Craft / Floral Headband

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Make a Floral HeadbandOne of my favorite accessories? A headband! Here in the Doll Mag household, we keep overflowing stashes of Vera Bradley and stretch headbands in our bathroom drawer, ready to be thrown on whenever we’re in need of a easy – and cute – hairstyle. It comes as no surprise then that one of my favorite sewing projects for dolls is (you guessed it!) a headband – I can whip one up in under an hour and add designs depending on the season or outfit. Yesterday afternoon I took some photos of my latest project; a headband for my Hearts for Hearts doll Lauryce, decorated with spring-y florals. I was quite pleased with the results, and hope you are too! If you choose to craft your own, the instructions below have headband measurements for both AG and H4H dolls.

Supplies for HeadbandYOU WILL NEED…

  • Fabric
  • 1/8 inch thick elastic cord (you can easily use something a bit thicker if that’s what you have on hand!)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Fabric scissors/scissors
  • Needle & thread or a sewing machine
  • Pencil (not pictured)

Step by Step HeadbandTO MAKE

  1. Cut a piece of fabric into a rectangle using the fabric scissors. If you’re making this for a Hearts for Hearts doll, you’ll want it to be 2×8 inches large, while American Girls need a 3×9 inch piece of fabric.
  2. Hem the edges of the fabric using the sewing machine/needle and thread. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  3. Paint your floral design onto the fabric! Feel free to get creative – we dipped the eraser of a pencil in paint to make the petals of our flowers and added details with the brush. (Be sure to keep your work area clean by pouring the paints onto a paper plate and having a piece of cardboard or plain paper underneath your fabric as you work.)
  4. While you’re waiting for your painted floral masterpiece to completely dry, cut a piece of elastic cord 3 inches long.
  5. Fold the short edges of the fabric around the elastic cord and sew them together. We recommend sticking to the  hand sewn (needle and thread) method for this step, as the thickness of the elastic and fabric together can cause trouble for your sewing machine’s needle.
  6. All done!

Make a HeadbandMake A Floral HeadbandLauryce loves her new spring-y accessory! :)

Have an amazing rest of your week,

Lulu

Jane Austen Inspired Calling Cards / Bookworm Week

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Calling CardWho better than to inspire a bookworm week feature than Jane Austen? Bella and I like to consider ourselves “Janeites” and with a bit of help from our wonderful mother, we came up with the idea to make Austen inspired calling cards. Our fellow book-lover, Nicki, couldn’t wait to help us out; she’s a fan of Elizabeth and Darcy too :)

Not sure what calling cards are? Here’s a brief history to help you out! (Unfortunately, a few of my online sources had contradicting information, so I’ve compiled the facts that I think make the most sense and are the most interesting!)

  • A calling card was used in Jane Austen’s time so that household members could be alerted when a neighbor or friend came visiting or calling.
  • A traditional calling card would have the name of the owner, as well as their title, if they have one, and occasionally their address.
  • A lady would travel to an acquaintance’s house, where she would have a servant bring a calling card into the house, so the family of the house would know she was interested in visiting.
  • A calling card may be sent in response, requesting a visit. If the family didn’t wish to meet with the lady, no calling card would be sent. A calling card in a sealed envelope was another sign that the lady should keep a social distance.
  • Folding different corners of a calling card mean different things: a folded top left corner meant that the card was delivered by the caller themselves (instead of a servant), a folded top right corner meant “congrats,” a folded bottom left corner means “goodbye,” and a folded bottom right corner showed condolences.

Calling CardsWe made our calling cards using lace-style cards (available at your local craft store!), pens, and paint. Be sure to use a small paintbrush and practice your lettering a few times to make sure your cards turn out splendidly. Although the calling cards in Austen’s times were not as fancy as Nicki’s own, we couldn’t resist the decorative flair.

Have you read any Jane Austen novels? Discuss in the comments!

