Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – #42 – Doll Gowns & Fabric Packing

Welcome to this month’s edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd where we share our favorite quilting or sewing tips and tutes! I have decided to share a link to a tutorial for doll hospital gowns for A Doll Like Me. I also did a little tip on how to leave some extra room for your fabric in your travels.

Last Month’s Link Ups

Here’s a list from last month’s link ups! There is a nice variety here, so be sure to visit the contributing bloggers and their helpful posts.

Tip: Traveling with New Fabric Purchases

Here’s a solution if you are able to check one bag and bring one on board. I packed in two suitcases and a purse. The first suitcase is a 22″ one that could have been brought on the plane. The second was small enough to fit in the over head compartment, but probably 18″ or even less – we’ll call this the fabric bag.

Tourist suitcases png sticker, transparent

The fabric bag had in my toiletries, medicine, vitamins, ipad, kindle and an change of clothing. Room was intentional left for fabric and wow, I was stunned, it worked! We were flying and I needed more shoes than Imelda due to my ankle (sandals, sneakers, house shoes (for lake house) and water shoes! I was worried.

All of this went into the bag, folded very carefully along the bottom. I wasn’t sure but I was able to do it without a lot of stuffing of things. If I was thinking, I would have had a picture for you but this took up less than 1/3 of the suitcase. I could have fit a little more, but 13.5 yards should keep me busy, and it worked like a charm.

Wendy, Kathleen and Nancy

Even more fun, you may recognize some of our quilty friends; Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts and Nancy of Grace and Peace Quilting. What fun it was meeting these women in person after 6 years of knowing each other online.

Tutorial for the Month: Hospital Gowns for Dolls

A Doll Like Me is a fabulous charity and Bernie of Needle and Foot just announce that she was making some hospital gowns and would we like to join in. I haven’t had time to make any, but am planning on it.

Spreading the news is hopefully a help to A Doll Like me so here is some pertinent information:
1. Bernie’s post,
2. Hospital Gown Tutorial and
3. A Doll Like Me website. (Please donate a little if you can’t sew or donate right now).
4. Send doll gowns or quilts to:
A Doll Like Me
c/o Amy Jandrisevits
PO Box 510641
New Berlin, WI. 53151

I am going to do some simple leader and ender projects for the doll quilts. I am sure I can whip a few in no time at all. Also, I printed the doll gown on freezer paper so I could start cutting them out. I need some bias tape but that will be handled very quickly in the next few days!

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Past Tips and Tutorials

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Birthday Table Runners
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Yoga Quilt #1

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  1. July 22, 2023 / 8:01 AM

    We don’t fly anymore, but we definitely plan to do some traveling in the future, so those packing tips are great. I love that photo of you 3 quilty gals!

  2. July 22, 2023 / 9:36 AM

    Clever tip. I rarely check a bag when I fly, but I do like to have extra space in my bag, just in case! Shoes are the worst! Glad you made it all fit!

  3. July 22, 2023 / 10:59 AM

    HI there! Thank you for including the information for the doll hospital gowns for A Doll Like Me. Always helps to get the word out! Amy does so much for these children and if our sewing/quilting community can help her, that is wonderful.
    That picture of you, Wendy and Nancy is fantastic! I will admit, I was more than a little envious. I sure would love to meet all of you in person. What a treat.
    Thanks for the great post Kathleen!

  4. July 22, 2023 / 11:05 AM

    How very sweet, Kathleen! I am going to head over to read Bernie’s post right now. 🙂

  5. July 22, 2023 / 1:18 PM

    My secret when travelling is to take OLD clothes that I don’t want … you know, that nightgown that’s falling apart and the ready for the garbage underwear … and you discard it as you travel and this leaves room for important things like fabric! (It’s what I did with only carry-on and 5 weeks in Africa with a short stop in Europe!)
    How sweet that you, Wendy and Nancy got to meet in person!!! That’s a real treat!

  6. July 22, 2023 / 2:27 PM

    Hi Kathleen, that’s a great tip for travelling – I often bring a stitching project with me to work on but almost never purchase fabric on my trips – hubby is not very fun that way 🙁 I will be doing some fabric purchasing on my next big trips – so I will keep this in mind. Thanks!

  7. July 22, 2023 / 2:57 PM

    Kudos on your thoughtful planning, Kathleen. SEW happy that you were able to get together with Wendy and Nancy! What fun you must have had.

  8. July 22, 2023 / 4:42 PM

    I love that you planned ahead for making sure you had room to bring new purchases home! The only thing I have this month are some stretching tips for the low back after spending time on the floor basting, but that’s not the mean part of the post I shared. I do have an idea for a new tutorial post that I want to work on soon, though, and I’ll be really happy to link it up when I get it figured out!

  9. Chriskntis
    July 22, 2023 / 7:58 PM

    I always leave a little room in my carryon for purchases!! But the last few trips I haven’t had time to go shopping. This needs to change. LOL!

  10. Eva
    July 24, 2023 / 6:13 PM

    When we travel I check if an interesting quilt shop is in the near. Mostly not. Same to us, travel with less than we can to have space for shopping. I love my fabrics we could hunt when we were in Canada before Covid.

    How nice to see you friends together! What a treat to meet and have so much fun!!!

    No new idea well, but when we really plan to fly I try to weight every item I put into the suitcase. The lighter shirt wins, the lighter flipp flopp wins. And I try to choose cloth within one colour range I can combinate all together. No extra jacket for example because the colour did not match.

  11. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
    July 25, 2023 / 8:04 AM

    What a fun shopping day, Kathleen!!! So glad it worked out for the three of us to get together this year. Great packing tip, enjoyed all the links from last month and those dolls/gowns are a wonderful charity.

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