Thursday, December 1, 2011

American Girl Doll Sleeping Bag

Lexy is asking for an American Girl Doll for Christmas this year and has asked if I would make her a sleeping bag for her doll.  After looking at some ideas around the internet this is what I came up with...

You will need:
Two coordinating fabrics - will cut 13" x 38"
quilting batting
small amount of poly fill
Coordinating ribbon or bias tape
coordinating thread

Cut two coordinating fabrics and one piece of batting - 13" x 38"
Stack the two fabrics (right sides facing each other on top of batting and pin
Sew around two long and one short side  - leaving one short side open
Trim corners and excess fabric around sides
Turn right sides out - with batting in middle
Measure down 7 1/2" from open end and stitch straight across
Measure across and divide into 3 or 4 even sections - sew down almost to line
Put a little poly fill (stuffing) into each section - to make pillow
Round corners of open end and use ribbon or bias tape to close opening
Fold opposite end up to bottom of pillow (outside fabric on the inside)
Sew each side closed
Turn sleeping bag right side out

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chore Chart

Chore charts change so often as the kids grow or as kids are added.  I came up with this for my two girls but soon I will adapt it for three more.  We have a family dinner/meeting every Sunday to discuss our words, chores and plans for the week.

 1.  Words we are working on as a family.

2.  Weekly chores.  Kids pick one each week.  On our cleaning day (Sunday) they are responsible for cleaning this room as well as their bedroom.

3.  Daily chores.  Kids pick two each week.  They are responsible for doing these without prompting.  Some new ones will be added when we add kids (light helper, bath helper, line leader, etc.)

4.  Discipline chart.  Kids must move clothespin down a notch when told to for discipline.  This starts over each morning unless "grounded" has been reached. 
These chore cards list what needs to be done in each room for cleaning day.  The number of the listed chores that need to be done depends on the age of the child.  The initial sticks are used to fairly choose who picks their chores for the week (new ones must be chosen each week) first or to help when there is an arguement (who gets to pick the show to watch, who gets to pick a book at bedtime, etc.).