Doll Clothes for an American Girl or Doll Clothes for an American Girl who owns an 18 inch doll

Doll Clothes and a Felt Piggy

Doll Clothes and a Felt Piggy

My friend’s daughter just celebrated her 7th birthday! She mentioned once that she wanted clothes for her doll, but then changed her mind and said she’d like a gift card to one of her favorite clothing stores. And then she changed her mind again. She hasn’t decided what she wants to do in terms of a party either, much to her mother’s dismay. So when she does, I want to be ready.

Ahhhh, to be a 7 years old again!

I made these two outfits for her doll. I found the straight skirt pattern from Day Dream Doll Boutique. Recognize the fabric? It’s leftover scraps from the up-cycled men’s button down shirt into a Japanese knot bag I did a couple of weeks ago! I also made a door latch cover with it. I’ll save that for another post. The ruffle skirt was from a youtube tutorial from pinkiepinkgirl. Her blog is  She was featured in Sew Mama Sew so you know she’s legit! The fabric is left over tie dyed T-shirt that was incorporated into a T-shirt quilt for my niece. One of these days, I’ll write up a post on it. The tank top pattern came from Liberty Jane Patterns. The fabric is also left over t-shirts from previous t-shirt quilts.

I made little removeable flower pins and then hot glued some rhinestones on them. I’m sassy that way!

The felt piggy bank is from Dream A Little Bigger. This blogger gal is super rad at what she does. “Rad” just dated me, didn’t it? She is super crunk. How’s that?

The entire project cost me FREE dollars!

Now I can fill the piggy with some real dollars and she can do what she wants with it!

What projects have you made as gifts that cost you nothing to make?

DIY Upcycled Men’s T-Shirt into a Mini Skirt

DIY upcycled men's t-shirt into mini skirt


If you recall my post about the Japanese Knot bag I made using a men’s button down shirt, I mentioned that I had bought the shirt along with a men’s striped t-shirt and a pair of camouflage pants. Well, here’s what I decided to do with the shirt!

It’s so ridiculously easy, that I’m almost embarrassed to write about it.

But you know, sometimes, the easiest things have the biggest impact.

So here’s how you can make your own.

Materials needed:

T-shirt – This is a men’s size medium. I wear a women’s size medium. If you want a looser skirt, opt for an XL or a size appropriate for your body shape. Not sure what size is right for you? Measure the circumference around the shirt where the armpit is. This needs to be bigger than your waistline. Then measure from the bottom of the armpit of the shirt to the bottom hem. Take that number and subtract 1.5 inches.  This will be the length of your mini skirt. If those numbers jive with your waist and how long you want your skirt to be, then you have the right shirt! Congrats!

Elastic – Enough to go around your waist or just below your waist. I like my skirts to hang a little lower than my belly button.

Sewing machine, thread, scissors

Now let’s make it! This process is very similar to the tube top I made last June.

First cut the t-shirt across from armpit to armpit.


Then sew your elastic together. Before you do that though, take your waist measurement and subtract by 1.5 or 2 inches because you don’t want your skirt shifting. I recommend overlapping the elastic and zigzagging both ends.


If you have a serger, serge the raw edge. Otherwise zigzag it.

Then take the elastic and sew in a casing of about 1.5 inches. Pin every few inches to be sure that your casing is even.


Ta da! All done! Wear that sucker with a cute top and accessorize like nobody’s business!







Leopard and Python Print Baby Scratch Mittens – Gotta love DIY


Leopard and Python Print DIY baby scratch mittens

I love a good DIY project especially if it involves upcycling!

My sister mentioned to me that her little ones’ hands are too petite for the scratch mittens that she has. By the end of her nap, one of them inevitably falls off leaving her perfect little face vulnerable. What to do?

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Japanese Knot Bag Upcycled From A Men’s Shirt


Japanese knot bag from men’s shirt

Check out my new little bag! Cute, huh? I love the Dickies pocket. It was a bit of a pain in the apple to construct though. More on that in a minute.

So a little about the shirt. Last labor day weekend, the begets and I went to a street fair in the old town section by where we live. There are a bunch of antique stores and vintage shops all over the town circle. A thrift shop caught my eye. Well, actually the guy yelling out the door “Everything’s a dollar!” was what got my attention. I bought this button down shirt, a pair of men’s camo pants, and a striped t-shirt all with the purpose of upcycling each item into something life altering.

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Cargo non-embargo! – Men’s cargo shorts upcycled into a reversible bag

These were my hubby’s cargo shorts. Sure, they had some good laughs, a couple of capers, a story for the campfire. Overall, good times had.


Then one day, they had a falling out. Actually, my hubby’s backside fell out. Needless to say, they parted ways.


Like the dentist’s niece in Finding Nemo, I was like “GIMME! GIMME! GIMME!”

Then this materialized!


Upcycled camo cargo shorts into reversible bag

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DIY – T-shirt yarn (tarn) crochet and knitted baskets

I’ve had these 2 XL t-shirts moving from drawer to drawer for the past 2 years. I finally decided I was going to make another upcycled t-shirt dress. It was going to be so great and cute and everybody was going to ooh and ahh all over and pin it on Pinterest a million times with captions of how they were going to make one too right now… And when everything was said and done it looked terrible. The shirts already started off with wonky seams and the wonkiness just pervaded the entire project.

T-shirt dress fail

Rather than admit defeat I took my failed project and cut it up! T-shirt yarn (tarn as some have coined it) is the failed T-shirt craft’s chance at salvation! The blue basket is my fail to fabulous and is crocheted. The dark gray basket is a T-shirt that had a bleach stain and a hole at an inopportune location on it. I used a combination of knitting and crochet on that one to see the effect of it.


T-shirt yarn and Paton’s Divine Yarn baskets

Let’s make T-shirt yarn! Let’s crochet this blue basket! Let’s combo crochet and knit this other one! (I’m just a little excited to share with you!)

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T-shirt refashion #2 – Blouson Tube Dress

My hubby is very particular of his undershirts. He is forever on a quest to find the perfect fitting white T-shirt. Hanes proclaims to have the “perfect” Tee, however, to my husband, it’s hit or miss.  The direct correlation to that is a revolving stock pile of, according to him, shirts that don’t fit right. Being the crafter (and closet hoarder) that I am, I couldn’t possibly let those shirts get thrown out! There is ALWAYS another destiny for a piece of clothing before it is tragically discarded!

Here I am wearing his T-shirt. It isn't incredibly oversized. This shirt is an XL and I typically wear women's medium.

Here I am wearing his T-shirt. It isn’t incredibly oversized. This shirt is an XL and I typically wear women’s medium.

Here’s what I’ve done to two of his alleged “ill fitting” shirts!

Blouson Tube Dress with a belt and an old pair of Tori Birch sandals

Blouson Tube Dress with a belt and an old pair of Tori Birch sandals

I love the look of this dress and it is so comfortable. It feels like I’m wearing pajamas.

Let’s sew this dress!

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