Bedlinen for doll’s furniture

My little girl is into dolls all of a sudden.  I bought her a little doll bed from Ikea, but the linen that came with it was… awful.  So, I dug out some scraps and decided to make something better for her.

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I rustled up some leftover April Showers (and probably some other Bonnie and Camille bits and pieces) and printed out from the internet some hexagon templates onto thicker paper.

I cut out the hexagons carefully, then used an EPP glue stick to baste the fabric on to the hexagons.

Then I set to work at joining the hexagons.  The little pillow came together very quickly, as did the mattress, but the doll’s quilt took a bit longer.  I think there’s probably about two weeks worth of short TV shows in there (to be fair, I sew small stitches and don’t watch a lot of TV 🙂 ).

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Last night I put the quilt top together with some wadding and backing (matching the mattress and the back of the pillow – also from April Showers)  and when my little girl woke up this morning there was a nice surprise for her.

She loved it!  So do I… and I love that I am teaching her that the best toys are handmade.  Now she can get back to her favourite game, which consists of feeding, putting to bed, putting on nappies and clothes, and toilet training one poor harangued doll.  If that poor doll could speak!

Since the favourite doll was in bed with little miss, these three got tucked in for the first snooze in the new linen.  They seem pretty happy about it!

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The great thing about working with paper pieces is that you don’t need a pattern or a fixed design, you can work it out as you go, adding another row here or there as you like.

Have a great day.


Christmas decoration patterns for English paper piecing

Hello hello!

By Christmas time this year I expect that my lovely little daughter will be in her first few weeks of walking.  That’s all very exciting, but it means that our beautiful collection of glass Christmas decorations won’t be making an appearance this year!

Now is the time for me to get an alternate plan in place.  Since I have been bitten by the English paper piecing (EPP) bug, and it’s wonderful portability, I’ve designed a few simple decorations that Mum and I will whip up over the next few weeks.

That way, our tree will still have decorations, but they will be soft and safe for little hands and mouths.

Pics will come in time, but given how hard I found it to find free downloadable patterns that I could just print and cut out, I thought I would share now the patterns for what I came up with.

First, here’s the rough plan of what I’m making.


Here’s the templates for the diamonds that go together to make the star or the snowflake.


Here’s the Christmas tree pattern.  I’ll use different fabric for the trunk, and some embellishments for a star on top, I think.


Here’s the love heart.


Here’s the pointy pentagons.


The templates are nothing fancy, but they are convenient.

If you decide to make some too, please share!  I’ll do the same once I make some progress.

Happy Friday everyone!


Soft play rattle ball

Last weekend I had to travel a little.  There were two flights, some time waiting around, a conference… when others see boredom, I see an opportunity to stitch!

(As an aside, the airline let me take my seam ripper on board.  That was a good way to get around the no-scissors-allowed conundrum.)

The journey was the perfect chance to give a small English Paper Piecing project a try.  I’ve never done it before, but the Soft Play ball from issue 9 of Love Patchwork & Quilting really appealed, and looked achievable.  It’s currently on sale in my local newsagency, although the interwebs suggests that it is not all that current.  Anyway…

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It is really just 12 pentagons of identical size joined together.  As simple as that!

I stuffed it with toy fill and put a bell inside, and have been tempted to play with it ever since.  Accordingly, I had no option but to put it in the post today.  It will be received by a little girl who I hope will love it.

It was so much fun to make.  I can’t wait to start the next one!

The fabric is a bunch of April Showers (Bonnie and Camille for Moda) scraps that I had lying about at home.

There really was something wonderful about being able to sew on the go.  Perhaps I will become an EPP addict.