Count me in! Making Tiny Twirls for ‘Toys for Tots’



Hi all!
Well, it’s that time of year again and I am so excited to see what you’ll be making and donating in our 2nd annual “Twirls for Girls” campaign!  I know this is a very busy time of year so anything you can do to be a part of this, is so appreciated! Not just by us, but by the potential hundreds or even thousands of girls who will be receiving these dolly skirts this year. 

This year’s pattern is VERY simple. In fact, you can make 2 at one time and it requires very little fabric.  The free download also includes last year’s version of the Charming Patchwork Twirl if you want to try that one, too.

So just for fun…let’s run a poll!  Let us know if you “THINK” you’ll be able to make these skirts this year and how many you “THINK” you might be able to make!  If you aren’t able to do it in the end, that’s ok! We just want to see what may be “possible” and get excited about the chances we have to really make a difference. So go ahead and take the poll. Also, post a comment saying something like, “Count me in! I’m going to try to make 2 in Texas!” You know, something to that effect. 😉  We’d love to know where you are from and see what parts of the world these skirts will be donated to.  Even if you are outside the US, you can still donate them to children in your local areas. Let’s have fun with this and use our time and talents for a great cause!

We’ll draw out some winners from posted comments and send you a surprise package of e-Books!

So tell me…are you in?

You can watch our “Twirls for Girls” video on the product page or on You-Tube! If you’d like to post the video on your blog, you can find the code on You Tube here:



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81 responses to “Count me in! Making Tiny Twirls for ‘Toys for Tots’

  1. I’m in! We are moving soon, but I will still try to make one before my sewing machine is packed away for six months (Eek!). If they are as quick as you say I may get out 2-3. I’m in England!

  2. Peppermint Rushing

    I think this is such a wonderful idea. I am going to check with some of the thrift stores and see if they have any babies that need to be redressed as well. What fun for a lil girl to open a gift of a new outfit for her dolly. Afterall a doll is a girls best friend. Just wish I could know the size of the child it is going to and make a matching one for her as well. Thanks for making the lives of a child more magical..

  3. Janet Evans

    What a wonderful idea! I will definitely make one, but possible many more. I have more small pieces of fabric in my sewing room than I know what to do with. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  4. Carol Schott

    I’m going to try to make at least 3 with some little doll T shirts to go with them. My designer friend and I were looking for a good way to put our talent to use this Christmas and this is it!

  5. Carol Schott

    Oops…. I’m in Ohio.

  6. Carol Schott

    Peppermint…. I think the Gir Scouts do a program where they dress dolls for local Salvation Armies… or something like that. They might be able to send you in the right direction.

  7. Kathleen

    I can’t wait to get started. I’ll be making a few here in Virginia!

  8. I think this is such a great idea. It will help me to use up some of my scrap fabric and at the same time I will be making some child very happy. Thanks for the pattern. I am planning on making several of these. I can’t wait….

  9. Wow, what a neat idea! I’m loving it! I’m going to try and make at least two. I’m in NC!

  10. Julie

    I am making doll clothes for one of my daughters for Christmas. It is just as easy to make two as it is to make one!
    I’m from Erie, PA.

  11. Amy

    I’m in Oklahoma. I think this would be a fun project for my women’s circle at church. I can even get my daughters involved picking out fabric. I was also thinking that if my SS class adopts a family with a little girl in it off the angel tree for Christmas, I could do a matching twirl for that little girl.

  12. Sue Larson

    What a cool idea! My husband & I help pick up the boxes of toys at the end of the campaign & get them back to headquarters for sorting & distribution! I will see how many I can get done before the end of the campaign! I’m in mid-MI.

  13. Kimberly

    What a great idea. I’m fairly new to sewing and the wrap around skirt is simple enough even I can do it. I’ll try to make one or two. Maybe even a couple extra for my own little girl’s dolls.

  14. Dawn

    Our church in Massachusetts does gifts for children and I already have a doll downstairs waiting-I will make her a couple of skirts and hopefully have time for more. This is great-thank you for sharing.

