I have already admitted my love of sewing, and even confessed to making my own aprons. I also love making doll clothes. I have made it a tradition each year at Christmas to make a new outfit for my girls’ first baby dolls. I have really enjoyed picking out cute fabric and making dresses, PJ’s, and even coats for their special little friends. This year, however, I have upped the ante. Esther received a Madame Alexander 18” doll for her birthday(courtesy of Swagbucks earnings) this year. Jealousy immediately made itself evident in her older sister. “I want one!” said Abigail. I told her she might get one for her birthday next year (May). She frowned, and thought for a moment. “How about for Christmas?” She’s no dummy! :)
After looking at prices on pre-made clothing for 18” dolls, I fainted. After I picked myself up off the floor, I knew there had to be a better way to clothe the dolls. Thus began the search for 18” doll clothing patterns. I must say I balked at the price range of the patterns - $9-17, depending on the store. I resigned myself to buying one at a time as finances permitted. This meant that I would probably have the entire collection by the time my granddaughters arrived! I was visiting with my mom, and she happened to mention that Hobby Lobby (I love that store) was having a sale on patterns. All Simplicity patterns are $.99 this week! I begged her to take me over, and sure enough, they had the 18” doll patterns. I bought every single one they had – 16 in all! I purchased all sixteen patterns for $15.84 with a total savings (figured from the price printed on the envelope) of $210.25! What a blessing!
Now I have a complete arsenal of fashion – even the Disney Princess dresses. I cannot wait to start my Christmas projects. Shhhh! Don’t tell my girls what is in store for them this year! I am so excited! What is the best deal you have come across lately? By the way, it’s not too late to go snag some $.99 patterns at Hobby Lobby!
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