July 03, 2018

NASA Mars Info Package for American Girl Dolls


I found all of these perfect flyers and leaflets on NASA's webpage (https://spinoff.nasa.gov/resources.html).

I resized some of them for AG size and made a new folder to match what a NASA folder might look like.
You can download a clear folder (use with grey card stock)
or download the grey folder (use with white card stock).
For my free tutorial on how to assemble the folder, go here.

The Information Pack I created from the NASA flyers can be downloaded here.


See all my other Science related items here and get the free sewing pattern for the FlightSuit here with any other pattern purchase.



April 17, 2018

Dolls for a Cause



For those of you who would like to have the Science or Baking Set and don't have access to a 3D printer, you could have a chance to purchase it. I donated a Science and Baking Set to Dolls for a Cause and their Autism Auction. Some of those items are not yet for sale in my store and are currently one of a kind.
I have an autistic son and feel very connected to this cause so go and check it out.





March 31, 2018

Science Lab for American Girl Doll




You can make a Science lab for your doll using the following items

On Ebay you can find the following items in glass quite inexpensively.
Just remember that glass breaks when played roughly with.
  • 5ml glass cylinder measuring cup
  • 5ml and 10ml glass Beaker
  • 5ml glass Flask with stopper
  • 5ml or 10ml Erlenmeyer Flask

Science - Petri Dish for American Girl Doll



What you need

  • 3g clear lip balm container (found mine on ebay)
  • Acrylic water (optional) or clear school glue as growth medium
  • Acrylic paint or dye (optional) to color growth medium
  • Puff paint (to create the growing bacteria and such)

How to make the Petri Dish

  1. Either mix acrylic water (parts A and B) according to manufacturer's instructions or take clear school glue and optionally mix a little bit of yellow or red acrylic paint in it (not much, you just want a hint).
  2. Pour a small layer into lip balm container. I only used the lid of the container, but you can use the bottom part, if you want to be able to close it later. This will be your "growth medium".
    Let dry/cure.

  3. Take your puff paint (you can use multiple colors) and dot and streak across the "growth medium". Let dry.

November 15, 2017

Winter Vest - Hack



What you need to create the vest
  • Life Jacket pattern sold in my store
  • ¼ yard of cotton or satin fabric (you can even use shiny satin and use the wrong side)
    If using different fabrics for outer and liner fabric then 17" x 9" of each is needed
  • 7" separating zipper
  • ½" batting (17" x 9")
  • Needle for sewing by hand
  • Fray check

Pattern modification
  1. Take the back pattern piece for the Life Jacket and add another piece of paper at the bottom of the Life Jacket.
    Draw a parallel line 1¾" from the Life Jacket’s hem.
    Extend the side seams straight down from the arm pit, meeting the new hem at a 90° angle.
    This will be your new back pattern piece.

  2. Take the left front pattern piece and draw a parallel line 1¾" from the Life Jacket’s hem.
    Extend the side seam straight down from the arm pit, meeting the new hem at a 90° angle.
    Draw a parallel line ¼" from the front edge.
    You can either have a V-neck opening just like the Life Jacket (extend the pattern line until it meets the new front line) or you can have a higher closed jacket by copying the neck line from the back piece.
    This will be your new left front piece. Repeat for the right front piece.

  3. Mark your seam line for the bottom hem and the neck hem along your front pattern edge (see arrows in picture). These will be used later to determine your zipper length.
    Your pattern pieces are now ready to use.

Preparing the zipper for use
Take your zipper and align along front pattern edge to determine length of zipper. Mark the zipper just a tad shorter than the length between the two marks.
Mark zipper length on both zipper sides and separate zipper.


Move zipper pull towards bottom of zipper.



Take needle and thread and sew multiple stitches over the same zipper teeth just on the inside of the mark on both zipper sides. This will be your new zipper stop. Instead, you could also remove the existing metal zipper stops and re-position those to the new end.