  15. Tonya

    Great idea…I’m from NW Arkansas, and I’ll do one for sure, or more if I can.

  16. Tonya

    I just looked at the wrap skirt, Yeah, I can do more than one!

  17. Missy

    I made some last year and it was a lot of fun. I hope to do it again this year. What happened to the twirls for girls website from last year?

  18. I’ll make at least 2, possibly more! This is such a great idea!! After my Dad died when I was 4 we received Christmas gifts for my family (there are 5 of us) from organizations, and I know it must have felt great for my Mom to still have Christmas at such a hard time, this is my way of saying Thank you! Thanks again for doing this, even if I don’t ever see the smile it brings, I know it will.

  19. Oh and I’m from Orlando, FL, but relocating to Jacksonville, FL right before Christmas! 🙂

  20. Mindy

    I am in Alabama and I will hopefully be able to make at least 2 if not more! I can’t wait to get my 5yo involved in helping with these! She will be so excited to help others! Thanks!

  21. Leslie

    Count this Michigan girl in!! I’l be making some for my daughter and neices too, so I’ll be able to make at least 2 to donate!

  22. Rachel

    I participated last year and have been saving my scraps just to make more this year. That wrap skirt looks great. Do you have a tshirt pattern too? I’d love to make some cute little tshirts to go with the wraps like you have in the picture. I’ll try to make as many as possible. I believe I was able to make 8 sets last year and I hope to double that.

    Rachel in Texas

  23. Holly

    I hope to make several since this year as a family we are planning on a Christmas of service. We rescued several dolls from a yard sale and I was hoping to find some simple clothes to make for them to give to someone who would appreciate them, it looks like this pattern will perfect for them.

  24. I am sure I can make 3 or more here in CT!! What a great way to use some of my scraps for a wonderful cause!!

  25. I’m totally in! I have a TON of smaller sized pieces of fabric I’ve been wondering what to do with and this will be perfect!

  26. Momma Roar, here in PA. I think I could make at least 3 – which is the number of children I have!

  27. Laura

    After looking at the wrap skirt pattern I think I can definitely handle this. Count me in for at least two from Indiana.

  28. It was last year’s Twirls for Girls pattern that actually got me sewing. Since then I’ve sewed clothes for my very own daughter! Me!! I gained so much confidence over the year that I’m pretty sure I can make time to make at least two wrap skirts. I still can’t believe that the first “clothes” I sewed was a successful gathered twirl skirt! The patterns are that good. Thank you.

  29. Nancy Saller

    I did it last year and I’ll do it this year – what a great way to make little girls extra happy with clothes for their little dollies! I’ll do at least 3 skirts and maybe some blouses to go with them.

    Nancy from Pleasant Hill, CA

  30. yep! count me in! i’d love to make these!!

  31. Jennifer Fraunfelder SouthernBabies

    Count me in to do as many as 10 of these skirts. That is my goal and if I make it to 10 then I am going to keep on going until I can do no more.
    this is such an excellent program. I am all for Toys for Tots. I will be doing all of my gifts this year, all handmade items for everyone on my gift giving list, even from santa. Times are really rough for us this year. i lost my job due to illness and my hubby is disabled and i have two little girls under the age of 5.
    sorry for rambling.
    anwyays, I am in.

  32. I made three wrap skirts this afternoon. Love that they are so simple to make. I can’t wait to make several more.

    Debbie – GA

  33. The wrap skirt is super cute – and a project my Girl Scout troop can do! Expect several to be coming out of NM! :o)

  34. I would like to donate at least two from here in NH!

  35. Count me in. I am so excited to be a part of this. I know i can make at least 5 but am pushing for more. I’m going to get a doll too.

    Renee’ from Nowthen, MN

  36. Stephanie

    I will do 2 I think this is a great idea, I am from NY! I might get a doll too! Thanks for the great idea!

  37. Deb K

    I’m goint ot try ot make 2 or 3 of these, maybe more. I’m in the UK, and the base here has a drop off for Toys for Tots. This is such a great idea!

