altering Patterns to Different Sizes

Hello! Today I will be blogging about how to alter sewing patterns to fit different dolls. It’s really an easy process.

I have a collection of patterns that fit different dolls: WellieWishers, American Girls, Journey Girls, etc. But I had to print out a new pattern from a different website each time I wanted to sew something in a different size. Now I’ve realised that there is a much easier way to create identical patterns in different sizes.

In the above picture, the leggings the dolls are wearing are actually the same pattern, but printed at a different size. I really like leggings, and found an American Girl pattern, but it only fit one type of doll. I wanted all of my dolls to wear leggings! So I printed the pattern again, but at a different size.

To change the size of the pattern, you must know the height of each of your dolls. In this example, I am altering the 18″ leggings pattern to fit a 15″ doll. To change the size of the pattern, divide the new doll’s height by the other’s (in this case, 15 ÷ 18). The decimal you get will be the percent to print the pattern (in this case, 0.83). In the settings before you print the picture, select ‘More Settings’, and under the Scale (%) control, write the decimal you got as a percent (remember that when you change decimals to percents you end at the hundredths, so this percent would be 83).

 

The pattern will then change to the right size for your doll. Print and enjoy!

This works for making patterns bigger, as well. If you have a small pattern and want to alter it to fit a larger doll, you would divide the larger doll’s height by the small one. In this case, you won’t get a decimal, but something over one. This means you would print it to a percent over 100. As an example, let’s take the 18″ and 15″ dolls again. 18 ÷ 15 equals 1.2, so you would print the pattern at a scale of 120.

I hope this post was helpful and easy to understand. If you would like to access the leggings pattern I used, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

Valentine’s Day Handwarmers

Hello! Today I will be teaching you how to make Valentin’s Day handwarmers. They have little heart appliques which make them super adorable. These are really quick and simple to make,  and serve as a great Valentine’s Day gift for anyone, family, friend, or something more. Here is what you will need:

  • Sweater-like material
  • Felt
  • Sewing machine
  • Rice
  • Funnel
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Handwarmer pattern cutouts (PDF at the bottom of this post)

Step 1: Cut out 4 ovals out of the sweater material. You will use two for each handwarmer. Also cut out two hearts from the felt. Sew a heart onto the middle of two ovals using a straight stitch and slightly less than a 1/8″ seam allowance. Unless you’re using matching thread, make sure you outline the heart neatly, so that your handwarmer doesn’t look messy.

Step 2: With wrong sides together, sew two ovals together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a space about an inch wide along one curve (leaving the opening on a wide spot makes it harder to sew shut later) open for stuffing.

Step 3: Stick a funnel into the opening of the handwarmer. Pour about 2 teaspoons of rice into the handwarmer. If your funnel has a small opening, you may want to add the rice in small bits so that the spout doesn’t get clogged. Sew the opening shut. Repeat steps 1-3 for each handwarmer.

Your handwarmers are now finished! To warm them up, place on a plate and microwave for 30 seconds. These handwarmers can be held to keep your hands warm, or slid into mittens and gloves with pockets (such as Head hand-wear) to keep your mitts warm.

To access the PDF pattern, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

Doll Scrunchies

Hello!  Today I will be teaching you how to sew doll scrunchies. These are miniature versions of an easy scrunchie tutorial my mum  found on another website, the link of which can be found at the end of this post. They work on any doll with ‘real’ hair. Doll scrunchie are small enough to stay on an 18″ doll’s wrist, which gives your doll an adorable look. They usually aren’t stretchy enough to be used as a hair tie, so you’ll want to use a small elastic and put the scrunchie overtop for fun hairstyles. Here is what you will need:

  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Round or 1/8″ elastic
  • Jersey cotton
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut a long strip of fabric about 16×2 inches. With the right sides together, fold it in half and sew it along the open side with a 1/4″ seam allowance, then turn it right side out. You will now have a very long tube.,

Step 2: Cut a strip of elastic 4″ long and use a safety pin to thread it through the tube. The fabric will scrunch up a great deal. Tie the ends of the elastic together so that the circumference of the inside of the circle is 2-2.5 inches.

Step 3: Fold over the raw edge of one side of the tube and pull it over the other end. Sew it together with a 1/8″ seam allowance. Your scrunchie is now finished!

Step 4 (Optional): If you wish, you can add a tie by sewing a strip of fabric and tying it around the scrunchie.

