June 28, 2013

Hospital Mask for American Girl Doll

 

What you need

  • thick paper napkin/paper towel or fabric
  • 1/4" elastic or yarn with napkin or double folded bias tape with fabric
  • hot glue gun or Elmer's glue for napkin, not needed with fabric


How to make the mask

1. If you are using the paper napkin, cut a rectangle 3" x 4"
    If you are using fabric, cut a rectangle 3" x 3 1/2"

2. Find the middle along the longer side and mark. This is the center mark C.

3. Mark the following
    Between C and 1:   1/4"
    Between 1 and 2:    1/2"
    Between 2 and 3:    1/4"
    Between 3 and 4:    1/2"
    Between 4 and 5:    1/4"
    If you use fabric, 5 is the end of the fabric
    If you use napkin, you will have 1/4" left.


4. Repeat step 3 until all is marked

5. Fold mark 1 onto mark 2. Glue or pin in place

6. Fold mark 3 onto mark 4. Glue or pin in place
    If you glue, use little glue and press down hard to make it as flat as possible.

7. If you use napkin, fold last 1/4" under at mark 5

8. Repeat steps 5 - 7 for other side
 9. This step is for napkins, if you use fabric skip to step 10
     Either use elastic or yarn and glue onto mask, then fold last 1/4" over and glue.
     You might want to add a small glue dot in the center, to hold the flap down
     I used 10" for the top strap and 7 1/2" for the bottom, adjust as needed.

10. For fabric masks, take double folded bias tape and sew along the short side.
      Then take one long tape and center in center of top of mask,
       Sew first as ties then onto mask, repeat for the bottom.


You are done !!!


 See my other hospital item tutorials  
  

June 27, 2013

Fever Thermometer for American Girl Doll


What you need

  • paper
  • craft stick
  • 3/4" 18 gage nail
  • hot glue gun
  • glue
  • acrylic paint (white or whatever color your thermometer is going to be)
  • silver paint (optional)
  • permanent marker (optional)
  • acrylic sealer


How to make the thermometer

1.  Cut 1" piece from craft stick

2. Cut 1" strip of paper along the long side (11" long)

3. Wrap paper tightly around craft stick and glue last 1"



4. Fill one end of wrapped craft stick with hot glue and form a rounded end

5. Glue nail into middle of other end

6. Cover nail with hot glue and form a V shape to handle

7. Cover with acrylic paint

8. You can either download and print the display (in Fahrenheit and Celsius provided) or
    you can draw it with permanent marker
    You could put the normal temperature on one side and fever temperature on the other side.
    That way you doll can be sick or healthy.
 

9. I dipped the tip of the thermometer in silver paint, to make it look more real.

10. Seal with acrylic sealer


You are done !!!


See my other hospital item tutorials

June 26, 2013

In the Hospital - overview for American Girl Doll

 




I found this really good blog on how to make an arm cast.

Hospital Stethoscope for American Girl Doll



What you need

  • 9" wire
  • 9" long small diameter black wire tubing shrink wrap for diameter of wire
  • hot glue gun
  • silver paint 

How to make the stethoscope

1. Bend middle of wire half way around a glass or something with an approx diameter of 2"

2. Cut 5" of the shrink wrap and thread on wire, centering it in the bottom.

3. Bend both ends 90 inwards
 

4. Add a glop of hot glue to both bend ends and roll with fingers to smoothly coat all around

5. For the chest piece create 1 big glop around 3/4" diameter and a smaller glop around
   1/2" in diameter  (you can always cut them to size when they have cooled off)

6. After the glops have cooled off put some glue in the center of the big glop and let cool

7. Cut a 1" piece of wire and glue the small glop onto the big glop with the wire in between

8. Cut a 4" piece of shrink wrap and and make a small cut accross

9. Glue around bend in head piece
 

10.Glue little wire into the other end

11. You can paint the ear pieces black and the chest piece silver if you like


You are done !!!


See also on how to make a hospital gown and a syringe for your American Girl Doll

Hospital Syringe for American Girl Doll




What you need

  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • mini glue stick (about 5/16" diameter)
  • permanent marker
  • small nail (3/4" long)
  • scissors

How to make the syringe


1. Cut a 1 1/4" piece of the mini glue stick

 2. With the hot glue gun squeeze a glob slightly larger than the mini glue stick diameter on a
     heat resistant mat and center mini glue stick piece in it

3. With the hot glue gun squeeze a slightly smaller glop on the mat

4. After hot glue has completely cooled off, add a small amount of glue on the center of the syringe
    top and let cool.

5. Take the smaller glop from step 3 and glue onto syringe top (centered)

6. Take small nail and surround top 1/4" with glue, roll it so it is evenly distributed around the nail

7. Glue needle to the bottom center of the syringe

8. You can either cut off the nail sticking out (to be save and not scratch your doll) or put a small
    amount of glue at the tip of the nail, again to protect the dolls and everybody else from being
    poked.

