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Tablecloth Play Dresses

I've always wanted to make dress up clothes for my daughters. I made an Elsa princess dress a few years ago that I enjoyed creating, but not much else since then. A few weeks ago around my youngest daughter's birthday, a lightbulb went off. 
You might remember from my last post that I created birthday table displays using inexpensive party decorations, including plastic tablecloths that cost about $1. As I was picking up the latest display, I got the idea to recycle the tablecloth into a play dress! The first one I made was from the pink tablecloth in the display shown above.

I felt I had to create at least one more so they wouldn't fight over one dress, but it soon escalated to a total of four dresses that I made over the following weeks. I bought more tablecloths, solely for the purpose of making dresses this time. It was fun stocking up on different colors, hehe. I drafted my own patterns to my girls' measurements, and I had fun getting creative with different colo…

Doll Clothes

My latest craft project for the past couple weeks has been experimenting with designing and creating doll clothes. I am fascinated with handcrafted miniatures—scale models, stop-motion animation, and, of course, dolls—and I have always wanted to try creating my own.


Recently I have been teaching myself to make my own clothing patterns, and I used what I learned from that to draft miniature patterns for a Barbie doll.


Here are some of the first dresses I put together from the basic pattern shown above.





I also tried my hand at some miniature hand knits. I used crochet thread and size 0 knitting needles. I charted out some patterns for various Christmas sweaters with these results:








I designed and knitted up these sweater vests as well.



(Side note: If you think this is crazy, check out the video at the end of this blog entry featuring the crafter who created the knits used in the film Coraline.)
Overall, I've been happy with the results of my latest craft obsession. My patterns have bee…