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Mini Fabric Bolts for American Girl Dolls

Mini Fabric Bolts for American Girl Dolls

Woke up one morning this weekend to something unexpected and quite alarming, especially for someone who struggles with the tech-side of this business.  I went online to write a blog post, and found my website was all messed up.  I mean really messed up. There were error images all over the place and no pages.  It took me a while to even figure out what had happened.  [Oh and Thanks, Photobucket.  So glad you decided to start charging people for your service]

Evidently, the person I commissioned my custom website design from used photobucket to store the images…images that will no longer work–unless she pays the $400 fee they are charging to use their site. Well, there it is.

Many, many hours later I have my site up again and somewhat presentable.  What do you think?

One of the things I needed to create was a header image. I like it and it was fun to create.

I’ve always wanted to create a doll sewing room, so I decided that would be the theme.  As I was setting things up, I thought my dolly dressmaker should have some fabric bolts in her sewing studio.  I picked a few of my favorite fabrics and created these cute little bolts for her.

Here’s how I did it.  You’ll need some cardboard (or foam board) and fat quarters –large scraps of fabric will also work. And also some paper clips (optional, but helpful).

Cut the card board into 2.5″ x 5″ pieces.

Fold the fabric lengthwise to measure around 4.5″ wide.   I first folded the raw edges of the fat quarters in to hide the fraying edges.

Then fold in half lengthwise again.  Press the folded fabric.

Wrap the fabric around the cardboard bolts. When you get to the end, use paper clips to hold the fabric on its bolt.

That’s all there is to it.



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