Question of the Week: First Time For Everything

No one is born an expert… we all have to start at the beginning. While you may have been sewing … or crafting … or building … for so long that you feel like there isn’t much you can’t do, chances are there is something that you’ve never done that you’ve been wanting to try …

As someone who creates for dolls, please comment below with one thing you’d like to try, learn or do that you’ve never done before …


  1. I haven’t made shoes yet and I’d like to. I have a few patterns, so it’s just a matter of getting started.

  2. It’s been almost a year since I bought my embroidery machine, but I haven’t taken the time to figure it out and try it yet. Hopefully soon! 🙂

  3. I would love to learn to sculpt a Ball Jointed Doll.

  4. I have not tried eyeswapping. It makes me nervous. Someday I would like to try it.

  5. I would really love to try an eye swap as well.

  6. I have that Kamsnap stuff–have not used it yet–and it’s been here awhile. It’s probably not all that hard–just haven’t had the time to sit down and figure it out.

  7. I have never done a face make over. I would love to try re-painting a dolls face. Hopefully soon. ????

  8. I would love to learn how to do ribbon embroidery well enough to embellish outfits for some of my smaller dolls. I would also love to learn machine embroidery, but first I have to be able to afford the machine! 🙂

  9. I would love to learn smocking! I love the heirloom look! And the good news is that dolls won’t outgrow whatever is made for them!

  10. I would love to learn how to knit. I can sew and crochet but haven’t yet figured out knitting.

  11. I bought a Cricut Explore Air last year and want to learn more about it and create more things like iron on emblems for the dolls tops and pants.

    • This is something I want to learn to do as well! It is at the top of my list for 2018

    • Yes, I’m with you here. I just the bought the Maker and I have a Cricut original model so its going to be a bit of a learning curve doing things on the computer. Also the complexity of the things you can do now.

  12. I would really love to knit or crochet. I see so many lovely outfits that are knitted or crochet for dolls of all sizes. One doll that I would really love to make knitted or crochet clothing for are the Hitty dolls and Bleuette dolls. Knitted or crochet outfits are usually the ones I buy from those that know how.

    • I’m a real newbie at crochet myself, but I was able to tackle the 1905 cape with Agnes Sura’s instructions. Did you know that Agnes made a DVD of all of her Bleuette’s World issues?

  13. I recently borrowed a book from the library on bobbin lace. I would like to try it out. I think that I could make my own laces for doll clothes.

  14. Polymer clay food and sweets that look real!

  15. I have removed wigs/re-wigged many dolls and am used to that as I also have a lot of ball jointed dolls. I am also used to switching their eyes, but have never tried doing it to a vinyl doll like AG or WW. I would like to try that but find the whole thing scary as I am afraid to ruin my doll!! Maybe someday I will start with an AG wanna-be who was not so expensive! LOL

  16. Ok technically, I have done this before…when I was a kid. I’m thinking about re-learning how to crochet. There are so many cute things you can make for dolls!

  17. I would like to learn limb tightening.

  18. I have never do e any face ups and would like to try one.

  19. I’d like to try a dolly face makeover

  20. I have some patterns but have never tried making doll shoes. I’d like to be able to make shoes that go with the outfits I knit, crochet or sew.

  21. I wanted to make shoes for my girls. Never done that but want to do it . But scared …. to try

  22. I purchased an embroidery machine YEARS ago. I had been wanting one forever! I have yet to take it out of the box. Now it is old. I’m thinking of selling it and buying a current one and taking classes on it. Wish me luck!

  23. I would love to buy an embroidery machine and actually use it to create all the things that my brain is trying to hold onto. It seems like such a fun thing to do.

    • I have had an embroidery machine for several years now and can’t live without one. There is so much you can do. I especially love making doll shoes and socks with a pattern I recently found. I also have a design for a doll tiara but haven’t had time to try it yet.

  24. I would like to learn how to knit. I still have some tiny moth-eaten cardigans that my mother knit for my Barbie clone.

  25. With much to still learn..I learn something new everytime I create another costume.
    But I have never made gloves for a doll,that would be fun and

  26. putting eyelet on outfit and shoes

  27. I taught myself how to knit but I would love to learn how to read a pattern that is more than basic knitting. I guess what I am saying is I need to take some classes to learn how to knit.

  28. I would love to learn how to repair my daughter’s AG’s loose limbs, and to be brave enough to re-wig her!

    • Re-wigging an AG is surprisingly easy! It does seem intimidating but I watched a few tutorials on YouTube first which definitely helped.

      I’m with you on the limb tightening. I bought a used Samantha with super floppy legs and I’m really nervous to take her apart!

  29. I’d like to try to sew an elaborate ballgown. I normally don’t like fussy, huge dresses, but I’ve been rediscovering parts of me I buried in the 80s. So there it is.

  30. i would like to learn to knit! I tried to self teach but it was a disaster! I know I shouldn’t give up so easily but I think I need to really learn how to read a pattern!

  31. I have wanted to try my hand at a repaint.

  32. Hahaha I almost want to say ditto to everything posted above! I’m a real newbie at crochet and I want to get better at it. Also I’m venturing into my first knit lace pattern right now. I definitely want to make some shoes, especially espadrilles, which I’ve never tried before. And little girl dressy Easter gloves are on my list of “new adventures.”

  33. I need to learn to put invisable zippers in doll dresses. I want to make fancy dresses and the hidden zipper would be the nicest way to close them

  34. I would love to learn to crochet properly and be able to follow the patterns, maybe I’ll make this next years must do

  35. I want to learn to knit. I started to learn and made a wash cloth and simple bag, but I want to learn to knit well enough to sew sweaters and hats.

