Jean Shorts for 16″ Disney Rapunzel: Free Crochet Pattern

Hi friends! Today I’m posting the first of several garments for one of my favorite dolls. She’s the 16″ Deluxe Disney Rapunzel, who I received for my birthday a few years ago. As you probably know, Rapunzel is my favorite princess, and I have a whole collection of Rapunzel dolls, but this one has to be my favorite…she’s gorgeous! She’s been sitting on my windowsill for months and I thought it was high time she got some attention.

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She isn’t listed on the Disney Store website anymore, so perhaps she’s discontinued, sadly. I’m going to check if there are similarly-sized dolls who would fit in these clothes – do you know of any? But here’s a link to a doll review where you can see how she arrived.

I had a lot of fun making this outfit. I forgot how much I love making doll clothes. She’s a super fun size to design for, too – slightly bigger than a Barbie so more room for detail, but smaller than an American Girl doll so less intimidating. I’m planning to make her a whole wardrobe, but today I’m starting off with a pair of jean shorts! They’re modeled after the high-waisted shorts that seem to be popular this year.

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Materials

  • H (5.00 MM) hook
  • Worsted-weight yarn (I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in Denim to get the jean short look)
  • 1 small ponytail holder that fits snugly around your doll’s waist (this is for the waistband)
  • 2 small white buttons (optional)
  • Work in front loops throughout, except for the last stitch of each row, which should be worked through both loops as usual.

Shorts

Ch 13.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. (12)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc across until 4 sts remain; hdc 4.

Row 3-4: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.

Repeat Rows 1-4 two more times. You’ll have 12 rows total.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn. Sc 7, making 7th stitch through both loops. Skip last 5 sts. Ch 6.

Row 14: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in rest of the stitches across. (12 stitches)

Row 15: Ch 1, turn. Hdc 4, sc in remaining stitches.

Row 16-17: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.

Row 18-25: Repeat Rows 14-17 two more times. (Except Row 14 will just be a normal single crochet row, since you won’t need to work into a chain.)

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Fold in half so the legs align and sew the inner leg seams together. Then sew the back seams together. Since this is hard to explain, here are some in-progress photos (with my puppy as a backdrop):

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Now we’re going to add some length to the top of the shorts. Join the yarn to any stitch and make (2sc in the end of a row, skip next row end) around. (This makes a more even edge than just making 1 stitch per row end.) Join with a sl st.

Row 2: Grab your ponytail holder and single crochet around, encasing the ponytail holder with each stitch. (It’s just like crocheting over your ends.) Sl st to join, then fasten off. Weave in ends.

Sew two buttons to the front if you wish. You’re all done!

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Behind-the-scenes help from Maisie.

I’ll be back soon with one of the shirts you see in this post. What have you been crafting lately? Any doll clothes? I don’t know why I took a break from doll clothes for so long, they’re so much fun! Thanks for reading, and have a marvelous day. 🙂

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The one with the amigurumi mountain

Can you tell from the title format that I’ve been watching way too much FRIENDS?

This is a super silly crochet project I finished a few months ago. The story behind it is that, after living in a flat state for most of my life, my family moved to a state that contains a lot of mountains. I absolutely love seeing mountains every day (except for when it’s foggy and the mountain is feeling shy), and I’ve grown really attached to “our” mountain, as I’ve come to think of it. And when I really like something, of course I have to crochet it.

Here’s the mountain in question (Mount Hood).

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And here’s the amigurumi version.

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It makes me giggle, and I like being able to hug a mountain! I used the adorable pattern by Petits Pixels, which was well-written and worth the purchase. It’s not completely done (the pattern includes a rubber-duck floatie that I think Mount Hood would love to wear), but I’m quite satisfied with it so far. It’s not really an accurate interpretation of Mount Hood, which is very pointy, but oh well. (I really hope there are no eruptions in the near future that will make this shape a reality.)

