Sunday, January 10, 2016


Hello Everyone! I hope you had
a lovely Christmas and a very
Happy New Year!
Sorry that I did not post this when I said
I was, but sometimes that happens to me.
The important thing is that I got it done.
I hope you enjoy this Tutorial using a
I remember how it all started. I saw a bald
half doll from a lady named Lynda who was
on Ebay. Her handle is just_jas. This is
This should take you to her contact page. (I hope).
Anyway as I was saying, I bought the doll and
a couple of other things from her which I
will share patterns with you when I get
finished with a lot of the half doll pincushions. I
will also be making powder puffs and many other
things, so stay tuned!
Anyway I was thinking about a Barbie crocheted gown.
Lynda made the gown for me. She is an excellent
lady and loves to crochet! She crochets lovely
doilies with expertise and with low prices.
Check out her site!
She also tries to keep the shipping low!
Hey we all love that.
I have made smaller patterns that I will post once
I get a chance to - for small dolls or if you just
want smaller cushions. I do make my pincushions
large - but I love them like that!!!
Okay, I took 500 photographs of her for the
tutorial and you know how it is. Some do not make
it on the page, but about 100 + did!!
This is a long tutorial, please try to understand
and read all the directions before attempting
to make them. I use doll clothes, children's clothes,
laces and whatever I find that is lovely! I haunt
thrift stores, yard sales and Goodwill.
Get ready for a LONG TUTORIAL!!
Even though she is not dressed as a flower, she is
beauty with her white Barbie Crocheted Lacy Gown!
Made especially for her!
Thank you Lynda! I hope she is as beautiful as we
had hoped she would be!
Enjoy these photos, afterwards comes the tutorial!

I signed this pincushion on the bottom and also on
the inside of the pincushion. It is not easy using the
fabric pens on cloth. Gee - I kept hoping that I
would not mess it up.
I bought this wig on ebay from a lady that sells
Miniature dollhouse doll wigs. I loved the color and
the old-fashioned bun. Making her a snood for the
bun was Lynda's idea at the last moment. It was
almost a shame to cover up the lovely bun, but
the snood won and I believe looks fantastic on her!
I hope you will agree.
I did not feel like making a wig, maybe I will try
to make one later and give you directions.
This is what the half doll looked like that I bought
from Lynda. It used to be her Mother's or
Grandmother's. I forgot which. Sorry Lynda.
Anyway she used to have a wig of some sort
but it is long gone. Time for Lily to get updated!
The wig would not fit on her head with this
cheesecloth. So I peeled it off. It came off
easy enough. I did not worry about taking off
the glue from the top of her head as it would
not be seen. I did however with a toothpick
scrape off a little above her ears and forehead,
as it would be seen.
With a toothpick I also had to scrape off the
old glue on the back of her neck. At least the
part that would be seen.
If decide to do this, then pick a wig that will hide
as much old glue as possible just in case the old
glue does not come off. The old glue came off pretty
nicely on this doll.
I also had to stretch the inside of the wig some
Be careful not to tear the wig. Then I placed
the wig on her head positioning it different ways
to see how I liked it.
I hand washed the doll to make sure she was clean.
And then with only a TEENEY tiny dot of glue on her head
I place the wig on her head and held it down till
the glue dried. Which only took a couple of seconds.
I had bought a lovely APRIL CORNELL dress for
a little girl at the thrift store. That's right at the
thrift store. We all know how expensive her
clothes are!
The dress was lined and did not look like it had ever
been used. Boy what a bargain for $4.00. It was
mine. I could not believe that no one wanted it.
I took it home and washed and dried it. I was
not interested in the dress. I only wanted the
Blue Lining that was on the inside. It was so
soft that it felt like Silk even though it was Rayon.
I do not know where she gets her Rayon from,
but boy it is like handling SILK! It is so soft
and just the thinness that I like. It is hard to hold
onto as it is very slippery and is hard to stitch
by hand. At least it was for me. You will see its
beauty, but I am sorry that I did not take a
before photo of it.
