For your free pattern and other helpful tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets.
This week I’m giving you a pattern and tutorial video for making a pretty little “beach bonnet” hat that will fit Ideal Pepper dolls and other dolls with a similar head circumference. (See the video for an exact measurement of the head circumference needed.)
I first posted this pattern here when I was designing a suffragist costume, from the early 20th century, for my Monster High / Ever After High dolls:
But I think this hat makes the perfect “beach bonnet” for Pepper, and with summer arriving here in the northern hemisphere, I thought it would be a good idea to revise my video to suit Pepper.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, Pepper is the little sister doll for Ideal Tammy, “The doll you love to dress!”
I’ve been told that Pepper can swap clothes with Patch, the little sister of Sindy (the United Kingdom version of Tammy). And although I don’t own her either, I’m pretty sure Pepper’s friend Dodi can wear Pepper’s clothes as well.
Your doll can wear her “beach bonnet” with the brim flipped up, or she can wear it with the brim down, as shown below…
And for anyone who wants to make the whole outfit–including the dress–yes, it will be available here, on ChellyWood.com, starting tomorrow!
Today’s hat pattern will fit these dolls:
- Monster High female dolls
- Ever After High female dolls
- Snapstar dolls
- Project MC Squared dolls
- Spin Master Liv dolls
- Ideal’s vintage Pepper dolls
- Creatable World dolls
Here are your free, printable PDF sewing patterns and links to some helpful tutorial videos:
- Pattern for making the hat
- Tutorial video showing how to make the hat (shown at the top of this blog post)
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to do a backstitch
- How to use a needle threader
- How to choose fabric
- How to tie a knot using a needle and thread
- How to press seams open, using a hot iron
- How to attach ribbon to doll clothes
In case you haven’t heard, my Creative Spark class, “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” is now live on the Creative Spark platform. You can sign up any time you want, and it’s a one-time fee, NOT a subscription.
And don’t panic if it seems like too much to take on right now — sometimes our lives get really busy. I get that. But for any class on Creative Spark, you don’t have to sign up any time soon. Just sign up when you’re ready.
And there’s no specific time limit to your courses. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you.
Disclaimer/Credit/Affiliate Marketing Link:
To honor the trademark rights of the doll companies mentioned in this blog post, I am including links to their websites here. Please feel free to visit their website and consider purchasing one or more of the dolls mentioned.
Monster High and Ever After High dolls are products offered by Mattel, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Mattel Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Liv dolls were products designed and distributed by the Spin Master company, which still makes dolls and toys today (although the Liv dolls are no longer in production at the time of this blog post). The Spin Master company held the trademark for the Liv Dolls (™). Please visit the Spin Master Toys and Games website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys and games. Please be aware that the Chelly Wood animated doll is a Spin Master Liv doll that has been re-painted and had its wig colored to appear to look like the real doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood. This was done as a creative project by Chelly’s daughters, and the Spin Master Toys and Games company was not involved in the doll’s makeover in any way.
Snapstar dolls are produced by Yulu International Limited of Hong Kong, and that company holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Yulu Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Project MC Squared dolls are products offered by MGA Entertainment, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Project MC Squared website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
According to Wikipedia, “Ideal Toy Company was an American toy company founded by Morris Michtom and his wife, Rose. During the post–World War II baby boom era, Ideal became the largest doll-making company in the United States.” They produced the Tammy family line of dolls, including Ideal Pepper dolls, but eventually the Tammy line of dolls went out of production (with the exception of the Sindy doll — the UK version — which has had a recent revival). There have been a complicated series of sales of rights for Ideal toys since then, and you can read about it on Wikipedia, if you’re interested. But at the time of this blog post, the trademark name “Tammy” for these dolls was abandoned and has remained “dead” (according to the US Trademark database) since 2004.