I’d never actually been to Mount Hood, just seen it from a distance, until my family went on a trip to Timberline Lodge. That’s where I got the close-up picture in this post. It’s absolutely stunning, and I was squealing for the majority of the trip. Also, the movie The Shining was filmed at Timberline Lodge, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to do some fangirling:

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I just wish I had crocheted the mountain before the trip, for a good photo-shoot opportunity!

Do you guys have a favorite landmark in your state or country? It’s funny how attached you get to your surroundings after a while. I hope you’re all having a lovely Thursday!

P.S. Three chapters of my book By the Sea are up on Wattpad now – please check it out if you get a chance! You’ll have my eternal gratitude.

P.P.S. What do you think of the new theme I’m testing out?

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Imperfect Blogging

It seems to be a regular occurrence now to have a month between posts, and I think I’ve figured out why. Thank you for sticking with me! This will be an update sort of post.

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I’m a perfectionist. I’m willing to bet a lot of you guys are, too – a lot of crafters seem to be. And I recently realized that I’m a perfectionist about blogging, too, which shouldn’t be a surprise to me. But that’s not what this blog is about. I made this blog to share my love of crafting with other people. The creative process is messy and not always pretty, but I want to share that too. I love seeing other people’s works in progress, so why not write about mine too?

I’ve fallen into a year-long case of writer’s block for this same reason: if it’s not perfect, why bother writing at all? But the truth is that everyone has to start somewhere, and I’ll never improve without practice. So I’m making a goal to write for fun again. To share my imperfect writing. I had so much fun with The Yarn Wars, even though it isn’t very good.

I created a Wattpad account, onceuponayarn, to post these writing adventures. I’d love if you wanted to read along. I’m trying something new that I’ve wanted to write for ages – a young adult romance, just to see how it goes. I also entered a Wattpad writing contest just for fun. And you know, it feels fantastic. It doesn’t matter if it’s perfect; you just have to write something.

Here’s the blurb for the novel. I’m having a lot of fun with it, and it’s a good summer writing project!

By the Sea (someone please help me title things)

endlessOn the edge of the sea, Lee Baker spends her days reading, crafting, and being homeschooled. Although their life at Oceanview Trailer Park is far from luxurious, Lee is happy the way things are, spending the days with her best friend Ana. But the summer Lee turns 17, everything changes.

When Noah moves to Myrtle Cove, Lee’s predictable life is turned upside down. Noah is quiet, anxious, and doesn’t want any part of his mom’s summer beach house plans. Lee is roped into being his tour guide, and unexpectedly, the two hit it off and strike up a friendship. Then Ana moves away. After losing her closest friend, Lee is reluctant to make another, but she doesn’t want to stay away from Noah. She begins to have feelings for him, and thinks he might feel the same way.

But when disaster strikes and Lee is left completely alone, will Noah stick around? And will she let him?

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You can read it here, if you’re so inclined. I have two chapters posted so far, but I’m up to chapter 9. It’s super nice to have a writing project that isn’t for college. I was thinking about posting this here on Once Upon a Yarn, but Wattpad seems better suited for this sort of thing.

I’d love to know if you’ve had similar experiences with perfectionism. I’m honored to have you guys along for the ride. Your support means a lot to me, and thank you for all your kind words about my past writing. ❤

 

Amigurumi Monday: Occamy

Hi friends! I thought it might be fun to start a post series featuring my many amigurumi, many of which haven’t been featured on the blog yet. In the future, I may take my fandomgurumi on photo shoots, which is a lot of fun. 🙂 I’m planning for these to be short posts so I can keep up with them regularly – goodness knows I have enough amigurumi to keep a steady supply of posts ready.

Today I’d like to introduce you to the Occamy:

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He’s made from the wonderful free pattern by Fillie Fanatic, which was well-written and easy to follow. The Occamy is a creature from the Fantastic Beasts movie that I absolutely loved, so I was delighted when I saw this pattern and could make my own. He’s living on my Harry Potter bookshelf, but the above photo was taken an early college morning (as evidenced by the Starbucks cup, before I gave up caffeine!) Turns out the Occamy can be worn as a very fashionable bangle bracelet. Not sure how he feels about that. 🙂 In any case, it was a very fun project, if a little fiddly with the embroidery floss and small hook.

