DIY No Sew Dresses for Dolls

Our Generation Dolls from Target’s Online Toy Emporium & a No-Sew Doll Dress Tutorial

cbias-disclaimer-june2014When you have a little girl – you are bound to get a certain doll catalog in the mail. You guessed it – American Girl! When Lennox looks through the catalog she wants it all but there is no way that mommy and daddy’s wallet can afford what is in there. That is when trusty Target comes into the picture, since they always have the best toys! Recently, while shopping at Target I noticed a whole aisle dedicated to the Our Generation brand. I had noticed some of these toys in the past, but recently it has really grown, just in time for the holiday season. When I noticed they had a large line of 18″ dolls – I knew this would be the perfect toy for Lennox and I could not see any difference between these Our Generation dolls and American Girl — other than the price tag!

our generation toys at targetSo, Lennox and I last week headed to Target to get a special new member of our family – Olivia! Olivia is an Our Generation 18″ doll – who honestly, I am so impressed with. I knew that Target wouldn’t fail me. They always have such a great toy selection and have recently started their online Toy Emporium – just in time for your Christmas shopping! This doll only cost $21 and had so many options. We picked Olivia because she looked so much like Lennox. When we got home, we were quick to get her out of the box. When I was doing so – I noticed some great information about the brand – which just makes me love Target even more! 

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Our Generation stands for so much and really gives back. A proceed of all sales, goes to Free the children’s Power of a Girl Initiative. This is an initiative to help children in developing countries get an education – which is one of the most powerful tools we can give a girl in hopes they can escape poverty. The packaging is also made out of recycled materials, is 100% recyclable and uses natural based inks. It doesn’t get much better than that. Our Generation is promoting strong, educated, free and creative girls – I love it!

Anyway – meet Olivia!
our-generation-girl-doll-lennoxLennox quickly got her inside and start using her imagination! For some reason – she was tickled by the idea of her having underwear on … and quickly found a potty for her… so random! She started taking care of her as soon as she could. She considers Olivia her baby and hasn’t stopped using her imagination since! She will feed her, care for her, dress her and even has a bed set up for her next to her own bed! If she forgets to get her up before school, she just tells me that she was really tired and had to spend the day in bed. I know how Olivia feels sometimes!

our-generation-girl-pretendNow that we officially have an 18″ doll in our house, I wanted to be creative with Lennox. So many times I see super cute doll clothes that you can sew yourself on Pinterest, but I don’t have a sewing machine or many sewing skills so Lennox and I decided to try out a no-sew dress pattern! We had great success and made 4 different dresses – all costing only about $1.50 each and about 15 minutes of your time! Here are the directions on how to do this for your child’s 18″ dolls as well!

HOW TO MAKE A NO SEW PILLOW CASE DRESS FOR DOLLS

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What you will need:

  • Fabric Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper or fabric tape measure
  • Fabric (you can make these out of a fat quarter or 1/2 yard of fabric.
  • Thin ribbon or string
  • 1 large safety pin

Instructions:

  1. Take your fabric and cut out 2 – 8.5″ x 11″ pieces. You can use a fat quarter for this or even a 1/2 yard of fabric. I was able to even use remnants from the fabric store for super cheap!
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  2. Turn over each piece of fabric and create a small hem on one of the short ends, about a half inch. Put a line of hot glue and glue down to the back of the fabric. This will create a cleaner line for the bottom of your dress as well as prevent fraying of the fabric. It also hides uneven lines!no sew 18" doll dress step 2
  3. Once you have created both hems, place the pieces of fabric pattern side together and hot glue the 2 long edges together, leaving about a 2.5″ unglued area near the top for the arm holes.no sew 18" doll dress step 3
  4. Once dry, cut approximately a 2.5″ arm home on each side – rounding out the bottom. This will be come the very top of your pillow case dress.
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  5. Fold over one of the top pieces so that you leave a lip of about a 1/2 inch to put the ribbon straps through. Put hot glue only on the very bottom/edge and glue down.Repeat on the other side.
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  6. Taking a large safety pin, pin one end of the ribbon. This will help you thread the ribbon through the top holes of the dress.
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  7. Put the safety pin through the hole, crunching up the fabric to get it all the way through. Pull the ribbon through the first hole and loop it around through the other side. This will create the shoulder strap on one side and shoulder bow for the other.no sew 18" doll dress step 7
  8. Turn the dress inside out carefully and even out the ribbon! Now you just need to put the dress on the doll and tie the bow and you are done! If the fabric is really wrinkled or you are using a thick fabric – you may need to lightly iron it!no sew 18" doll dress step 8
  9. Put the dress on your doll and tie the bow and you are done! Here is the finished product! This dress falls just above the doll’s knees!DIY No Sew Dresses for American Girl Dolls

