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How to Sew the Free Easy Beach Shirt

How to Sew the Free Easy Beach Shirt

If you're looking for a fun project that's super easy to sew, we've got you covered today! Check out our free Easy Beach Shirt pattern for 14 or 18 inch dolls.  Just click the button below to get your free pattern and follow the easy instructions and your doll will be sporting this shirt in style on her next trip to the beach! Once you have the pattern, this is all you need to do below. 1. Sew Shoulders 2. Sew Neckline 3. Sew Armholes 4. Sew Sides 5. Hem 6. Sew Hook & Loop Tape on Back And that's...

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How to Sew a Center Lapped Zipper Like a Pro

How to Sew a Center Lapped Zipper Like a Pro

Zippers look very intimidating and daunting for beginner sewers. I get it. To be honest, when I first started sewing, I avoided them like the plague. It wasn’t until I was “forced” to sew a zipper for a school project that I realized how unfounded my fears were. Although there are a few ways to install a regular zipper, I find this technique to be the easiest and the most professional looking. This tutorial comes from our Myrtle Dress pattern, but you can use these steps with any garment pattern with a full lining and a nylon zipper.  That said,...

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How to Make Doll Shoes Without Sewing a Stitch

How to Make Doll Shoes Without Sewing a Stitch

Do you want to make doll shoes but are intimidated by the sewing? Here's a no-sew shoe tutorial perfect for you! We're using our Butterfly Boots pattern as an example in this tutorial, but it's a basic shoe construction for any doll footwear that you can make your own. The best news? It's super easy! And if you do want to use the Butterfly Boots pattern, for a limited time, you can get it for $2 off with coupon code SHOEBLOG  Here are the materials you will need for this project: ​Vinyl or leather - I like Vinyl because it is inexpensive...

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HACK: How to Sew a Doll Jacket Without a Lining

HACK: How to Sew a Doll Jacket Without a Lining

One of our most popular pattern is the Quilted Parka Bundle. I made it first for 18 inch dolls but when I drafted the smaller size for 14 inch dolls, it was a challenge to sew it with the lining. They can be time consuming with the added steps.Personally, I love linings because they provide a cleaner finish on the inside of the garment. But, let's be frank, sometimes, you just want to finish a project! So I am here to show you how to sew this quickly and still look awesome. This tutorial follows our Quilted Parka bundle, which consists...

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How to Clean Finish Any Sleeveless Top

How to Clean Finish Any Sleeveless Top

When I first started drafting patterns, my least favorite was sleeveless tops. Although they are easier to draft, they required thoughtful finish than their sleeved counterpart. Do I add facing, lining or just fold it? The last solution is usually the easiest, although not an ideal finish since the raw seams are still exposed.Recently, I was drafting a quilted vest for 14" doll, I had this dilemma on how to finish the top without lining. The size of the garment posted a real challenge if sewn with a lining.One of my testers suggested a Hong Kong Seam finish. While it's a...

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