Thursday, January 18, 2018

How To Up Cycle Jeans into 18" Doll Jeans

I have been cleaning out my closet in an effort to simplify. Maybe we'll eventually have a post about that... capsule wardrobes are so appealing to me. I'm not quite there yet, but I have been getting rid of some clothes and have wanted to try up cycling old jeans. I've been on a 18" doll clothes kick lately, so I thought I would give it a go. Man, it was easy!

I started with size 12 skinny jeans. I cut about ten and a half inches off the bottom of one leg. I put the doll on top of the cut leg and marked about where the crotch was.

To draw the line I folded the pant leg in half to mark it, so I would have even legs.

Next I just cut down the center, then sewed it up again.

I turned them right side out and made sure they fit. The fit is more of a straight leg, boot-cut. Then I pulled them off and turned under the top and sewed it about 3/4" for the waistline.

I couldn't find a safety pin, so I grabbed paper clip. I think a safety pin might be easier, but it was still easy to thread the elastic through. Before threading the elastic I measured the piece around the doll's waist.

I threaded the elastic through, cinched up the waist and sewed the ends of the elastic to make the waistband secure. Then I tried them on the doll, and they fit!

In the summer I wore these particular jeans rolled up once, into capris.

But they are cute without the roll, too.

What are you up cycling these days?

And here is a link to a pattern for 18" doll slippers. It's free for one day (1/19/2018).


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What I Made | 18" Doll Skirt

I made a fun skirt for my daughter's doll last night. Super easy. Here's where you can get the pattern.

I even used a stitch on my sewing machine that I had never used before, the triple zig-zag. You use this stitch so that the elastic still functions like elastic without you having to stretch it out as you sew, which is what I used to do when I sewed with elastic, because that's what I though you did.

What did you make with your free pattern? I'd love to see your creations in the comments. I love to check out what others are creating. Leave me a comment so I can see what you've done too.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Freebie Friday | 18" Doll Skirt

I have recently discovered Pixie Faire. They have some great doll patterns. The best part is if you get on their list, they send you free pattern links every so often. And this free pattern link was in my email this morning! So this is what I am going to be doing over the long weekend, making doll skirts. The pattern is only free today (January 12, 2018), so head over there and get your free pattern! Next week I will show pictures of what I made. And if I can figure out how to do a link up party, maybe you'd show me pictures of what you made too! If not, you could sent me links to your posts in the comments.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Simply Practical | How to Clean Up Spilled Liquid Detergent

Thought I would keep it simply real. So this morning while I was at the bus stop this happened.

Can't blame it on a cat or unattended child. This is what happens when a Costco size container of Tide falls off the washing machine and lands just right so that the black cap cracks and comes off, dumping liquid detergent all over the laundry room floor.

Feel free to judge me for the starting state of my laundry room. We just purchased new bedroom furniture from IKEA and our recycle was overflowing and the room needed to be swept and mopped anyway. The chair hadn't made it all the way back to the garage because it's too heavy and awkward for me to move down the back steps. (And Eric doesn't really want it out there anyway, but doesn't want to get rid of it either.)

So the first thing you do is call Mom and Dad and ask how you clean it up! Yes, I'm forty-something, and yes, I still call Mom and Dad when I don't know the answer. Of course they told me to Google it. I did.

Then I took some old flannel sheets I had (remember we just got new bedroom furniture, we downsized our bed so I had to get new sheets). I had a king size set. And yes, it took both the top and bottom sheet. I threw the saturated flannel sheets away. Then I had some old dish towels I really wanted to be done with too. That helped to get the last of the easy to reach stuff.

Just when I was unsure what to do next my parents showed up, because they are just those kind of parents who help their adult child deal with life when they think she might appreciate it. This adult child did! Dad took care of all the blue that had run under the washing machine! Hooray!

So the lesson here... don't leave your detergent on top of your washing machine.


Friday, January 5, 2018

Never Too Late to Learn

I have two regrets.

I wish I'd taken ballet lessons as a child. I won't embarrass my family (and myself) by taking up ballet as a forty-something momma with forty-something extra pounds.

My second regret I was almost as self conscience about. I wish I'd taken more than one year of piano as a child. Two and a half years ago my youngest took piano lessons from the sweetest Senior in high school (she's now the sweetest college student). I would go and sit and listen while I waited and I was envious of my child, who then would practice without complaint, well most of the time. That sweet young lady went off to college and her just as sweet momma picked up where she'd left off with my dear Gracie. Year two was more challenging for Gracie and the practice was less fun, and I pushed, kind of hard, which maybe made it even less fun for her. Finally I realized I was pushing because I was the one who really wanted to take lessons. So I had a private conversation with her teacher, who happened to also be a friend and I asked her if she would ever consider giving lessons to an adult. I didn't admit I was the adult until she'd answered yes without even snickering.

Mondays have become my "Me Day". My kids are older now and I have the luxury of actually carving out a section of the day for something that benefits only me. Mommas of littles, I promise, it'll come, eventually, for you too. I've chosen piano lessons as one of the things I do that morning. And I look forward to it. I won't be playing the piano for anyone else, probably ever. But I play for me and it brings me so much joy to play the simplest arrangement of Brahms' Lullaby.

Is there something you wish you'd done when you were younger? Let me encourage you. You aren't too old to do it now.