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I Made Something I Pinned

Pinterest is great for craft porn, but I don’t follow up on most of the things I pin. Today, my daughter offered to clear off her bookshelf in her room which was serving as a divided fridge/freezer for her dolls so she could make room for….books!

I told her I had an idea that would let her keep it the way it was if she would like a bookshelf hanging on her wall. I showed her the picture of it on Pinterest and she was sold 🙂

We hit Hobby Lobby for 2 curtain rods and wall mounts and she picked out some fabric. I sewed the fabric into a simple tube and put both rods through the middle of the tube and then hung them up creating a “U” shaped pocket between the rods, perfect for holding her books.

She loves it!

While we were putting it up, she also decided to put up the curio shelves she got from my mom. She was so excited to search through her room for the perfect items to display!

When we were done, she poured through doll clothes pattern books and then read a story book to break in her reading nook.

Doll Shoes

Apparently, I am out of the loop enough to not have heard of “Toms” before now. They are some kind of slip-on canvas shoe. However, the 18 inch doll world connects me with such fashionable things through my daughter. This time we found a pattern to make doll “Toms”.

They were not the easiest things to sew and it shows in the final result. My daughter likes them though and I have learned from my mistakes on this pair, so any future pair should come out better. We left off the signature slanted toe pieces because my daughter didn’t like the look of them.

The great part is that Natalie (my daughter’s doll) can stand on her own now because the shoes are flat and sturdy.

Marble

When I was out with a friend a few weeks ago, I picked up a kit from the clearance section of the bookstore. It was a kit to make plush aliens . When I opened it, it was not what I was expecting; I thought it was going to be pre-punched felt shapes to sew together to make the monsters on the box. Instead I found a rather nice book and a stack of a few basic supplies- felt squares, safety eyes, and a bit of fiber fill.

I shared the book with the kids. My son had been asking to sew again (thus my picking up the kit in the first place). He loved the book and immediately picked out an alien he wanted to make. My daughter decided to focus on other projects.

Getting the pattern enlarged and printed was not fun for me. To get started right away and try to avoid a copy shop, I resorted to using tracing paper, a scanner, an imaging program, and our printer. After much trial and error to print them the right sizes, I had to tape the pieces together to make the patterns.The box shows cute, little aliens. The book contains many larger aliens. To make them, not only must you enlarge all the patterns, you also need to buy fleece or felt large enough. This led to us going out anyway to make a trip to the fabric store to pick out colors of fleece.

Luckily, things were much easier from here on out. My son cut out the fleece shapes, learned how to use the sewing machine again, and did the body sewing with minimal help from me. I did sew the mouth part because zippers in tiny spaces are a bit tough. He did the body stuffing and then we closed him up.

His name is “Marble” because you can tuck coins or marbles in his mouth.