However the dress was 36 inches long and nothing
was damaged on it. The Blue lining on the back
had a natural slit from the bottom going up 8.5
inches so the child could walk without splitting
the lining, just like an adult Lady's dress.
Tape 3 pieces of computer paper together. Measure
up 9.5 inches and measure across 20.5 inches. This
is the pattern for your Pincushion. This should be
the size you would want if you try a Barbie Crochet
Gown. You can always mist the crochet and stretch
it if need be or add a lacy bottom. A slip also does
the job.
This is the blue Rayon lining. I made sure the
bottom of the skirt was even. See the ruler, I
measured up 9 inches, because of the natural slit going
up, you should be able to see the slit under the
This is a side view. Then I cut it off and set
it aside for a matching slip.
NOTE: I cut this slip off and it was doubled
because I like full skirts. Set this piece aside
and stick a label to it 'SLIP' so you do not cut
Here I show you what is left after the bottom is cut off.
Also rip or cut away the long back seam that is in
the middle. This opens up the lining.
Once opened I turned and used the front side
because it was a whole piece and not a seam going
through it.  
As you can see, just enough is left
to cut out the pattern. Make sure you line up the
end of the pattern to the fabric. Pin it or lay heavy
stuff on top so it does not move. Then cut it out.
 After you cut it out, even the edges and pin it.
Take it to the sewing machine and sew a
straight seam down.
This makes a tube. Cut off hanging threads.
Remove pins.

 It does not matter which end you use. Take one
end and turn under 1/2 inch for a seam.
With heavy thread on a little needle, (I use
small quilting needles and quilting threads), begin
stitching a seam through both layers. Sew close
to the edge. I do not bother
to turn under the raw edge. You may want to.
See, here I go!
(Remember this is a small quilting needle).
Stitch then gather up the threads, and repeat till you
come to the end. Then make sure to push those gathers
down so they are tight together and then knot off
the threads. You only want a finger size hole or
smaller left for a center hole.
I have used this cardboard to show the size of the
cardboard needed. I do not like to use old used
cardboard. Always use a fresh piece.
If the cardboard you are using is thin like
mine, cut 2 pieces and glue them together providing
there is not any writing on the back sides. Let dry. 
Mine were cut from a recently used postage
Cut out a piece of the blue lining a little bigger
than the cardboard.
I did not want this ugly side facing the cloth side so
I turned it before gluing and then decided to
put information on it for any future reference to the
doll being made.  As you can see I put my
blog address there, my name and the date made.
Just a little inside time capsule!
Here is the bottom of the pincushion tube. That's a
nice circle! It looks nice with the fabric showing
through the bottom. Remember to get the hole
as small as possible.
I always try to make each pincushion a little
different than the one made before. Keeps me from
getting bored with making something the same
way. I used this piece of damaged cardboard as a
pattern for an inside piece. It is 3 inches high by
16 inches long. Cut out a thick piece of cardboard
and overlap the side edges as shown here by
2.5 inches. Glue together. Let dry.
My cardboard is done. What I did here was to take
COTTON QUILT batting and fold it together like you
see on the left side of this picture. I wanted to
pad the outside of the tube so I could
stick pins in it also. I folded the
batting to fit the size of the cardboard tube.
The batting layer going around the cardboard
tube is 5 layers thick. Make sure a little bit of the
batting is on the bottom, not much just a little bit.
Hand sew it closed with strong thread.
Make sure that your side seam of the blue lining
fabric faces the inside.
Then I put the cardboard bottom pieces down first
inside the blue pincushion with the fabric side
showing towards the outside bottom of pincushion.
Try to make sure that the bottom piece is centered,
with the outside hole, then place your cardboard tube
that is covered with batting inside the blue lining
fabric as shown. You will have to keep adjusting
this so nothing slips away from the hole. Try to
keep the hole centered.
