Threaded Alchemy

Creative Ramblings of One Crunchy Mama

Some Crafty Updates…

Haven’t posted any craftiness in a while, and as usual it’s not for lack of it! Here are some of the things I’ve made for/with my kids in the last few months.

New Special Occasion/Winter Dresses for American Girls

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The first is a dress I drafted pretty much with my scissors. I promise that gold fabric was not wrinkly when I took the photos! It was in preparation for making a copy of the AG 2013 Limited Edition Holiday Outfit for my daughter who went absolutely GAGA over it when we got one of the million AG holiday catalogs back in November (which you can see here). The dress I ended up making, below, does not look anything like it.. haha. I did a gathered skirt and actually managed to make the top half of the bodice mesh – which I thought I would not accomplish…

dress01I really did try to get a nice shot of the dress on a doll, but my daughter would not allow it. -__-

This was my quick an cheap answer to that limited AG dress and all said it cost me under $6 to make a sorta copy of a $70 doll dress. I actually went to JoAnn and purchased all of the fabric, ribbon and decorative buttons in one shot so I would know how much I saved. The most expensive thing I bought was the plain white satin shoes at $1.30 on sale and with coupons! I think it came out pretty good, but what matters most is that my redhead thought it was BETTER than the one on the magazine!

She’s a pip! One of the most awesome people I know ๐Ÿ™‚

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The dress below is from an old Butterick pattern, B5864, meant for very different dolls. I initially thought it would be perfect for the Princess & Me dolls but it ended up being a tiny bit big for AG’s.. learned something that day!

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Doll Bunk Bed

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I spotted something similar to this on Pinterest and thought, as I usually do, “hey, I can make that”. Had everything we needed and got to work. This is made similar to my Ultimate Monster High Bed, with the exception that the beds are not as high and of course that they are hot glued to 4 posts. The biggest difference is that there is actual foam under that cozy velour there and not dryer lint or misappropriated pillow fluff. Inside the packaging for something completely unrelated there was this awesome and large sheet of 1/2 inch foam. Score! I tried it out as a mattress and it proved quite squishy and realistic! My girls decorated with all the gold ribbon, tape and mesh. The dolls love it, of course. And yes, if you are wondering, that is Jem’s vanity there a little revamped in the picture below. I was a bit of a Jem fan ๐Ÿ™‚ Truly Outragous!

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Barbie Baby Beds (say that 10 times fast)

I actually took pictures of making these and will post a tutorial.. eventually. . for now though…

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In the same room of the dollhouse as the bunkbed pictures were taken, now resides a nursery. Who had all these babies? I do not know, but we certainly could not let them go without cribs! These were made completely with foamboard, popsicle sticks a tiny bit of misappropriated pillow stuffings and fabric scraps.

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This one we made first and though I liked the fabric covered foam board, it was way easier to just paint it like we did below. These are currently a huge part of dollhouse play. Everything from Zelfs to Pollys to Furblings to Squinkies gets laid to rest in them and I’m considering making another ๐Ÿ™‚

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And there you have it, some of the things I’ve been up to. A tutorial for the cribs will be along soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy sewing, crafting, DIYing!

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