Summer time! Pool time! Every pool party need some fun inflatables. This pattern includes instructions to make stuffed toys to look like pool inflatables for your doll. The pattern works with external seams for a more authentic inflatable look. These are not real inflatables and cannot be used in water. Remember your doll cannot play in real water!
The rafts are the perfect length for 18inch dolls but any doll type can be used with them.
Included in this PDF pattern are instructions to make two different rafts: A rectangle or a more modern curved raft.
The pattern works with NON-Fray fabric with a plastic consistency or non-fiber. I did not need any special accessories to work with this fabric but included is a guide to working with these fabrics.
Check out the AptOne8 Pool Party Collection of patterns and the Pepperminsticks Splash Zone pattern for even more summer fun, and don't miss the other inflatable patterns in the Fun-Flatable collection!
Recommended Fabrics: This pattern is designed for NON-Fray fabric with a plastic consistency or non-fiber feel. Oil cloth; Laminated cotton; PVC and vinyl.
-20” x 24” (or 2 of 20” x 12”) fabric
-Stuffing or toy filling – 2x Grocery bags full (a lot of stuffing!)
-Machine Needle: Size 90
-Blue painters tape or Masking tape
-Fabric marking pencil or chalk
-Glue Pen, Wonder clips, paper clips OR bobby pins
-Spare long knitting needle/ 20-inch-long wooden dowel stick / Yard stick – To help with the stuffing
Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate
What You Get: One 22 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
This was probably the most fun item I have ever made for a doll. They are very easy to make, but you should know that they become addictive. The directions are very detailed and easy to follow. The finished product is just so cute. The pattern has an option of using iron on vinyl. I had never heard of this product. It is amazing. It makes the floaties look so real. Using this product gives you more options on the type of print you want to use. I recommend going with this. Over all it is a fun pattern, and you just can't make one.
The pool rafts went together incredibly fast. I used plastic lined table cloths from Walmart ($1.50) and a small bag of stuffing. The first one took about an hour and the rest took about 20 minutes. The secret is to mark the sewing lines before you start so you know when to start and stop. Also, handle the stuffing carefully because it's easy to tear the plastic while pushing in the stuffing. I used a chopstick and be careful not to over stuff. The girls loved these but I had to remind them several times not to put them in the pool or bath tub or they would sink. Also, there dolls aren't supposed to go in the water. This was probably the biggest "WOW" I ever got on a sewing project. It was so easy and yet big impact. I can't wait to try the PVC furniture next.
Just made my first pool raft from a PVC tablecloth. Never worked with this fabric before so a bit of a struggle (also because I had too much stuffing I guess in the 4 "tubes". Made it difficult to sew straight to separate them from the pillow part. Sunny part: the next time it will be much better! So thanks for a clear tutorial and wonderful pattern that makes this project so much fun :) Greetings from the Netherlands (where we have more rain than sun....will you create an umbrella pattern anytime soon? LOL)