Mother Doll Here. Heaven knows I’ve done my best to teach my children good housekeeping skills! The baby is still too young, but May Belle, Amy, Hazel, Tony and Willie all do their part to keep our home running smoothly. One thing that makes the time shorter and the job happier is to sing while you work. I have 7 songs in my repertoire and today I’d like to share The Bed Making Song with you all. It will remind you to place the top and bottom sheets right sides together when you are making a bed. That way, when the top sheet is folded back, you can see the pattern and the finished edge will show. Take a look at this video!

April 25, 2014
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Sewing Bird here. I reminded Mary Frances about our fashion show video and she agreed it was a good idea to share it here. You’ll see her American Girl® dolls wearing clothes made from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition.  Click on the picture below to see Angelina, Mary Marie and Emily modeling their beautiful clothes!

 Click above to see the fashion show!

 

 

Mary Frances here. For Easter this year, I made my American Girl doll, Emily, the most beautiful bonnet! I used the pattern called “Infant Doll’s Crocheted Cap” (even though my doll is not an infant!) and I added a wraparound flower with a little pearl in the middle and a leaf. It is so cute!

The pattern is from “The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book: A Children’s Story-Instruction book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls”.

March 20, 2014
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Sewing Bird here. Spring has sprung! I told Mary Frances it was time to make her American Girl doll, Emily, a new Spring dress and this is what she made! I love the floral print. She looks fresh as a daisy!

This is the  “Morning Dress” pattern from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls.

Crow Shay here. Easter is coming and I can’t wait to show you a project from The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book 100th Anniversary Edition. It’s a crocheted Easter Basket that’s just the right size for American Girl® dolls. I love to teach anything about crocheting and I will teach you how to stiffen this basket.

A Crocheted Easter Basket for American Girl® Dolls

 

This basket was made with chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet and treble crochet using Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread, Size 10, in a color called “Copper Mist”. Some people are intimidated about crocheting with thread instead of yarn…but the stitches are the same…just on a smaller scale. This basket has had a special treatment that wasn’t possible 100 years ago: it’s been stiffened with a product called Stiffy. You can get it at any craft store and it’s made exactly for this purpose. It makes the crochet work very stiff so that it feels like a real basket and holds its shape. I’ll teach you my method here. I used an orange for a mold. The Kitchen People gave it to me!

Supplies:
Stiffy fabric stiffener
1 orange that fits inside your basket
plastic wrap
1 twist tie
small glass bowl
1 clothes pin

1. Find an orange that is a snug fit for your crocheted basket. The handle should just fit over the top of the orange.
2. Wrap the orange tightly in plastic wrap. Secure with a twist tie.
3. Pour Stiffy in a glass bowl, enough to cover your needlework.
4. Use your hands to work the Stiffy into the crochet cotton until it is saturated. The Stiffy is water soluble and will easily wash off of your hands.
5. Place the wrapped orange into the basket. Position the handle at the center top and press lower half of basket into shape around the orange. Shape the bottom rim as you like.
6. Hang your work to dry using a clothes pin on the excess plastic wrap. Allow it to dry overnight.
7. Carefully cut away the top portion of the orange, just enough so that the orange will slip out of the basket. Use care not to cut through the basket handle. Remove the orange.

Note.– The Easter Basket is made from the Crocheted Flower Basket pattern in The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book 100th Anniversary Edition.

January 14, 2014
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Sewing Bird here. I reminded Mary Frances of our show-and-tell video of the American Girl® doll clothes she made from “The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition”. You can watch the video here!

 

 

Crow Shay here. I’ve been itching to crochet and I told Mary Frances we should make something orange and brown for one of her American Girl Dolls since Fall is here and Halloween is around the corner. Mary Frances thought her doll, Emily, needed a new sweater and that a cardigan would be a nice layering piece. I called out to Wooley Ball to fetch the yarn and when he found it, I went to town crocheting up a storm! That sweater was done in no time flat so I decided to surprise Mary Frances by making a matching hat. She loved it! Mary Frances had learned how to make Pom Poms in The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book 100th Anniversary Edition, so she made a cute multi-colored Pom Pom and added it to one side of the hat. Angelina is now one happy doll!

 

Mary Frances’ American Girl Doll, Emily, wearing a crocheted sweater and hat made from patterns in The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls.

 This is the Crocheted Sports Sweater (Chapter 37) and Little Crocheted Hat (Chapter 33) made from Caron Simply Soft yarn.

 

Mary Frances here. I like to keep my dolls’ faces protected from the hot summer sun, so I asked my friend in the sewing room, Tommy Pin Cushion, if he had any ideas for a sun bonnet. He knew just what to do! Before I knew it, he pulled out some polka dot fabric and some plain white cotton and was pinning the pattern to the fabric like crazy! Scissors Shears joined in and with a few snips, the pieces were cut out! When those two are on a mission, there’s no stopping them. Since mother doesn’t let me use the sewing machine by myself yet, I got out my sewing basket and made this sweet little outfit for my doll, Angelina, by hand. The Sewing People taught me. Doesn’t Angelina look cute? She loves pink so I put on her pink shoes for a pop of color!

This is Mary Frances’ American Girl Doll, Angelina, wearing clothes made from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls.

The Morning Dress is from Pattern 9 and the Sunbonnet is from Pattern 25.

January 20, 2013
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Sewing Bird here. I told Mary Frances that her dolls would need warm clothing for the cold winter months and that I had just the patterns in mind! We could make a fleece Automobile Coat with an animal print collar, a matching bonnet and a muff. I can even show her how to make leather leggings. Mary Frances is such a fast learner and a hard worker. This is what she made…

 

Mary Frances’ American Girl Doll, Mary Marie, wearing a winter outfit from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls

The coat is made from Pattern 21, the muff from Pattern 24,  hat from Pattern 22 and leather leggings (gaiters) from Pattern 16.

Aunty Rolling Pin here. I declare, some mighty good things are having their 100th birthday this year! You already know it’s the 100th birthday of the Mary Frances Books, but it is also the 100th birthday of America’s favorite cookie — the Oreo! I told Mary Frances she should have a tea party with her American Girl dolls and I’ll teach her a recipe that uses Oreos in a modern day way. I’ll show her how to make Oreo Truffles! They are so delicious and I know her dolls, Mary Marie, Angelina and Emily will love them! Mary Frances can make up the invitations and place cards. She’ll set the table nice and pretty and everyone will wear their party clothes. We’ll all sing Happy Birthday and it will be a grand afternoon!

Oreo Truffles

OREO TRUFFLES

Ingredients
36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided
1 pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
4 pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted

 

Directions

1. Reserve 1/4 cup cookie crumbs. Mix cream cheese and remaining cookie crumbs until blended.

2. Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Dip in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.

3. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

 

Happy Birthday, Oreos!

 

The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children's Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls

Mary Frances’ American Girl Doll, Mary Marie, wearing her pink dress for the Tea party.

Pattern is #20 from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls.