Sherralyn's Books Where to Purchase Sherralyn's Books

The books are available from on-line book sellers such as Amazon US, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Barnes and Noble, and others. Retailers can contact the publihers at CreateSpace and at Dover Publications.

Easy to Loom Knit Small Animals

A Guide to Loom Knitting Small Animals

by Sherralyn St. Clair, published by CreateSpace.

Learn to Loom Knit for Your Dolls

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This full color and fully illustrated book can be used by either a beginning or an experienced loom knitter. The animals in this book are quick and easy projects. They are made from a series of knitted tubes that are stuffed and assembled into charming animals. All the steps needed to produce each animal are carefully explained. The book is written for adults, but is suitable for children with adult help and supervision.

Knitting instructions are provided for several dogs, cats, and rabbits. A pattern for a bear is included. Many of the animals can be made so that they can be posed. The crafter can select different kinds of yarn to get a completely different look for some of the animals.

Smaller patterns yield animals that are a suitable size for pets for either 18" or for mini dolls.

Here are the patterns from the book. Click on the pictures to see a larger version:

Learn to Loom Knit for Your Dolls

A Kid's Guide to Loom Knitting for Dolls

by Sherralyn St. Clair, published by CreateSpace.

Learn to Loom Knit for Your Dolls

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This fully illustrated book gives a child an introduction to loom knitting. The instructions explain how to knit accessories for three sizes of dolls including American Girl and American Girl mini dolls. The child can knit scarves, backpacks, hats, and mittens for her doll. Although the book is written with children in mind, any beginner interested in knitting doll accessories will find the book helpful.

Accessories for three sizes of dolls: large dolls like American Girl®, Springfield Collection®, and Sherralyn's Dolls Kitty; small dolls like Sherralyn's Dolls Florabunda, and Madam Alexander® Wendy; and Mini dolls like American Girl® Mini and Sherralyn's Dolls Twinkle.

Here are the patterns from the book. Click on the pictures to see a larger version:

Sewing for Large Dolls

Full size patterns for 18" doll outfits

by Sherralyn St. Clair, published by CreateSpace.

Sewing for Large Dolls

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Sewing for Large Dolls - Full size patterns for 18" doll outfits

This book is a collection of the patterns for the large dolls 18" (46 cm). The patterns are the same as those available for download on this web site. The book includes full size patterns and detailed sewing instructions for the Kitty cloth doll and her outfits. The outfits will fit Sherralyn's Dolls' Kitty, American Girl®, as well as Springfield® dolls. Measurements are given in both US and metric units. Most of these patterns match those in Sherralyn's book Sewing for Mini Dolls below.

The patterns include: Ballgown and Classic Dress; Nightgown, Sleep Cap; Pants, Shorts, Skirt, and T-Shirt; A-line Dress, and Jacket; as well as Shoes, Slippers, Sandals, Sneakers and six styles of Bedroom Slippers.

Here are the patterns from the book. Click on the pictures to see a larger version:

Sewing for Mini Dolls

Full size patterns for 6½" mini doll outfits

by Sherralyn St. Clair, published by CreateSpace.

Sewing for Mini Dolls

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Sewing for Mini Dolls - Full size patterns for 6½" mini doll outfits

This book is a collection of patterns for mini dolls (6½" or 16.5 cm). The book includes full size patterns and detailed sewing instructions for the Twinkle cloth doll and her outfits. In addition to Twinkle, the outfits will fit American Girl® Mini and other mini dolls. Measurements are given in both US and metric units.

Most of the patterns match those found in Sherralyn's book Sewing for Large Dolls above. The patterns in that book are for the 18" (46 cm), American Girl® doll.

The patterns include: Nightgown, Smock Top, and Two Tiered Skirt; A-line Dress, Jacket, and Bloomers; Pants, Shorts, Skirt, and T-shirt; Ballgown and Classic Dress; Shoes, Slippers, Sandals, Sneakers, and Boots; Twinkle Cloth Mini Doll, Camisole, and Panties. Sherralyn's Tools, Tips, and Techniques is included.

Here are the patterns from the book. Click on the pictures to see a larger version:

Learn to Sew for Your Doll

A Beginner's Guide to Sewing for an 18" Doll

by Sherralyn St. Clair, published by CreateSpace.

Learn to Sew for Your Doll

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Learn to Sew for Your Doll - A Beginner's Guide to Sewing for an 18" Doll is a tutorial for new sewers.

