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Over a month has passed since my last post. We attended the Nampa Festival of the Arts earlier in the month. I passed out a bunch of cards to people excited for Christmas and birthdays. I hope to hear from them soon!

To be honest, I’m kind of burnt out from making 18″ doll clothes for now. I have a bunch of stock, my Etsy shop has a good variety of clothes, and I have a new doll! Two weeks ago I found a Disney Ariel doll at a yardsale for $3.00. Her hair is in good condition, no markings, and still has her original dress. No this isn’t a Disney Animators Doll, but it’s cute!

Today I made a tank top, strapless dress, and leggings.


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Please don’t pay attention to the Fruit of the Loom pattern… It was a successful mock up.

This was my first time drafting a bottoms pattern. The leggings took me 2 tries! It was easier than I thought. My doll’s waist is 17cm and the legs are 15cm from the hip line to the ankles. Since the doll is so small, I decided to make it a 2 piece pattern rather than 4.

Here’s how I drafted the pattern:

  • Waist circumference: 8.5cm (draw as a line across the top)
  • Length: 15cm (draw as a line down from the center of the waist circumference line)
  • Waistline – Crotch: 4cm (mark as dots as a guide for the next measurement)
  • Front crotch – back crotch: 11cm (place front crotch 5.25cm from center, back at 5.75cm from center)
  • Ankle: 8cm (this is a horizontal line at the bottom of the leg length line)
  • Connect the waistline to the ankle line (there is a .5cm difference on this pattern)
  • Add 1/2″ at the bottom for double rolled hem
  • Add 3/4″ at the top for the elastic casing
  • Add 1/4″ to the sides

This is how it turned out:

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Sewing Instructions:

  1. Cut two of the pattern
  2. Sew the front crotch seams
  3. Press and sew the double rolled elastic casing
  4. Feed the elastic through the casing
  5. Sew the back crotch seams
  6. Press and sew the double rolled hem at the bottom of the leggings
  7. Separate the legs and line up the ankles, sew this last seam!

If your doll has different measurements, hopefully my pattern will guide you in making your own.

Good Luck,



What an exciting month! We’ve been preparing for my daughter’s baptism, I had my first Etsy sale, and had an amazing 4th of July BBQ. Now that the excitement is over, let’s get down to business!

While my BF was out of town working, we got bored and then creative! We decided to play with bleach and jeans. Grandma had given us a box full of already cut quilt squares made from jeans. Then Pixie Faire gave away the Cut Off Shorts for 18 inch dolls by Liberty Jane Clothing one Freebie Friday. Put those two together and BAM! Upcycled Cut Off Shorts! To make it even better, we bleached them!

To start off, I mixed some hot water and bleach into a bucket. Then we took the jean squares and bunched them, fan folded them, and twisted them. Next, we held their new shape with rubber bands and dunked them into the bucket of bleach water.


I let these sit for about 3-4 hours while stirring them around here and there. After that, I rinsed them and took off the rubber bands. If you are sensitive to bleach, you may want to wear rubber gloves during this process. Then I took them to the tub and washed them with laundry detergent. I used the tub because I feared they would fray a lot more in the washer. I did end up using the spin cycle on the washer to wring out the rest of the water. Next, I threw them into the dryer for about 30 minutes. Look at how they came out! All rolled up! Last, I ironed them flat.

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The cut off shorts turned out so cute! Beware, it’s about to get picture heavy.

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Yes, each piece was cut out of 6″ jean squares that were hand tie dyed. A crazy amount of time has been put into these shorts.

I think the next project with the remaining dyed jeans square may be a quilt of even a purse.

These shorts can be found in my Etsy shop —–> Bleached Tie Dyed Cut Off Shorts

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed bleach dyeing these jean squares! Send me a picture of what you have made with bleached jeans. I would love to share it!


Take care and have fun,



Hi, my name is Jo, and I am a sew-a-holic. It’s been 16 days since I touch my sewing machine. Last night I caved in. 