Well, as you can see, I stuffed the inside with
bubble wrap because frankly who has newspapers
anymore!! Use what you have. But I tell you, it
does not take much of this bubble wrap before it
Now, turn under the top edge of this blue lining
fabric just like you did on the bottom and run
your gathering stitch. Do not gather it up right away
though because you need to finish stuffing. So when
you stitch it just let the needle and thread dangle.
(Sorry I forgot the photo for that step).
Tear cotton quilt batting into pieces. It will take
a lot.
Stuff cotton quilt batting pieces really hard over the top
of the green bubble wrap. You do not want anything
settling later. Stuff to the top of the cardboard tube.
Then start gathering up your seam and keep stuffing
cotton quilt batting pieces till it is so stuffed that
you think it is going to explode and you cannot get
another piece inside it! You do not want to feel the
top of the cardboard tube on the outside of the blue
lining fabric. If you do feel the inside top of the
cardboard tube, on the outside, then you better take
out the batting and stuff the sides better and stuff
it so that you do not feel it. Remember we want
to be able to use that lower part of the pincushion
for also sticking pins in it.
Once the fabric is gathered then sew it closed.
(where the half doll goes, I cannot ever seem to
make this a round circle). If you can make it round,
then that is great. If not just stitch it closed like
I did.
When stuffed the pincushion measures almost 17.5
inches in circumference (around her body). The
pincushion is about 6 inches high not including the
doll. The bottom is about 5 inches round in diameter.
This is my pincushion stuffed and gathered. See the
thread dangling on the right side.
I was still stuffing as hard as I could stuff. I pulled
the gathers tightly and started stitching it closed.
I guess I could leave a circle but I like it closed all
the way.
Mine is closed and then I criss-cross the circle shut.
This is my bottom of the pincushion.
If your hole is not in the center then re-shape it
until it is.
I could not find my half circle needles! So,
I had to use my small quilting needle. Hey,
this worked really well.
To stitch on the doll through the holes, you
are going to take one hole (it does not matter
which hole you start with). Completely stitch
with needle and doubled quilting thread that one hole
down onto the fabric. Stitch it many times. When
finished stitching, anchor it good with a
knot towards the inside of the doll,
but do not cut off the knot. Now go to the opposite
hole from inside the doll, and
go in that hole, come to the outside of the doll 
and down into the fabric. Take that needle with
thread back to that beginning hole, to the outside
of the doll. Take needle out of hole and then
through the fabric back to the opposite hole
and repeat till you have enough desired threads
holding her down as tightly as possible.
Then do the other 2 holes in the same way.
BUT do make sure that you use your quilting
threads at least 18 inches long.
When you have finished stitching through
the holes,  wrap the remainder of the threads
tightly around the doll waist just above the holes
as you see here. I thought that I would
try wrapping the thread around the half doll,
as I had seen it on many half doll
pincushions on ebay that were in bad shape.
Then make a knot and hide it inside the
It is amazing how our Mothers and Grandmothers
struck upon this idea and that it worked!!!
However my Grandma never owned one of
these pincushions.
My half doll is securely anchored to the fabric.
She is not moving or going anywhere! I am thoroughly
pleased with this!!!
See, her base is anchored down good. Try this step!

Here is the piece of rayon fabric that I had
placed aside earlier so I would not accidentally
cut it. The slip is 9 inches high and 21.5 inches
long. It is a doubled piece of fabric. I stitched up
the slit piece that was in the back.
This slip is easy to make. The bottom is already
hemmed so that is one step that is taken care of.
I placed the slip around her to see how much I
would have to cut off. I cut off about an inch.
Then I put the slip back on her, turned under a
hem and ran a gathering stitch all around the top
edge. Knotted it closed and hid the knot.
Cut off the threads.
 Here is the front of the Crocheted Barbie doll
Gown! Incidentally, this was a crocheted Barbie
wedding gown that Lynda made from a pattern!
