A new year is here!! It’s time to clean up the sewing area and start brainstorming projects for 2019. Before I dive into another fresh year of sewing, I like to share my annual 5 latest “must have” tools and notions for doll clothes sewing (or any sewing really!) These simple tools can make sewing smaller doll clothes a little easier and you can find all of them on Amazon. Click here to see my list from last year, and here to see my list from 2017.
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1. Patty Young’s Turn n More Tool by Riley Blake.
This brand new tool, made by Patty Young, is a game changer for doll clothes. I LOVE THIS TOOL. In a facebook group one day, Patty asked what tools we would like to see made that had her fabric designs on them. I suggested a gripping, foreceps type of tool and she not only picked my idea, she sent me one when it was actually produced about a year later! This handy tool is well worth the wait, and also the price tag (about $12). You will use it for all sorts of things- mostly to pull that slipped elastic back out of the casing, or to turn a tiny doll bodice right side out after you sew it together with just one little pull.
2. Travel Size Craft Iron
This little tiny iron really packs some punch for the price. It gets super hot, has a steam option, and doesn’t turn off by itself (which is an advantage and disadvantage for sure!). I first used one at a sewing retreat a few years back. We plugged it in and left it on all week long. Lightweight and tiny, it got the job done and is a perfect companion to your doll clothes sewing tools.
3. KAI Dressmaking Shears
Everyone needs a pair of nice, sharp, high quality fabric scissors. You know the ones- the ones that you lock up yourself each night or threaten bodily harm to anyone found using them for anything other than fabric? I started using KAI scissors with my paper crafting. Strong and sharp, I found a pair that was a bit shorter and they are my go to for all of my fabric cutting. I own three pairs!
4. Ruffler foot attachment for my sewing machine
I know I’ve mentioned this little gadget before, but yes, this year, my ruffler foot is on my top five list. It’s just so quick to gather up a doll skirt (like 15 seconds quick!) that is really pays for itself over and over. I’ve kept a spreadsheet of some of my common skirt length settings (to make the skirt match up with the bodice for example) so I don’t have to figure it out each time. This foot is also great for the popular ruffled sleeves too, and makes putting a ruffle on a full skirt a breeze! Be sure to get the one that is correct for your specific sewing machine make and model.
5. Omnigrid 4×8 inch Ruler
I believe I have an omnigrid ruler in every size they make- from 1 x6 all the way up to 24 x 24 inches. However, even with multiple rulers right at my finger tips, this 4×8 inch one is the perfect size for so many of my doll clothes needs. It’s easy to use to extend a pattern (make pants from shorts, or long sleeves from short sleeves for example) or for cutting straps, waistbands, and skirts with my rotary cutter. Keep this handy ruler right next to your work area.
So there’s my Favorite Five for 2019. Use these few tools to make sewing your doll clothes a little easier and a little more fun. We’re going to have a great sewing year ahead, stop by again soon!