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Sunday, June 26, 2016

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

 
It’s Sunday, and time for week 3 of this year’s edition of…
 
5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts
…The Five a Week Pledge.
If you haven’t been around here, it’s where you pledge to do five things each week of your choice (see here for more info).  I pledged to make five small crafts each week.  Feel free to grab a button and join me.  If you already have, post a comment or a link to share what you accomplished.
This week’s craft:

Doll Skirts!

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

I made five doll sized mini-skirts for my ball jointed dolls using fabric scraps and lace. 

Two off-white ones (with fabric from this dress), a red violet floral one (with fabric from these dresses), a pink one (like this doll dress), and a different one with some red star printed fabric (used for this dress). 

The first four skirts were supposed to be longer ruffled skirts. I started out making them with this tutorial

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

The tutorial was meant for 18inch dolls (i.e.. American Girl size), but you make the pattern yourself based on your own measurements.  It just called for waist and length, but there is something I overlooked.  American Girl dolls have very straight childlike cloth bodies, my dolls are resin and a little more curvy.

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

So instead of going by the waist measurement I should have used the hip measurement.  I ended up with skirts that were too small to go over their hips.   So I changed things around, turned the top part into a high waistband, added snaps, and now they are cute doll mini-skirts. 

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

The red one is the only one I didn’t have trouble with because it was different.  The scrap of red fabric was just large enough to make a simple skirt with an elastic waistband.  Sometimes simple is better.

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

The other skirts did come out adorably, this off-white one is my favorite so I made two.  One for each doll.

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

It was fun making them for my doll, Usagi, and even more fun taking pictures of her in them.  You can see more of them here on my doll blog.

Now what’s to come up next week?  More doll clothes?  Maybe a tutorial too?  We shall see.  Look forward to it.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #50

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

 
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

5 a Week: Cute Doll Tank Tops with a Tutorial

 
It’s Sunday, and time for week 2 of this year’s edition of…
 
5 a Week: Jewelry for Dolls
…The Five a Week Pledge.
If you haven’t been around here, it’s where you pledge to do five things each week of your choice (see here for more info).  I pledged to make five small crafts each week.  Feel free to grab a button and join me.  If you already have, post a comment or a link to share what you accomplished.
This week’s craft:

Doll Tanks Tops

5 a Week: Cute Doll Tank Tops with a Tutorial

I made cute little drawstring tank tops for my doll (you can see her reaction here).  I say drawstring, but will always think of them as pillowcase tops.  The first time I learned how to make tops like this was from a tutorial for a top using a pillow case I saw in a magazine.  Since then I have made several (see Dolly Dressing and Give Me a Doll With Hair).

5 a Week: Cute Doll Tank Tops with a Tutorial

The first I actually made two of, one for both of my ball jointed dolls.  Simple with cute thin pink ribbon.

5 a Week: Cute Doll Tank Tops with a Tutorial

The second one I used lace instead of ribbon.  It also has lace running along the neckline.  Cute and a little dressier.

5 a Week: Cute Doll Tank Tops with a Tutorial

The third top has the ribbon tying in front instead of at the side.  I think it’s a nice touch, or least it’s different.

5 a Week: Cute Doll Tank Tops with a Tutorial

And the last one is a little rough.  I left the edges unhemmed and uses some fabric strips instead of ribbon for the ties.  By the way all these tops where cut from t-shirt scraps from previous projects.  Great way to use up the leftovers.

Now as an extra bonus, I decided to make a video tutorial for these cute doll tanks tops.  Now everyone can dress their dolls easily for summer.

Enjoy!

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #49

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

5 a Week: Jewelry for Dolls

 
It’s Sunday, and time for week 1 of this year’s edition of…
 
5 a Week: Jewelry for Dolls
…The Five a Week Pledge.
If you haven’t been around here, it’s where you pledge to do five things each week of your choice (see here for more info).  I pledged to make five small crafts each week.  Feel free to grab a button and join me.  If you already have, post a comment or a link to share what you accomplished.
This week’s craft:

Doll Sized Jewelry

Most of the projects from last year were doll items because I had just gotten my ball jointed doll (see Catching Up: A New Friend) and because small things like doll clothes, etc. are perfect for this challenge.  I thought since I got another doll (see Two of a Kind Doll Dresses), that I should continue this idea so she can have plenty of things too.

5 a Week: Jewelry for Dolls

That being said, this jewelry wasn’t actually made for the new doll.  I made one bracelet for her but the rest is for the older doll, Hikaru (See my doll blog for her reaction to the jewelry). 

It’s been a year since I got her so it’s technically her “birthday”.  Actually it was her birthday last month, I got her toward the end of May and in my head I thought it was June.  Anyway, jewelry is a perfect present for a doll right?

5 a Week: Jewelry for Dolls: Pearl Bracelets

First up is the bracelets, as modeled by my new ball jointed doll, Usagi.  The two on the left are simply faux pearls on elastic, I added a bow to the one on the right because I made it for Usagi. 

They are made with larger pearls than the ones for the necklaces because the elastic was too thick to use for the small pearls.  No problem, there’s nothing wrong with having a chunkier bracelet.

5 a Week: Jewelry for Dolls: Pearl Necklace

Now the first necklace was made with the smaller pearls strung together with an ordinary clasp at the back.  Simple as can be but very cute.  I bought these pearls ages ago at Joann Fabric and Crafts intending to eventually make doll necklaces (see The Biggest Craft Haul Ever).

5 a Week: Jewelry for Dolls: Pearl and Ribbon Necklace

I didn’t want the second necklace the same way as the first and I had plenty of the thin ribbon, so I tried this idea I found for making bracelets with beads and ribbon.  I’m afraid I can’t remember where I saw it, but I thought at the time that it was super cute an looked easy to do.  It took a bit of time even at doll size, but it was easy enough and the result is very cute.

5 a Week: Jewelry for Dolls: Pearl and Ribbon Necklace

And since ribbon is used, no need for a clasp.  I actually don’t like clasps and usually avoid them when I can.  I kind of want to make another one of these necklaces for myself now.

Now I have pretty necklaces and bracelets for my dolls, and good ideas for myself.  Now what’s in store for next week.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #48

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

It’s Back, The Pledge

I mentioned there will be a special surprise.  Well, for this summer I decided to bring back a little something I did last summer.  It’s…
 
The 5 a Week Pledge: Pledge to do 5  each week for 9 weeks.
…The Five a Week Pledge.
For those who missed it, it’s where you pledge to do five things each week of your choice.  Feel free to grab a button (<--it’s over there) and join me.  Pick a goal and pledge to do it 5 times each week than share your results.
 
I am again pledging to make five small crafts each week, and I will post the results each Sunday.  This will go on until the end of July.
 
Now time to get started.  Meet you back here next Sunday!
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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saturday Shuffle #47

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.

I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

 
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