A Better Spiral Crochet Granny Square

Went looking on internet. Really, nobody’s done it quite like this? I’m surprised!  Probably it’s out there somewhere but I couldn’t find it. So I made up my own which I think is much more authentic grannyish than the other ideas I could find.  The others are very cool and artistic but they’re more complex, …

Child Size Spiral Dress

Ruffles!! A huge, swirly overload of fluttering spiral. How to do this? We need volume of fabric. As usual, I started moderate before going more extreme.  The first attempt with a 4″ curved gore produced a conservative A-line skirt shape. Simple. Just add more stripes. The delightful “Peppermint Swirl” gave me the idea of purposefully …

Barbie Body Types to 2008

Because 2008 is when I made this page. Classic / Vintage / Original / Traditional shape – 1966 Has a barrel chest, tiny waist and 1966 stamped on her back. It’s really not that her boobs are so large, it’s her whole rib cage that’s out of proportion, then that tiny waist and sudden hips. …

Quilt As You Go Potholders

Easy and quick homemade scrapwork potholders make great DIY gifts! You don’t need a pattern and they’re FREE to make out of fabric scraps. Most of the instructions I found for quilted potholders use bias binding, like commercial potholders. But it’s so hard to sew bias binding on straight. Why not cut the backing larger …

Free Peasant Dress Pattern

Free printable peasant dress pattern for adult women. Simple pattern in PDF format for 8.5 x 11 letter size paper. I had to make up my own because none of the others were quite right. I wanted a smaller, more modest neckline instead of a huge one. I wanted it to have plenty of fabric …

Round Ripple Crochet Afghan Pattern with Diagram

When I first searched for instructions there were many, of course, but none of them worked out for me. Finally I found this one little image that was detailed enough to see what was going on, so I followed it. I don’t know whose photo this was (found it in an internet collection) but THANKS …

Round Knit Dishcloth Pattern

Cool round doily style cotton dishrag or mat, written out to be ultra simple for non-knitters like me I saw someone making one of these and got stars in my eyes. She was kind enough to write down the instructions from memory. They may have been good instructions, but they didn’t work for me. Neither …

Free Patterns for Tyler Wentworth

I made a bunch of outfits all at once when I needed them for gifts, and here I’m going to share the patterns. These are for the 16″ Tyler Wentworth along with Brenda Starr and many other Tonner dolls. The white tops are the strapless bodice with lace added. Here’s the basic bodice sloper and …

Spiral Skirts and Dresses

All patterns are Adobe pdf for free download and printing. They print out onto sheets of 8.5 x 11 printer paper which you tape together then cut out. Be sure they print out at 100% size not “scale to fit” the paper. The skirts can be made any size you need by using whatever number …