Me & My 18" Doll Book Review {And A Giveaway}

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

I was honored to be asked by Erin Hentzel, the Author of the new book, Me & My 18" Doll, if I would like to review her book and share a project here on my blog.    I'm always excited to sew for Jillian and Rosetta's collection of American Girl Dolls so of course I said yes.   

Our family is driving to Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with our son and I've been thinking that my little grand-girls need a suitcase for their dolls and doll clothes.  You have to have a new suitcase for a trip right?   Well guess what?  Erin has the most beautiful pattern in her book for matching suitcases for little girls and their doll! 

 The front of these precious suitcases are a combination of patchwork and hexie flowers... both things that I love.   The picture in the book (above) of suitcases uses Linen and Liberty fabric which are always so gorgeous together.  

I've recently been enjoying the combination of ticking fabric and bright happy flowers so this was what I chose to use for the fabric on my suitcase.    I made my hexie flower a little larger than the pattern called for and I added hand quilting.  Most of you know that hand quilting is my passion and adding it to any sewing project is always a win for me! 

I loved making this darling suitcase.  It just makes me smile to look at it!

This pattern was given a 3 star rating in terms of difficulty, which is Intermediate, and I would agree with that.  It is not particularly hard but definitely requires a fair bit of sewing experience.

If you have a fear of sewing zippers, do not fear this pattern! The instructions are so clear and the zipper goes in with no issues at all.

I'm so in love with this darling suitcase that I kind of want one for myself!  I'm sure I could find something to use it for right?  It is so sweet.

The large suitcase is big enough for two dolls to lay side by side with their clothes tucked in next to them.  Perfect for traveling!

I love the inside of the suitcase.  It really is such a great design.

The little doll size suitcase will hold a lot of accessories.   And it is so cute!!  

This is a beautiful book with gorgeous projects.   If you love to sew for your child or grand-child's dolls please get this book!  You will be so happy with it.  I read it from front to back and I'm so impressed with the step by step instructions and pictures to make it easy to follow.   

I'm super excited to be able to offer one reader a digital copy of Erin's book.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog post!  This giveaway is open until Friday, November 15.  You can also enter my giveaway by following me on Instagram @redfeedsack and leave a comment on my post there!   If you do not win the giveaway never fear!  The book is available for purchase on Amazon here.  

Please follow along through the next week with all these amazing makers to see what they are sewing from this beautiful book.

Blog Tour Schedule

Nov. 4 Guest post by Erin Hentzel on   C&T Pub Blog

Nov. 5 Marge Robertson on Mer * made 9

Nov. 6 Dori Troutman on the Red Feedsack

Nov. 7 Jane Wilkes on Janie Carroll Designs

Nov. 8 Teri Lucas on Terificreations

Nov.  11 Guest post by Erin Hentzel on Clothworks Textiles

Nov. 12 Cherry Guidry on Cherry Blossoms Quilting

Nov. 13 Tracy Mooney & Lori Baker on the Quilting Company

Nov. 14 Erin Hentzel on Avery Lane Sewing


  1. Dori you do such a great job. Love your hand stitching, it gives it such a loving touch.
    Love and Hugs

  2. Dori your work is amazing. I'm always inspired by you and your creativity! I did not even realize you had a blog until this morning when I was reading your Instagram account. Thanks for sharing your project and the book!

  3. I love the suitcases. The hand quilting is definitely a work of love and art. Your granddaughters will love them!

  4. Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing so many pictures.

  5. Very nice! The suitcases are adorable and would be a joy for a young girl. I enjoy your blog and Instagram account. I plan on making your Christmas stockings for my granddaughters. Thanks for sharing your love of sewing!

  6. Oh i think you are right! I would need one for myself too! Darn cute!!!!

  7. Love these suitcases and your choice of fabrics.

  8. Definitely want to make the suitcases and new dresses to pack. Love the big stitches.
    Thanks for giveaway.

  9. Oh my gosh, the ticking is just perfect for these cute suitcases. I love what you’ve made. I’ve been wondering what to use to make the suitcase and now I’m thinking I might go with some ticking that’s been sitting in my stash just begging to be used.

  10. Love your choices of material and decoration! These would be so much fun to make for my granddaughter's first doll that she just received for her birthday.

  11. Love your choices of material and decoration! These would be so much fun to make for my granddaughter's first doll that she just received for her birthday.

  12. Oh My ..... I never would have thought to make suitcases! Such a clever idea. I'm anxious to read some more of that book.

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