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Beekeeper’s quilt

Beekeeper's quilt. Challenge accepted.  

DIY fabric Pandora style european bead bracelet

About 8 years ago I came across these lovely modular bracelets in a small jewelery store in Montreal. That was the beginning of my obsession with European Beads. Now there everywhere. These days you can buy or make all sorts of bracelets in metal, leather, string and fabric to show off your beautiful beads. The pattern below is for a triple wrapped silk fabric bracelet. IMG_7528 As modeled by Vera, a rubber hand I found in the office. Doesn't she look pretty?

Easy DIY Blythe stand from coaster

Make your very own easy DIY "stick it up your jumper" Blythe stand.

I have a mix of Blythe and Blythe clone dolls. Not all of them came with stands. Therefore I looked into making my own. The simplest solution I came across was the "stick it up your jumper" approach. Literally. You use a wooden dowel and stick it up the back of the jumper or dress the doll is wearing. The bottom of the dowel needs to be stuck in something to keep it stable for this to work. I currently have 4 dolls. I spotted a packet of 4 wooden coasters in my local T.K. Maxx (aka T.J. Maxx to those in the US or Winners if your in Canada). Serendipity fueled inspiration. Instructions below for how to make your very own easy DIY Blythe stand.

DIY Blythe stand

Blythe Coraline Dress – free knitting pattern

This Blythe Coraline Dress was more than a little bit inspired by the movie Coraline. For the knitted up version of the dress shown below I was lucky enough to find mini skeins of hand spun yarn from a seller at Yarndale that had silver sparkles spun in!

Lalaloopsy Free Sewing Pattern – Reversable Halter Dress

This pattern is for a reversible dress for Lalaloopsy 13" dolls. I've been having difficulty finding any Lalaloopsy Free Sewing Patterns. One of the most basic patterns for any doll is the reversible dress. Alas my Google mojo failed to find me one sized for my LaLa. Oh woe betide. Armed with a ruler and my trusty french curve I battled for... well... at least a couple of hours. This war has now been won. Hopefully someone else will find it useful also. Lalaloopsy Free Sewing Pattern Side 1 Lalaloopsy Free Sewing Pattern Side 2

Blythe Party Hat Sewing Pattern

This is a very simple sewing pattern for a Blythe party hat. Simply print out the PDF pattern piece and follow the instructions below.

Half and Half Blythe Dress Pattern – Knitting and Sewing

The Half and Half Blythe Dress Pattern is a simple pattern for a half knit and half sewn Blythe dress, thus the name. It should fit Blythe and similar sized dolls.

Blythe Cupcake Hat – Knitting Pattern

A couple of months ago I decided that I NEEDED to knit a blythe cupcake hat for a swap. Luckily there are some lovely crochet patterns available for cupcake hats for Blythe. Unluckily I can't crochet to save my life. The only solution? Invent a pattern. So I did. Here it is. I hope you enjoy.

Blythe Knee Socks – Knitting Pattern

Blythe knee socks knitting pattern. This pattern is pretty much a longer version of the existing pattern Sweet socks for Blythe by Jane Pierrepont
Lace vintage dress remade and dyed lime green

Rock Out With Your Frock Out

Its amazing what you can do with a leg-o-mutton sleeve wedding dress, some thread and a little polyester dye.
Duck tea cosy

Maplecroft Duck Tea Cosy – Knitting Pattern

This duck tea cosy knitting pattern is very much a franken-pattern based largely on the Little Mouse Tea Cosy over at Justen-knits&stitches and Jean Greenhowe’s Rainbow Babies PDF pattern.
Weekender bag

Amy Butler Weekender Finished

Yes it took time. Yes it took perseverance. Yes I definitely cursed Amy repeatedly. Yes its finished. Here are some things I wish I'd known before I started..