Monday, October 24, 2011

Playing with Dolls

It is so funny how things come about. I was with good friend Eileen Hull last week and she mentioned the upcoming 'suitcase' project for the Fresh Vintage bloghop. I had participated the previous week and was not planning on going another round of hopping but since my new book, Love to Dress Up 18" Dolls, was just released and would be the perfect fit for the suitcase, I thought it was a wonderful fit. I decided to dress my doll in the Outdoor Explorer outfit which went perfectly with some Monarch butterfly fabric I already owned in my stash.

Here is how I created my suitcase so full of butterflies, that some seem to be escaping.

Fuse Steam a Seam 2 to the back of your chosen fabric.

Remove paper backing from the fusible web and cover a piece of matboard with the fabric.

Create the magic sandwich: cutting board-die-fabric covered matboard-cutting board. Slide the entire sandwich through the Sizzix machine.

I colored the edges and inside of my suitcase using my Mepxy markers.

I added brads to the corners and a 'lock' shaped brad to the front of the suitcase.

Using the project photo as a guide, create your suitcase.

Use leftovers to create a mini luggage tag, adding some embroidery thread as the hanging loop.

Cut out two Butterflies, once again a great die provided to us by Eileen and Sizzix.

Create wire coils and attach them to the back of the butterflies, attaching the opposite end inside the suitcase using foam tape.

What fun!

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  1. She is adorable- that came out great! I still can't believe you happened to have monac=rch butterfly fabric on hand... Thanks for hopping along. Where can we get the book? Is it out now?

  2. How totally adorable! I love that the butterflies on the outside look like they are flying away!

    I just went and checked out your book, very cute! I have a four year old and a two year old who are both just starting to get into playing with their 18" dolls....this may be a purchase I should consider...the would love some new doll clothes for their dollies!

  3. That's a super fun suitcase Lorine. Love the fabric!

  4. Love it, Lorine! You are so creative! Love the monarch colors!

  5. how cute is that!!! love it!

  6. Lorine, I love what you did with this did. Your baby doll is adorable! Congratulations on your new book!!!

  7. Beautiful and thats great for the doll never thought about that. greay idea.
    love the papers and the colrs. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win

  8. Wow!! Adorable Doll and a Huge Talent you have!
    So Amazing!! Thank you for sharing your art!♥
    Hugss and Blessings,


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