  38. Linda

    Sewing for grandgirlie’s dolls this year and can make 3 or 4 to donate. Last year she helped pick fabrics so she was involved too! These are coming from lower Michigan…way lower!…few miles from Indiana stateline!

  39. Tina

    1st time posting – Love this!! I will do at least two possible more.
    Tina in Florida

  40. Jenny

    I wasn’t confident enough last year but I am going to make at least two this year. So count me in – from Texas.

  41. I am going to try and make 4 or 5 for this! I think this is such a wonderful idea, I always like to help out organizations at Christmas time. I think I am going to try and make as many as I can for these special little girls getting dolls this year. Thanks for the free patterns to do so!

    Jennifer in GA

  42. Desiree

    Hi already made one yesterday!! I’m going to try to make 1 a week, I have TONS of fabric scraps!! Its a perfect way to give back and clean my sewing room.

    Count me in for at least 6 in Austin, TX 🙂

  43. linda rose

    I’ve already made 3 of the wrap around, reversible style with tops! I had trouble with 1 thing…I couldn’t get 2 skirts from 1 cut of fabric…I double checked my layout and the width of my fabric, but no mater how I tried I couldn’t get 2 skirts cut out! So I just had to shorten the width in the middle of the pattern by about 1/2 inch and then I could get 2 skirts and they still fit the dolls–both 15 inch and 18 inch…just wondering if anyone else had this problem. but the twirls for girls campaign is such a great idea and this year’s skirt is SUPER easy and quick that you can easily whip up a dozen or so in an evening!

  44. I think I could crank 3 out, I’m in foggy Maryland

  45. Kathy

    Gonna try for a few. We’ll see how busy things get, but these look pretty easy to put together! – I’m in NH.

  46. Jennifer

    I am pretty sure I can do at least one. I’m here in Wisconsin.

  47. Missy

    I am trying to host a “Twirl for Tots” skirt making party with my crafty and non-crafty friends (figure anyone can cut). Things are always more fun in a group.

    Missy in Dallas, TX

  48. Anne-Marie

    I’m in Indiana and will try to do at least one this year.

  49. Nancy

    This is a wonderful project. I love dolls and doll clothes just like I did when I was a little girl.

  50. Last year I did not get to participate in this. THis year I definitely want to make this a priority. Thank you for the great patterns.

  51. Kathy S

    Count me in! I’m in Pennsylvania, and will make at least 3 skirts, and more if I can. What a wonderful idea!

  52. Linda

    I am from So. Calif. and make items for Newborns in Need and WIC thus have plenty of small pieces of fabric! I can easily make at least 50 skirts. Looks like fun!
    Thanks, Linda

  53. Adi C

    I’m in, I will be making three or more. . . I am from Miami, Florida.

  54. Meridith

    I enjoyed making these last year and I am looking forward to making 2+ here in Alabama!

  55. Shawnda

    I’m from Arkansas and I am planning on making at least 2. What a great idea.

  56. Wendy Hillman

    I’m not the best sewer and am a novice at best but I will definitely try to make one!


  57. Jennifer

    I am in. I will try and make 2 or more if possible. I love the idea. I am in Ohio.



  58. Teresa Busby

    What a great idea..Im definantly in! I will try to make as many as my fingers will allow…lol
    I would also love to mention this to my Junior Auxillary group, there are some very talented ladies in the group and I think they would love to get in on this too.

  59. Teresa Busby

    What a great idea..Im definantly in! I will try to make as many as my fingers will allow…lol
    I would also love to mention this to my Junior Auxillary group, there are some very talented ladies in the group and I think they would love to get in on this too.
    Im in South Mississippi!

