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Chapter 4. Step-by-Step Directions for Doll Bodies

Salley Mavor C&T Publishing ePub

his chapter shows how to make a variety of dolls, which range in size from a 1½˝ baby to a 4½˝ adult. The many size choices make it possible to customize dolls for different uses and create family groupings with multiple generations.

There are two basic body types: standard and sturdy construction. The standard body is the simplest design and is sufficient for most uses. The sturdy body requires more steps and includes extra chenille stem sections. The reinforced frame makes a stronger armature that holds up better to repeated handling. The sturdy body is also more suitable for the taller dolls because the thicker limbs look proportionally balanced.

Tips for Body Wrapping

To wrap the chenille stems, keep the embroidery floss in the original skein wrapper and pull out a few feet of floss to start. Do not cut the floss, but continuously pull out more from the skein as needed. T

It takes time and practice to learn the wrapping process, and for most people this is the most challenging part of making the dolls. When wrapping, try to keep the floss from twisting into a tight spiral. Untwist and flatten out the six strands of floss as you wrap so that the strands fan out. Try applying different amounts of tension to the floss as you wrap, to find the right balance between overly tight and too loose. The goal is to cover the chenille “fuzzies” and create an even and smooth surface.

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Syuzi Pakhchyan Maker Media, Inc PDF





a. Using the provided template, trace the shape onto mat board and cut. b. You can optionally customize the speakers by covering the form with decorative paper or fabric. Using the appropriate adhesive for the selected material, glue it directly on top of the cut form, wrapping the edges into the inside of the form.

c. Fold the form along the score lines. If you choose not to cover the form with paper or fabric, you can also paint it.

Then, using spray paint, spray the speakers until they are evenly coated. Painting the speakers is optional.



a. Cut and strip both ends of two 1½" pieces of stranded wire. Next, cut two 1" pieces of 1/6" heat-shrink tubing. b. Grab the tilt switch. Wrap one of the stripped ends of a wire on a lead and solder. Slip the heat-shrink tubing over the connection. Using a heat gun or blow dryer, shrink the tubing. Repeat for the second lead. c. Cut the positive, red wire of the connector in two, ½" from the top. Strip the cut ends. d. Next, cut two 1" pieces of 1/6" heat-shrink tubing. Slip the pieces of heat-shrink over one of the switch wires.

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All Framed Up

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub
Medium 9781617450426

Remake: Boxy Tee Makeover

Suzannah Hamlin Stanley Stash Books ePub


Boxy Tee Makeover

This is one of the first revamp techniques I taught myself. I kept getting cool lettered tees that were several sizes too large during my college years and I learned to bring them down to size without leaving the shoulder seams in a weird place or causing the sleeves to fit badly. This is a fun and easy way to make just about any tee custom fitted!

I like doing this makeover to make huge tees into a more close-fit, women’s style, but you can also create a boxy pajama top or gym tee this way. This project uses a French seam technique similar to the one explained in Infinity Scarf Makeover. The result is smooth, finished seam allowances on the inside of the tee.


To simply take in the side seams of a sweater or tee that is a little loose in the waist, refer to Take In a Sweater or Knit Top.

You Will Need:

•Loose, boxy tee

•Perfectly fitted tee to use as a pattern

•Standard sewing supplies

•Walking foot (recommended)

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Medium 9781571205797


Terrie Sandelin C&T Publishing PDF



7˝ × 8˝




Fabric Requirements

Black: ⁄ yard or scraps

Dark blue: ⁄ yard or scraps

Medium blue: ⁄ yard or scraps

Light blue: ⁄ yard or scraps

Off-white: ⁄ yard or scraps

Burgundy for inner border and foundation triangles: ⁄ yard

Beige for outer border and foundation triangles: ⁄ yard

Backing: 1 fat quarter

Binding: ⁄ yard

Cutting Instructions

Letters indicate fabric placement on the quilt layout diagram for the Pyramid Triangle—

Medallion variation, right.

Desert Medallion, 11½˝ × 12½˝, Terrie Sandelin, 2007

Off-white (C): Cut a strip

1½˝ × 32˝. Crosscut into 16 patches.

Beige (D, I): Cut a strip 1½˝ × 36˝.

Crosscut into 18 patches.


You may want to add an extra ½˝–1˝ to each strip length for minor cutting adjustments.

Cut a 1½˝ × 2˝ rectangle for each patch. Use the Pyramid Triangle patch template on the pullout to trim the rectangles to size.

Black (A): Cut a strip 1½˝ × 24˝.

Crosscut into 12 patches.

Medium blue (B, F, J):

Cut a strip 1½˝ × 38˝.