Lulu, Bella, and Nicki

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School for Good and Evil Bed / Bookworm Week

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Book BedWhen Bella first introduced the idea of Book Worm week, I knew right away that I wanted to do a post related to my favorite book series, The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. After a bit of brainstorming, I ended up creating a School for Good and Evil themed bed for my EAH doll Kitty (who’s also a big SGE fan.) Not only is it super-duper easy to make, but you can also make the bed fit any of your (or you doll’s) favorite books. Let’s start, shall we?

SuppliesY O U   W I L L   N E E D :

  • Balsa Wood
  • Craft Paint (In colors that match your favorite book’s cover, of course!)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Scissors
  • Tape (Optional)
  • Hot Glue
  • Craft Foam
  • Printed Out Book Quote (Not Shown)
  • Doll-sized books (optional)

Steps to making a Book BedT O   M A K E :

1. Cut out your pieces from balsa wood. You’ll need two 2 by 10 inch rectangles, one 2 by 6 inch rectangle, two 3 by 10 inch rectangles, and two one by 6 inch rectangles.

2. Paint your pieces! Be sure to give them enough time to fully dry.

3. Cut out a 10 by 6 inch rectangle from craft foam.

4. Hot glue the two large pieces of balsa wood together to make the headboard.

5. Hot glue two smaller pieces of balsa wood to the headboard to make a shelf. Hot glue your printed out book quote to the headboard. (I used the rhyme that’s in the beginning of the first SGE book)

6. Hot glue the two long pieces of balsa wood to the headboard. Connect them with the smaller balsa wood piece to create your bed frame.

7. Apply hot glue to the edge of the craft foam rectangle. Press it down onto the bed frame.

8. Hot glue two pieces of balsa wood to the underside of the bed for extra support.

Kitty in BedKitty absolutely adores her School for Good and Evil bed!

Be sure to send us pictures of your book-themed creations at dollmagblog(at)gmail(dot)com.

Have an awesome rest of your week!

Lulu and Kitty

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Craft / Floral Glasses Case

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Make a Doll Floral Glasses CaseIn the Doll Mag household, accessories are in constant rotation; we’ll move headbands, scarves, and shoes from doll to doll to switch up their always growing and somewhat massive wardrobe :) One of our go-to accessories is a pair of glasses, as a cute set of frames can easily add a chic touch to any doll’s ensemble! With three pairs of AG glasses in our collection, however, Lulu and I have learned they can be hard to keep track of when they are not on a doll, and the boring cases they come in don’t help our problem. Fortunately, it took only our crafty natures and wishes for spring to come up with this easy craft: a floral, felt glasses case that you can whip up in under an hour. We love the results, as we’re sure Ruthie, who rocks berry pink frames, does too. Ready to make your own?!

Glasses Case MaterialsYOU WILL NEED…

  • Glue gun
  • Glasses case, for tracing {No worries if you don’t have one on hand – you can eyeball it!}
  • Fabric scissors
  • Embroidery floss {We suggest coordinating it to the color of your case}
  • Needle
  • Felt in a variety of colors for the case, flowers, and leaves

Glasses Case InstructionsTO MAKE

  1. Use the fabric scissors and glasses case to trace and cut out a template for your own.
  2. Use the needle and coordinating floss to sew the case shut, leaving the rounded top open. Alternatively, glue the sides shut.
  3. Use the scissors and glue gun to add flowers to the front of the case.
  4. Done and done! Find a pair of doll glasses to store inside.

Floral Glasses Case

Floral Glasses CaseWe could never not include a picture of Ruthie. She always looks stunning, no matter what accessories she wears!

Have a wonderful rest of your Saturday!

Oh Sew Happy / 01

Hi! Oh Sew HappyI hope you’re all having an awesome weekend! Today I’m happy to introduce a new feature, called “Oh Sew Happy!” where I’ll be sharing sewing tutorials that anyone can make. For this post I’ll be showing you how to create a paper bag skirt for Ever After High and American Girl dolls. Not only is this skirt adorable, but you can also make it in under a half hour. Let’s get to it, shall we?

