The image shows a close-up of the whipped running stitch (an embroidery stitch used for decoration). It also has the heading, "Whipped Running Stitch" but it should also be noted that this embroidery stitch is sometimes called the "cordonnet stitch". This is a header for a youtube tutorial video showing how to do the cordonnet stitch (how to do a whipped running stitch). The image also shows the website where more embroidery tutorials like this one can be found:

How to do a whipped running stitch or cordonnet stitch in #embroidery @

As many of you know, I sew a lot of my doll clothes by hand. You may not realize that as part of my passion for the needle and thread, I also do a bit of hand embroidery. Every now and then, you’ll see that some of my doll clothes will have embroidered edges, in my videos. The whipped running stitch (sometimes called a cordonnet … Continue reading How to do a whipped running stitch or cordonnet stitch in #embroidery @

The image shows American Girl doll Kaya wearing a hand-made bikini which includes the bikini top and the bikini bottoms. The overlay says "Doll Bikini part 1" and offers the URL "" as the location for the free pattern for this doll swimsuit. The pattern will fit most 18" dolls (18-inch dolls = apprx. 46 cm). That means this swimsuit pattern will fit Madame Alexander dolls as well as AG dolls. It's likely this free swimsuit pattern will also fit Journey Girls and similar sized dolls. Instructions for downloading and sewing together this free bikini pattern are found at along with hundreds of other doll clothes patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

#FREE bikini bottoms or underwear patterns for your #AGdoll or other 18-inch #dolls @

Here’s everything you’ll need to make a pair of bikini bottoms or underpants for your 18-inch dolls: Pattern for bikini bottoms FRONT Pattern for bikini bottoms BACK As I’ve said in earlier posts, next week I’ll be posting the pattern for a bikini top to go with the bottoms. These free printable sewing patterns will fit American Girl dolls, Madame Alexander dolls and many other … Continue reading #FREE bikini bottoms or underwear patterns for your #AGdoll or other 18-inch #dolls @

The image shows a free pattern for a pair of underpants or a swimsuit bottom (bikini bottoms) to fit 18" dolls. You can find this free 18 inch doll swimsuit pattern at (the watermark on the pattern). This pattern shows two dolls wearing the hand-made underwear or bikini bottoms: an 18-inch Madame Alexander doll and an 18 inch American Girl doll. The pattern itself is marked with a "Creative Commons Attribution" symbol.

Let’s sew a #dolls swimsuit for #AGdolls or #MadameAlexander @!

Here’s the second of two free patterns for the bikini bottoms we’re making this week on Yesterday’s post had the BACK side for this pattern; today I give you the FRONT pattern. Tomorrow I’ll post a video tutorial, showing you how to sew the swimsuit bottoms (or panties). Then next week, I’ll post the pattern and tutorial for the swimsuit top. As the heading … Continue reading Let’s sew a #dolls swimsuit for #AGdolls or #MadameAlexander @!

This is a free printable sewing pattern for the back part of an 18-inch doll's bikini bottoms (swimsuit lower half for a two-piece swimsuit). The pattern includes instructions for seam allowances and it offers a URL where free video tutorials will show how to make the swimsuit or underwear: Photographs of an 18 inch American Girl doll and an 18 inch Madame Alexander doll are shown on the pattern with the dolls modeling the swimsuit. There's also a close-up photo of the doll's lower half wearing the bikini bottoms. The pattern is marked with a "Creative Commons Attribution" symbol.

Free 18-inch #dolls’ underwear or swimsuit #sewing #pattern

Here’s the back portion of the bikini swimsuit bottoms pattern. Tomorrow I’ll post the front side of the pattern. For easy download, try clicking here. You can also follow the instructions in this video tutorial if you need help printing your patterns. As I said in yesterday’s post, this pattern will fit most 18-inch dolls, like American Girl, Madame Alexander, and similar-sized dolls. The funny-looking edge around … Continue reading Free 18-inch #dolls’ underwear or swimsuit #sewing #pattern

The image shows an 18-inch American Girl doll (Kaya) and an 18 inch Madame Alexander doll playing on a beach. The beach is a home-made diorama including a table cloth-covered wall that looks like a blue sky with quilt-batting clouds overhead and vellum wrapping paper with tinsel on top to look like water on a fake-sand beach. The two dolls seem to be enjoying the sunshine as friends at the beach. The image has a watermark that says " free doll clothes patterns and more." The Madame Alexander doll wears a blue bikini that has been hand-sewn. Its fabric is dotted with little popsicles. The American Girl doll wears a hand-made felt shirt with nautical-print cotton shorts (also sewn by hand). Both girls wear DIY sandals to match.

It’s the end of #August and my #dolls are enjoying the #BeachLife @

Here we see my American Girl doll with her friend, my Madame Alexander. These two doll-friends really remind me of myself and my cousin, Virginia. I was always afraid of the water, and Virginia would dive in before she even got her swimsuit on! Speaking of swimsuits, guess what I’m going to offer as a free pattern this week… Yep, this week I’m going to … Continue reading It’s the end of #August and my #dolls are enjoying the #BeachLife @

The image shows Mattel's Curvy Barbie modeling a hand-made shirt with cloth-covered tiny buttons. Each button is encompassed by a floss loop, all hand-made by the seamstress who blogs here, at

Where to Buy Buttons, Zippers, and Buckles for #Dolls, #Crafts, and #Sewing

On my “Submit a Question” page, I often hear the question, “Where can I buy tiny buttons for my doll clothes?” From time to time, people also ask me for advice on zippers and buckles. I use Etsy for tiny doll buttons, tiny zippers, and similar sewing notions, but I generally buy my tiny snaps from Jo-Ann’s Fabrics. Jo-Ann’s does have an online store, but … Continue reading Where to Buy Buttons, Zippers, and Buckles for #Dolls, #Crafts, and #Sewing

The image shows an enlarged whip stitch along the edge of a felt swatch which has been whip stitched onto cotton fabric. The whipstitch pattern is at a slight angle, and it uses red yarn to connect the two swatches (the cotton and the felt) to one another. Overlay states, "Whip Stitch" as this is the YouTube header for a tutorial video showing how to make a whip stitch using embroidery floss. This tutorial shows the stitching-by-hand method. It also tells the name of the blog where this instructional youtube whip stitch tutorial video can be found:

New Whip Stitch #Tutorial for Hand #Sewing and #Embroidery @

In today’s tutorial, I’ve mentioned a lighthouse pincushion. That free pattern is not yet available, but once I get the necessary stitchery tutorials completed, I’ll post that free pattern as well. My goal is to have the pattern for the pincushion posted well before Christmas, so you could make this pincushion and give it away to fellow sewists as a Christmas gift (if you celebrate … Continue reading New Whip Stitch #Tutorial for Hand #Sewing and #Embroidery @