Cut zipper sides where marked, making sure not to cut your new zipper stops. Add fray check to the cuts and also to your sewn zipper stop. Let dry.



Your zipper is now ready to use.



Assembly instructions
Follow the pattern cutting instructions with the new pattern pieces, but don’t cut any inserts, instead use your front and back pieces and cut each from the ½" batting. Pin each batting piece to the corresponding outer piece and treat it as one piece from now on.

Disregard any use or instructions for the insert or webbing pieces. Those are not used at all.

Start following the instructions with step 1 and 2 creating the inner and outer pieces.

Skip steps 3 to 9.


Then we change things up a bit in order to add the zipper to the front pieces:

Take one part of the separated zipper and align*, right sides together, along the front edge of the outer piece. 
*To align, center the zipper leaving ¼" at the top and bottom, zipper teeth facing away from the edge.

Now continue working with step 10, aligning inner and outer pieces sandwiching the zipper in between.


Follow step 11, sewing the arm opening and skip step 12.

Follow steps 13 through 17 to finish most of the vest.

Skip steps 18 through 22 and continue closing the bottom of the vest with step 23.



You can skip the rest of the steps and finish your jacket by top stitching 3 parallel rows across the vest; the first one 1½" parallel to the bottom hem and then each of the next two rows 1½" from the previous one.
I would recommend pulling your top thread towards the bobbin thread (inside of the jacket) and tying the top and bobbin thread then using a needle pulling the thread tails between the inner and outer layer and cutting. That way no tails will be visible.

Your Vest is now finished !!!


Complement your vest with my free hat pattern !!!
Purchase the Snow Pants pattern to finish the look !!!

This Hack is also available for WellieWishers dolls !!!

October 31, 2017

Viking - Overview for American Girl Doll


Viking Rope Bed for American Girl Doll

What you need
  • (1) 1" x 2" furring strip board (8' long)
  • 9 yards of string
  • Wood glue and small nails (1 1/4" long)
  • Masking tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill and 3/16" drill bit
  • Saw

How to make the bed
  1. Cut the following pieces from the furring strip
    (2)  10 1/4" header and footer (A)
    (2)  22 3/4" side (B)
    (4)  4 3/4" legs (C)
  2. Smooth all sides and edges with sandpaper.
  3. Take piece (B) and draw a parallel line 1/2" from one of the long edges.
    On this line, mark the center.
    From the center mark, mark every 1 1/2" inches until you have a total of 13 marks.
  4. Take other piece (B) and align on top of each other. Wrap both ends with masking tape to keep the pieces together. Make sure you can still see your markings.
  5. Drill holes with a 3/16" drill bit where marked. Disregard the large holes, I tried to make the bed with just pegs, no nails. It didn't work out so well, therefor the instructions with the nails :-)
  6. Take one of the pieces (A) and draw a parallel line 1/2" from one of the long edges.
    On this line, mark the center.
    From the center mark, measure 3/4" in both directions as the first hole marks. Then mark every 1 1/2" from there until you have a total of 6 hole marks.
  7. Take other piece (A) and align on top of each other. Wrap both ends with masking tape to keep the pieces together. Make sure you can still see your markings.
  8. Drill holes with a 3/16" drill bit where marked. Again disregard the large holes in the picture.
  9. Here are all the pieces you need (disregard the large holes).
  10. Assemble the frame with glue and nails. Pieces (A) will be sandwiched between pieces (B).
  11. Now comes the weaving of the string. To make it easier to get the string through the holes, I added a whole bunch of hot glue at one end, kind of creating a needle from hot glue.
  12. Tie the other end into a huge knot then start weaving across the short side. Pull tight after each pass.
  13. Then weave across the long side, going up and down over the short strands. Pull tight after each pass. Tie off at the end.
  14. Use the free bedding instructions but increase the size to at least 23" in length to cover the bed.
You are done !!!

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