Chocolate Chip Cookies – We can’t sew ALL the time!


I’m not much of a cook but every now and again you just have to make yourself some treats! Just as I specialize in easier methods in sewing I also appreciate recipes in which the end product is more than the sum of the parts! A recent chocolate chip cookie recipes fits the bill. With just a few little tweaks,… Read more »

Pattern Work – Getting things done

I always have good intentions. Don’t we all? I said to myself, ‘You can focus on a simple pattern and get it done quickly!’ I perfected this look about 6 years ago. It’s a classic peasant dress with a few differences. I did a little combining and changing and cut the sleeve all in one with the garment. I made… Read more »

Janie Carroll – A lifetime in sewing and crafting!


Going to share much of a post I made for a doll page I love. Want to know a little more about me? I cried a lot when I was little. My dad says I screamed from the day I was born until I went to preschool. This might be true. I have always loved to learn and my older… Read more »

Ezy T Squirts and Darlings pattern available NOW!

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I am so happy to tell you that the Ezy T Squirts and Darlings pattern for your 13 to 14.5″ dolls such as the Wellie Wishers the Hearts for Hearts Girls Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings and the Les Cheries doll is now for sale in my etsy shop. This is the same great style you know and love for your… Read more »

Remember this custom order?

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Remember this little custom order dance outfit? No? Well, you can read all about it in this early blog post: The customer that ordered that also ordered this darling outfit Recently, I received a few photos from the customer, who happens to be a good friend of mine. I have permission to share and thought you’d enjoy seeing the… Read more »

Coming Soon – Ezy T for Squirts and Darlings


Is the Janie Carroll Designs Ezy T one of your favorite patterns for 18″ full-bodies dolls, such as the American Girl brand doll? If not, check it out here: JCD Ezy T for 18″ dolls Want to know more? The Ezy T is a simplified T-shirt pattern where the sleeves are cut all-in-one with the body. This makes for quick… Read more »

It’s a Contest from Avery Lane Designs!

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You may remember when I shared information and a review on a new book from my friend, Erin Hentzel, of Avery Lane Designs. May I say that I think Doll Days is a wonderful book?! I am excited to announce that Erin along with  Riley Blake Fabrics is holding a contest related to the book! This contest centers around the Vintage Party… Read more »

In the works today – Patterns and more patterns!


Nothing like keeping too many irons in the fire! Want to know what I’m working on this week? Everything! First, I’m finalizing the pattern for the Sprinkler Season Squirts! This will be the third size range of this popular design. It will have 2 cuttings lines: Size one will fit A Girl for All Times, like this lovely Matilda Size… Read more »

Jots from Jane – finding Joy

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The fourth of July is one of those holidays that makes me feel thankful. In that mindset, I started thinking about mundane sewing chores. Mending. Sewing on buttons. Hemming. I often dread these tasks. They can seem so mundane. boring. ORDINARY. What if we choose to It’s all about our attitude. Enjoy the colors of your fabric. Admire the beauty… Read more »

Happy Independence Day!

PicMonkey Collage Independence Day

Please enjoy your freedom safely! Dress your dolls in their patriotic best and say a prayer for peace. Dress shown is the Double Take Reversible Sundress – Slender Size by Janie Carroll Designs find it in my etsy shop here: