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Adventures in sewing, knitting, and making things for Blythe.
Mar 21, 2009 7:22PM

Reusable Grocery Bags

I'll be the first one to admit it, I'm not the greenest person in the world. The only reason I recycle my cans is because I get money back for them. I do however frequently buy small amounts of things at stores and end up using just one plastic bag. It's such a waste because I throw it away as soon as I get home. I only use it to carry things. I'm not a huge fan of the bags they sell in stores because they are that loud, crinkly fabric (and I can't seem to stuff it back into the pouch it came in). Since I'm sewing all the time now, I thought I'd make a couple of my own. 


I really like the this tutorial for Burda Style Bags found here


I also think that cloth produce bags are brilliant because I buy a ton of produce. I found an easy tutorial here that I'm going to be using. 

I've also seen plastic bags that have been fused together using an iron. They look really cool but I don't have that many laying around. 

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Mar 20, 2009 11:59PM

Things I've Learned

I absolutely love sewing. I like turning nothing into something and the feeling of accomplishment I get. 

I could spend a TON of money on fabric. I love so much of it and there are so many fantastic prints out there! 

Which brings me to the next thing: I want to make something for everybody. You might just get a package in the mail one day! 

Patterns seem so outdated. I mean, if it's something really complex or something that has a unique shape, I can see where you'd need one. But there are so many tutorials that people post on their blogs, why spend the money?

Sewing person-sized things is much easier than sewing Blythe-sized things. 

That is all. :D

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Mar 20, 2009 4:57PM

Which Do You Prefer?

I'm trying to decide on some fabrics to buy to make aprons but there are so many choices that my brain is about to explode! These would be for the main part of the apron. The pocket will be in something else. Here's what I'm loving: 


Egg Beaters Black - Robert Kaufman


Lizzy Dish Spoons 


Wallflower Sky - Amy Butler


Big Top Stripe - Anna Griffin


What's your favorite?

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Mar 12, 2009 10:12PM

To Craft List

I'm in the mood to create! Here's what I'm planning on making in the next couple of weeks:


First up is this brimmed beanie from Thread Banger. It's made out of an old sweater and I have one just waiting to be used! It was a thrift store find in a gorgeous raspberry color. Unfortunately, my grandma washed and dried it in the washer and it shrunk. I've been saving it for some reason. Now I have a purpose for it!


My second craft is a bit complicated, more or less. Less because it involves one seam and more because it's a dress! It's an infinity dress and I've decided I need several in my closet. You can wear them so many different ways and they are so cute!


I really need a place to keep my knitting organized and be able to take it to places like the dog park. Presto! This Knitting Bag looks so cute and perfect.

All this means that I need to buy some jersey for the dress, some fabric, and some interfacing for the knitting bag. Not only that, I have 2 Blythe swaps coming up and I'm trying to finish a custom. Phew!

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Mar 11, 2009 1:37PM

Bad Sewing Day

As rewarding as sewing is when you finish something, nothing sucks more that putting a lot of work into something and it not working out.

Take this dress for example. It's called a "simple dress" and it is. If you read the instructions first that say to add extra for seam allowance, that is. I had already cut my fabric so I decided to try it anyway and make my seams really small. Then my sewing machine went kaput and I wasn't in the mood to fiddle with it. I moved on to hand sewing. All is good and the dress is cute until I try to put it on. Poor thing couldn't get it past her hips and there is no telling how the arms would get through. Maybe it would fit a Lati? It's so cute that I hate to throw it away.

I also made a matching bonnet to match but I don't think I printed the pattern big enough because it looks like a weird mix between a pilgrim hat and a yamaka. I don't know how bit Lati heads are but this matches the dress. If anybody wants it, I'll send it to you.

I'm remaking both of these because they have a purpose but I'll make them bigger this time.

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Mar 1, 2009 6:04PM

Peanut is Open for Business!

I've decided to open up a shop on Art Fire called Peanut. It was my daddy's nickname for me when I was little because I was so small. :)

I only have pajamas available right now but I'll be offering Blythe clothes, knit helmets, and boxy bags. I chose not to go the Etsy route (even though I love it) because they charge you to list items. Art Fire is free to list which is awesome. My shop will probably grow to offer more items in the future. Right now, it's stuff I know how to make. I'm always looking a fun new things though so keep an eye out!

This is what my "boxy bags" look like:

They are made from this awesome tutorial over at Three Bears.

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Feb 13, 2009 2:31PM

Pajama Time!

I made a pair of pajamas (which look a lot like some Prima Dolly stock) from a pattern that someone posted in Sewing for Blythe on Flickr. The top of the bloomers are a little funky since I've never made anything with an elastic top before but I'm really pleased with how they turned out. The fabric is from the remnant bin at JoAnn's and I absolutely love it!

I also took the makeup off of my Violetina. Those pastels were awful and made the poor thing look so washed out. Now I just have to decide if I want to paint her lips or not. I'm thinking I may send her off to get chapstick lips.

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Feb 6, 2009 7:59PM

A Dolly Quilt in the Making

This is something I'm working on. I've never made a quilt before, I only hand sew (no machine :( ) and I didn't use a pattern of any kind. I just kind of figured out what size I wanted, cut squares, and started sewing! The back is the ladybug fabric and the middle is a piece of felt. I'm going to put white felt around the edges (since I don't have to hem it) but I'm not quite sure how to do that yet. I don't think my sewing techniques are very orthodox, but they seem to get the job done!

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Feb 4, 2009 11:15PM

A New Place

for all my dolly junk. I have 3 Blythes now and have about 6 more on my wishlist. I'm also participating in swaps, fun Flickr games, and having a blast customizing. I figure I need a place to talk about all of it!

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