Isn't it lovely!
Here is the back. Lynda marked with red thread
for me where lace was suppose to go or whatever
I placed the gown on the pincushion and it was
The only problem was - is that it was hard to see
the many layers of ruffles. What was I to do!
I only had a little bit of the blue left, not enough
to do the job!!
So a couple of days went
by until I figured out what I could and should do.
I needed more blue rayon lining fabric
to go under each
set of ruffles so you could see the hard work that
Lynda put into the gown for me!
Here you see the blue rayon slip inside!
A closer look.
The blue silky rayon slip looks lovely!!!!!
There is the lovely pincushion.
It was clear that I did not have enough fabric to
make the ruffles, so I did the only thing that I
could do and that was to take off the slip and cut
up the layers.
I was a little heartbroken, because I wanted a slip
with matching ruffles on the gown also.
Oh well, I bounce back easy enough. The bottom
of the slip that was already hemmed, I cut 3.5 inches
high and I am glad that the fabric was doubled
because that helped me tremendously! It was
enough to go around the gown.
So I turned under a small seam and gathered up
the fabric. Then on the inside of the gown I pinned
it to hold the ruffles in place. (sorry no pic).
Then I sewed it around the fabric down onto the inside
of the crocheted gown. So the hem is facing on the
inside not on the outside. Because I did not want
to lift a piece of the crochet and see a hem under
the first ruffle.
This picture shows the lace ruffle and the
other blue ruffled fabric beneath each crocheted
The next 3 photos are out of sequence and should
be under the ruffles section. You will see.
The skirt has turned out so pretty! I am so pleased!
And the back is just as lovely!
This lacy ruffle was the last thing that I sewed on
the gown. I used 1.5 yards of lace that is not quite
(just a little under) 2.5 inches wide. Stitch your
lace together then gather and pin it to the outside
of the skirt under the lattice ruffle! Adjust the
gathers. Stitch the lace
really close to the lattice ruffle so that the gathered
lace edge will help stick up the lattice ruffle.
Above the lattice ruffle is another blue rayon fabric.
Cut the size you need. about 2.5 inches wide. Make
sure that you have enough fabric length to gather.
I hand stitched an almost invisible stitch for the hem.
Then I turned under a hem and lightly gathered the fabric,
pinned it to the skirt and hand sewed it in place.
Another view of the same ruffle.
Now came the second layer from the top. I cut
blue rayon lining from the slip 2.5 inches wide by
the length of the slip. Be sure to hem the bottom.
Turn under a hem at the top, gather it up and
pin it to the gown. Stitch it down and remove pins.
Another view of a piece of the second ruffle.
Another view of the second ruffle.
Here is the top ruffle. This time I used a
measuring tape and measured around to get the
size I needed. I cut 2.5 inches wide by and doubled
the length of the measurement that I got.
Be sure to hem the bottom. I turned
under a small hem and gathered the fabric. Then
just like the other layers I pinned it and stitched it
under the ruffle. Remove the pins.
After the blue lining was stitched on under the
crocheted ruffles, then I placed the gown back
onto the doll.
In this photo, you can see my quilting thread at
the bottom. I have stitched closed the opening
by weaving my needle and thread thru the holes.
See, all done, the back is closed. I must cut off
my threads.
See the blue that is showing behind her back.
It is under the top ruffle.
I always used blue thread on the blue fabric and
white thread on the white fabric. On this photo, I
am still gathering the opening closed. Then I will
remove the last pin that is on the left.
When finished stitching the blue fabric closed. Then
change to white doubled quilting thread and stitch
close to the edge starting on the right side of the doll
or the left side and stitch around her waist on the
edge of the crocheted gown. Once you get back to
the back side of the gown, then gather it very tightly
around her waist. Try not to break the threads. Then
be sure to sew together the back white edges closed
by weaving your threads in and out of the crochet.