If you would like to teach a special child how to sew, this book presents a series of skills in a learning sequence that takes the new seamstress from the first use of a sewing machine through making an attractive wardrobe for a doll. The book gives the student a place to start and then builds on the initial skills.

This book includes instructions and full size patterns for 18" doll clothes. Measurements are given in both US and metric units. Stitching bookmarks introduces machine sewing and zigzagging. Beginning fabric skills are taught with simple projects to sew bed clothes for a doll. While sewing a doll bed cover, pillow, and pillow case the student learns to recognize the right and wrong sides of fabric, and to find the straight of grain, cross grain and bias of fabric. Skills in tearing fabric and cutting along a pulled thread are taught.

After being introduced to these basics, the student then moves on to sew an attractive wardrobe for an 18" doll including a Sundress, A-line skirt, Shorts, Two-tiered skirt, Smock top, and Nightgown.

Skills taught include: pattern reading and cutting, machine stitching, finishing seams, gathering, sewing casings, topstitching, hemming, and attaching closures.

Here are the projects you'll learn to sew in the book. Click on the pictures to see a larger version:

Sew a Small Doll and Her Clothing

Full size patterns for 7½" Florabunda and her outfits

by Sherralyn St. Clair, published by CreateSpace.

Sew a Small Doll and Her Clothing

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Sew a Small Doll and Her Clothing is a collection of the patterns for the mid-sized Florabunda dolls (7½" or 19 cm). The patterns are the same as those available for download on this web site. The instructions have been updated slightly to include more metric measurements and other minor updates.

The book includes full size patterns and detailed sewing instructions for the Florabunda cloth doll and her outfits. The outfits will fit Sherralyn's Dolls' Florabunda, Madam Alexander's Wendy, Vogue's, Modern and Vintage Ginny, as well as Lillian Vernon's doll. The Tools, Tips, and Techniques download from the web site is included as an appendix.

The wardrobe patterns include: Ballgown and Classic Dress; Nightgown, Smock top, and Two-tiered Skirt; Pants, Shorts, Skirt, and T-Shirt; A-line Dress, Jacket, and Bloomers as well as Shoes, slippers, sandals, sneakers, and boots

Here are the patterns from the book. Click on the pictures to see a larger version:

Easy-to-Make Storybook Dolls

A "Novel" Approach to Cloth Dollmaking

by Sherralyn St. Clair, published by Dover Publications.

Easy-to-Make Storybook Dolls

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Bring characters from favorite stories to life with creative stitchery! This unique guide to making 14 inch cloth dolls offers patterns for the eternal optimist, Pollyanna, as well as Dorothy from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Mary of The Secret Garden. The book also features patterns for clothes, pets, and accessories. Easy-to-follow instructions include 263 black-and-white illustrations, plus an eight-page color insert. Perfect for beginners, this manual will also appeal to more experienced dollmakers.

All three characters use the same basic doll body and accessories such as hats, shoes, and slips. Dorothy's wardrobe, based on descriptions of her clothing in Oz books, comprises six dresses and a nightgown. Mary's ensemble includes five dresses, a coat, and a housecoat; and Pollyanna's costumes consist of six dresses and a gown. Extras include Dorothy's green spectacles and Toto the terrier; a miniature copy of The Secret Garden, a bed cover, and a pillow for Mary; and Pollyanna's pets, Fluffy the cat and Buffy the dog.

Dorothy's Dresses

The Wizard of Oz
I used W. W. Denslow's original illustrations from the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum as inspiration for designing Dorothy and her wardrobe. To add a few more selections to Dorothy's wardrobe, I looked at illustrations from later Oz books. I developed patterns for five basic dress styles to imitate the clothing from the books.
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Mary's Dresses

The Secret Garden

I designed some of the clothing for Mary Lennox of Frances Hodgson Burnett's book The Secret Garden. based on the activities described in the book. Other garments that the she wore are mentioned in the novel. I had already created most of the patterns that I needed to design wardrobes for her, but I found that I needed to design her a winter coat and a housecoat, because these garments are mentioned in the story.

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Pollyanna's Dresses

Pollyanna

For Pollyanna Whittier who we meet in Eleanor Porter's book Pollyanna I also designed dresses based on the activities described that book. To add even more fun to this collection I have paid attention to detail and included instructions for shoes, hats, belts, pets, books, and games.

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Some Examples of Figures from the Book

This first sequence of drawings shows some of the steps in sewing the drawers.

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This sequence of drawings shows some of the steps in constructing the jig used in making Dorothy's spectacles.

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