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American Girl Doll Nightgown

For some reason, my eight year old believes that the piece-de-resistance in an American Girl Doll’s wardrobe, is a pajama.  And her doll Kanani, didn’t have one.  Enter sewing pattern Kwik Sew K3771, and my model doll, Jess.

American Girl Doll Nightgown Front

I made two nightgowns from remnant fabric, which for me is the easiest way to sew for a doll.  I typically have children’s clothing around that can be recycled.  But that requires me to carefully cut apart the original clothing and examine the fabric condition and the grain.  So, sometimes the dolls get a print that is entirely their own.  But times two, to reduce the incidence of screaming, no, it’s mine.

First Step, layer the fabric in four so that I can cut out both nightgowns at once.

Four layers of knit fabric

Stitch the nightgown together at the shoulders. Press the seams open, and trim.

American Girl Doll Nightgown Pressed Seam

Press the shoulder edges in. And begin the lengthy process of pressing, adding stitch witchery (or steam a seam, or fusible web, or whatever heat activated adhesive is available), to each and every edge.

Placing pins in the turned edge will help to keep your fingers away from the hot iron.  Once you have pressed between the pins, the fabric will be somewhat flat.  And you can remove the pins and press again.

American Girl Doll Nightgown Press Seam

American Girl Doll Nightgown Stitch Witchery

Add the stitch witchery, and press again.

American Girl Doll Nightgown Fusible Interfacing

And finally, sew the turned, pressed, fused edge. Repeat all the way around the nightgown.

Then, add velcro. And you are done, finally, with what appeared to be a quick project, with only three pieces.

American Girl Doll Nightgown K3771 Back

Kanani and Jess are ready for a sleepover.

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Upcycle T-Shirt to Grocery Bag

I was inspired by an Instructable to recycle a previous season t-shirt. I think it ‘s a cute t-shirt.  But my child has two of them and only wears the pink one. Still, I was surprised when I asked if she minded if I turned it into something else, and she said, sure go ahead.

upcycle tshirt to grocery bag front side

Here’s my version, for a child size tote, using a child size t-shirt.

Materials Needed:

  • Child Size T-Shirt
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Water Soluble Pen
  • Curved object (for example a dressmakers curve, drafting curve, or plate)
  • Sewing machine or serger, threaded

Makeover Instructions:

Get a clean child size t-shirt and lay it flat.

upcycle tshirt to grocery bag

Fold the t-shirt in half and draw lines (around your logo if you wish) in a bag shape.

drawing curves with a drafting tool and water soluble marker

Cut along the lines you just drew.

Turn the t-shirt inside out. Sew the bottom closed.

Fold the side seam and the bottom seam together to make a point. (If you don’t have a side seam, use the armscye to line up the point). Sew or serge a line perpendicular to the existing bottom seam, to form a gusset.  Bottom seam folded to point

Repeat on the other side.  The bottom of your bag will now be a rectangle shape.

Gussett

Turn right side out.

upcycle tshirt to grocery bag Finished

Voila, you have a washable, reusable grocery bag!

And a shameless plug for your local organization.  If you don’t want to keep the writing, cut the bag shape without regard to the logo, and sew with right sides together.

You do not need to finish the edges, because knit fabric does not ravel.