Fun Summer Doll Jumper


Fun Summer Doll Jumper

by Kristin Branch
(Marion, IN, USA)

Fun Summer Doll Jumper
by Kristin Age 13 April 2013

Materials needed:
1 piece of fabric for the bib that is 5 1/2 inches x 3 1/4 inches
2 straps that are 2 inches x 7 inches
1 waist band that is 2 1/2 inches x 11 1/2 inches
9 skirt panels 3 inches x 5 1/2 inches
1 ruffle that is 4 1/2 inches x 33 inches
measuring tape
scissors
double fold bias tape
2 1/2 feet of 1/4 inch ribbon
fasteners of your choice (Velcro,snaps...)
Note:all seams are sewn with 1/4 inch and try not to sew over any pins !

Instructions:
1.Take two skirt panels lay them right sides together, pin them on one long side, now sew it. Open those two up. Take another skirt panel and with right sides together pin to the first
set of panels, and sew along the long side. Keep doing this until all nine panels are sewn into a long rectangle

2. On the wrong side lay all of the seams flat going the same direction on the skirt and pin them

3. Now with the skirt right side up, sew along the seam the side you folded the seam to. Sew (top stitch) really close to the seam. This will make it lay flat and it will look good.

4. Fold the ruffle in half long ways (wrong sides together) and pin it

5. Run a gathering stitch (the biggest stitch your machine can make)1/4 inch from the edge do not back stitch. Do this along the not folded side. Sew through both layers. Make sure to
leave plenty of extra string hanging off the edges.

6. Find the middle of the ruffle, put a pin in it to mark the middle. Find the middle of the bottom of the skirt and put a pin in it as you did the ruffle.

7. With the right sides together match the pins on both the skirt and the ruffle.Don't worry the ruffle will be a lot longer than the skirt.Pull on one of threads gently to gather so that the
ruffle is the same length as the skirt. Make sure the gathers in the ruffle are nice and even. Once you are content with how it looks, pin it about once every inch do the same with the other half.

8. Sew it slowly about 1/4inch from the edge of the fabric, with your ruffle on top, make sure that your skirt and ruffle are lined up evenly.

9. Using a seam ripper pick out any places where the original stitches show through on the outside.

10. Do as you did on the skirt panel seams and top stitch with the seam folded up.

11. Put a gathering stitch on the top of the skirt again about 1/4inch from the edge, find the middle of the skirt and belt. Put right sides together and pin the belt on, gather the skirt, pin well, and sew with the skirt on top.

12. Fold the of the top of the belt down 1/4 inch to the wrong side and sew in place.

13.Now fold it in half long ways with wrong sides together, making sure that the back of the belt is covering all of the raw edges on the top of the skirt and past the line of stitching used
to hold the belt on, about 1/8 inch, pin,and sew from the right side of the dress.

14. From the front side, top stitch along the bottom of the belt so that all of the layers stay in place.

15. Take your double fold bias tape and cover the raw edges of the back center of the dress, pin it, then sew.

16. Find the middle of your ribbon and the middle of your belt, match them up, pin the ribbon in the middle of your belt. Sew as close to the edge of the ribbon as you can. Now do the same with the other side of the ribbon. There will be extra ribbon on each end. That is for tying a bow. ( ;

17. To make the top of the dress (the bib) you must take the bib piece, fold it in half short ways, with right sides together, pin it and sew the side seams; clip the corners, and turn right
side out.

18. Top stitch all four corners.

19. Find the middle of the belt and the bib match them up with each other, lay the belt on top the bib by overlapping the two by 3/8 inch. Pin it. From the front, top stitch the top of the belt
making sure to catch the bib so that it stays on.

20. Take your strap pieces fold them in fourths with right sides showing so that there are no raw edges showing, pin it and sew down the middle. Repeat for the other strap.

21. Now fold one edge of the strap over 1/4inch and sew. So that the end is not raw, repeat.

22. Once your straps are sewn take the unfinished end of the strap and line them up 1/2inch in from the edge of the back center of the dress. The straps should be on the inside
hanging down about 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch. Pin. Sew across this 3 to 4 times to attach them well.

23. Hand sew the straps to the bib in the top corners. Add a tiny button to the top of the straps for decoration.

24. Put on what ever kind of fasteners you are using to close the back center seam.

25. You are finally done!! Have fun playing dolls!

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Jul 27, 2013
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A beautiful tutorial
by: Jen

This is a well written tutorial. My daughter and I are looking forward to making this together. Great work and thanks for sharing!

Jul 26, 2013
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Super cute!!!
by: Anonymous

My girls are just starting to sew. Thank you for all of your hard work. The jumper is super cute!

Jul 26, 2013
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Very professional!
by: Mia

Wow, I'm so impressed by how well the instructions are written and how professional the outfit is! Methinks you have a special gift Kristin. I'm going to have a go at making that outfit for the latest doll I've made. I was debating what outfit to make her - now I know, thank you!

Jul 26, 2013
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Going The Extra Mile!
by: Mary L

Kristen, the sewing on this jumper is very nice. It looks so cute on your doll too. I can tell you went the extra mile in writing up the instructions. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Jul 26, 2013
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Great job!!
by: Heather

Your doll jumper is very cute and you did such a wonderful job!! You should be very proud of yourself. I am going to use your terrific instructions to make a doll dress for my little girl! Thank you for sharing it. :)

Jul 25, 2013
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Fantastic tutorial and wonderful sewing
by: plainjanesews

Thank you for taking the time to put together this wonderful tutorial. Your dress is amazing and you are a very talented writer also. Your tutorial is so well written and easy to follow. I think many new and old sewers will enjoy this!

