Sometimes done is better than perfect
My niece is at that age where I can make her happy with a new outfit for her doll, so that is exactly what she got for her birthday – new pjs and a quilt for her doll.
I started early with the best of intentions. I picked up a few half-yard cuts of flannel for the bottoms and a matching knit for the top and whipped up the pjs in one night. Then I tried them on and the shirt was WAY to tight. I didn’t sew anything wrong, I’ve just apparently completely left behind my 20-something sense of style and thought a little girl didn’t need an example of her doll wearing skin tight outfits.
The bonus is because I bought the pattern from Pixie Faire as a downloadable PDF, I was able to print the pattern out at 115 percent of the original size and problem solved.
But having to remake the the shirt put me behind and the day it was time to give her the present, I hadn’t even started quilting the doll quilt. The free motion quilting was no big deal. But I didn’t have time to bind it all by hand.
So while I generally hate the look of machine binding, I figured for a doll quilt that would be played with, left on the floor and generally abused, machine binding would do just fine. To sew the binding down by machine, first I turned it to the back of the quilt and pinned the binding in place about every six inches, with two pins in the corners to form the mitered border.
Then I flipped the quilt over and stitched in the ditch formed by the seam of the quilt to the binding edge. It wasn’t perfect, but it was done. And that was what mattered.