Just in time for Valentine's Day! Show your doll some love by making her this fun little sweater. It goes together super fast, and all it takes is just five rectangles....
GIVEAWAY UPDATE: We have a winner! It's Lynda, who said her favorite Valentine's Day tradition is "to spend it with the one you love". Hard to go wrong with that Lynda! We'll be in touch via email soon. And thanks to everybody who entered!
You can use a stretch lace or a light knit -- but in any case, your fabric needs to stretch a little to be sure it'll fit right :)
Cut five rectangles:
One for the back, 4 3/4" x 8"
Two for the front, 4 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Two for the sleeves, 4 1/2" square
And, optionally, some little hearts out of coordinating fabric. :)
To hem the Center Front edges, press under one long edge of each front piece, twice, to form a double-turn hem. Topstitch in place.
Pin the fronts to the backs along the top edge. Make sure you have right sides together, and that the hemmed edges are facing each other. Stitch, and then zig-zag along the entire edge (including the un-stitched section of the back).
Press both seams to the back, and then also press under 1/4" along the un-stitched back edge. This will become the back neckline. Topstitch everything down nicely.
Next, hem one edge of each sleeve. If you're using a stripe like me, go ahead and hem one of the edges where the stripes meet it vertically -- that way the stripes will be oriented in a nice direction on the finished sweater.
You can also stitch your little heart applique down at this point too :)
Mark the middle of each sleeve with a pin.
Then, pin and sew the sleeves to the sweater body, matching the pin to the shoulder seam. Don't forget right sides together :) Zig zag over this seam when you're done.
Fold the sweater in half at the shoulders, and pin and stitch the underarm/side seams.
Finally, hem the lower edge. Give the sweater a good press, and then style it into your doll's wardrobe!
Thanks everybody, and have fun with this!