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1  AG doll dress and pinafore in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sgriffen on: July 24, 2010 03:50:42 PM
This is a dress that my mom made for my daughter's American Girl doll.  Aren't grandmas wonderful?  It's McCalls pattern 3275.  I hope that she won't stop making clothes for my girls' dolls now that we have our own doll clothes business.  Cheesy

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2  roman shades from mini blinds in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by sgriffen on: April 29, 2010 07:46:03 AM
We're redecorating our living room and dining room and will be replacing the ugly old mini blinds with flat roman shades.  I saw this tutorial at http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2009/02/make-shades-out-of-mini-blinds.html for making roman shades out of mini blinds, and I thought this would be an easy way for me to make the new shades.  Unfortunately my husband also had some strong opinions about how this should be done.
1) He doesn't want the back to be unlined.  (I'm on board with this one since the windows face the front porch.)  
2)  He doesn't want sloppy folds, and he was worried that the blind slats would not give enough weight to make the shade fold nicely.  

I can sew, so I decided I could sew a lining and the front fabric together before hanging it.  Adding dowels seemed a little more tricky.   I decided to just sew a shade the "normal" way using Wrights roman shade tube tape that I bought at JoAnn (directions here: http://www.wrights.com/wrights/class/homedec/romanshade/romanshade.htm).  Per the directions, I put the first row of tape 2 inches from the bottom of the shade and then every 8 inches.  For hanging, I decided to still use the mini blind hardware to save me the step of making that part.  I cut the ladder string on the mini blinds and removed all the slats, leaving just the header and the cord.  Once I had sewn my fabric, I ran the mini blind cord through the cord loops on the tube tape and inserted wooden dowels through the tape for weight.  It pulls up okay, but going down is not very smooth.  The last fold gets caught (last row of tape and second to last row of tape) and won't come down unless I physically pull it.  I've tried it with and without a weight in the bottom and the same thing happens.  Any ideas?

(That's just a black bead I used to tie a knot in the cord at the bottom.  All of the pull is on that tiny little loop on the tape.  I can't believe that will really hold up over time.)  
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3  Matching sundresses for a girl & her doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sgriffen on: March 23, 2010 11:09:08 AM
My mom and I made these matching sundresses for my daughter and her American Girl doll Emily from some great fabric we got at JoAnn Fabrics.  

For the details, please visit my blog:
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4  Re: Doll Clothes (Post your projects here!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sgriffen on: March 18, 2010 12:35:04 PM
What a pretty dress you made!
Here's one I made for my niece's 3rd birthday.

hollyrh - These are adorable!  I think I have even less patience and would be looking for patchwork fabric to use.   Cheesy
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5  Re: Doll Clothes (Post your projects here!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sgriffen on: March 18, 2010 12:32:37 PM
I made this doll cape from two Santa hats bought on clearance for dirt cheap.

You can find the original idea here:


People's creativity and resourcefulness never ceases to amaze me.  I just wish I had found this before the holidays.  I'll have to tuck it away for later this year. 
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6  crocheting on fabric in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by sgriffen on: March 16, 2010 08:40:33 AM
I saw this kids top in a store, and I would love to make something similar for my daughter.

I'm not quite sure about how to crochet on fabric though.  What would I use to make the holes?  How would I prevent the fabric from fraying?  I like the addition of the beads, but I think I'll forgo making it THAT complicated for now.   Cheesy
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