Sweater weather has arrived, here in the mountain valley where my small friends and I live. The days are still hot, but the evenings bring a chill that harkens the ripening of our last garden tomatoes and signifies that cider season is just around the corner.
Around these parts, autumn means boots, college football (Go Utes!), pumpkin-spice-everything, and did I mention.. boots?! But oh how we hate to put away our sleeveless tops and bright summer dresses!
If your 18 inch doll needs something to wrap around her shoulders this fall, I have a sewing pattern just for you! It’s very easy pattern with only 6 pieces, super fast to put together especially if you upcycle a sweater, and best of all.. it’s free!
You can make the Autumn Shrug from a thrifted or outgrown sweater or with any medium-weight knit fabric. And don’t you dare say you’re afraid of sewing with knits. You can totally do this, knits are very forgiving, and if you use a sweater, your shrug will look like you spent hours knitting it with tiny dolly needles, even though it took you no time to sew! You could even sew this by hand if you don’t have a machine or like to have a lap project while hanging out at soccer practice or while catching up on the new fall tv shows.
To get the pattern, sign up for the Many Small Friends newsletter. After you sign up, check your inbox. you will get an email from me asking you to confirm your subscription. This is to protect you from spam and me from robots. After you click “Confirm”, you will be redirected to a page thanking you for subscribing that will have the pattern download link. If you have any problems during this process, let me know in the comments section below!
If you’re already a subscriber, check your inbox. Your download link should be there waiting for you!
**9/26 Update - Whew! I’m so excited that you guys like this pattern!!
- Bad News: OOPSIE… I forgot a step in the pattern!!
- Good News: It’s a pretty obvious step, so you probably figured it out anyway. I forgot to tell you to sew up the side seams after sewing on the cap sleeves. The picture was there, but the written instructions were not. DOH!
- More Good News: If you are reading this and haven’t downloaded the pattern yet, I’ve already fixed the error and your copy will (hopefully) have all the necessary steps. If your copy is lacking and you’d like an updated version, comment below and I will email you the revised instructions.
Please remember to save the pattern file to your hard drive and then print from PDF software (I use Acrobat which is available for free). If you print directly from your browser, the pattern pieces will probably print at the wrong size. You can be sure that the scale is correct by measuring the 1 inch box printed on the pattern page.
One more tip: You can save printer ink by only printing the pattern pieces page and referencing the instructions on your computer or tablet. To do this with Acrobat, open the pattern file, then click File, choose Print from the drop down menu, click the radio button next to Pages, and enter the number 6 in the box next to Pages. Then click Print, and only the pattern page will be printed. Neat, huh?
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