american girl doll patterns.

Miss Madeline Peasant Dress Pattern.
{via You Can Make This}

In an effort to save money, be environmentally responsible, and put more meaning into Christmas this year I’m making at least half of my gifts. Not just neighbor gifts but gifts to my kids, my husband, and my siblings. I think most of us are feeling the financial crunch, and I’m especially feeling the need to create memories instead of buying them.

One of our family traditions {as I’m sure is the case with many of you} is to have the kids open a pair of new pajamas on Christmas Eve. I usually get the kids matching somethings so they look adorable opening all their Christmas presents. This year, I’m going to make their Christmas pajamas. I’ve dusted off the sewing machine and I can’t wait to get started! I’m using patterns from a great site called You Can Make This, which is filled to the brim with hundreds and hundreds of patterns for you to download straight off the site. They are totally affordable {so you can grab a few while you’re there}and there are so many to choose from it’s ridiculous. The are step-by-step instructions {with photos! lots of photos!} for people like me who need hand holding through the whole process. I’m thinking about doing some of these aprons as neighbor & little friend gifts, what do you think?

The Duet Apron Set Pattern.
{via You Can Make This}.

One more thing, if you have a daughter like mine who is currently up to her neck in all things American Girl, there are some darling patterns for doll clothes, and you’ll still have money left over for your car payment.
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  1. KJ :

    super cute. way to be a seamstress. I need hand-holding and probably medication too but I’m checking out the site!

  2. Shauna :

    What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing the site, sounds like what I need, detailed directions and pictures! The aprons are darling – and the fabrics, SO CUTE!! Thank you!! The gifts you give this year will be especially special to those who receive them!! Happy Holidays!

  3. jill :

    all i can say is ADORABLE!!

  4. Grateful Gramma :

    I want to make an apron for my granddaughter for Christmas so this would be great.