ModKid Summer Fun Blog Tour

tracy • April 04, 2014 • 21 Comments


We are so happy to be a part of the MODKID Summer Fun Blog Tour! When MODKID founder and designer Patty Young asked us to review her new booklet with seven adorable patterns for 18-inch dolls, I jumped at the chance. The projects are all items for the summer, so you have time to make something for the 18-inch doll in your life to use right away. We know she needs shorts, a bathing suit, cover-up or tote bag for all the summer fun that is about to happen.

My Daughter and GenQ junior editor, Cyd, is absolutely obsessed with her American Girl and I love making things for Cyd, so this is a win-win!

At American Girl Place in Chicago

See, I love toys like American Girl. They cost a bit more, but the quality is fantastic. I LOVE toys that have lots of “extras” to buy because a small purchase every few months keeps that toy fresh and gives them reason to play with it again. I have  three kids, so you’d think I have plenty of practice buying toys. However, it honestly took me awhile to learn that I could spend money on some trendy toy they would play with it for a short while and then it would never get played with again. A good doll or some Legos…now these are the classic toys that have longevity!

My American Girl, Cyd, and her doll, Mia

Because I sew, I have made Cyd some things for her doll over the years. It is a quick project for me to whip up in just a few hours at most. Cyd loves to help pick out the fabrics so the item is just what she wants! So when this pattern booklet arrived, I just handed the whole book over and asked Cyd to pick something. She chose the Sleeping Bag and Pillow.

I had been saving some mini-prints from Timeless Treasures to use for her AG. I love using the tiny prints to play along with the size of the doll. Cyd has been waiting to use that sushi print forever!

This project was very easy and very quick! I loved the illustrations that made it super-easy to understand how to lay out the fabrics, trim the pieces and then sew it together. I wanted to make sure the layers were stitched together because it will be played with a lot! I just eyeballed the quilting lines and stitched it together. Super-quick and a lot of fun to make!

The rest of the patterns are just so cute that I want you other AG “grandparents” to have your very own copy! Leave a comment on this post telling us about your fave doll to be entered to win a copy of MODKID Summer Fun.  U.S. stitchers can choose a printed or digital copy of the pattern. Folks outside the U.S. will receive a digital version. We will choose a winner on April 11. And hey, follow the blog tour for more chances to win over the next few days!

4/1/2014 Jennifer Coe
4/2/2014 Carla Crim
4/3/2014 Sara Lawson
4/4/2014 Generation Q
4/5/2014 Suzanne Winter
4/7/2014 Laura Kelly  and Doll Diaries
4/8/2014 American Patchwork & Quilting
4/9/2014 Kristin Link
4/10/2014 Jenny Fish
4/11/2014 Patty Young/MODKID




Winner, Winner chicken dinner!!!


I asked Cyd to pick the winning number and she chose 11!


Lori Morton Identicon Icon Lori Morton April 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm [edit]

My Grangirlie would love learning to sew, by makin’ clothes for her doll. Will be special Hear Memory Making time for she & I. Her doll isn’t a real AG doll…but her name is Emily. She is loved very much here. :)

Congratulations Lori! Look for an email from us! Thank you to all who entered the contest!

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  • Raina DelRio • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #1

    My favorite doll is American Girl Kaya. She reminds me of my late grandfather who was also Native American.

  • quiltzyx/sue • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #2

    Great review & the patterns shown look fun! I don’t have a favorite doll, but I think this would make a terrific addition to my guild’s library!

  • Lenka • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #3

    Thank you so much for sharing your review of Patty’s new book. It looks like fun to make a wardrobe for a little girls dolls. And I am sure it would also be a great project to do together:)

  • sandra • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #4

    I’d love a NEW Molly cause my grand left mine out and she lost an eye, thanks for the chance to get book This Greatgranny like to play with dolls

  • Sarah • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #5

    Thank you for the giveaway! Looks like really fun things to make.

  • Allison P • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #6

    My favorite dolls were mostly porcelain dollies growing up…I’m excited to share AG dolls with my daughter and the love of sewing dolly’s clothes!

  • Cindy Gillis • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #7

    My favorite AG doll is Molly! My daughter is just learning to sew and I know she would love this book!

  • Nicole Sender • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #8

    Great book for us doll lovers. My favorite doll; a Madame Alexander doll I had when I was a lot younger.

  • kim • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #9

    Sage is a favorite here.

  • Laura Lewis • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #10

    Our favorite doll is Kaya!

  • Lori Morton • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #11

    My Grangirlie would love learning to sew, by makin’ clothes for her doll. Will be special Hear Memory Making time for she & I. Her doll isn’t a real AG doll…but her name is Emily. She is loved very much here. 🙂

  • Holly • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #12

    Hi. I don’t have a doll but I sew for my nieces’ AG dolls all the time…Miss Molly And Miss Grace. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Diann Cornell • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #13

    My favorite doll as a child was a ballet dancer doll that was a hand me down from a younger cousin of my dad. There were lots of clothes that went with her, and a suitcase too. I loved all of it. For some reason the doll had green hair. I suspect Dad’s cousin had something to do with that since at that time you would never find a doll with green hair.

  • Debby Saunders • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #14

    I don’t have a favorite. I have made clothes for my granddaughter’s AG doll. Even got a compliment at the store when she was wearing her ‘wedding’dress I made.

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #15

    My favorite doll when I was little was a babydoll named Amosandra! She was so loved and had so many baths that she may not have survived to adulthood!

  • Marge R. (mer) • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #16

    My FAV doll (currently) is Felicity (actually my DD’s original Pleasant Company doll from 1991), but since I’m housing Molly & Kirsten (also original AGs) until DD has a place for them, I’m an equal-opportunity AG ‘Grandparent’ to all 3 and enjoy sewing/sharing clothes among them as I re-learn my newer machine. Would LOVE to win this fabby new book/patterns — thanks for the chance!!!

  • Trina • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #17

    I never had an AG doll, but I think Felicity would have been my favorite.

  • Angela N. • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #18

    My favorite doll(s) are the ones that my grandmother gave me a few years before she passed away. They were her dolls when she was a little girl. They have porcelain faces, and beautiful white lacy dresses. Because shes gone, i really treasure those dolls. I kinda wish i had saved my favorite dolls from when i was a kid to pass down to my children/grandchildren.

  • Jo @ The Hungry Crafter • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #19

    I don’t have a favorite doll, myself…by my niece sure does and I’d love to sew up some clothes for her!

  • KellyS • 8 years ago
    COMMENT #20

    I never even heard of AG until about 10 years ago, definitely not while I was growing up. I put my mom through the crazy Cabbage Patch buying craze, and mine was called Amanda… although I don’t remember if they came with the names or I named her. But I am kind of liking the Target knock offs, they are cute and a little more affordable, especially since I don’t know how my 3 year old will treat her dolls yet.

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