Very detailed instructions and very fun to make, but be warned - these dollies can be addicting!
I have two more winter-themed dolls cut out and ready to sew - can't wait! Something about this time of the year that lends you permission to use all of the sparkle, color and design your little creative heart desires.
When I was buying the fabric for them the lady at the cutting counter of course asked me what I was making and I told her dolls. She asked if I sold them - not currently. She asked if I gave them as gifts - don't really know any little girls or boys of dolly age at the moment. "Oh". To which I responded after a bit of silence:
"You're never too old for dolls....right?" Luckily she agreed.
Finally finished up a couple more baby dolls! The one on the right is in Christmas colors as you can see - always fun to play around with different fabrics. These are from a pattern by Bit of Whimsy. Have another that needs her face stitched on and then it's picking out fabric for a bat and mermaid! Hoping some day these dollies will find their way into the little arms of their new mama.
Finished up a little Hippo Softie I've been working on for a while. She is the first of a pattern I drew up so she's more or less a proto-type. I had intended for her to be a ballerina but forgot to sew on her "ballet slippers" so just gave her a basic skirt instead out of princess & castle fabric.
I have quite a few other patterns for softies that I drew up just waiting to be tested. My heart is usually set on creating primitive dolls & folkart but the softies offer an outlet for the wonderful bright colored fabric you don't see in primitives. I'm teaching myself to double-seam the dolls and hem all the rough edges - something that's not normally done in primitive doll making. Wow, does that take patience. This makes the softie more durable and safe for kids. No button eyes, etc.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out Hippo...I guess she needs a name, doesn't she?