Friday, May 13, 2011

A Slip in 5 minutes or less,

You betcha! Daisy the little lady on the left is
sporting a half slip that only takes 5 minutes
or less to stitch up. If you decide that you no
longer want her to wear it then it is easy to take
it off, rethread it with ribbon and drape it across a bed.
You can reuse this slip over and over again.
You can also make a skirt with these same directions.
Remember all of this lace that I am showing you
is being recycled from a baby dress. Below I show
you 2 slips. Next week I will show you how to make Anna's
slip.
 Here is Daisy.
Material needed are about 4 inches of ruffled
lace according to the thickness of the doll. Daisy
is thin. The lace is about 3.5 to 4 inches long from
the tip of the ruffle to its edge., Also needed is a
sewing needle with thread.
Most of the time I sew these little things with
candlewicking thread or crochet thread. 
 My lace is cut from the dress so yours will not look
like this - that is if you buy your lace outright from
the store.
 I have to cut off the excess cotton. See - here I cut it
off very close to the lace. Be careful not to cut the lace!
When you finish throw that little piece of cotton away.
 Turn your lace to the wrong side & be sure to match
up the bottom with the top. Start stitching at the top of
the ruffle and sew down towards the bottom.
 My stitches arent that small but neither are they
that big.
 For added strength I always sew back up to where
I start. It also finishes it off better. That way you
dont see a knot hanging from the bottom.
 Once you get back to the top - knot it off & cut off
your threads.
 Cut off any excess lace from your seams. That is
if you have any.
 Then turn the lace skirt right side out.
 This is the back of the slip. With your threaded needle
start sewing close to this seam. Do not sew the top of
the ruffle.
 Continue sewing all around the top of the slip.
 When you get close to the seam as I have done here
then cut off the needle & knot it. Both sides of the
thread is knotted.
 Put the slip on the doll with the threads towards
the back. At this point do not gather the threads
up. First make the first tie & use this tie to gather
the lace - then make your knot.
 Either make a bow or let the threads hang
down.
All Finished!
by conny

Although I have

heard of stuffing a doll with lint. This was
the first time that I had ever came across
it. Whenever I made dolls I stuffed them
with regular poly-fil. How much lint would
it take to stuff one of these little dolls?
And how long would it take you to collect
all the lint needed for this doll
or any kind of project? Little Anna's body
was stuffed hard as a rock! I am glad that
her body is long-gone away from me. I
got tired of sneezing!
by conny

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lets make Anna's Bloomers

You can use these directions to make
any pair of bloomers that you want.
You can use thin white cotton or
anything that has a little ruffle to
it. If you use cotton you will have to hem it.
Anna's bloomers are made of lace so therefore
thats a step that you can omit.
This is the front of Anna's bloomers.
 This is the back of the bloomers.
 The materials needed for this project are
about 5 inches of ruffled lace or less. And the lace is about
3.5 to 4 inches from the ruffle to the lower edge but go
with what is according to the size of your doll. But I
use what I have that is available. You will need a sewing
needle & white thread, a couple of pins and a pair of
small or large scissors.
 Measuring is simple. Just place your doll on the lace
as you see here. make sure that the ruffled part is
on her legs where you want the ruffle to be.
 Now take the lace and wrap it around one leg. Make
it as tight or as loose as you want. I dont like it to be
really tight. Take the other side of the lace & wrap
it around the other leg to match up with the piece that
I have my thumb on. Then add a little more lace for
to make a seam. Cut off any excess lace.
 Now that excess lace has been cut off. Place the
2 seams to the left of the doll. Make sure that you are
working with the wrong side of the lace.  Place the
doll back on top of the lace.
 A good rule of thumb is for the top of the lace is -
see her arms outstretched from side to side. This
will gather nicely. Now pick up the doll & mark
with a pin where you need to cut off the top of the
lace - see the head of the red pin sticking out from
underneath Anna. This pin marks her waist. Another
pin on the lace marks her crotch.
 See - the 2 pins.
 Now remove the doll. Begin stitching from the top of the
lace - not the ruffle. It doesnt matter if your stitches
are big - just dont make them too big. Try to make
the stitches straight if you can. Stitch to the lace ruffle
& back down to where you started. You do not have
to start your stitches on the edge of the lace because
as you see anything to the right of the pin will be
cut off. So start your stitches close to the pin.
 I stitched to the ruffle.
 Now I stitched back to where I started.
 Cut off the excess seams.
 Time to stitch the legs. Start at the ruffle & sew
up to the first pin.
 Anchor a few stitches by that pin.
 Now proceed down the other side. Notice that the
stitches on the left side curve a little. Stitch a small
curve for the right side of the leg.
See my stitches - they are not perfect!
 Take your scissors & cut in between your stitches.
Do not cut your stitches & when you cut up to the
pin be sure not to cut those stitches. Take the bottom
pin out & notice the red pin where its at on the lace
before you take it out.
 Now turn your lace to the right side.
 Hold the lace like I show here & with your other fingers
kind of pull or manuever the lace fabric gently to give
it body.
 Get your sewing needle ready to stitch again.
 Place the lace back on your doll to make sure
where you need or want to cut the excess top of the
lace.
 Take the lace back off of the doll & cut off that
excess lace. You can put the lace back on the doll
or not. I chose to place the lace back on Anna.
 Turn under the lace & with your needle & thread
start stiching around the doll till you come back
to the front.
 I am back to the front. Knot the ends of the threads.
 Just cinch up the threads to gather. Tie in a knot or
a bow. Its all finished now.
 On this photo I just want you to see that the ruffle
isnt really tight on her legs.
I have tried to be clear in my directions. I hope that you thinnk so.
by conny