My bf and I went bowling last Saturday for the first time since I can remember. I loved playing on the Wii but I soon found out that it is not that easy. Tendinitis set in the next day. Fortunately I had my all natural Tropiceel rub and a brace so it only lasted 3 days. So no sewing for me last weekend! 

Two weekends ago my family and I went on a walk to a neighbor’s yardsale and found some awesome treasures! My bf bought an old fishing net for $5. Worthy of hanging on the wall, but I bet he will use it for its actual purpose. I found a lace overshirt and a year of white tulle for $1 each and my brain gears started turning! Unfortunately work and tendinitis stopped me from putting my findings to good use.

Last night I finally set up my machine and went to work on an easy skirt to match the minty chevron 3/4 sleeve shirt I’ve been wanting to post on Etsy. It was super easy to make. I just cut the lace overshirt at the side seams, trimmed off the bottom, and cut it at 6″ wide. I then cut some inexpensive white underskirt material to the same width and decided on 19″ long. I hemmed the bottom and zig zag finished the top pieces. Since the layers were so slippery, I sewed a stay stitch about 1/4″ from the top edge. To make the elastic casing, I turned the top to the back 5/8″ and sewed it down. I added elastic and sewed the side seams together to finish the skirt. Super easy skirt to make and it compliments the mint and white shirt to make a cute addition to my Etsy shop. Check it out here — Mint and White Chevron Shirt and White Lace Skirt. 

Next, I plan to make a few lacy tank tops to match some skinny jeans. I am curious to see if outfits sell better than separated which is why I have only posted outfits. What are your thoughts???

Have a great weekend,


I am so so anxious, I only have 1 week until #BoiseWhatAGirlWants Expo. It’s been 3 years since my last vendor fair. I am taking a step back to make sure all of my “i” are dotted and “t” are crossed. My card reader, business cards, and bags are in. I need to make my table runner/banner and some more hangers.  My BF was my handsome handyman and made me a peg wall. I also need to take my phone in and replace the screen so that no one cuts their finger while signing! So much to think about. 

On Pinterest, I made a board for Business Tips. On this board you will find good ideas for table runners, booth set up, display examples, etc. This is where I got the idea to make a peg board. We went to the local lumber store and picked up a big sheet of peg board and gathered some 2x2s and scrap wood. Some cutting here, some screws there, a little paint and BAM, peg board display!


Yesterday, I made a test run of some doll clothes hangers. I found this tutorial to be quite helpful. Some tips: if the threads are too thick to just slide in between your craft sticks, grind them down on each side, super glue works great but be careful, and try to pick out sticks that are fairly straight so that they will glue together better. I painted mine with yellow and red craft paint and plan to write Phoenix Fabric Art on them. We could only find 4 packs at our local Walmart so I will try our local hardware store for bigger packs and make more since this was a success. 

If you are in the Boise area on May 30th you should come see me and mom. Also bring your kiddo and her doll for a free pair of doll undies. Check out #boisewhatagirlwants on Twitter and Facebook for more vendor posts! We hope to see you there! 

It’s been another week full of sewing Christmas presents. I’ve made American Girl Doll clothes, a purse, and some scrap fabric bracelets.

There are no scraps too small if you have the patience and interest. I have a bag full of scraps I’ve been saving up for years and I’ve made some awesome items with them. I’ve made most of my Sampler Quilt with them, scarves, and a super secret wall quilt that I will post after Christmas, and now these bracelets.


It’s so easy, that your kiddos can help with it!



• Scrap fabric, lace, fibers
• Bigger piece of fabric. A little longer than your projects length.
• Enough fabric for the back of your bracelets to hide the seams
• Buttons
• Can of Sizing or Water Soluble Stabilizer
• Iron
• Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

1. Lay out your base fabric.
2. Start laying down your bigger scraps. Cover most if not all of your base fabric.
3. Lay out your smaller scraps on top of these big pieces.
4. Once you are happy with your collage, spray sizing on it and gently iron, no rubbing, just press and lift. I use Sizing because that’s what I have and it works okay, I would prefer stabilizer. Or follow the instructions on your stabilizer package.
5. Set your ironing board next to your machine to help hold the collage level with your machine.
6. Sew a straight stitch or zigzag up and down and around the entire collage making sure all of the pieces are sewn to the base. My little helper held the sides while I sewed the pieces down in a square pattern.
7. Cut your collage in strips about 2.5″ or as desired for the width of the bracelet.