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Suite 7: Byzantine Arches

Jessica Schick C&T Publishing ePub

SUITE 7: Byzantine Arches

JSBK7000 Byzantine P2P Element

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK7001 Byzantine 8PT Block

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK7002 Byzantine Simple Block

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK7003 Byzantine Block

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK7004 Byzantine Block

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK7005 Byzantine Double Wedding Ring Block & Melon

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK7006 Byzantine Circle Motif

For all printable patterns or digital content: http://tinyurl.com/11090-pattern-download

JSBK7007 Byzantine Kaleidoscope Star

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Medium 9781607059790

Nine-Patch Pocket Pillows

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Pocket Pillows

DELUXE PINCUSHION SIZE: 5½˝ × 6½˝ with 4½˝ pocket

FIRST AID STATION SIZE: 16˝ × 16˝ with 10˝ pocket, plus 5¾˝ × 4½˝ zippered pouch and 6½˝ × 5˝ cold pack

BOOK NOOK SIZE: 26˝ × 26˝ with 20˝ pocket

This is a fairly simple project, but oh, the possibilities when you change the size and add a few accessories! Use similar construction methods but vary the size to make a pincushion, first aid station, or library cushion. A variety of Nine-Patch blocks enhance each project.

Deluxe Pincushion

5½˝ × 6½˝ with 4½˝ pocket

Make your pincushion work overtime by adding a pocket for embroidery scissors and sewing clips. A miniature Nine-Patch block is a great way to show off your favorite tiny prints.


Making the Pincushion

Seam allowances are ¼˝ unless otherwise noted.


1Arrange the 1½˝ squares into a 3 × 3 grid. Sew together to make a Nine-Patch block.

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Medium 9781571206220

Zippy Strippy

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

Mix and match a set of placemats for yourself or to give as a gift to someone special. There are six different designs to choose from. I used a variety of neutrals, which look stunning on a dark table. However, the placemats will look great no matter what palette you choose.


⅓ yard light print for center

⅛ yard light tan for inner border

¼ yard tan paisley for outer border

¾ yard for backing and binding

16″ × 22″ batting

Cut 1 rectangle 14½″ × 8½″ from the light print for the placemat center.

Cut from the light tan:

2 strips 1″ × 8½″ for the side inner borders

2 strips 1″ × 15½″ for the top and bottom inner borders

Cut from the tan paisley:

2 strips 2″ × 9½″ for the side outer borders

2 strips 2″ × 18½″ for the top and bottom outer borders

1. Sew the 2 side inner borders to the placemat. Press toward the borders.

2. Sew the top and bottom inner borders to the placemat. Press toward the borders.

3. Sew the 2 side outer borders to the placemat. Press toward the borders.

4. Sew the top and bottom outer borders to the placemat. Press toward the borders.

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Slide Show

Amy Walsh C&T Publishing ePub

by Janine Burke, 69″ × 85″



Back in the “old” days, before digital cameras, we had film. From the times of silent movies, there was always film. These blocks remind me of the days of film, whether slides or reel-to-reel. So put on your favorite film, pop a bowl of popcorn, and make an evening of it!

The following yardage makes a throw-size quilt. Refer to the Slide Show chart (page 62) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted batiks: 33 strips 7″ × 42″ or 6¾ yards total

Binding: ¾ yard

Backing: 5½ yards

Batting: 79″ × 95″


Cut just 2 contrasting batiks to begin with so that you can construct a test block. This way you can verify the accuracy of your pieces and you can see how your fabrics are going together.

From the assorted batiks, cut:

33 strips 7″ × 42″

From 16 strips, cut each 7″ strip into:

2 rectangles 3½″ × 7″; subcut into
4 squares 3½″ × 3½″ (Unit A).

7 rectangles 3½″ × 7″; subcut into 7 rectangles
3½″ × 5½″ (Unit C) and 6 rectangles 1½″ × 3½″ (Unit B).

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Medium 9781617450150

Sail Away Tote

Kirstyn Cogan Stash Books ePub

Sail Away Tote

Finished Size: 13˝ × 15½˝

If you’re like me, you can never have enough totes to tote things around in. This bag features two simple outer pockets inspired by the many sailboats out on the water this time of year.


Coordinating cotton fabrics:

Fabric 1 (main front and back panels): ½ yard

Fabric 2 (sail pocket 1 and straps): ⅝ yard

Fabric 3 (sail pocket 2 lining): ⅞ yard

Coordinating all-purpose sewing thread

Rotary cutter, ruler, and self-healing cutting mat

Sew-on hook-and-loop dots: 2 pairs

Fabric-marking pen (Always test on a scrap of fabric before using. I recommend FriXion pens.)

Shell buttons: 1 large (25mm) and 1 small (20mm)


Fabric 1 (main front and back panels): Cut 2 rectangles 14˝ × 17˝.

Fabric 2 (sail pocket 1 and straps): Cut 1 rectangle 14˝ × 17˝ and 2 strips 2˝ × 28˝. (Feel free to cut the straps longer or shorter based on your preferences.)

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Spark 2. Create the Space

Carrie Bloomston Stash Books ePub


You need a space, big or small, in which to be creative. Having a good work space cements you to your dreams. The creative space is a launchpad, refuge, retreat, temple, labyrinth, and safety net. It gives you a sense of purpose. Your space is a flagpole on the moon. If you believe in your dream enough to make a spot for it in your life and mark it with a flag, then you’re more likely to pursue your passion and hear the Spark when it calls.