This is so easy to do and there are so many possibilities. I made another version – and added an extra hem on the bottom to make a strip of accent fabric. 

DIY No Sew Dresses for American Girl Dolls

If you have a little one to shop for this holiday season, you really need to check out the improved Target toy section for the best toys around. They have a wide variety toys that touch on a group of core themes: Explore, Discover, Active, Imagine, Create, and Build!

Have you checked out Our Generation dolls yet?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias and the #TargetToys campaign. All opinions and photos are 100% my own.

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Pick up some new and different DVD’s this fall

We often hear about so many of the blockbuster hits coming out on DVD that some of the smaller movies or even classics coming to DVD get lost in the shuffle. I have been screening a few new titles that I would like to share with you today!

1. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is musical fairytale adaptation of the french novel La Mecanique du Coeur (The Boy with the Cucko-Clock Heart). The movie is set in the 18th century and is about a boy, Jack who was born on a very cold day with a frozen heart. They bring him back to life by putting a Cockoo-Clock in place of his heart (this reminds me of Iron Man…)! He learns he must never play with it nor fall in love! This is a tale of what happens when he does fall in love!

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Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart movie reminds me of a Tim Burton film. If it wasn’t an animated movie – Johnny Depp would be staring it in it for sure! The graphics are somewhat dark but stunning. This movie releases on October 7, 2014 and will be available at major retailers including Amazon54. for $14.98.

2. Thunder and the House of Magic

If you have a fan of Selena Gomez at home you will want to get the DVD, Thunder and the House of Magic! This movie is an internationally acclaimed animated feature that will be exclusively available at Walmart starting September 30th (today!). Thunder is an abandoned cat who finds an old magic mansion full of gizmos. The mansion, owned by a retired magician, soon finds the unwanted house guest and things start to get wacky! This is a silly and fun tale appropriate for the whole family! The film features music from Selena Gomez.

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 3. My Little Pony – Spooktacular Pony Tales

Halloween is just around the corner and My Little Pony is ready to celebrate with your little ones! I love all the holiday themed My Little Pony dvd’s and so does my daughter! This DVD is full of 6 Halloween themed episodes and a sing along! Your resident ponies, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and Spike are all part of these episodes and have spooky adventures. This DVD is so fun for the Halloween season! My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales is now available!

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4. My Little Pony – The Complete Series

Feeling nostalgic? You need to check out the newest My Little Pony DVD set. This DVD set includes all of the original 65 episodes from our childhood! They may look different from the My Little Ponies today – but the adventures and music are still fun. I remember watching these shows as a kid – and Lennox thinks it’s so fun to watch older shows from when I was little!  A little more about the DVD collection:

You’re invited to return to Ponyland, the home of all your favorite classic Little Ponies, including the Earth Ponies, Unicorns, Pegasus Ponies, Flutter Ponies, Sea Ponies, Baby Sea Ponies, their human friends Megan, Danny and Molly and, of course, their dragon friend, Spike! Together, they live a life of games, songs and harmony with allies like the Bushwoolies and Furbobs. But, occasionally, there are problems in Ponyland and the Little Ponies of Paradise Estate must face evil witches, goblins, Stone Backs, Grundles and more! Now you can join in the fun and adventure with My Little Pony: The Complete Series!

My Little Pony: The Complete Series is available this week on Amazon for only $21!

