Monday, October 20, 2014

American Girl Sewing Studio Knock Off.

Our Little Miss is now a year older. Time sure flies when you are having fun. My hubby had a birthday at the beginning of the month and the day after, Little Miss started counting down to hers. It is good to see the pure excitement in her face when she thinks about a day that is all her.

She is the proud "Mama" to two American Girl dolls. I won the first in a silent auction for $35 and the other was free in promotion by House Party. I tell you this so you know, I am not one to spend excessively on toys. These dolls and accessories are well made, beautiful, and tell wonderful stories. They generally seem too pricey for the way Little Miss plays. The latest catalog came to the house recently and there were many requests for the goodies available. Top of the list is the sewing studio for the doll Isabelle.
Photo Credit American Girl
This beautiful sewing and ballet studio in perfectly stocked, but at almost $300, out of my reach. I told this to "Little Miss" and without missing a beat she asked if I could make it for less? Challenge accepted!                   

I started with a thrift store jewelry box.
 And ended with this self contained doll sewing studio and young sewist sewing box.


The sewing studio is equipped with an ironing board, cutting table, inspiration and project board, cutting table with rotary cutting mat, fabric bolts, patterns, and of course a fabric stash.
Patterns on the inspiration wall

Bolts of fabric

Pattern stash

Cut Patterns

Fabric bundles

More from the fabric stash

Fabric Bolts

Ironing Board

I used spools of thread as the table legs.

Make shift Sewing Machine

Paperclip hangers
I stocked the top with actual sewing supplies for her to use in her sewing.

Table stores on the back using hook and loop tape.

Everything but the dress form fits.

She Loves it!

She likes is so much she played with it for an hour before remembering it was was for Abby, her doll!

Happy Sewing,


  1. How adorable. Very creative and beautiful. I think I would end up playing with it for well over an hour myself!

    1. Thanks Tomasa! I knew she would like it, but she played with it for hours! She designed and "made" a purse. SHe embellished it with markers and buttons! I am so happy she appreciates it. It was so fun to make!

  2. They want $300 for that? That's outrageously expensive. Dare I say it, yours is better than theirs!

    1. Thanks Andrea! I agree :) I like mine better. I think what amazes me more than the cost is the fact that people have paid for it!

  3. Wow, wow, wow! That is beyond cool. Your little Miss (and her doll) are very lucky. I love all of the attention to detail. Once again you amaze me.


    1. Thanks so much Hilary! If we lived closer, we would rule the world with our creative endeavors! I a have signed up for a craft fair in December, I was thinking of making more of these... I have a long list of projects though...

  4. So, Adorable!! Great job and I love that you recycled something to make it!

    1. Thanks so much! Months later, she still love to play with this!

    2. Thanks so much! Months later, she still love to play with this!