It’s Our Anniversary … Let’s Celebrate!

Kristin Rutten


TODAY is the One-Year Anniversary of publishing our first doll sewing pattern at Pixie Faire!!

It’s time to celebrate! Read on for a look back at our first year, a look ahead at what’s to come, a chance to win TWO Matilda Jo Originals doll outfits and a link to grab our free Freebie Friday pattern at Pixie Faire!

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already! In just one year, we …

  • Join Matilda's Inner Circle!Published 37 sewing patterns for 18-inch dolls at Pixie Faire under the Matilda’s Closet label (with one more coming very soon!);
  • Launched a second brand… AptOne8, including two PVC furniture plans and one FREE Basic Beach Chair pattern!
  • Added select PVC fittings and parts to our Shop.
  • Hosted our first “Too Cute to be Ugly Sweaters” contest on our Facebook page.
  • Created Team Tillie, our fabulous group of volunteer pattern testers … check out their fabulous work in the Team Tillie Idea Gallery!
  • Launched Matilda’s Inner Circle … our FREE email newsletter where we share new and upcoming patterns, tutorials and occasional free goodies, including two FREE downloadable tutorials! (Not a member yet? Sign up HERE!)

And we’re just getting started!! Plans for Year Two include…

  • IMG_3775A new section in our Shop featuring hand-picked ready-made shoes, accessories, leggings, furniture and other goodies to help you complete the look of your outfit or dollhouse!
  • LOTS more PVC furniture projects, including a fold-out couch, swing, double bed, patio furniture, gazebo … and much, MUCH more!
  • The construction and design of our new dedicated studio space, which will be located in the “bonus room” of designer Kristin Rutten’s family’s new garage!! You’ll be able to follow along on Instagram!
  • The addition of our Customer Show & Tell Photo Gallery where you’ll be able to upload photos of your favorite doll outfits and creations, including the opportunity to comment and share your favorites!
  • A very special giveaway once Matilda’s Inner Circle reaches 1,000 subscribers! (Want to help us get there? Encourage your friends to subscribe by sending them HERE.)
  • … and much more that even WE haven’t dreamed up yet!!

Thank YOU for being a part of our journey!

To show our thanks for your support and to kick off Year Two, we are giving one lucky winner TWO complete outfits made using the sewing pattern that started it all… the Inspired By Zooey Dress pattern!

Entering is easy! Just fill in your email address below and click “Submit Entry” to join in the fun!

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Enter for a chance to win TWO complete outfits from Matilda Jo Originals! Prize includes:
  • Inspired By Zooey Dress Cowgirl Outfit, including: denim dress, red neckerchief, felt cowgirl hat and brown & white cowgirl boots.
  • Inspired By Zooey Dress Round 'n Round Outfit, including: red, white & black dress and black boots.
Dolls pictured NOT included in prize. No purchase necessary to win. Contest open to legal residents of the USA only. Read complete rules & disclaimers by clicking the "Official Rules" link below.  
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Don’t Forget Freebie Friday!

InspiredByZooeyDress-MatildasCloset-COVER_REVISED_largeBy the way… if you haven’t done so already, be sure to hop over to Pixie Faire TODAY to grab your FREE copy of the Inspired By Zooey Dress pattern!

It’s free for one day only (Friday, August 21, 2015) as part of Pixie Faire’s Freebie Friday promotion! Grab it HERE.



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, including sister company She makes her home in Central Montana with her husband and four children, ages 9 to 22.

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  1. Linda B
    August 21, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Happy Anniversary! I am so excited to read that there will be more pvc furniture comming soon! I just. had my granddaughters assemble the beach chairs and they were thrilled. My husband does all the cutting and prep work , then turns them loose with the instructions so they feel they “did it them selves” . A really great family moment. Keep up the great work, I’ve purchased everyone of your sewing and pic designs so far and so look forward to many more!

    • Kristin Rutten
      Kristin RuttenReply
      August 21, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Hi Linda! Yes, I have oodles and OODLES of PVC project ideas… if only there were more hours in the day!!! Hoping to get some new ones out soon, so stay tuned. I just LOVE that your granddaughters are helping with the projects – exactly what I was hoping for!! Thanks so much for your support!! Have a great day! 🙂

  2. August 21, 2015 at 9:04 am

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  3. Dawn Newsome
    August 21, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Happy Anniversary! I am so impressed at what you have done in just one year. I have only had my blog a short while and it’s been so much fun. I am so thankful for bloggers like you who continue to inspire the rest of us.

    • Kristin Rutten
      Kristin RuttenReply
      August 21, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Dawn! It’s definitely a labor of love… and the inspiration goes both ways! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello! 🙂

  4. Deb Yoder
    Deb YoderReply
    August 21, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Congratulations on your first year with Pixie Faire! You have really accomplished a lot in just one year. Love your patterns & your PVC furniture projects. Thank you so much for the Freebie Friday Pattern & the tutorials, looking forward to what you have planned for this next year. Congratulations again & best wishes for continued success.

    • Kristin Rutten
      Kristin RuttenReply
      August 21, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Thanks Deb!! It’s been a fun and busy year… looking forward to the next one!! Stay tuned!! 🙂

  5. Cheryl
    August 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Congratulations on your first year of business! I’m a real fan of all you create!!

    I knew when I saw your first patterns, that I was hooked! I’m really excited to hear about plans to expand the PVC furniture line. Even my grandson will join his sister and cousin in constructing things…(he ignores that they are for dolls!). The clothes are all adorable, but I’m also super impressed by the accessory patterns! Fanny pack, camping chair, soft-sided cooler–what will you think of next?? I can hardly wait to see!

    Thanks for your generous gift of the pattern. I wish you continued success!

    • Kristin Rutten
      Kristin RuttenReply
      August 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Cheryl!! There are so many possibilities with PVC … kind of like a big set of Tinker Toys!! I love that even the boys are getting involved … I’ll get busy getting some new project plans out soon! Enjoy your patterns… and thanks for saying hello! 🙂

  6. Darlene
    August 25, 2015 at 8:47 am

    LOVE YOUR PATTERNS THEY ARE SO EASY TO FOLLOW. However on Friday not sure what went wrong but My Zooy dress did not down load any chance of still getting it for free?

    • Kristin Rutten
      Kristin RuttenReply
      August 25, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Darlene! I’ve emailed you info on what to do about your download. Thanks for stopping by!

    August 25, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I am new to all of this but your yard chair made my husband and me the “greatest Uncle and Aunt in the World” at our 6 year old niece’s birthday party. I have quickly purchased the other available PVC projects. All the girls in our family are begging for a chair for Christmas. I can’t wait to see their faces when they get a bed, a hammock and a volley ball net. Thank you for making this possible! Happy Anniversary and for your sharing helpful nature. Vickie

    • Kristin Rutten
      Kristin RuttenReply
      August 25, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Aww… thanks for sharing Vickie! You totally made my day!! I’m working on a new PVC pattern as we speak… hoping to get it out soon. In the meantime, I’d love to see photos of your projects!! Have a great day and thanks again for stopping by! 🙂

  8. Kristin Rutten
    Kristin RuttenReply
    August 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Please help me congratulate JANE WHITELEY… our First Anniversary Giveaway winner!! 🙂

  9. Marge R (mer)
    Marge R (mer)Reply
    August 27, 2015 at 9:18 am

    CONGRATS, Jane!!! Enjoy your new outfits!!!

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