Kristin Rutten

Take 5: Resources, Links and Other Fun FindsHow many times have you had to stop in the middle of a doll sewing project to look up basic information?

If you’re like me, it happens often … and frequently, I’m looking up something I’ve already looked up a dozen times before!



Handy Doll Sewing Reference ChartsLet’s save ourselves a bit of time the next time around by taking a simple step today … save and print these five handy sewing charts and post them in your sewing room.

A few minutes now means more uninterrupted sewing time later!

How To Save Each Chart: Click on each image below to visit the website from which it originated. On that website, right-click on the image and click “Save Image As,” then choose where on your device you would like the image saved. After you have saved all of the images you want, you can open them using your preferred image software. Print and post in your sewing studio for easy access during your next doll sewing project!



Five Handy Sewing Charts to Save & Print

Inch by Sixteenths Chart

1. Standard Tape Measure Showing Inch Breakdown by Sixteenths. Rather than counting (and recounting) the little lines on your tape measure, refer to this quick and easy chart from Sew4Home.com.


Yardage Conversion Chart

2. Yards-to-Inches Yardage Conversion Card. Download a quick and easy yardage conversion card from LeAnne Ballard at Everyday Celebrations. You even have your choice of five different colors for your card!


Needle Comparison Chart

3. Needle Size Comparison Chart. Not sure which needle size is best for the fabric you’re using? Refer to this handle needle size chart from Feathers Flights.



Craft Adhesive Guide

4. Craft Adhesive Guide. It seems there’s a specialty glue for just about any use you can imagine. Figure out which adhesive is the best one for your project with this nice little reference chart from U Create.



Doll Measurements Chart

5. Doll Measurements Chart.  With so many lovely dolls in need of custom-fit clothing, you’ll find yourself referring to this comprehensive chart of doll measurements from 18 on Main and Merry Manatees time and again! (This and several other handy doll size comparison charts can be found on the Doll Size Comparisons Pinterest board curated by Linda Miller of Merry Manatees Creations.)


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About Kristin Rutten

Kristin Rutten is the creator, owner and operator of Matilda Jo Originals. Born and raised in Montana, she first learned to sew on her grandmother's antique Singer sewing machine by cutting out and stitching a simple nine-square pillow. Other projects soon followed and she has been crafting and sewing ever since. In addition to sewing and pattern design, she also enjoys crocheting, scrapbooking and designing WordPress websites. She makes her home in Central Montana with her husband and four children, ages 8 to 21.

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6 Comments

  1. Donna
    DonnaReply
    November 16, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Thank you for these very helpful charts.
    While arranging carrots on a plate in home ec. I saw the boys bring out really cool lamps, stools, etc. So when it came time to learn finer points (like what needles to use ) I zoned out dreaming of being the first girl in shop class. I was first girl drummer and held first chair in a room full of those shop boys. It won’t get you many dates and don’t get a doll dress made! LOL
    Now as a doll collector I have the desire to create but shy away from different materials, etc. because of early daydreaming. Embarrassed to ask at my age I have daydreamed of creating doll things. I found your flog and my toes are in the water. With this post, think it’s time I jump on in. 🙂

  2. Donna
    DonnaReply
    November 16, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    “flog” yeah no LOL! Sorry for the typo! Forgot me bifocals. 🙂

  3. Leslie
    LeslieReply
    March 25, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you!!!

  4. Leslie
    LeslieReply
    March 25, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Love these

  5. Marian
    MarianReply
    May 28, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Handy print outs. I printed the out and find them handy. If I do measurements for the other 18in dolls from Target, Michaels, and Sears Maplelea Canadian dolls, would you be interested in posting them. They are all different. Lol

  6. Shelly
    ShellyReply
    June 2, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I just downloaded the print outs, and will print them out tomorrow and either make a wall hanging with them, or put them in one of my 3-ring binders that I keep my patterns in. I do like the comment from Marian about adding the measurements of the other dolls to the chart!

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