Update: The Happy Campers Sleeping Bag won the voting and is free 1-1-16 until modnight pacific time.
On Friday (January 1st, 2016) we'll have one of the following patterns available for free from Kristin Rutten! Be sure to vote, leave a comment, and join us in thanking her for her generosity.
More About Kristin Rutten: Kristin is the creator, owner and operator of Matilda Jo Originals, which includes patterns sold under the Matilda’s Closet and AptOne8 labels. Born and raised in Montana, she first learned to sew on her grandmother's antique Singer Featherweight sewing machine by cutting out and stitching a simple nine-square pillow. Other projects soon followed and she has been crafting and sewing ever since. She makes her home in Central Montana with her husband and four children.
Here is more information about each pattern:
Happy Campers Sleeping Bags: If your doll is going to host a great slumber party, backyard camp out, or adventure in the woods, a comfy and cute sleeping bag is an accessory you'll want to be sure to have on hand! Your adventurers will indeed be happy campers when you create their favorite type of sleeping bag ... the perfect accessory to the Happy Campers Dome Tent. This PDFpattern includes options for two main types of sleeping bags: a traditional bag and a mummy bag with optional attached stuff sack. Suitable for an intermediate seamstress, the traditional bag features the familiar rectangular shape with curved head area and a side zipper, plus built-in elastic bands for easy storage. Just roll it up, slip the bands over the ends, and you're good to go. Finished size is approximately 19.5x8.5 inches. The mummy bag has a more contoured shape and offers two options for closure - one with Velcro(TM) strips and another with a pair of zippers. Both have the option of an attached stuff sack, which allows you to do just as it suggests... stuff the bag into the sack, cinch up the cord and you're done... just like the real thing! The Velcro(TM) version is appropriate for an intermediate level seamstress, while the zippered version is a bit more advanced because of the complexity of the construction and materials used. Finished size is approximately 20x8 inches.
Happy Campers Portable Padded Chair: Whether sitting on the cold, hard ground next to a campfire in the woods or cheering on your favorite team from the sidelines, you’ll appreciate the extra padding, warmth and convenience of the Happy Campers Portable Padded Chair! Adjust the chair using the Velcro(TM) straps on the side. When you're ready to move, simply fold up the chair and use those same straps to secure it all together for easy carrying. Use it on camping trips or dress it up with your favorite team colors and logo to make a fun stadium seat! Finished chair measures approximately 5x5x5 inches when set up. This beginner-level PDF pattern goes together quickly, so whip up a chair for yourself and another for a friend ... and while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the other fun outdoors accessories in the Happy Campers line, including the dome tent and traditional and mummy-style sleeping bags. Recommended Fabrics: rip-stop nylon, canvas duck, cotton, denim.
Hooded Scarf For 18 Inch Dolls: There’s just something about a pair of warm fuzzy mittens that makes a gal want to venture outdoors for some winter fun! Add a matching hooded scarf and your doll will be ready for all kinds of adventures, from festive hayrides and holiday strolls to wild snowball fights and days spent at the local ice rink. This PDF pattern goes together quickly for the confident beginner, with lots of room for customization by mixing and matching different lining fabrics with your chosen fleece. Better yet, the hooded scarf is reversible, so you get two looks in one! Recommended Fabrics: Fleece.
Felt Cowgirl Hat For 18 Inch Dolls: Bring out your doll's inner cowgirl with a felt hat and neckerchief! The hat's felt construction lends an authentic touch, while the wired brim makes it easy to shape just the look you want. Add a colorful neckerchief to complete the outfit, featuring a basic back button closure for easier dressing. Combined with a denim version of our Inspired By Zooey Dress PDF pattern, also available from aleksandrajones, your doll will be ready to blaze trails and wrangle her way into history, just like the pioneers who came before her! Recommended Fabrics: hat - felt, fleece; scarf - cotton, seersucker, broadcloth
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