8. Cut strips of your backing fabric at the same width.
9. Cut the length of the fabric collage and backing an inch or more longer than the circumference of your wrist.
10. Sew the backing and collage strip together, right sides together, on all but one short side.
11. Turn right side out and press. Turn in the open edge and sew shut. You can sew a top stitch around the edges if you please.
12. Sew the button on to one short side.
13. On the other short side, sew a button hole. I just set my machine to zero and zigzag stitched a rectangle. Seam rip open the hole.

14. You can add fabric yoyos, flowers, beads, whatever you want!


Here are is one scarf I made and is available on my Etsy shop


And a WIP for Christmas.


My daughter and nieces all have American Girl Dolls. I am so jealous. I bet that I play with my daughter’s doll more than she does. I have become addicted to making clothes for her! So I will be making clothes for the girls’ dolls for Christmas!
I took advantage of an awesome sale at the fabric store and stocked up on patterns for $1.00 each! If I can give you any pattern purchasing advise, it would be to download Jo-Ann’s phone app and keep an eye out for their pattern sales. Also check out your local thrift stores.

My favorite pattern right now is Simplicity #1392. It contains so many patterns that are medieval/steampunk themed. I love the under shirt. You can change it up to be short or long sleeved, gathered or hemmed, or as a dress slip.

Today, I made a Scottish outfit while I’m still in my kilt mood. I used the coat and under shirt from the above mentioned pattern and designed a kilt pattern. Now mine didn’t turn out so great because I guesstimated instead of making the pattern first. Mine tuned out to look like a basic pleated skirt instead of a kilt.

AGD Kilt



First, note that their waist is 11″. Next, determine if you want the kilt to have elastic in the waistband, or if you want it to have a Velcro closure. I found that pleats showing 3/4″ works great.

To make the kilt with elastic:
4.5″x33″ fabric
4″x13.5″ fabric for the waistband
11″ elastic ( I use the 1/4″ or 1/2″)
1. Sew a hem one long side. The unsewn part will be the top.
2. Set your rectangle to be horizontal in front of you.
3. Measure 3.5″ and fold the rest of the fabric back and press. This first 3.5″ will be the apron. Mark the half way point starting from after the apron.
4. After the fold, {measure 3/4″. Fold and press forward.
5. Measure 1.5″ from the last fold. Press backwards. Pin pleat.}
6. Repeat from { to } until you get to the half way point.
7. Reverse directions of the pleat by measuring 3/4″ and then pressing the rest of the fabric towards the apron.
8. Now measure 1.5″ and press to the end of the fabric. Pin pleat.
9. Repeat 7-8 until the end of the fabric piece. This should be 13.5″ when you are done. Adjust the last pleat if needed.
10. Sew a stay stitch across the top

• Waistband/yoke:
1. Fold yoke in half the long way.
2. Sew casing a little wider than your elastic and big enough for a safety pin to feed the elastic through.
3. Sew the raw edge of the yoke to the raw edge of the pleated skirt.
4. Press the seam up towards the yoke. Sew a top stitch close to the seam.
5. Feed the elastic through the casing.
6. Sew the skirt down the sides. This seam will be in the front because the apron goes in the front.
You are done!

Kilt with Velcro:
4.5″x 32″ fabric
Velcro 2″ long or a little shorter
4″x 14.5″ fabric for yoke/waistband

I love Their Velcro is thin and not bulky. I cut mine in half long ways to make it last longer and it is still a good width.

The only things different with the Velcro kilt pattern are:
1. At both ends mark off 3.5″. The two aprons will over lap. Sew/fabric glue your Velcro to the front of one and use fabric glue one to the back of the other apron.
2. Mark the middle of the fabric between the two aprons. Use same pleating instructions as above.
3. Yoke: fold in half long ways, wrong sides together. Sew just the short sides. Turn right side out and press.