9. Take the permanent marker and mark the fill lines on the syringe


You are done !!!


See also my hospital gown and wrist band and stethoscope for American Girl doll

June 07, 2013

At the beach - overview for American Girl Doll



Fold-able beach chair for American Girl Doll


See my other beach item tutorials 

 

What you need

  • 1/2" x 3/4" furring strip 6' long
  • 3/8" round wooden dowel 17" long (1x 9" and 1x 8")
  • fabric 19" x 8 1/4" and matching thread
  • 3/8" velcro 14" long (I took a 7" long 3/4" wide velcro and cut it in half )
  • small nails 
  • 2x  1" binding post (8-32) with screws or 1" long wooden dowel pins
  • drill with 3/8" drill bid and drill bit the size of dowel pin or machine screw

This plan is copyrighted by me. Please use for home use only !!!


How to make the beach chair 

1. Cut the following and sand the raw edges
  • 2x  11 1/4" of the furring strip called Part A
  • 2x  16" of furring strip called Part B
  • 1x   9 1/2" of furring strip called Part C
  • 1x   7 1/2" furring strip called Part D
  • 1x   9" of round dowel called Part E
  • 1x   8" of round dowel called Part F

2. First we will make the the back part. For that you will need both Parts B, Part C and Part E

3. Take Part B and measure 4 1/2" from one end and mark centered on wide side.
    Drill whole the size of your screw or dowel pin all the way through.
    Repeat for other Part B.
    This is where the back and seat part will be connected

4. Take Part B and measure 5/8" from other end and mark on wider side in center.
    This is the center for your recessed hole for the round dowel. Drill halfway in with a 3/8" drill.
    Repeat for other Part B

5. Take Part B and Part E and glue round dowel into hole, add small nail from outside if you want.
    Make sure they are  90° to each other.

6. Take other Part B and glue other end of  Part E (dowel) in hole, and nail if you want to.
    Again make sure they are 90°

7. On Part B, measure 3" up from other end on thinner side and mark, then mark 3 3/4" from end.
    Repeat for other Part B.

8. Lay Part C across markings and glue and nail in place. Making sure everything is plump.
    You are done with the back part.

9. For the seat part you will need both Parts A, Part D and Part F
    (which should be all remaining parts !)

10. Take Part A and measure 4 1/2" from one end and mark centered on wide side.
      Drill whole the size of your screw or dowel pin all the way through.
      Repeat for other Part A.
      This is where the back and seat part will be connected

11. Take Part A and measure 5/8" from same end and mark on wider side in center.
      This is the center for your recessed hole for the round dowel. Drill halfway in with a 3/8" drill.
      Repeat for other Part A

12. Take both Parts A and Part F and glue round dowel into holes, add small nail from outside
      if you want.
      Make sure they are  90° to each other.

13. On Part A, measure 1" up from other end and mark on inside, then measure up 1 1/2" and
      mark.
      Repeat for other Part A.

14. Glue and nail Part D in between Parts A between markings.
      Your seat part is done.

15. Take your seat part and lay it inside the back part and match up the side holes.
      Make sure both round dowel sides face the same direction.
      Insert binding post or glue wooden dowel pin to outside frame (back part) only.
      Seat and back part need to be able to fold apart.

16. Take fabric and hem all around with a 1/4" hem

17. Sew soft side of velco to both short ends of fabric onto hem on wrong side.

18. Sew hard side of velco parallel to soft velcro on wrong side of fabric about 1 1/2" down.

19. Wrap fabric around dowels and engage velcro.


You are done !!!!

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Bikini for American Girl Doll

See my other beach item tutorials 

 

What you need

  • 4 way stretch lycra or spandex
  • 5/8" fold-over-elastic (foe), about 1 yrd

How to make the bikini

1. Download free pattern here.

    For home use only, this is copyrighted by me, Read Creations !!!
    Make sure you have page scaling set to none !

   If you want the shorter bikini top, cut 1" off the bottom of both top sections.

2. First we are going to do the pants.
    Sew foe around leg openings, pulling tighter on the butt side and less tight in the front

3. Fold right sides together and sew along one side.

4. Sew foe around top, pulling slightly.

5. Sew other side
    Your pants are done !!!

6. Now the top. Sew shoulder right sides together

7. Sew foe along neck and arm opening, pulling slightly


8. Fold right sides together and sew on side seam

9. Fold bottom 1/4" up and sew, trying not to pull the fabric

10. Fold right sides together and sew other side seam.

11. Cut a 4 1/2" strip of foe and sew together for strap

12. Determine position of strap and sew in place in front and back
      (about 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" from side seam)


You are done !!!

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