To help with your dolls’ sleep hygiene, this week’s pattern is a 60s-70s quilt. It would work for AG Julie and maybe Melody, as well as vintage 70s dolls like Crissy, Velvet, Sasha, etc. or modern dolls that enjoy a retro vibe to their decor.
Templates are provided for you to do it as fusible web applique, but slower and faster methods are options as well. You could cut the motifs out of freezer paper and stencil them [post here] or add seam allowances and do needle-turn appliqué by hand. You could also use one small motif to make blocks for a more traditional looking quilt. Although this quilt itself was never made for a particular doll, the motif appeared on the packaging and furniture of a doll popular in the late 1960s and 70s. She’s still around now, although the packaging motifs have been updated. If you can guess who she is, you’ll know who might be appearing on the blog soon!
Since it’s more than likely your doll bed is not the same size as mine, I provided the quilt center and you can add strips on the sides to make it into the size you require. My strips were 2” wide. Should you need to enlarge/reduce it significantly, just divide the size you want by the size it is to get a percentage to reduce/enlarge and photocopy at that percentage.
Wow, I didn’t anticipate such a response to the Maru dolls! Remember in June when I did that survey about what you’d like to see on the blog? Maybe one person mentioned Maru dolls. And all of a sudden, a flood of people said, “Yes! Make patterns for them!”
So I will. A few more even said, “I voted no, because I don’t need patterns, but would still like to see pix of what you make” A few of you are already sewing for them. Click here to see a French blog with tons of nice sewing and knitting for Maru and many other dolls. She has used some of my slim doll patterns for them, adding an extra .5cm (that’s ~.25″) around the outside.
Along with about a dozen other projects, there are several things in the works for Maru and friends. As soon as the paperwork fairy appears at my work and waves her magic wand, sparing me from about 20 hours of reports and IEPs, I will get them out to you! 🙂 For right now, here’s a blouse I made for Sasha over the summer.
Sasha reads to baby while sporting an authentic 1970s embroidered blouse (click to enlarge)
Yes, it also fits Kidz n Cats and should fit Hearts for Hearts dolls copied at 77%.
I know you want it to fit AG Julie too, right? It might not be a perfect fit, but I would suggest copying at 120% and shortening back to its original length. You’ll probably need to shorten the AG sleeves back to its original length too after enlarging.
(link for free embroidery design is in pattern)