YOU WILL NEED…

  • Regular scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • A ruler
  • Pins
  • Velcro
  • Fabric
  • A sewing machine and matching thread OR a needle and matching embroidery thread

Oh Sew Happy Tutorial

TO MAKE

  1. Cut out your fabric. For an Ever After High or Monster High skirt you’ll need a 3 by 9 inch piece, and for an American Girl skirt you’ll need a 7 by 20 inch piece.
  2. Hem the two short sides and one of the long sides. (I recommend folding your fabric over twice so there are no exposed edges.) You’ll definitely want to use pins for the American Girl doll fabric, but you don’t necessarily need them for the EAH one.
  3. The directions for this step are slightly longer for the sewing machine than the needle. Sewing Machine Directions: Change the stitch so it’s looser (I set my machine to 4) and hem the other long side. ONLY LOCK ONE SIDE and keep the threads long. Needle Directions: Hem the other long side, but don’t cut the thread.
  4. Pull one edge of your thread so the top hem gathers. (If sewing on a sewing machine, only pull the bobbin thread and do so very gently.) Hold the fabric up against your doll as you do this, making sure it fits her waist. Lock the gathering by stitching over the ends of the original hemming thread. Add velcro and you’re done!

Sienna and Sally Sally and Sienna love their new skirts! Be sure to send us pictures of your sewing creations at dollmagblog(at)gmail(dot)com!

Have a great night,

Lulu

Craft / Valentine’s Day Mailbox

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Slide1As a kid, the best part about Valentine’s Day was easily the classroom celebration. The afternoon was spent passing out homemade cards or store-bought goodies to classmates, candy and freebies were to be brought home, and the anticipation of February vacation was near. Although we no longer have a school celebration to look forward to, that doesn’t mean our dolls need to miss out on the fun. Whipping up a mailbox to hold their valentines is super easy, and it looks cute too!

IMG_3795To make your mailbox, print out the template HERE and trace it on colored card stock or scrapbook paper. Cut it out before decorating. We had a spare sticker from Valentine’s Day past, and the two of us hot glued paper hearts to the side as well.

IMG_3803The last step? Finding Valentine’s Day cards to fill it with! Zoey’s letters are from a Martha Stewart craft kit, but you can print our freebie from last year HERE too.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Happy Thursday! :)

Craft / Doll Sleeping Bag

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Make a Doll-Sized Sleeping BagAs the daughter of Sleeping Beauty, our very own Bri knows the fun of a cute sleeping bag. Bri, a party-lover at heart, also realizes the best way to spend a winter night is to invite friends over for a sleepover. It only makes sense then that Bri’s love of naps and celebrations inspired our latest craft: an Ever After High sleeping bag! With a cheeky message on front, our craft is sure to liven up any EAH sleepover – or provide another sleeping spot if your doll family is always growing :) While we hand-sewed our sleeping bag shut, please note sewing skills are not required to whip up this craft; hot glue or fabric glue are easy substitutes.

Sleeping Bag MaterialsYOU WILL NEED…

  • Regular scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Marker, such as a black Sharpie
  • Sheet of fleece
  • Felt in contrasting color
  • Thread that matches the color of the felt
  • Needle
  • Print out of message in desired font {We used Facile Sans for ours!}

Sleepover DirectionsTO MAKE

  1. Use the fabric scissors to cut out a piece of fleece eleven by nine inches.
  2. Use scissors to cut out your letters.
  3. Trace the letters backwards on the piece of felt with the marker. Use scissors to cut them out.
  4. Thread your needle, and sew the letters on the front of the sleeping bag. Finally, stitch the bottom and side of the sleeping bag.

Make a Doll-Sized Sleeping BagBri asks why not make a sleeping bag this week?

Happy Tuesday!
Bella

Make a Snow Globe / Holiday Headquarters 2014

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Make a Snow GlobeAs the craft fanatics we are, it’s difficult for Lulu and I to walk into Michaels and leave without something in hand. We’re often inspired by a new pattern in the scrapbooking section, paint colors lined up in rows, or, as in this case, the number of holiday goodies on display! When we saw these “ornaments” {they were marketed as “holiday embellishments,” but we’re not sure what to call them}, we knew they would make the perfect snow globes for our EAH friends. We haven’t received much snow yet where we live, but this cute craft has us excited for the first snowfall of the season.

