Today's tale begins with a sweet little girl, my 7 year old, Pumpkin, who saved and saved and saved. She saved up all $110, with the help of a few gift cards from her birthday and Christmas, too. Pumpkin really wanted that American Girl Doll Spa Chair! I'm such a proud mommy. I wanted to add a little something to the fun of her new purchase. I searched American Girl Doll patterns and found the perfect pattern to compliment her spa chair.
I found a pattern for a spa robe and head wrap. Aren't they just adorable? They were so easy to make, too! Yay! In addition to giving you my tips and tricks for working with this pattern, I also have a giveaway for you today! This giveaway is a fun blog hop giveaway, which means I have an AG related giveaway for you, then you can hop on over to the next blog and enter their AG giveaway. There are a total of 12 other blogs to hop to and enter American Girl doll themed giveaways! Yay….happy squeal!
The next hop location is Crazy Adventures in Parenting.
Before we get to the Giveaway, let me show you my tips and tricks for working with this pattern. The pattern is from 123 Mulberry Street and sold on Pixie Faire.
Pixie Faire is hosting the giveaway on my blog today! Yay! You have the chance to win a gift card toward your own doll patterns!
Getting back to the pattern at hand, the spa wrap pattern is $3.99 and is listed as an easy skill level. It really is an easy pattern to work with, though I do have a few tips for you as I found a few parts to be confusing or doing things in a different order than I typically do them.
I have this spa robe(and only this one) and head wrap for sale in my Etsy shop if you don't want to make your own.
As I said, the pattern was very easy. I did find that the directions (at least how I read them) never mentioned sewing a hem to the front panels.
The directions aren't numbered, so on page 2 of the directions for the towel wrap after it says to pin right sides together and sew, after that, I turned 1/2″ on the raw edges and sewed to hem the front of the wrap.
The following direction is to turn up a 1/4″ hem along the bottom edge and sew. I felt like the wrap was long enough and did 1/2″ hems just because they are easier to work with.
The pattern just mentions adding Velcro to close. I thought you might like to see what I did, so you have a little more infomation. I took a piece of 3/4″ Velcro and cut it to the length I wanted. I wanted a decent sized strip on the front to make it easy for little hands to fit and adjust the wrap on the doll. I cut the Velcro in 1/2 lengthwise and only used 1 portion of the cut Velcro to make the strip of Velcro narrow and not too bulky on the robe.
The head wrap totally stumped me. The pictures look so simple for making it. Maybe we picked too thick of a fleece, but when it came to the step to sew the ends together, I had no idea how I was going to get the bulk of it through my sewing machine.
I found that you have to sew the wrong sides together then turn the wrap. I also broke two needles getting through all four layers of fleece. Eventually, I got it done. I don't really have any great tips for you and my guess is that if you have a more modern machine than mine, it won't be an issue. Mine just isn't designed for this thickness.
The head wrap is designed to just slide over the dolls hair, not actually wrap all the hair up in like we might do with a towel.
Saige was the first doll to hit the spa. She found the spa robe to be quite comfy!
First up, Marie Grace needed to wash Saige's hair.
To keep her hair clean during the rest of her spa day, the head wrap was just the thing. Saige thought it was cozy and soft.
Next up, it was time for Marie Grace to give Saige a pedicure. Doesn't that foot bath look great!
Perfect spa day, complete with a magazine and everything!
Pixie Faire, the company that sells this and other doll patterns, has graciously offered a $20 gift card to one lucky reader! Once you have signed up for the Pixie Faire giftcard, head on over to Crazy Adventures in Parenting to continue on the blog hop giveaway. Don't forget to visit all 13 sites and enter to win all the great prizes!
P.S. Want to make this but don't know how to sew? Try this Online Sewing Class course from Craftsy. It goes through the basics which should be enough for this pattern.
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