Here’s a picture of the coat I made from the steampunk/medieval pattern


Note: I prefer the Velcro tutorial because it truly looks like a kilt with the apron separated from the pleats. Here’s how it looks:


Here’s another fun patriotic outfit I made this past weekend. I used Kwik Sew 2878 for the shirt and Simplicity 1484 for the skirt.



It is that time of year where I start working on our Halloween costumes and Christmas gifts. So the sampler quilt will be on the back burner until after Christmas. Now, I do plan on working on it, but it may just be one a week.

This week I made the Swoon quilt block in 8″.
I suggest assembling this like a 9 patch but a little different, or in rows.


• 2 1/2″ square
• Eight 2 1/2″x1 1/2″
• Twenty four 1 1/2″ squares
Star points
• Eight 1 1/2″ squares
• Sixteen 1 1/2″ squares
• Eight 1 1/2″ squares
• Sixteen 1 1/2″ squares


Today we celebrate our Irish and Scottish heritage and attend our local Highland Games and Festival. I am so excited to go this year. I missed it last year because I chose to go to the Hyde Park Street Fair instead. I think this year I may try to attend both.
Last year my father put a bug in my ear about making a kilt. He wants a kilt similar to the Utilikilt that he can wear casually and in the shop. So we figured the best way to go about this was to make a prototype in my size and then get to work on his after a few bugs were worked out. Well I finished mine without the baggy pockets and snaps (I will add later) because I am too anxious to try it out today. It was rather simple to make. Yeah, but you try sitting for a long while measuring and pressing and pinning pleats!!! It was a great process though! I used a combination of two tutorials to make mine. One from Pinterest and the other from Instructables.

No kilt is complete without a sporran, also known as a belt purse. I have never made one before, so once again I only used prototype worthy fabric. I am not a leather worker so I made mine from some cheetah print costume fabric.

Here’s what I did! :
• Scrap jeans/canvas/something heavy
• Faux fur
• Embroidery thread and a needle
• Some type of tie. I like to use poly cord, stripes of leather, or a good piece of yarn! This should be as long as you need to tie a bow and make knots at the end.

1. Make your template. I drew out a basic pouch shape and then used that as a guide for the flap. Make sure to include your seam allowances.


2. Cut out your fabric. I made only the front out of my cheetah print fabric. The rest was from some scrap jeans.
• 3 pieces of jeans using the purse template.
• 1 piece of the cheetah print fabric using the purse template.
• 2 pieces of jeans using the flap template.
• 1 piece of cheetah print fabric using the flap template.
• Make a strip 2 1/2″ wide by the length of your purse plus 1″ for seam allowance. This will be your belt strap.

Now my Husqvarna Viking Emerald 116 can sew through 8 layers of jeans but if yours can’t, then you can just do 2 pieces of jeans with the purse template or use a thinner fabric.

3. Sew the purse flap together on the curved edge but not the top. Flip right side out and press.

4. Sew down the top edge of your other purse flap jean piece
with about 1/4″ seam. This will be your pocket. Then sew it along the curved edge to the right side of one of your jean purse piece.

5. Optional: baste your other jeans purse piece to the pocket purse piece right sides facing outward.
6. Sew the right sides together of the cheetah print and the last jeans purse piece. Just the top though! Press
to the right side and sew a top stitch close to the top edge. Now baste the two layers close to the edge.


7. Sew the strap by folding the stripe in half long ways and sewing down the side. Flip it right side out and press.


8. Now sew the back together along the top edge in this order: pocket purse piece facing down, top strap edge facing seam downward, flap with the cheetah print facing downward.

9. Sew the front and back together by placing the pocket side down and the front piece with the cheetah print facing down. Sew just the curved edge. Make sure to pin the strap down in place and then pin the rest before sewing.

10. Flip right side out and press.


11. Cut a small X in the flap at about 1″ from the bottom edge. Embroider the hole’s edge or add an eyelet to this hole.
12. Mark the spot where the lacing will be on the purse front. Fold the lacing in half and sew it to the marking in the purse flap. Tie/melt the ends to help from fraying. Feed these through the eyelet and tie into a bow.