Snow Globe MaterialsYOU WILL NEED…

  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • White Glitter
  • Snowflake stickers
  • Mini ornament/snow globe thing :)

Step OneBegin by sticking two snowflake stickers back to back.

Step TwoUse the hot glue gun to attach the snowflake to the bottom of the snow globe.

Step ThreeFill the snow globe with glitter – remember that a little goes a long way! We found it was easier to pour the glitter in with a homemade funnel.

Bri with Snow GlobeFinally, put hot glue around the edge of the snow globe and attach the base.

Grace and BriThese are so easy to whip up that we made two for friends to share! In their cozy dresses, Grace and Bri look ready for a walk in a winter wonderland, don’t they?!

Have an awesome night!

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Make Doll-Sized Ornaments / Holiday Headquarters 2014

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Make Doll-Sized OrnamentsIf there’s one thing Lauryce knows, it’s that decorating the tree easily ranks at the top of our favorite holiday traditions. Lulu and I love pulling out the ornaments each year and lighting up our living room every night! Dolls deserve to join in the fun too, which inspired us to whip up these four festive ornaments. Dig through your art supplies, find a free afternoon, and get crafting – these fit perfectly on a miniature Christmas tree! :)

Ornaments 1About as small as a button, what these ornaments lack in size, they easily make up in cuteness! They are simple to make as well with standard craft supplies. Gather circular holiday-themed stickers {we found ours in the scrapbooking section at our local craft store} and coordinating craft foam. Place a sticker on the foam, and cut it out with scissors, leaving a thin border. Shape wire into a hook, and attach to the back of the ornament with hot glue.

Ornaments 2A tree wouldn’t be complete without a handful of snowman friends! For the boy snowman, cut out a small circle and rectangle from a piece of black craft foam with scissors. Roll the rectangle into a cylinder, and attach to the circle with hot glue. Attach the hat to a white pompom with glue. Cut out a thin triangle from orange-yellow felt. Glue the nose and two small black beads as eyes on the pompom. Finish by adding embroidery thread to hang.

For the girl snowman, use scissors to cut two holly leaves from green foam. Attach the leaves and two red beads as berries to a white pompom with hot glue. Cut out a thin triangle from orange-yellow felt. Glue the nose and two small black beads as the snowman’s eyes on the pompom. Glue an embroidery thread loop to the back of the pompom.

Ornaments 1These are the easiest ornaments of the bunch! Buy ornament scrapbooking embellishments at a local craft store. Punch a hole at the top, and thread coordinating embroidery thread through the hole. Tie a knot at the top to form a loop and hang.

Ornaments 4Finally, these candy cane shape ornaments add a festive jingle to your doll’s tree. Use colorful craft wire to form an upside-down “J.” Thread three mini jingle bells on and hang.

Have you decorated your tree yet? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, did you have an absolutely amazing weekend?! :) We would love to hear.

Have a lovely night!
Bella

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Fashion Week / Make A Doll Hair Bow

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Make A Doll Hair BowHow are you enjoying Doll Mag Fashion Week so far?! We’ve been having a blast, and the two of us hope you are too! It was another rainy day for us, so we spent the afternoon creating a cute accessory for our Hearts for Hearts doll, Lauryce. She loves the hair bow we made her, and we think you will too. It’s quick and easy, and you can make them in a variety of colors and patterns.

SuppliesYOU WILL NEED…

  • Tape measure
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hair band or clip (not pictured)

Step by Step

  1. Cut a strip of felt that is one and a half inches wide and nine inches long.
  2. Glue the ends together in a triangular shape.
  3. Fold the ends of the felt strip, and glue them to the middle.
  4. Cut another small strip of felt.
  5. Cover the glued ends of the bow with the smaller strip by glueing it around the middle.
  6. Glue a clip or hair band to the back of the bow, and you’re all set!

Lauryce with BowLauryce loves her new oversized bow! It looks lovely in her hair, don’t you agree?

Have a great rest of your week!

L and B

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