(Pictorial) Log Cabin Dollhouse-Making Braided Rugs

The old rug in the house was actually an antique crocheted pot holder that I put in there when I was 12. I decided it was time to make a ‘real’ rug for the cabin.

I used antique embroidery cotton that I had (Yeah, I stockpile old sewing stuff and linens *sigh*).

First, I made a ton of strings to braid. Did I mention that I DETEST braiding?!

Sewing this took FOREVER- probably over a week or more, so my sister, who is staying with me during her cancer treatments, took over the sewing of it and finished this rug in a couple of days. She even sewed it when she was in the hospital- that’s dedication!

It turned out a little bumpy, but I don’t mind. I glued a cotton backing on the thing after it was done being sewed together. I love it ūüôā


Throwback Thursday: Sewing and Designing Little Couture Doll Ensembles for My Kid’s Gene Dolls


The finished outfit for Maisie’s Gene doll ūüôā Not bad for no pattern…

This is a little throwback Thursday post- I wrote it on Thursday and forgot to post it til Friday, though!

Last winter I went nuts and bought a ton of those gorgeous Gene fashion dolls for Maisie off eBay. I purchased clothed ones, naked ones, doll trunks, you name it… I guess you could say I did this for me. Having a little girl has been fulfilling all of my childhood doll fantasies in a really big way!

I sew and design clothes in my spare time (I used to design dog furniture in Oslo, Norway about a dozen years ago). I have a bad habit of collecting vintage fabrics and clothing (hello, hoarding). This little outfit prototype was made of an early 1960s silk chiffon nightie and some vintage black jersey fabric.


all hand sewn while Maisie was sleeping. It’s a pain trying to make a sloper pattern for a doll.


teeny stitches


the beginnings


had to sort out the arm holes et al


not the neatest hem I’ve done, but it was ok for the prototype


I really loved the belt and stole


voila! My design!


another view


another outfit I started, with a belt made of vintage scraps


teeny head scarf made from 1930s-40s fabric scraps


head scarf on doll