Thanks for reading! What have you been crafting lately?

 

Book Review: “Whisper” by Mark Batterson

Hi friends! Today I’m posting something different, a long-overdue book review. I’m reviewing a religious book today, and I know this blog isn’t “religious” per se, so I definitely understand if you want to wait for the normal crochet posts! I also have some craft-related posts in the works, as well as a new amigurumi pattern, so stay tuned for those. 🙂

“Whisper” by Mark Batterson

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Saints and prophets…sure. But does God really speak to me?

Most people would say they’re unsure. But His voice is all around us, all the time! His ability to speak is not limited by our human range of hearing. So if you want to hear His voice, you just need to learn some new ways to listen.

Nothing will change your life’s trajectory or determine your destiny like a whisper from God. That’s how we discern the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God and seize divine appointments. It’s also the way bold visions are birthed and unprecedented miracles are ushered in.

Through powerful stories and practical advice, New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson shows how natural it is for believers to hear the voice of God. He reveals the obstacles to hearing the seven creative ways God speaks to His children and the value of having a “whispering spot” where you listen for His voice.

The question isn’t whether God speaks. The question is, what does He have to say to you?

Goodreads | 207 pages | Where I got it: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.

My Thoughts

Today I’m reviewing a religious book that I originally planned to read and review during Lent, but life got crazy and I didn’t get a chance. So I apologize to Blogging For Books that this review is late. However, I’m really glad I chose this book, because it ended up being really thought-provoking. I’d like to read it again more slowly, maybe over a period of time like Lent, so I can absorb it more. I found myself taking notes as I went because there’s so much to take in.

The book is about learning to hear the voice of God, and is divided into a few different sections. Part 1 is called “The Power of a Whisper” and acts as an introduction to the book. Part 2 is “The 7 Love Languages” and discusses the 7 love languages of God. I found the second part a lot more interesting. I took a pretty long break from the book in between the two sections because of this. I really liked how the author broke it down into seven categories, explaining each of them in their own chapter. For those curious, the 7 languages are, according to this book: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. My favorite ones to read about were probably Scripture and Doors, although they were all interesting and relevant.

The writing style was conversational and easy to read. The author is the pastor of a church, and I’d really like to hear one of his sermons now. Whisper is definitely a Christian book, but I couldn’t tell exactly what denomination it was written for – I’m Catholic, and I could tell it wasn’t for Catholicism, but there were only a few moments I noticed that. For instance, one time the author talked about confessing your sins, and Catholics actually have the Sacrament of Confession, which wasn’t mentioned in the book. So I’m not sure exactly which branch of Christianity this was written for. But it didn’t take away from the reading experience. Mark Batterson shares a lot of his own experiences, and he shares wisdom and tips while still sounding humble. He admits a lot that he still struggles with certain things, which is encouraging for a reader. The only thing I would change is the fact there were a lot of exclamation marks in the book…which got a little old after a while.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to learn about listening to God. I’ll be reading it again and will be happily adding it to my ever-growing shelf of religious books. I’ll check out more books from this author, too!

Rating: 4/5 stars ****

Have you read any good books lately? I’m always looking for new recommendations! 🙂

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Daffodils, dogs, and deadlines

The three main things in my life right now (in an Attic24-style post):

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My favorite flower has emerged in droves, making me smile whenever I see their happy bright faces. They’re all over my college campus, where I snapped the above picture. I love them because they’re such a silly little flower, what with the bright orange trumpet, but they make me happy every day. So I wanted to crochet some of them, naturally, which leads me to my next thing…

dogs

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Patterns from Barefoot Creations and Attic24. Maisie, our puppy, and Ruby, our 13-year-old poodle, graciously modeled for me. They were present throughout the crocheting process, so I thought they should be part of the final result. I love crocheting daffodils and am thinking about making a springtime bunting. I’ve already put one on a headband. The great thing about crochet flowers is it doesn’t depend on the season!