  60. ann

    This is a great idea. My daughter made a strip twirl skirt and embelished tee for a three year old for her birthday. She even made matching ones for her dolly. Well, I have never seen a brighter or wider smile than the one on that sweet one’s face. I can only imagine the joy that will be shared in the giving of these wonderful homemade skirts for dolls. My commendations to all who join in this endeavor. My daughter and I will definitely be making our share for this project. Thanks “You Can Make This” for an awesome Christmas gift to us all… the gift of giving! I live in Missouri but I still have Texas in my heart. 🙂

  61. Patti B

    I’m in! I’m from Montana and I will make at least two with t-shirts to go with.

  62. Jen

    I completely dropped the ball on this one last year – so that makes me even more determined this year!!

  63. Erica

    I’m pretty sure I can make at least 2. We’ll see how those go before we make more! I’m in Texas!

  64. Krista

    I really love that you are able to put something like this together and allow others to help.
    I’m definitley in for trying make several of these to donate. I also thought it would be neat to send a matching skirt for the little girl, but not knowing the size is a problem…so I think I am going to try to make a matching headband for the little girl instead. I’m in Northern California.

  65. Dina

    Count me in! I will try to make 2 from Ohio! This is such a great idea.

  66. Debra

    I am in for 2 from Virginia. Toys 4 Tots is a GREAT program that I am excited to support.

  67. Juanita

    This project has been on my agenda for several months. I have recently had a hospital stay and am unable to use my sewing machine but I still plan to make at least one of these by hand. I love to hand sew and can do it lying in bed.

    I will try to make more than one in Virginia.

    I love these projects.

  68. Diane

    I am going to try to make more than the 1 I committed to; we’ll see how that goes, lol. Diane in Nebraska

  69. leapinlilies

    I will be making at least three skirts. I am also making doll clothes for my daughters’ dolls this year. I am very, very happy to see the easy wrap skirt this year. I love twirl skirts, but they can be time consuming.

    I am in Indiana.

  70. madmommy

    Count me in for four or more! And I have several of my fellow teachers joining in. I emailed the site and idea to our two home ec teachers, and anyone else I know who loves to sew.

  71. Carol

    I can’t wait to get started on making these this year. Hopefully I will be able to do more than 1. My goal is at least 4. I participated last year and I really appreciated YCMT making it easy for me to donate. I am in the Houston, TX area.

  72. Anne R

    Hi, I have already purchased 3 new but nekkid dolls to dress for Toys for Tots this Christmas. I hope to not only dress the dolls but to include at least 1 extra outfit. The free skirt patterns are going to come in very handy!

  73. Anne R

    oops, almost forgot. I am in Florida.

  74. alishasays

    I think this is such a wonderful thing to do! I have tons of scrap fabric that would be perfect for this. I really hope I get the time to make some of these for some special little girls in need this Christmas!

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  76. Jennifer Fraunfelder

    I have so far only gotten to make 3 of these…. i had committed to doing 10. yep, 10. and then i was re admited to the hospital and just got home this past thursday, .. I had my appendix removed. yuck. so trying to recooperate\, and do all of my holiday crafting for gits and am going to do my other 7 before dec. 1st. yes, that is my goal. and then will get them on their way. my appendix may have kicked me down for a bit, but am not gonna let it keep getting the best of me. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. many blessings. and big hugs.
    jennifer f

  77. Jennifer Fraunfelder

    oh and i forgot again, I am in Mobile, AL.

  78. Count me in I can definately make 3 or more in Wichita!
    I bet my 9 yr old daughter can make 3 of her own too!

  79. holly

    my goal is three! i think i’ll have my lil sister make at least one as well. we’re in texas! (where i’m NOT wishing for a white christmas. i’ll take my christmas in shorts thankyouverymuch LOL)

  80. I’m excited about this year’s skirt! Thanks for sharing! I’ll be making at least 5…probably more. My daughter Megan is looking forward to helping. Her school helps out unfortunate families at Christmas so they’ll be going to that program.

    Merry Christmas everyone!


  81. Laura

    I am so excited. A group of teachers at my school got together after school one day and created 42 skirts! I am taking them to the drop off today. They all came out so cute and the group had a fun time making them. Even teachers who claimed not to be “crafty” came and made skirts. Thanks for the great project! We loved it.

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