How To Make A Fashion Doll Beach Mat and Tote Bag Out of Plarn

Do you enjoy crocheting? Are you a frugal crafter? If so, I have a great frugal craft project for you today that won’t cost you a cent! This particular craft project is made out of plarn! Not sure what plarn is? Well, I am going to tell you about it.

Plarn is the slang term given to ‘yarn’ that has been made from plastic grocery bags…you know, those plastic bags that grocery and retail stores use to pack your purchases in. Instead of throwing them away and junking up our landfills, you can turn those plastic bags into plarn.

To make the following two projects, you will need a size H crochet hook (for the beach mat) and a size G crochet hook for the tote bag and 8-10 plastic shopping bags.

How To Make The Plarn: You will want to use clean plastic bags. Cut off the handles and flatten the bag flat. Cut off the seaming at the bottom. Now…cutting through both layers of the bag, cut strips that are a 1/2″ wide. Once you have your strips, you will want to loop them together to form a continuous long strand. Once it is long enough, roll into a ball. You can find YouTube.com video’s and tutorial web sites online to teach you how to make plarn if you need a visual demonstration.

To Make The Beach Mat:

You will want to chain 44 stitches, single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain 1, turn and single crochet in each stitch across. You will continue this pattern until you have 11 rows. Fasten off and weave in your ends.

To Make The Tote Bag:

This tote bag is made by crocheting 5 rectangular blocks and then simply slant stitching all of the rectangles together to make the tote bag. I made the tote bag larger than a purse because I wanted it to hold the fashion doll’s plastic suntan lotion bottle, her towel, hat, sunglasses, etc. You know…all of those little fun accessories that those dolls come with.

You will need to make 2 long side panels:
Chain 8, single crochet in the 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 1 and turn, single crochet in each stitch across, chain 1 and turn. Repeat until you have 4 rows, fasten off, weave in ends.

You will need to make 2 short side panels:
Chain 5, single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 1, turn, single crochet in each stitch across, chain 1 and turn. Repeat until you have 4 rows, fasten off, weave in ends.

You will need to make 1 bottom panel:
Chain 8, single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, single crochet in each chain across, Chain 1, turn, single crochet in each stitch across, chain 1, turn. Repeat until you have 2 rows.

Assembly:
You will simply slip stitch all 4 side panels to the bottom panel of the tote bag and then slip stitch up each of the 4 sides to connect them to one another. Fasten off, weave in your ends. For the handle, I just chained 10 and slip stitched each side of the handle to the top of the tote bag.

Craft Project – How To Make A Fashion Doll Dress Out Of Baby Socks

As a grandmother to a precious little girl, I am always thinking up of ways to make new craft items by re-using her outgrown baby socks. As a mother or grandmother, I am sure you know that they outgrow those socks before they even begin to wear them out!

Since I am a ‘green’ grandmother, I have been re-purposing those socks into new items that she can play with. One of the things I came up with is this cute dress that be used with 11 1/2″ fashion dolls. Here is how you can make one too but it does require a little bit of crocheting.

To Make The 1 piece Fashion Doll Dress: You will need one baby sock, in this case, I used a light purple one. These are the classic stretch knit ones. I cut the heal and toe section off so that the tube remaining measures 4 3/4″ long. The top opening of the sock will be the top of the dress, the raw edge (the cut edge) will be the bottom. You will want to fold under 1/8″ of the raw edge so that its hidden inside the dress. Using bedspread weight cotton and a size 4 crochet hook, you will want to do a picot stitch trim around the hemline of the dress working through both layers so that the raw edge will be inside.

Picot Trim: Attach by single crocheting, chain 2, single crochet in second chain from hook, insert hook through both layers about 1/8″ away from your last stitch and single crochet, chain 2, single crochet in second chain from hook, insert hook through both layers about 1/8″ away from your last stitch…go around the entire bottom edge of the dress in this manner and then finish up by slant stitching in your first single crochet, fasten off and weave in your ends.

To Make The 2 Piece Fashion Doll Dress: You will need to use 2 baby knit socks to make this outfit.

To Make The Top: I cut the heal and toe area off of the sock. It now measures 2 3/4: long. The opening will be the top of the shirt and the portion of the sock that you cut off will be the bottom. Using some sewing thread and a needle, fold 1/8″ of the cut edge up and on the inside so that the raw edge is underneath your top. Use 2-4 stitches just to tack it up (these will be removed later).

Using a size 2 crochet hook, poke it through both layers of your raw edge end and attach cotton thread (bedspread weight crochet thread) with a single crochet. Now you want to do the edging which is: chain 2, single crochet in second stitch from your hook, poke your crochet needle through both layers about 1/8″ away from your first single crochet and single crochet in that spot, chain 2, single crochet in second chain from hook, poke your crochet needle through both layers 1/8″ away from your previous single crochet and keep going around the circumference of your sock. Once around, join with a slant stitch in first single crochet, Fasten off and weave in ends. Remove the tack stitches and your top is now done.

To Make The Skirt: The skirt is made just like the top except I used a white sock for this skirt and I also made it 1/2″ longer in the length than what I did for the top.

As you can see, this is a really quick and easy project that will help you to recycle those outgrown baby socks into new items for your little girl to play with. Happy Crafting!

Fashion Doll Hair – To Root Or Reroot – What is the Difference?

You have plans to create your own anime character and you have just received the brand new Obitsu doll in the mail. The problem is it has no hair. But your character is not bald! So, how do you get the look that you want? Or maybe the head HAS hair but the hair is the wrong color. How do you get it the right color? In either case you would want to have the dolls hair rooted or re-rooted. This can be accomplished in one of two ways:

1) Teach yourself how to do it. Or…
2) Find a professional who can do it for you. Either way you will need to know if you are looking to have your dolls head “rooted” or “re-rooted”.

Rooting a Head

If your dolls head is bald to begin with, (as smooth as a baby’s bottom) with no hole at all, you will want to “root” the head. Which means you will be establishing its unique style from the very beginning. You can put the holes where you want them and create any look that you desire with hardly any problems.

The down side is that if your dolls head is hard, (meaning: not squishy), it can be a pain to get the holes in place to root the hair.

Another problem is that if your dolls head is soft you may be tempted to place the holes too close together which can rip the scalp and ruin the head.

Both these problems can be over come with practice.

Re-Rooting A Head

If your dolls head already has hair, or has had hair, you will be looking to have the head “re-rooted”. The holes already define a specific style that can be quite hard to change unless you know what you are doing. But, it is simple enough to change or replace hair if the holes are already there.

On the plus side you can fill in or “root” bald spots if the hair is too sparse. But, you must be careful not to place them too close together.

On the downside the holes may look like they will require more hair then is really needed and you might rip the scalp by making the plugs too thick.

Once again, these problems can be easily overcome with practice.

Getting Help With Your Doll Hair

If you are afraid to do the doll hair re-rooting yourself, or you don’t have the time to learn how to root doll hair, you can do a search and find the services you are looking for from a professional. You can confidently discuss the services you will require because now you know the difference between “rooting” and “re-rooting” a fashion dolls head of hair.

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