I have a granddaughter who will turn three in November. Her mother recently asked me to make some clothing for the two American Girl dolls she passed on to her daughter. Being a sewer (that's a person who sews not a stinky pipe in the ground), it is right up my alley. Being cheap, I searched the internet for free patterns.
There are some but the same ones turn up on different sites all over the net. Not a problem, but I’d like to see a larger variety. I’m not spending $10 for a pattern to make doll clothes out of scraps of fabric and old clothes.
During my wandering doll pattern sites I came across a couple of tutorials on re-purposing clothing you no longer where to create doll clothes. AH HA!! The solution to all those single socks found in my drier.
You take the single sock and do a little stitching and voila, you have a pair of socks for Maggie or Emily. So cute and so easy.
I also have socks still in pairs that the heel is getting a hole in. Instead of throwing them away I’ll make socks for the dolls. It takes less than 5 minutes a pair.
I wear the heavy slipper socks around the house during the winter. Several pairs have the bottoms wearing through. The tops are long enough that I can make tights from them.
The tutorial instilled the idea, but the method used was awkward so I devised my own. If you are interested in the technique simply click the link below. It's a 2 page pdf file.
Being able to use that single sock or worn out pair is my little bit of revenge on the black hole the lost sock is sucked into. Take that you sucker. I’ve defeated you at last.
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Sophie Dawson is my pen name. The real me is the wife of a farmer in western Illinois.
I have two grown sons, one of which is married to a wonderful young woman. They gave us the most wonderful granddaughter ever in November of 2010. I'm not the least bit prejudice. :)