Jul 25, 2013
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Beautifully written
by: Helenanne Judisch

Kristin, You did such a thorough job describing your materials and process. I've read and sewn from a lot of tutorials. Yours is among the best that I've seen. Keep sewing and finding ways to share your talents and creativity with others!

Jul 25, 2013
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Great Tutorial!
by: Tanya

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. You did a great job!

Jul 25, 2013
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Wow!
by: Melissa

What a great project. The person who submitted this is very talented & has provided such a great resource to the site. I'm sure she'll go FAR in the future!!

Jul 25, 2013
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Wonderful!
by: Sarah

You did a great job with this tutorial, Kristin! You should be very proud- I hope we'll see more lovely tutorials from you in the future!

Jul 25, 2013
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Fantastic!
by: TriMama

Wow. That's an amazing tutorial and your sewing is perfect! I'm a technical writer (I write complicated instructions for a living) and even I would have trouble writing such a clear, concise tutorial. You should be so proud of yourself. Keep up the good work.

Jul 25, 2013
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well done!
by: NickB

What a fantastic tutorial! Well done on winning the contest-I can see you have a great career as a sewing tutor or writer ahead!!

Jul 25, 2013
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wonderful jumper!
by: kathleen

this jumper is so cute. i can't wait to have my daughter make one for her doll!

Jul 25, 2013
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Awesome work!
by: Mama Hen Jenn

What a great project! I am so impressed with your attention to detail. This must have taken quite a long time to complete, and I think it is great!

Jul 25, 2013
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Wow!
by: Seun

What a great job you did on the jumper! I love the detail you put into the skirt panels and the contrasting blue ribbon is beautiful. Your straps and topstitching are so straight and well done! The gathers on the ruffle and the skirt are extremely well placed as well.

Your instructions are simple and clear and very well written. You obviously put a lot of thought and effort into your project and you deserve a ton of praise!

Jul 25, 2013
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Fabulous Tutorial
by: Vanessa

What a sweet doll dress. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with all of us. Great work!

Jul 25, 2013
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Way to go!
by: Regina

You did a fabulous job with your tutorial! Your jumper is adorable!!! Keep up the good work! :)

Jul 24, 2013
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thanks!
by: Anonymous

A very detailed tutorial, thanks for sharing!

Jul 24, 2013
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Amazing!
by: Kelly

Wow! I would never guess you are only 13! Your jumper is beautiful and your instructions are very well done. I hope you keep up the good work and maybe someday I'll buy your book of patterns.

Thanks for sharing your talent :-)

Jul 24, 2013
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fabulous job
by: Kathleen

great pattern. can't wait for my daughter to try it. thank you for your detailed instructions!!!!


Jun 11, 2013
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Doll Jumper
by: Aunt Laurie

Kristin, you did a fantastic job on the doll jumper; I'm proud of you; way to go.

Jun 07, 2013
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awesome
by: Aunt Benna

Awesome job Kristin you are learning well from your mom, keep up the good work

Jun 06, 2013
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Great Job!
by: Neva Conley

Great job on this jumper! I hope you continue to sew. My mom started me sewing at age 6 and it has become a real benefit and joy in my life:)

Jun 04, 2013
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Great Job!
by: Mary Mills

You have done a fantastic job! I used to sew a lot and I'm able to understand your directions very well. They are easy to follow and very complete. Wouldn't it be fun to make a jumper in your size so you and your doll could have matching outfits?!

Jun 03, 2013
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Summer Fun with Dolls
by: mary crane

Wow--you did a real nice job. No bumpy stitching and real straight seams. Nice job at gathering the jumper--real even and uniform. Makes your Doll especially look neat tidy, hip and stylish! Great color choice as she looks like the epitome of having a great party with lots of fun! (great instructions and very well written)

Jun 03, 2013
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Cute Cute Cute
by: Janet Arnold

Cute Cute Cute. I would purchase this for our granddaughter's doll.

Jun 03, 2013
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talented girl
by: Anonymous

What a cute outfit for the doll. I think this girl is very talented.

Jun 03, 2013
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Excellent!
by: Faith

This is a cute, easy to follow, and well thought out pattern! Great job!

Jun 03, 2013
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Wow Kristin!
by: Aunt Darla

What a beautiful doll jumper. The detail in your instructions are enough that anyone could pick up and make one for their own doll.
You did an amazing job!

Jun 03, 2013
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Good Job!
by: Dawn

The dress is so cute on your doll and I really like how the directions are pretty clear. I didn't try to do it off the directions but just reading them, they seem pretty clear. Awesome job

Jun 03, 2013
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Great Job
by: Cathy Surface

This is awesome. Looks really great. I could follow the instructions and from that I would be able to do mine own if I wanted to. I like it very much.

Jun 03, 2013
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very nice
by: Grama Gagnon

Kristin,
You did a super job on this project.

Jun 02, 2013
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Super!
by: Anonymous

What a great project! You did a beautiful job! I hope this doll jumper inspires other young kids to want to sew!

Jun 02, 2013
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Great Job
by: kelly fischer

Great job Kristin. Looks so cute

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