The summer sew-along is technically over, but if you’re back from vacation and lamenting that you missed it or want something to sew that’s a little bigger than Lottie stuff, remember if you missed the first deadline, you can enter until July 31 on this form and you will get your Nosy pattern Aug 1. Here’s some inspiration for you:
Unicorn beach coverup by KB
This is by quickdrawannie whose dolls are getting ready for fall already (eek!)
See lots more here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2825314@N20/pool/with/35067825904/
One of the reasons I bought forest friend Lottie was her cute packaging, but sadly, she didn’t come with as many fun accessories as my other Lotties. Given her name, she clearly needed some “forest friends” so I created a few from felt, using the artwork on her packaging as inspiration. After that, my other Lotties begged for their own friends too! If you’re looking for a project to use to help you teach hand sewing to a child, this is a great choice since they require only one type of stitch, and can be made quickly from small scraps of felt.
If your kids have hit that summer slump and you’re looking for something fun to craft with them, you’re going to be happy with these projects! The Lottie line (which also now includes 2 boys, Finn and Sammi ) is great as summer doll because they’re small and light, which means they travel well (mine went to Korea!) and being all hard plastic they’re durable enough for the beach/camping/etc.
You might recall a few weeks ago I mentioned my Forest Friend Lottie was pretty lacking in the outfit/accessory department compared to the rest of them, so I started making some little stuffed forest friends for her based on the pictures from her packaging. That idea expanded into a versatile little owl who can be used as a sleeping bag or carrying pouch for up to two Lotties at a time, or one Lottie and some felty friends coming next week!
This is a great project to do with a child, and the instructions note which parts can be hand sewed and which are best on a machine. If the child has some sewing experience and is patient enough, the whole thing could be done by hand, and an experienced seamstress with lots of wool felt and embroidery floss could turn this into a work of art!
OK, Halloween is coming! Need a unique costume for a human or a doll?
How about a kitsune?
And I just have to share something I’m super proud of…
These shoes took forever to make, since all the sewing was done by hand except for some topstitching. I think I broke 3 needles in the process but am SO pleased with the final result! Yes, I made the jeans too if you’re wondering 🙂 The shoes were made as “outies” but formed on a last with a modified version of this pattern also see more here. Should you be inspired to try some (easier than this) people or doll shoes check out these links:
This week we’re doing a classic shoe – Mary Janes. These are a little harder to line up the upper and sole than last week’s and have straps and closures.
Remember how I said this shoemaking endeavor started with people shoes? So what you’ll find HERE is a pattern and all the instructions you’ll need to complete a simple, turned, women’s size US9/EU 40 shoe or slipper if you’d prefer.
A doll version of the pattern is included also, but the straps are set back a little so the strap falls more over the ankle. I find for doll size that helps them stay on better than having the strap at the instep, but if you eliminate that point and curve you can also turn this into ballet flats. Sorry there are no pix of the doll version, I made them all in flannel to check fit but they weren’t as cute as the bird ones 🙂
You might want to wait until next week to see an easier way to do this for Hearts for Hearts/Cheries.