I hope you enjoyed this scrunchie tutorial. May your dolls be forever stylish!

If you would like the tutorial for the original scrunchie, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

Sewing Tips

Hello! Today I will be blogging about easy ways to make any sewing project easier. I hope you will find them helpful in your next project, whether it be doll’s clothes or a patchwork quilt.

  1. Start big. If you are creating your own sewing pattern, always make the pieces slightly bigger than necessary. You always don’t want to forget seam allowances, but even then, make sure you oversize it. If you end of with a finished product that is too small, you will have to start all over again. But if you make the pieces too large, then they might be just the right size, or if they are too big, you can always make them smaller.
  2. Use sewing patterns. Even if you find a pattern from some online blog, that person has had experience using those dimensions and knows what they’re doing. I find that if I create my own patterns, they often end up messy and unprofessional. Every sewing notions shop has many sewing patterns, too, that have been officially published and will work great! If you want a really professional article, then use a sewing pattern instead of inventing your own.
  3. Use matching thread. When you use a thread that stands otu against the fabric, the two might clash and create a sloppy-looking piece. This is not the case if you want something abstract or funky, where you want the thread to be different for the fabric. Another occasion where clashing thread is fine is when you are using a neutral material such as white, black, or grey, and want some colour in our article. However, if you want the piece to look uniform and smooth, make sure that the thread you’re sewing with is the same colour as the material. (This does not apply for seams, although you can do it if you want; no one will be seeing the inside of the piece anyway.)
  4. Add your personal touch. Everything always looks better if you add a little something unique. Besides choosing your own fabric, adding a ribbon, button, or embroidery to make it your own. I find that if I add my own personal touch, I am prouder of my finished piece because  no one made anything exactly the same.
  5. Pay attention to the grain. The grain of the fabric is the way the fabric stretches. If you are sewing a hoodie, you will want the grain of the fabric to stretch sideways for pulling it over your head. For some things, like coasters or bookmarks, you won’t need to pay attention to the grain. Some fabrics like cotton don’t have much stretch anyway. But for anything that requires stretch, make sure you pay attention to the grain line.

I hope these tips help you; I know they help me!

If you want to see my coaster tutorial, CLICK HERE. If you want to see my bookmark tutorial, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

Quilted Coasters

Hello! Today I will be teaching you how to sew quilted coasters. These coasters are fun to make, and work really well for isolating hot or cold drinks from your table with thick layers. The coffee mug design also gives them a cute look. Here is what you will need:

  • Flannel
  • Quilt batting
  • 2 colours of felt
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread

Step 1: cut out two squares of flannel material and one of batting, each one 5 inches square. Pin these together with the two flannel pieces together and the batting underneath.

Step 2: Stitch around the edge of the squares with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a space for turning right side out. Clip the corners and turn out, and overseam the edges to help the coaster keep its shape, pulling out the edges with a sewing pin so that no material is bunched up inside. Make sure you turn it out so that the batting is inside the coaster.

Step 3: Cut out a coffee mug or teacup shape from paper and pin as a template onto your felt. This pattern should not be hard to draw, and if you have no success, print out a simple clip art from online. make sure your hap is about 2 1/2 inches tall, and 2 inches wide. Cut out the shape on felt, and sew it will a 1/8 inch seam allowance onto the coaster.

Step 4: Cut out two small ‘steam’ shapes, and sew those above the mug or teacup. Iron your coaster.

 

Ta-da! You now have a coaster! You can give it away as a gift or keep it for yourself.

If you want more coaster patterns to try out, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

Simple Bookmarks

Hello! Today I will teach you how to sew simple fabric bookmarks. These bookmarks are fun, easy, and quick to sew, and make great gifts for any occasion! You will need:

  • Cotton fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Lighter

 

Step 1: Cut two pieces of cotton that are each 2 x 7 inches.

 

Step 2: If you wish to add a ribbon tassel, cut a length of ribbon 6 inches long. Melt the edges so they don’t fray, and pin one end to the top of one piece.

 

Step 3: Sew the two pieces right sides together. Make sure the ribbon is secure by sewing back and forth over it a few times. Clip the corners of the bookmark and turn it right side out.

 

Step 4: Topstitch the bookmark at 1/8 – 1/4 inch, pulling out the edges with a pin to make sure it is completely turned out.

Congratulations! You now have a beautiful bookmark to use yourself, or give to a close friend.

If you want more bookmark tutorials, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan