Blythe On A Budget: DIY Keyhole Scarf

Written on March 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm by Michelle
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This is an easy knitting project for those who want something cute and quick for their dolls. Because it’s garter stitch, it can be a nice mindless project to take on while watching Netflix. The keyhole aspect of it makes it a shorter scarf, and can stay on the doll when it’s windy.

For this pattern, you will need to know how to: cast on, knit stitch, and cast off. You can find knitting tutorials and videos on

You will need:

  • Knitting needles (2.75mm/US 2)
  • Fingering or sock yarn – small amount (I used Knit Picks Palette)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle



Cast on 13 stitches (I use the long-tail cast-on).

Knit for 19 rows.

Knit 3, cast off 7 stitches, knit 3.

Knit 3, cast on 7 stitches, knit 3.

Knit for 70 rows (or until desired length).

Cast off.


Favourite DIY Projects

Written on October 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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Over the years I’ve made some fun projects for Blythe and have shared how I made them here on I thought that I would take a moment and share some of my absolute favourite ones that I loved making and still use on a regular basis.


The Knit Cowl that I made (in mustard and pink!) are regular favourites, one of them is usually on one of my dolls at any given moment. I should really make more in a variety of colours, it’s a nice and quick knitting project that can use up some of your leftover scraps from other projects.

And to continue with the knitting theme, I loved making a Tiny Knitting Project because it helps me to project my hobbies onto my dolls! Super sweet, making a 1:6 scale knitting project was pretty much awesome in my books since I love miniatures! Even if you don’t knit often, it’s a cute addition to a photo story for added detail.


I love the idea of tutus and petticoats, but since I’m occasionally allergic to the idea of sewing, I had to make a no-sew version. The Easy Tutu that I created only needs your ability to handle a pair of scissors, and to knot tulle around a hair elastic. Easy as pie! It’s super easy to make many of them, to add volume to all of your girls’ dresses.



Last, but not least, is the Cable Knit Throw Pillow that I made for my HUSET couch. I’ve actually made a second one since the original tutorial, so they both reside on my HUSET couch on a regular basis because I like cushions when I sit on the couch, so it just makes things seem cozier when I see my dolls on the couch with some throw pillows.

Reading back now, I realize that most of the projects that I personally love (although I am quite pleased with all of the DIYs that I’ve put out here on BlytheLife) have been knitted. Perhaps that is a sign? I am in the process of brainstorming and planning new DIY projects! Stay tuned for the crafty goodness.

Middie Sewing Challenge: Update #1

Written on October 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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It’s been a little while since I mentioned that I wanted to challenge myself to sew for my Middie dolls. I made the unfortunate challenge to myself that I would craft Kitty Brighton’s outfit by myself and that challenge didn’t go away when Lydia Melbourne joined the dolly family. I haven’t made a lot – unemployment and job searching takes a lot of time and effort, which really took away from my general crafting energy. However, I’ve found my crafting mojo and I put my sights on creating this for my dolls:


It seemed simple enough and I could figure out the steps by looking at the diagrams. If you’re stuck on directions, one great thing about the Google Translate app is that you can take a photo and then select the text to have it translated. You do have to keep in mind that Google Translate will translate text very directly and literally, so the translation might not make complete sense. But if you just need a general hint or push in the right direction, it might work out for you! It works better on printed text than handwritten text in terms of recognizing words.


Some things I noted – the body of the coat is a bit tight when Lydia is wearing a knit dress (it may be due to the thickness) and the sleeves are just a touch too long. The pattern gives fairly generous seam allowances and I did them a bit smaller than the pattern called for, and any little bit extra in length is obvious when it comes to tiny doll clothing. But still, it is fairly cute! I still need to add button holes and beads for buttons, but I’m really pleased with it!

I hand sewed this felt coat. From start to finish (start being tracing the pattern onto a separate piece of paper), it took approximately 2 episodes of Gilmore Girls (approximately 85 minutes). I’m definitely going to make the Blythe-sized version of this, I think it’d be cute as a winter ‘wool’ peacoat!


The pattern book I’m using is often referred to, in English, as the Hand-Sewn Doll Coordinate Recipe. I used the Google Translate photo option and it translated the text as “Hand-Stitched”, which is fairly close to Hand-Sewn – you’ll get more search results with Hand-Sewn over Hand-Stitched if you want to get your hands on the same book! The Hand-Sewn DCR has seven basic patterns for each doll size (Middies are the 20cm size, Blythe wear the 22cm size): dress, top, pants/shorts, skirt, romper, coat, and cape. There are photograph tutorials on pattern usage, it’s quite handy and easy to understand with just the photographs. It is very beginner-friendly! There are also some accessories patterns like head kerchiefs, hats, eye masks, bags, and socks.

Lydia Melbourne’s wearing: knit dress (chelleshocks), coat (chelleshocks).

Blythe On A Budget: DIY Knit Cowl

Written on October 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm by Michelle
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With the cooler weather, I think cowls are a wonderful thing. They’re easier to make than scarves, and it’s a lot easier to do things without the ends hanging into things (or food). Somehow this also translates to cowls being a good idea for Blythe, because this is an easy beginner’s knitting project. All you need to know is how to count, how to cast on, how to do the knit stitch, and how to bind off. And if you don’t know how to do any of those things, you can learn online at Knitting Help (except for counting).

You will need:

  • Knitting needles (2.75mm/US2)
  • Fingering or sock weight yarn (small amount, I used Knit Picks Palette)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle



Cast on 12 stitches (I use the long-tail cast-on).

Knit back and forth (garter stitch) until the piece is 15cm (~6″).

Bind off. Seam the edges together.

Turn cowl right-side-out.


Slide it up Blythe’s legs, be careful around her hands (don’t get her fingers hooked into the stitches!), and have it around her neck.


A Wardrobe for Kitty & Lydia: Progress Update #2

Written on May 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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Originally when I started the challenge of hand crafting a Middie-sized wardrobe, I only had one Middie – a stock Jackie Ramone by the name of Kitty Brighton. (For those curious, Kitty is for the Pride and Prejudice sister, Brighton for the town that I’ve never been to). And then a darling Yellow Marshmallow came into my life with a flair – she also came into my life naked – and I named her Lydia Melbourne (Lydia for yet another Bennet sister, and Melbourne for yet another place that I have never been to).


But I have been making things lately! I recently made two cute little empire-waisted knit dresses (still a bit short, I really need to learn to carry a doll around to measure to make sure it isn’t too short before I finish it off!) and a knit top (that was meant to be a dress but was definitely too short!).

I’m still crafting away when I can. I’m thinking of making some little Middie-sized knitted rompers next, just in time for the summer weather. Hopefully the next time I will have many more new additions to share!

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