How to Detangle Doll Hair Tutorial

How to Detangle Doll Hair Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Boo’s Barbie dolls were not looking that great.  (Especially Birthday Party Princess) Recently they spent a morning at the Lil Blue Boo School of Beauty. Here’s how to give your own Barbie dolls (and other dolls with similar hair) a makeover:

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Classic Ruffle Pants PDF Pattern for Girls and 18″ Dolls

Classic Ruffle Pant and Capri PDF Sewing Pattern (Pattern for 18" American Girl Style doll too!) by lilblueboo.com  #diy #tutorial #americangirl

 

The Classic Ruffles are great for layering, lounging, and any occasion. Pattern includes options for a yoga style or elastic waist, hem or no hem, and pant or capri length.

Classic Ruffle Pant and Capri PDF Sewing Pattern (American Girl matching clothing pattern) Now Available by lilblueboo.com  #diy #tutorial #americangirl

Some feedback from our testers:

“Love the pattern! It’s a great way to sew comfortable ruffles with knit.”

“The sizing was perfect. Pants usually run a little short but these were slightly long and easy to hem so she won’t outgrow them.”

“Love the options for a yoga waistband or an elastic waistband.”

“LOVE the pants pattern!!!!! I need to make about 10 more for this kid! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!”

“A quick sew and easy to put together!”

 

Classic Ruffle Pant PDF Sewing Pattern (American Girl size available too) by lilblueboo.com  #diy #tutorial #americangirl

Matching 18″ doll pattern too!

American Girl Style 18 inch Doll Ruffle Pant PDF Sewing Pattern (12M to 12 Year Girl size available too) by lilblueboo.com  #diy #tutorial #americangirl

The Classic Ruffle Pants
The Classic Ruffle Pants for 18″ Dolls

 

Photography by:

Monika McSweeney
Paint the Moon
Brenda Acuncius
Bebe Gear

 

 

Other new patterns you should check out in the shop!

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Asymmetrical Leggings Pattern and American Girl Pattern

New pattern in the shop! A favorite from the clothing line so I’ve added it to the pattern line: The Asymmetrical Leggings…..and even added a miniature pattern for the American Girl style dolls.

Pattern can be sewn with regular sewing machine or a serger.  Any stretchy cotton/lycra/spandex blend works great as well as stretchy ribbed cotton like the kind used in tank tops.

Asymmetrical Leggings PDF Pattern (American Girl Sized Pattern Also Available)  via lilblueboo.com

With Boo’s new American Girl obsession a few of you saw this coming…..yep, that’s Pf-1221 doll or “Grace” as we now call her:

 

American Girl Sized Asymmetrical Leggings PDF Pattern (Girl Sized Pattern Also Available)  via lilblueboo.com

The leggings are easy to make and are for almost every season! Make them capri length or full length:

Asymmetrical Leggings Sewing Pattern via lilblueboo.com

 

These are Boo’s favorite leggings and I love how she looks like a little elf in them:

Asymmetrical Hankerchief Leggings PDF Sewing Pattern via lilblueboo.com

 

A few of my friends, Katherine, Olivia, and Melanie tested them out for me. I love their fabric choices:

Asymmetrical Hankerchief Leggings PDF Sewing Pattern via lilblueboo.com

 

Both patterns are available in the shop now!  More in the pipeline……for girls and dolls…..stay tuned!

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14 DIY Tutorials for Doll Accessories

 

14 diy tutorials for doll accessories (crib, purse, bedding, backpack and more) via lilblueboo.com

Here are some last minute DIY gift ideas for you doll loving little one…

Click “read more” below to see the gallery and links:

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Handmade Doll Bunk Beds

Boo and her cousins are getting handmade doll bunk beds for Christmas! The guys started working on them last weekend. They still need to be painted and I’m going to make a mattress, sheets and pillows.

 

Making Doll Bunk Beds via lilblueboo.com

 

We downloaded these easy free doll bunk bed plans from Ana White:

 

Doll bed plans from ana white via lilblueboo.com

 

The plans tell you what size to cut all the wood:

 

Doll bunk bed plans from ana white via lilblueboo.com

 

And then the beds are assembled:

 

American Girl Doll bunk bed plans - progress -  via lilblueboo.com

 

Three doll bunk beds finished!

 

American Girl Doll bunk bed plans  via lilblueboo.com

 

Now they need putty, primer and paint!

 

Doll bunk bed plans from ana white via lilblueboo.com

Doll Clothing Storage

Mr. Lil Blue Boo surprised Boo’s dolls with their own section of the closet. He moved around the shelves we use to store Boo’s shoes, spray painted a 1″ dowel and used some existing hardware we already had to make a hanging rod:

 

Simple Doll Clothing Storage via lilblueboo.com

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A Mermaid Tail for a Doll (with Pattern Download)

Boo’s favorite princess is Cinderella…..but Ariel is a close second. Her doll Li’l Sally has a Cinderella dress we made for her but Li’l Sally needed a mermaid outfit too! Here’s how we made the mermaid tail and you can even download the pattern template at the bottom of the post. This is a super simple project…..even if you’ve never sewn before!

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com

Step 1: Download and print out the template and use it to cut out two pieces for the front and the back of the tail:

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
The template will work for several types of dolls. For skinnier dolls you might need to reduce the width slightly…just check that the doll looks like a reasonable fit:

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: Place your tail pieces right sides together and sew the sides and bottom closed using a 3/8″ seam.

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: Place the tail on the doll and fold the waist down to the correct length (so the top of the tail hits the lower chest):

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Sew 3/4″ down from the top of the tail, leaving a 1″ gap, wide enough to thread elastic through:

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
Step 5: Cut a 1/2″ piece of elastic long enough to fit around the doll’s waist….

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
….and use a safety pin to thread it through the casing:

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
Sew the elastic closed at the two ends and then sew the casing closed:


Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: Stuff the tail with poly fil….

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
….so it’s nice and plump:

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com

A finished mermaid tail!

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com
We made Li’l Sally a simple bandeau top with a strip of knit fabric and cinched in in the center with another scrap. Boo made the little miniature shell necklace for her:

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com

“I love Li’l Sally as a mermaid! Can we make one for ME now?”

Mermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.comMermaid tail for doll free diy download via lilblueboo.com

 

"Wannabe" Beanbags

Look a little familiar? (click here if they aren’t)  Sienna wanted tiny beanbags for her doll too so we spent yesterday afternoon making these itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny “barley” bags. We aren’t creative enough to come up with a name besides “b-a-b-y” yet…….
"Wannabe" Beanbags via lilblueboo.com
These were SO much harder than the original large beanbags. Look how tiny the squares are! The most frustrating part was getting them turned right side out after sewing them.
"Wannabe" Beanbags tiny squares via lilblueboo.com
Only two or three pinto beans would have fit in these tiny bags, so we used pearl barley instead….and made a “funnel” out of a straw. (Sienna got into some of my blue paint before hand…..)
"Wannabe" Beanbags filled with pearl barley via lilblueboo.com
“Baby” and her new little “baby” beanbags….. just the right size.
"Wannabe" Beanbags finished via lilblueboo.com
I love miniaturized things…..
"Wannabe" Beanbags miniature via lilblueboo.com

Boogaloos

How cute is this Blabla doll? A friend left the doll on our doorstep today for Sienna (thanks Meg!) This is the butterfly Blabla doll…. complete with wings and antennae.


Boogaloos butterfly Blabla doll via lilblueboo.com

So of course I had to research where this doll came from and are there others…. I am in love with the whole Blabla kids line! The whole collection is knitted by artists in Peru. I think Sienna needs a couple Boogaloos….
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