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Handmade Doll with Simplicity Pattern 1900

I LOVE handmade baby items. Don’t people make the sweetest things for the little gems in our lives?! I have a board on Pinterest just to keep track of it all. Dolls top my list though.

Simplicity Pattern 1900

When I saw Simplicity Pattern 1900 I had to have it. Bless Jo Ann’s for running their 99 cent sale every so often so I can stock up. Honestly, who doesn’t love a handmade doll with removable clothes that include a dress, shoes and a beret? (Haters… refrain.)

Handmade Doll

Per usual, I entered my local county fair and thought this handmade doll would make the perfect entry into the Stuffed Animal/Toy category. You agree it is a stuffed toy since you can play with it, right? Also per usual, there was an entirely separate category for dolls almost guaranteeing I will not place again. It’s always something!

Anyways, I thought this pattern was wonderful to work with. The directions were clear and concise, helping the doll to come together in no time. I do have a few notes worth sharing:

1. The arms & legs were a bit skinny for me. I recommend cutting those pieces thicker so they are easy to turn inside out and stuff without ripping any side stitches.

2. Based on the comment above, muslin seemed a bit flimsy for me. If little kids are really the intended audience, I think it should be made from a more durable fabric. My muslin felt too thin to stand up to a childhood of use.

3. The shoes should be made of felt. The directions don’t call for a lot of finishing, so having a fabric that won’t fray makes the most sense.

4. The boy pattern needs completely redone… I had to look 3 times on the front to determine that was a male doll. I propose he lose the scarf and overall shorts entirely and simplify with a simple short and button down shirt set. If you’re sewing for a boy, make sure you bring your creativity to the party. Or, check out these similar dolls on Etsy that have a more manly feel.

August 27, 2012   6 Comments

Made in America: Yard Sales

As a Digital Marketing Consultant, I live and die by email. So when I get a stupid junk forward in my inbox, I’m generally more than peeved. However, this little gem came across my desk today and I just had to share. You know how I love yard sales!

Sometime this year,  we taxpayers will again receive another ‘economic stimulus’ payment. This is indeed a very exciting program,  and I’ll explain it by using a Q & A format: 
Q. What is an ‘Economic Stimulus’ payment ? 
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers. 
Q. Where will the government get this money ? 
A. From taxpayers. 
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money ? 
A. Only a smidgen of it. 
Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is for you to use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set,  thus stimulating the economy. 

Q.  But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China?
A.  Shut up. 
Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the U.S. economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:    

  • If you spend the stimulus money at Wal-Mart,  the money will  go to China or Sri Lanka. 
  • If you spend it on gasoline,  your money will go to the  Arabs.
  • If you purchase a computer,  it will go to India , Taiwan or China . 
  • If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. 
  • If you buy an efficient car, it will go to Japan or Korea. 
  • If  you purchase useless stuff,  it will go to Taiwan. 
  • If you pay your credit cards off, or buy stock, it will go to management bonuses and they will hide it offshore. 

Instead,  keep the money in America by: 

1)  Spending it at yard sales,  or 
2)  Going to ball games,  or   
3)  Spending it on prostitutes,  or 
4)  Beer or 

5) Tattoos. 

(These are the only American businesses still operating in the U.S. ) 


Go to a ball game with a tattooed prostitute that you met at a yard  sale and drink beer all day! 

No need to thank me,  I’m just glad I could be of help.

August 19, 2011   No Comments