10/21/13

Craft It: "American Girl Doll" Tote Bag

Know someone who LOVES American Girl Dolls? Me too:) One of our cheer friends, Ensley, recently had a birthday. And for this girl, I really wanted to hand-make a special gift.

A little back-story: This girl is an aspiring blogger! Ensley has a site called Pages for Patients and she is dedicated to raising money for children who are patients. Ensley was inspired to start her site after her mom pledged to pay .01 for every page she reads this year. Ensley decided to share her reading journey on her blog and encourage others to join her. Kids of all ages simply gather sponsors for their reading. Parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors etc. pledge a flat rate per page. Then the reading begins! As the number of pages read increase, so do the donations. "Pages for Patients" encourages kids to help kids by simply reading.

photo courtesy of "Pages for Patients"
So knowing that this sweet girl loves reading, her blog and her American Girl doll, I knew exactly what I wanted to make her :) 
                    

I bought a medium-sized black tote bag from Hobby Lobby. Using the same technique as shown in my "Personalized Tote Bag" tutorial, I sewed chevron fabric to the front. Then I hand-cut the letters to spell out her blog name 'Pages for Patients'. (You can use pre-made letters, or use Tulip Iron-On Shimmer Sheets like I did.) Finally, I ironed them on to the bag. 

To see the full tutorial for the Personalized Tote Bag, click here. 
Then I made a coordinating mini-bag for her American Girl doll. Which also inspired me to make a headband and a matching 'mini' headband for her doll. So sweet! The best part was watching her open the gift. She was thrilled!
photo courtesy of "Pages for Patients"
Photo Courtesy of "Pages for Patients"
Do you know someone who would love a personalized tote bag and a mini one for her "American Girl" doll? They are easy to make and everyone loves a handmade gift :)

Now, pop on over to "Pages for Patients" blog or facebook-- I know a sweet girl who would love to hear from you!

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