Make sure it is closed and then it is done.
(I do not know what happened to these photos
cause I had them).
You can make the sashing and the bow however
you want to do it. I made it in 2 parts mainly
because I had a memory relapse and forgot how!
It was just one of those days.
FOR THE STREAMERS: As I said I made it in
2 parts. I first cut about
12 inch long by 2.5 inches wide of the blue
rayon. I stitched it together leaving open a 
small section to turn. I cut the ends at an angle.
After turning the sash right side out, I folded
the sash over onto itself and tied it around her
waist. NO KNOT.
Can you see some of the sashing around the waist.
You can see some of the sashing here which is
the streamer.
This soft blue silky rayon lining is very limber.
Then I cut out another piece of blue rayon sash about
4 inches wide and about 9 inches long. I stitched it
closed and left a small opening to turn the fabric.
Then I stitched it closed. No angled ends on this
piece of fabric. Then, on this long sash I made
bunny ears and placed them together and tied
them inside the 2 long streamers. I did not tie it
in a knot. No need. Then I shaped the bows how
I wanted them and placed the streamers like
I wanted them.
All done here.
This is the pretty bun at the back of the wig. Her
bun is about a half inch or less in size!
It is very tiny!
I tried using a piece of Tulle, but there was not
any on the gown, so it did not look right. Then I
tried using a piece of pink organza wired ribbon.
It was pretty and you could see the bun underneath
it, but again it was wrong because there was not
any pink in the gown!
I looked around and the only crochet that I had
was a few white doily's. But none of them were
right for the job because for a SNOOD you need
holy crochet! Lol.
As you can see, I already cut a piece out of the
I will be using the center of this area where my
thumb is at. Place this inside area on the bun of
the doll. Lightly mold it with your fingers around
the bun to see how big you need.
Keep checking all the time.
As you can I knotted my thread and weaved it
in and out of the crochet. You will be stitching
in a circle. I need to stitch across about 5 of these
crochet lines for my dolls bun. Stitch it a little
bigger than the
bun and keep fitting it to the bun to make sure it
is looking good.
As you can see I have stitched and made
a circle. See the knot where I started.
Lightly gather the stitching with the thread.
Can you see how it drawing up. You can put your
finger inside to make sure it is starting to look like
a hat. Push it out a little.
Next, cut off all the crochet that extends beyond
your stitching. Do not cut your stitching. Be
It looks like a little cap now!
It is so tiny!
Place on the dolls head.
Now take the knot and pull on it so you now have
one side with the knot and the other thread is still
attached to the needle as is in the photo here
and subsequent photos. DO NOT GLUE THIS
Gather it good but not to tightly, and with your
fingernails see if you can push the excess
crochet thread under the hair on both sides
of her head.
Use your fingernail and make sure that the
snood is under the hair at the bottom.
If you do not have fingernails, use a pin or
a needle to help it.
Next lightly gather tightly and shaping
it again. Leave the needle on the
thread as you see here.
Once you are happy with the
way it looks and all the hair is tucked
inside, then gather it up not too tightly
and with both threads make a knot at
the top of the snood. I find it easier
to make a knot with the needle still
attached. It helps to keep the thread
in your hands.
Cut off the excess threads.
All done with this part.
Now with your fingernails, gently
push the crochet down in and around
the hair.
It is good to double check constantly in case
it comes out when you are not looking.
I bought this blue satin ribbon for a hair bow.
Take a long piece about 8 or 9 inches of ribbon.
Put it around your finger or thumb and tie just once
around. Leave an opening a little bigger than
your finger as you see here.
Place the ribbon around her hair and draw it gently.
Check each side of her head and under the bun also.
Make sure it is as you like it and then tie the ribbon into
a bow above the snood.
Do not make any unsightly knots. Do not glue!
Adjust the bow and cut off the ends at an angle.
How lovely it looks!!
I hope you have enjoyed Lily's Tutorial!
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