Happy (almost) summer!


Yay!  Summer break is only a few days away!  🙂  Now’s your chance to tell me how to spend my vacation (AKA what you want to see on the blog)

There’s a survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F7LBKNT so you can tell me completely anonymously what kind of dolls and sewing/crafting projects you’d like to see.  You can always post comments/email me too!  The survey will be open for a week and then the results will appear here.  (It’s only 6 questions…go do it now, I’ll wait…)


Ok, are you back?  🙂  No doll shoe school this week…I was going to do lasted shoes and other things people shoes got in the way.

I made these by adapting this pattern:  http://www.behance.net/gallery/UNifold/8494751 to be wider at the ball of the foot, roomier in the toe and taller in front.  Although they’re far from perfect, I’m pretty proud of them 🙂  (and yes, that little clamp will get replaced with velcro or something before I wear them LOL)

This would be a totally do-able sandal for dolls with human-shaped feet, like Hearts for Hearts, but would require a lot of adaptation to fit feet like AGs.  How did I make the lasts?  Glad you asked.  I used a pair of birkenstock clogs that had been chewed by a dog, (the dog part isn’t strictly necessary, it just makes it easier to pick which shoes to use, since they’ll be destroyed in the process) taped up the chewed part and used cardboard to make a form to cover the back and go up a little higher.  I filled it with drywall compound, which is similar to but cheaper than plaster, let dry and cut away the shoe.  Obviously, that technique can be used to make lasts for doll shoes too!  For AGs,  get a cheap pair of shoes like the ones sold by Springfield dolls (at Michael’s, JoAnn, etc.)  Smooth shoes like ballet flats are better than lace-up styles.

The next summer thing in the works is going to be a sew-along…and it’s different than the last one, because you’ll be held accountable!  You can get the next pattern free every week ONLY by posting a photo proving you made the previous week’s outfit (or you will also be able to buy the whole collection at once on etsy)  It’s going to focus on the “little girls” (13″-14″ like Cheries/H4H) since they were neglected last year.

So join the flickr group if you haven’t yet and start shopping for a package of fat quarters to get ready!  Yes, you also have my permission to buy a smaller doll (Cheries, Hearts for Hearts, Paola Reina, Minouche) if you don’t already have one.  🙂

Hearts for Hearts  are available at Target, Amazon, some Barnes & Noble stores.  They are a fabulous company who donate part of their profits to help kids in developing countries.

Paola Reina now has a North America website (based in Canada)

Cheries are widely available on Amazon and specialty/upscale toy stores

The sew-along should be starting next week.

The flickr group is now open to anyone instead of invitation only, as it was last summer.  There are lots of cute pix and great ideas from last year’s sew-along.  If you’re new to the blog, those patterns are here:










4 responses »

  1. I’m intrigued by your shoes. I’m thinking, since you mentioned you made your shoes “wider at the ball of the foot, roomier in the toe and taller in front”, you may have the same problem finding shoes that I do. Sigh. I bought a book, many, many moons ago on how to make shoes, Alas, I never even attempted them, since it looked pretty complicated. I realize, you posted this in 2014, so may not even ever get this comment, but wondering if you’re still making your own shoes, and where you found a class to make them. Also, did you buy a pattern from the website you linked to? I checked it out but didn’t see any patterns available, although, I did note that he had several diagrams of his shoe “patterns”.
    Oh, and tremendous thanks for all your posts and free patterns. I’ve visited your site before, but found it again, I THINK because I’m charmed by the new AG Wellie Wishers – don’t have one . . . . Yet, but contemplating buying one.

    Oh, and wondering if the patterns you did (last summer? 2014?) for the Little Darlings will fit the Wellies? Would LOVE to own a Little Darling, but well, the wait time, the COST!!!! Yikes!
    Again, thank you SO much for ALL your information, tutes, etc.

  2. I’m a little late to the party…..only 5 years! I want to thank you for having these patterns available for free, especially the shoe patterns. I’ve made thousands of shoes for dolls and these will be a welcome addition to my pattern library. Thanks, Stacy

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