Merry & Bright! New Christmas & Winter Items

New items added and more to come….mm

I have added some new holiday items to my Etsy shop that I hope you will like. I have more to come but I still have to take pictures.
These will make great stocking stuffers and ship for free (US).
I worried that I might be too early for Christmas shoppers but some have actually already sold (yay!).
Some of he necklaces also make great gifts for Hanukkah or just to celebrate a winter holiday as they are winter themes such as bells and snowflakes.
I’m also working on a new outfit that I should have finished soon so come back again please!

Link to my Etsy shop


Let’s Make a Halloween Necklace for American Girl Dolls

Want to make this cute Halloween-themed bead and tassel necklace for your doll?

DIY American Girl doll necklace for HalloweenI got the idea for this necklace from this post on A Pretty Cool Life. To make it doll-sized, here’s what I did:

DIY American Girl doll necklace for HalloweenFor supplies, I used
– Elastic jewelry cording
– Floss
– Beads
– A piece of cardboard (to make the tassel)
– Scissors (not shown)
I followed the tutorial with a few changes to scale it down to doll size.

Here’s how:

  • Cut a piece of elastic cording about 12″
  • Make the tassel with floss (instead of yarn, which is too thick)
  • I used a piece of cardboard about 2-1/4″ inches long and wrapped the floss about 25 times to make the tassel.
  • String the beads and tie the tassel onto the elastic cording
  • Wrap the necklace around the doll’s neck to hang at the right length
  • Tie off the elastic in the back; cut off excess.
  • Before I cut the elastic I made sure the finished piece would stretch over the doll’s head

DIY American Girl doll necklace for Halloween

And that’s it. Super easy and super cute!

You could make this in any color combination you want. I used orange, purple and black for Halloween, but you could change this up to match any outfit or theme.

A Pretty Cool Life –  DIY Halloween Tassel & Charm Necklaces


Outfits for American Girl Dolls: “The Anne” Overalls with T- Shirt & Necklace

Available first to Doll Things readers:

American Girl doll clothes
I am planning to open an online store in the near future and will offer my handmade items for sale.
But first – I am offering the exclusive opportunity to purchase this outfit to my Doll Things readers.

“The Anne” outfit includes:

  • Tie-dyed shortalls (short overalls). The shorts feature cuffs that are sewn down so they don’t come unrolled. Straps cross in the back and are attached in front with Velcro. The fun flower-shaped buttons are non-working.American Girl doll clothesAmerican Girl doll clothes
  • Custom tie-died (by me) long-sleeve cotton t-shirt. Shirt closes in the back with Velcro, and can be worn with many other outfits due to the mixture of colors.American Girl doll clothes
  • Peace sign pendant necklace. The metal pendant is attached to a satin ribbon which ties in the back.American Girl doll clothes
  • Optional strappy green sandals. Cute cute! The straps cross in the front and use a small piece of Velcro to hold. Flower-shaped beads dress up the front of the sandals. (Note: the beads are glued on well, but will probably come off if pulled on hard enough. Not recommended for very small children)American Girl doll clothes doll sandals doll shoes

    All items are designed and handmade by me (except the peace sign pendant) and this outfit is one of a kind.
    Due to the small parts of this outfit, it is not recommended for small children

Doll not included.

If you are interested in purchasing the outfit, please contact me via email at:
dawnnewsome at yahoo .com, or leave a comment.. Shipping costs will vary, but should be less than $4 (to US). I can accept payment via Paypal at this time.

The outfit is for sale to any Doll Things reader for a short period of time, then if it’s not sold, I will offer it for sale to the public.

Please tell me what you think!  This is my first “for sale” item, guys.

Edit: This outfit is now for sale in my Etsy shop!


Pearl & Tulle Doll Necklace Tutorial

doll necklaceI made this necklace and thought I would share with you how I made it. So here’s the tutorial in pictures:

Doll necklaceSupplies:

  • Tulle
  • Beading elastic
  • Needle & thread to match tulle
  • Scissors
  • Small pearls
  • Template for circle (I used a nickel)
  • Dot of glue (not shown)

Using your circle template, cut circles from the tulle. Yodoll necklacedoll necklaceu can cut as many as you want; I used 7 pieces.

Next, we’re going to scrunch up the center of the circles. You can do this one of two ways: either just grab the center and twist, or fold the circle in half lengthwise, then in half again widthwise (is that a word?). What you want is to have a little “head” on your circle like in the picture below.doll necklace

Next, run your needle and thread through the head, bring your needle around and run it back through again. Then twist your thread around the “neck” of the head a couple of times. Run your thread back through the head/neck, then trim your thread close to the head.doll necklace

Once you’ve done this to all of the tulle circles, you simply thread the pearls and tulle onto the beading elastic. If you jiggle it, the elastic will go right through; no needle necessary for this part.

doll necklace

I used about 11″ of elastic and started with 9 or 10 pearls, then alternated a pearl, tulle, pearl, tulle, etc. After the last piece of tulle, I added another 9 or 10 pearls.

doll necklaceWhen you’re done, try the necklace on your doll so that it hangs where you want it in the front. Then tie a knot in the elastic at the back. I like to dab a dab of glue onto the knot so it stays put. Let the glue dry completely. The necklace should fit over the doll’s head, so it’s easy to take on and off.

pearl and tulle doll necklaceHope this makes sense. This is my first tutorial, so let me know if I left anything out or if you have questions. You can use other beads in place of the pearls and you can use fabric in place of the tulle. If you make one, please send me a picture!


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Doll Diaries is having their Camp Doll Diaries again this year and it’s Week 2. The theme is The Groovy 70s and one of the things they are featuring is a cool tie dye outfit with peace sign necklace.

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doll necklace peace sign
This is MY tie-dye outfit with peace sign necklace, which I made a few weeks ago. Wow! This outfit, which I made with hand tie-dyed fabric,  just seems to fit the theme so I’m sending it along to her. (The top is hand dyed, but the short overalls were made from fabric from my stash).

What do you think? Is it groovy?