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 5. Hey Arnold! The Complete Series

Continue feeling nostalgic because one of my favorite Nickelodeon shows as a kid was Hey Arnold! I don’t know about you, but I was a complete Nickelodeon kid! When I received the full series box set – I was excited to show this one to Lennox as well. It is so different from the rest of the movies and shows listed here but it’s great! Remember Helga?

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If you are unfamiliar with Hey Arnold! Here is a little more about the series:

Life in the big city is one big adventure for Arnold. Living with his grandparents, who run the Sunset Arms boarding house, Arnold shares a roof with a diverse and unusual menagerie of characters (including his pet pig!). But as any fourth grader knows, some of the most memorable people you’ll ever meet are in school. With friends like Arnold’s (including storyteller Gerald, class jinx Eugene, sometime-bully Harold, and the tomboy Helga, who harbors a secret crush on our hero), you can be sure that he’s got some funny exploits to share with fans.

This complete series box set of Hey Arnold! is now available on DVD at Walmart!

Note: I received early release copies of these DVD’s in return for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Easy Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

Preparing for a Minnie Mouse Slumber Party!

cbias-disclaimer-june2014We can spend so much time planning for a birthday party or even just a slumber party. Some of us love the idea of everything “Pinterest-worthy” – but remember how it used to be a lot more simple to throw a party? When we were young our parents didn’t have Pinterest – we used party supplies from the party store and called it a day. Now that Lennox has been having friends over for parties and slumber parties with our neighbors – I have found just the right mix between store bought and a little customization thanks to Pinterest! We are in the midst of planning a sleepover and though I would share what I have done to make it a little easier on myself and hopefully you too!

Lennox has a friend sleeping over in 2 weeks and she wanted to have it be extra special and when I asked her which Disney Junior character she wanted the theme to be – she chose Minnie Mouse! That would have been my last guess for her to pick – but I’m glad she did! Minnie Mouse goes back to the roots of Disney and there are so many cute Minnie items available!

How to Plan a Minnie Mouse Slumber Party #JuniorCelebratesWe headed to Walmart this weekend and purchased a bunch of things, just in time for her slumber party. First we were happy to find that Walmart has a whole line of Disney Junior bedding. whether you are looking for Minnie Mouse, Doc McStuffin’s or even Sofia the First – Walmart has you covered!

disney-junior-bedding-walmartOnce we found a new blanket and pillow – we headed over to the party supplies. This is where the convenience factor of having such cute decorations – at an affordable price – makes party planning so easy for us moms (and dads)! We found some super cute Minnie Mouse supplies – plates, napkins, cups, tablecloth, etc. Lennox was so excited to put together a “grand picnic” when its slumber party time!

Minnie Mouse Party Supplies Minnie Mouse Party SuppliesWe gathered a few more items around the store (you can find Minnie Mouse in almost every department!) and headed home! Lennox couldn’t wait to get everything out and make her plans for the slumber party! The Minnie Mouse nightgown was one of her favorites.

Minnie Mouse Slumber PartyShe also picked out some slippers – although they weren’t Minnie Mouse she did pick another Disney Junior character – Lamby from DocMcstuffins. Everyone needs cuddles sometimes!

Minnie Mouse Slumber PartySo we have our party supplies and our bedtime supplies – Lennox requested I make a special treat for after dinner! I decided to make some Minnie Mouse cupcakes! All you need is a frosted cupcake, mini Oreos and some thin pink or red ribbon. You can make your favorite cupcakes, or even use store bought cupcakes – whatever is easier for you! I’m all about saving time!

Easy Minnie Mouse CupcakesIf you are planning on of our child’s first slumber party – use this checklist to help you stay organized and not forget anything!

Girls Slumber Party ChecklistSo what do you do to make your slumber parties special? Lennox isn’t old enough to have a big slumber party yet – but just having 1 friend or cousin over is so exciting for her and I can’t wait to hear all those little girl giggles at bedtime, again soon!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias and the #JuniorCelebrates campaign. All opinions and photos are 100% my own.