You are done!!!



Here are some pictures of my kilt in the process of making it.




And here’s how it looks on me! I will post more pictures after the festival!


I love Bonny Knees!!!


Scrap Quilt-A-Long: Week 9

Posted: September 7, 2014 in Sewing, Tutorial
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I’ve been nursing a sore wrist all week. I believe I slept on it, then typed and typed at work, and stressed it even more. Wah cry. So sewing was hard this week. When I was learning to play guitar, my instructor told me to try and avoid or fix anything painful because you don’t want to associate you beloved hobby with pain. It will make you dread something you once loved. How true that is in many aspects of life. So I think a trip to the chiropractor or a brace is in order.

The first block I made this week is an 8″ 16 patch inside a morning star.


I will give you both squares and HST measurements just incase you are more daring. I used squares and saved my excess instead of making HSTs.

• Eight 2 1/2″ squares or 2 7/8″ HSTs
• Four 1 1/2″ squares
• Four 1 1/2″x 2 1/2″ rectangles
16 patch:
• Sixteen 1 1/2″ squares
Corner squares
• Four 1 1/2″ squares
Star Points
• Eight 2 1/2″ squares or 2 7/8″ HSTs

Start off by chain sewing anything you can:
1. Sew the background large squares (or HSTs) to the star points to make HST squares.
2. Sew the corner squares to the small background squares.
3. Sew the first round of the 16 patch squares by sewing one to one other for now.
4. Press this first round if chain sewing.
5. Sew two of step 1 together to make one side of the star’s points. Repeat until all 4 sides are made. Make sure they are rotated correctly to match the picture before sewing.
6. Sew step 2’s new rectangle to the background rectangle to make a square. Repeat for all four corners.
7. Sew one set of step 3 to another set to make a square. Repeat until you have your 4 squares of 4 squares!
8. Press this round if chain sewing.
9. Sew step 6 new square to the sides of step 5. Make sure that the corner colored square is in the top left on the left side, and opposite on the right side. See the picture for an example. Repeat once more.
10. Sew one set of step 7 to another and repeat once more for two rectangles of 8 squares.
11. Press this round of chain sewing.
12. Sew the 8 patches together to make your square. Press.
13. Sew one set of star points to the left and right of the 16 patch. See the picture above for placement. Press.
14. Sew the three rows together to make the block. Once again, see the picture above for placement. Press. Always press!

Such a beautiful way to use up tiny pieces of fabric!

Evening Star – Morning Star Variation 8″

I have this awesome psychedelic mushroom fabric scrap left over from a project I had sewn 3 years ago that I have been patiently waiting to use. I only have a piece about 3″x6″ along with some other mushroom fabric scrap so it has been hard to find a block pattern worthy of using up the last of this amazing fabric. I finally decided on repeating the Evening Star – Morning Star variation from week 6. Unfortunately my wrist is still hurting so I only got to cutting it out and had to stop. I will post an update when it is done. I am sure this block will be worthy of such an awesome scrap!

I just noticed that I did the same thing with the other Evening Star – Morning Star. I had a small piece of an alien cartoon fabric that I used on a project for my BF. Do you have a special scrap piece if fabric that you are holding into for a worthy block? Show me yours!

Update 9/8/14:
Here is the finished block!


JoBobSquarePants will be the name of this block in 8″. Thank you to Lily’s Quilts for the tutorial

If you want your block to be 8″ like mine, your squares will be 1 7/8″ each.


I also finally started using the leftovers from my HST squares. I got my inspiration from knit ‘n lit’s HST quilt-a-long. I think I may make this into a coaster for my cubicle.

I think for now on I will cut off the excess from the HST squares with the help of a ruler so that my small blocks are a bit more even.

Since it was a three day weekend, my lil one and I had some mommy-daughter time and made some clothes for her American Girl Doll. I loved that we reused one of her old shirts for the pants and some leftovers from a dress I made into a dress for the doll.



Now on to week 9!