Friday, November 30, 2012
For Christmas this year, my four kiddies are getting a doll tent to share. Now, the boys don't really have dolls anymore, but they do have some teddy bears that are pretty precious to them.
My oldest, Hannah, fell in love with the doll tent in the American Girl catalog. I fell in love with a picture on Pinterest from this doll tent tutorial:
And my youngest, Sarah, says she wants a "popup fire" for Christmas -- by which she apparently means a felt campfire set that she when sitting on my lap while I was trolling Pinterest. So it seemed like a perfect intersection of gifts. Sarah will get a campfire set for Christmas, and everyone will get a tent to share and (hopefully, if I have time) a doll-sized sleeping bag for their favorite little doll or teddy or other lovey.
I used the free pattern from the link above, but I enlarged it to 200% to make it American Girl sized. The poles are a broken hulahoop, cut in half. It wasn't quite long enough, so I had to make extenders from pieces of a milk jug (yay for recylcling!). I hope to cover the poles in some pretty duct tape, maybe, before Christmas. If I get around to it.
I modified tha pattern so that there would be a tent door flap that would close:
And I also added a screened window in the back panel:
I used a scrap of tulle for the screen.
And the best part is that it cost me NOTHING! I used fabric from some old curtains, plus a few other scraps I had lying around. And I already had the ribbon and velcro I needed. Plus a free pattern and a broken hulahoop. Now that's the kind of project I like!
Posted by Jennifer at 8:54 PM
Monday, November 5, 2012
First, you need to trace your pattern on to pattern tracing material. Then cut it out, with seam allowance added, and use it to cut your fabric out. The most important thing is to remember to cut your fabric so that the stretch is widthwise (around the legs). Also, make sure you have a ballpoint needle in your machine, as we will be sewing knits.
I took these pictures when I had a sewing playdate with a friend. We are both making brown leggings -- hers in a toddler size, mine in a tween size, so the pictures are a mix of both pairs of leggings.
3. Then sew the back crotch seam in the same way. I used my serger to sew these seams. If you are working on a regular sewing machine, just use a narrow long zigzag stitch when you are sewing stretchy knit fabrics.
11. Now we will make the little tabs that cover the gathered stitches. Fold them in half lengthwise (right sides together) and press.
14. Pin on the cuff so that the tab covers the gathering stitches. The tab is being folded over the cuff, so that both raw end are at the top of the cuff aligned with the raw edges of the cuff. Pin in place, and then baste in place at the top of the tabs.
15. Now place the cuffs INSIDE the leggings, right sides together. The cuffs are upside down so that the raw edges of the cuffs are aligned with the raw edges of the leggings. Make sure the gathered side will be at the outside of the leg. Pin in place.
17. It should now look like this:
19. Pin the elastic to the wrong side of leggings waist, dividing in quarters and pinning at each quarter. Make sure that your ends of the elastic are are the back middle of the waist band, aligned with the back crotch seam. (Remember, you can tell the back from the front because the back is a little bit higher than the front.)
21. Fold the waistband over, and press well. (In the picture below, you can see a bit of ribbon poking out. This is optional. We have added a little fold of ribbon to the back middle to make it easier for the child to tell which is the back.)
You are all done!