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It’s the first week of term, and I have come to the abrupt realization that the A to Z Challenge was overly optimistic of me. Deadlines are already approaching in my classes (yay for French assignments, not-so-yay for literary analyses) and all my energy is going to that. So I’m going to resign the A to Z Challenge for next year. I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with, but I will keep to my regularly scheduled programming over here – I’m planning on some crafty posts throughout the month.

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What have you been up to this spring so far? What’s your favorite kind of flower? 🙂

College A to Z: Backpacks

Hello my lovely blog followers! Happy belated Easter, if you celebrate, and happy springtime if you do not. 🙂 I just want to thank you for your supportive comments on my last post; I’m so lucky to have the best blogging friends in the world. I’ve decided to do the A to Z Challenge this year with a college theme. It won’t hurt my feelings if you want to skip this month’s posts, as it’s not what I typically post. I’ll make sure to post some crafty things in the near future, too! But if you’re interested, then I’m excited to chat about college stuff with you all.

In this series, my plan is to write about the basics of college life, in the hopes that it might help new college students who are nervous about the day-to-day things. A college adviser I am NOT; I don’t even know what my major is. But sometimes the little things are the tricky things: like finding your classes, taking the bus, or figuring out what to eat for lunch. And sure, study habits are important, but so are the little things like getting a new notebook or putting stickers on your notes.

Maybe you’d like to know a little about my own college experience before we start. I’m a sophomore in college, majoring in either English, French, or both, with a writing minor. (Unfortunately, crochet was not an option.) I commute to my university, which means I will be talking about buses quite a lot rather than dorm life. And I’m starting this challenge a day late because, ironically, college got in the way. 🙂

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College A to Z: “B” is for Backpacks

Backpacks. I’m starting to think I will never be free of them. Mine is sitting next to me, my constant companion, while I write this post. It never fails to amuse me when someone goes to pick up my backpack without realizing how heavy it is, and exclaims, “What do you have in there?!”

Although they might not be the most fashionable choice of bag, they’re the most practical for sure. There are some pretty cute backpacks out there, though. (I have my eye on the ones with glittery sequins all over them.) I received a North Face backpack as a high school graduation present, and it’s been invaluable. But any backpack will do. The important thing is that it has enough space for all your books.

Once you have the bag, it’s a matter of filling it with school supplies. The end goal here is to be prepared for the day without the backpack weighing 25 pounds (an issue I have all too often). Here’s a list of things you may want to have in your backpack. Keep in mind that I’m a commuter student, so I need to have a lot of stuff with me. If you live on campus, you can probably disregard a lot of these suggestions.

  • Necessary textbooks for the day – it’s best to leave the ones you don’t need at home or in your dorm, because otherwise it gets really heavy!
  • Notebook
  • Planner
  • Water bottle (it gets expensive to buy drinks from a vending machine – there are usually places to refill your water bottle on campus)
  • Snack (granola bar, peanut butter crackers)
  • Mints
  • Pencil case
  • Umbrella (depending on where you live – it rains all the time in my city, so I have a collapsible umbrella with me at all times)
  • Hand sanitizer (when one student on campus gets sick, it seems like everyone does!)

One other thing I keep in my backpack is a customized “emergency kit” – basically a small bag with any medication you might need throughout the day, like ibuprofen or whatnot. I also put nail clippers, ponytail holders, hair clips, Band-Aids, and cough drops in here, and it acts as an emergency kit. Just customize it with whatever works for you. It’s a lot easier to put this bag in your backpack rather than packing up each individual thing. This has saved me a lot of trouble.

What do you keep in your backpack? Any tips for making it weigh less? Goodness knows I could use all the help I can get!

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