  36. I just bought a Scan N Cut. It gave me a whole new appreciation of what newbie’s to sewing go through. You can have the best machine, and the best instructions, but, it’s trial and error. Practice. Taking the chance to see what happens. Learn from mistakes. All that said, it took me 20 minutes to figure out where the load button was. That, after reading the instruction manual. (Course, I will admit that I’m not very experienced with reading instruction manuals…) I wish I knew someone nearby who was familiar with the machine, especially the editing software. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

  37. I would like to have courage to try using power tools so that I could make things out of wood instead of foam board. Truly, I do love foam board and I have made fun things for my dolls; however, wood is substantial and has such beauty.

  38. Well I kept my embroidery machine in the box for three years before I used it. Now I don’t know how I lived without it. My cricut has been in box for two. Guess it is time to pull it out!

  39. I would like to become proficient at making doll shoes. I’ve learned a lot in the two iCreate chats regarding this subject. Now I just need to find some time to start practicing the techniques I’ve heard used by others. 🙂

  40. I would love to do a face up on the BJD dolls I have with no face and or re paint a Sasha doll ,need to get up the nerve and just go for it,need to invest in a bunch of wet ones first .

  41. I would like to try my hand at HTV for decorating my doll t-shirts. I have a cricut but I’m chicken.

  42. I’d like to learn to freckle my girls and get rid of their buckteeth.

  43. I’d like to make more accessories, shoes, hair bows, etc.

  44. I would like to get into making more shoes and boots for the dolls. Now just need to find the time.

  45. I would like to learn to make silk ribbon flowers to add to outfits

  46. I am now feeling fully ready to make shoes, which I will do, thanks to the two chats here eradicating my concerns about that. But for a new challenge, what I’m really keen to learn to do is make rooms, like the Library at American Girls Ideas. I can’t get the half-inch foam board without going way off island by bus, and am not really that wealthy so am planning to use two sheets of quarter-inch instead. If I feel the expense is questionable, I will get free cardboard from local stores, who need the stuff to leave their back yards …

  47. I would like to knit for dolls. I learned the basic years ago but not comfortable enough to try to make doll items.

  48. I’d like to conquer my fear of making shoes, and start including a pair with every outfit I make!

  49. I would like to try shoes and also installing zippers and buttonholes.

  50. I would like to learn doll customizing–re-roots in particular. I have a ken doll that I would like to turn into “Maurice (Belle’s father in Beauty And The Beast) but haven’t figured out how to give him hair.

  51. I would really like to give smocking a try, especially now that my hand is finally out of a splint and I’m starting to rebuild my dexterity again! I’m also trying to learn to crochet, but it’s slow going so far.

  52. I would kind of like to learn to re-eye AG/wellies. I would also love to be able to crochet sweaters and things for dolls.

  53. I’ve always wanted to learn to weave. It looks very intricate and very time consuming but I’d still like to learn one day.

  54. I do like the challenge of learning new things. I would like to learn how to smock. I have so many dolls with loose limbs that it would be great to be able to fix them. Just this week I started a simple quilting project in hopes of learning that craft. After all, dolly quilts are small!

  55. Although I learned to knit when I was very young, I have never learned to do fair isle knitting. I’ve seen some patterns for hats and sweaters for dolls and may have to give that a try soon.

  56. I’ve read all the instructions and I think I understand how but I’m scared to death to take my dolls apart to strengthen their limbs. Almost all of my dolls are older, loved dolls and rather loose and floppy. I’m afraid I will make a mistake and ruin my doll.

  57. I’d really like to try creating furniture and other things for the dolls and in the long run create a dolls house.

  58. I just read through the comments and saw many things I’ve also been wanting to try like eye swaps, limb tightening, and making shoes. The number one doll related thing I want to do is get my etsy shop going. I’ve been wanting to do that for a year now and I’m just so intimidated.

  59. I would like to try cloth and leather shoe making, eye swapping, face ups or custom makeup, my own Asian bjd, take a seminar on hands on composition doll restoration and upkeep, airbrushing and getting good at working with sculpty and fimo.

  60. my dream is to get an embroidery machine….i think it would be fun to add designs to my creations 🙂

  61. There are many things I would like to try.. I would really like to try the HTV and create doll sized graphic tees. I would love to one day own an embroidery machine and play around on that. I still need to master my serger. I have yet to try the rolled hem. And I need to practice zippers and button holes in 2018. I had challenged myself with that one at the beginning of this year.. but the year just slipped by before I knew it!

  62. I would like to try shoe making and I am currently taking a course to learn how to.

  63. Make shoes for a doll using a 3d pen.

  64. There’s several things I would like if I try: I’ve never used a serger; I’d like to learn. I would like to try eye swapping on an AG doll. I also need help taking better pictures-using a backdrop, lights or photoshop to make the listings for my shop stand out. And button holes on these small clothes make me nervous. Whew! That’s a lot! Time to get to work! Michelle

  65. Restoring an old doll thats really been through it. Maybe I should start on one that is a little less TLC first.

  66. There are a few things that I have yet to try that I would like to. Number one is making doll shoes. I’ve made some slippers once before but that’s about it. Also, I have a new serger that I would love to learn how to use. Lastly, I really want to rewig one of our older dolls. I just haven’t found the perfect wig for her and I am still a bit reluctant to try. Button holes and zippers too, but I really think I need a new sewing machine before attempting those.

  67. I have everything I need to make shoes , haven’t started yet and restoring dolls I have several that need some TLC

  68. I’ve never used my walking foot to sew with knit material. I have the material and I have the walking foot, I just haven’t taken the time to try it out. I’m looking forward to it. I want to make some tshirts for my dolls.

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