Even if you’re still figuring out your creative direction, there’s an obstacle in the way if you’re always having to move everyone else’s stuff out of the way before you start. The Spark might not stick around for two hours of housekeeping. It helps to have space ready. For some, a sewing room might be a cleared-off dining table, with other materials hiding in a nearby cabinet or closet, or it might be an armchair for knitting. For others, a separate messy space might be necessary. It isn’t always possible to have a separate room, but creating a space with boundaries is important, regardless.

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2. Anatomy of the Nikon D90

Ben Long O'Reilly Media ePub

In the previous chapter you saw how you can use the Nikon D90's automatic features for easy snapshot shooting. Before you go on to learn about its more advanced shooting features, you're going to take a tour of the camera and learn its parts. The D90 is a complex tool, and the better you know its workings, the more easily and effectively you'll be able to make it do what you want.

The Nikon D90 is an SLR camera, a term you may have come across when you were shopping. SLR stands for single-lens reflex, and those words tell you some important things about how the camera operates.

As the name implies, a single-lens reflex camera has only one lens on it. If you're wondering why a camera might have two lenses, consider a point-and-shoot camera. If you look at the front of a lot of point-and-shoot cameras, you'll see two lenses, one that is used to expose the image sensor and a separate lens that serves as a viewfinder. The advantage of this type of arrangement is that it's very simple to engineer, and it doesn't take up much space, so a point-and-shoot camera can be made very small.

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Remake: Contrast-Sleeve Tee

Suzannah Hamlin Stanley Stash Books ePub


Contrast-Sleeve Tee

I like the trend of contrasting sleeves, but I’d much rather remake tees I already have than buy new ones. This project is an easy way to transform a basic, boring, short-sleeved crewneck tee into something way more fun. Try this with two loose tees, two lightweight tees, or two stretch tees for different looks and silhouettes. What a clever way to salvage a tee with a great texture or color when part of it gets stained or damaged!

You Will Need:

•Two tees, same size and fit

•Standard sewing supplies

•Walking foot (recommended)

Get It Done

1. On both tees, carefully cut away the sleeves, leaving the serged seam allowances on the body side of the tee.

2. Matching the shoulder seams and underside seams of the sleeve and armhole, pin together the right sides, turning the tee inside out and keeping the sleeve right side out.

3. At the machine, use a walking foot to prevent excess stretching, and stitch just inside the original serged seam on the main tee. (This is probably between ¼˝ [6mm] and ⅜˝ [9mm]).

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Dublin Square

Claudia Olson C&T Publishing PDF

C U T T I N G C H A RT ( c o n t i nu e d )


Number of strips





First Cut

Finished size 12"




41 ⁄ 2



31 ⁄ 2

21 ⁄ 4

41 ⁄ 2

21 ⁄ 2



Make 12



21⁄ 2 x 41⁄ 2

21⁄ 2 x 21⁄ 2

Outside border and binding

Green (border)


Press carefully after each step, following the direction of the pressing arrows.

4. Sew a 21⁄ 2"-wide pink strip and a 21⁄ 2"wide beige strip together lengthwise.

Cut crosswise into 21⁄ 2" segments.

Cut two.

Dublin Steps Block

1. Refer to “Half-Square Triangles,” page

105, and position a 4 7⁄ 8" beige square on a 4 7⁄ 8" green square. Stitch, cut, and press. Make two to create four halfsquare triangle units.

5. Sew a 21⁄ 2"-wide gold strip and a 21⁄ 2"wide beige strip together lengthwise.

Cut crosswise into 21 ⁄ 2" segments.

Cut two.

2. Repeat step 1 using a 2 7⁄ 8" beige square and a 2 7⁄ 8" pink square. Make one to create two half-square triangle units.

6. Sew the corner squares using segments from steps 4 and 5 as shown. Make two.

3. Repeat step 1 using a 2 7⁄ 8" beige square and a 2 7⁄ 8" gold square. Make one to create two half-square triangle units.

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Embellish: Contrast-Trim Blazer

Suzannah Hamlin Stanley Stash Books ePub


Contrast-Trim Blazer

The contrast edge-trimmed blazer look is preppy and fun, and you can do it yourself using any color of double-fold bias tape as the trim and any blazer or jacket you have. You can add this kind of trim to anything, really—imagine it on a lightweight trench coat, a miniskirt, or the legs of shorts. Bias tape comes in many, many colors, so you have lots of possibilities.

You Will Need:

•Blazer, jacket, or other structured garment

•½˝ (13mm) double-fold bias tape in a contrasting color

•Standard sewing supplies (sewing machine recommended, or you could hand sew using a small, neat whipstitch to attach the binding on the outside and the underside)

Get It Done

Refer to Stitch in-the-Ditch for more information.

1. Open up the bias tape and find the slightly narrower half. We’ll call this the “right” side. Pin the right side of the bias tape to the right side of the blazer, beginning at the center back pleat opening and leaving 1˝ (2.5cm) of bias overhanging the leading edge. Pin very carefully at the curves.

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