Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fairy cottage playhouse for 18″ dolls


Make your dolls a Fairy Cottage!


This design is perfect for 18” or smaller dolls.  It is meant to be a playhouse for them, similar to the kids’ playhouses that are made to fit over a card table, but I imagine you could easily scale it up to any size you want.

At least 2 – 18” dolls can fit comfortably inside, yet it collapses to a small pile of poles and fabric which is easy to store.  After I made the first one, my mind started racing with all the other possibilities:  a little log cabin, a medieval-style tent for knights at a jousting tournament, a haunted house, a beach tent, covering the poles with strings of silk flowers to make a flower-selling or farmer’s market stall, making curtains to make it a stage, using bark-print fabric like a hollow log for stuffed animals to live in…

GET THE FREE TUTORIAL HERE and while you’re at the store getting your PVC fittings, get a few more and make the cute stuff from this website:

Dress your doll for her new fairy house!  Fairy patterns have been available for slim 16”-18” dolls as well as Hearts for Hearts for a while, and now by request, the girl fairy patterns and accessories have been re-sized to fit the AG dolls!  You can get the pattern here:

If you already have the fairy set for one size doll and just need the pattern pieces for another, you can get them from me via email for $4.99.  (jenwrenne at hotmail dot com)

Fairy babies and Shrinkies


Happy Friday!  Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the shrinky contest. Our winner was Jennifer J. who made a quilting set including rotary cutter, rulers and cutting mat:

See more pix on her flickr page here:

Other cute entries included a chain of monkeys game by Wendy:

And a plastic silverware set by Jill  (but I couldn’t get her photo to upload, so this is my version)  They are formed around a wooden spoon handle while still warm.

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Other ideas (either mine or suggestions from the contest) are:

Plates and silverware
Electric guitar
tennis racket
ping-pong paddle
hair sticks
Puzzle with inset shapes
sand toys-Rake and shovel
Top of a trophy
Paint palette
handheld mirror
cosmetics cases
Dancing lumberjack
Noah’s Ark
magnifying glass
Carved ivory fan
Barrel of monkeys toy
Mancala board
Flowers and plants
“Bamboo” purse handle
Magnet paper doll
Jumping Jack toy
Pull toy

The fairies are out of hibernation!  (Apparently they hibernate with the bears, because they’re awake now too!)

Ok, I promised that after the sew-along was over I’d post about my new “fairy babies” and here they are:


Can you find them all?  (Enlarge the pic if not) They are Ai dolls from Jun Planning and are a mere 5” (12cm) tall!  If you want to see more close-up pix of them, click on the pattern below.

I made them a house from McCall’s 6767, enlarged to 125% but designed a different, less obtrusive roof and reshaped the door.  The look I was going for was “hollow log with a mossy roof” and my freehand quilting reflected tree bark lines.

Their clothes are made from wool felt and silk flower petals, since I can’t seriously imagine using woven fabric with hems, facings, etc. on such small dolls!  Get my basic bodice and A-line pattern free here and dress it up with embroidery/beads/felt.  Even if you don’t have one of these tinies, you may be inspired to enlarge the leaf/petal patterns and make something similar for your bigger dolls.

Marge ( had a great idea for printing your pattern pieces on freezer paper – this is the perfect thing to use with these tiny pattern pieces, or pattern pieces that have a lot of angles.  She says:

Has anyone else learned the trick of printing your patterns onto “Freezer paper”, which can be purchased in the grocery paper goods aisle (near foil, wax paper, etc.). It’s quite inexpensive for the large amount you get and 18″ wide, so I tear off a piece about 11″ and then cut it down into two 8 1/2″ by 11″ pieces on my paper cutter or using a rotary cutter. Then iron a strip (shiny side down) to the top of a piece of printer paper or cardstock, just to secure it across the one edge and feed that end into my printer and print out the pattern. Once printed, you peel off the freezer paper, cut out your patterns and iron them right onto your fabric — no need for pins, which I LOVE! The patterns are can be used/ironed on again & again. Can’t say exactly how many times, as I’ve only learned this method recently, but it’s so convenient & no pin holes to tear up your pattern pieces! Try it — you’ll LOVE it!

Fairy stuff for the “big girls” (18″ dolls) is coming next week and then I may go back to once a month-ish posting because I’m in the middle of a very ambitious project I started in May, and hope to share with you by the beginning of August.


Contest reminder!


There are only a few days left to get in your entry to win your choice of a free pattern or this jacket (made in fabric of your choice):

AND you get these patterns FREE just for entering:

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, scroll to the end of: to find out!

A lot of people already have this new Pleats and Pockets pattern (in green above). Maybe you already made it in some fabulous summer print?  Well, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you probably know how I like my patterns to have versatility.  So this is my heirloom take on this dress.

Click here to get the instructions and templates and (maybe) learn some new techniques such as simple lace shaping, easy hand embroidery, pin stitching, and fake piping. Enjoy!