Thursday, June 5, 2008

I want THAT dolly

For Christmas, my sister, got me a great book called, Toys to Sew. Anna has been looking at the same dolly pattern in there for six months, telling me that she wants that dolly, really, really, bad. Her birthday is next week, and I have waited to make it for her special day. Since I make a lot of the kids clothes and toys, I do try to make extra special things for such occasions.




Well, here is the dolly. I used scraps from her dress, and yarn from my stash. I left a few things out like the ears, and I did change the eyes. Holy, moly! Making a doll with hair was harder than I thought. I wanted her to have a more stylish do than the dolly in the picture. I was picturing two luscious, full ponytails, but it did not work out. In fact, this head was my second try. The first one almost made me have a nervous break down, so I cut it off, and tried again. I realized I had to lose most of the hair, because it was too hard to stuff it in there, and sew the sides of the head together.


I think she is pretty happy with her one pony tail though.
I wonder what her name will be.....

13 comments:

Java Mama said...

So Cute! Really sweet. I feel like you have the magical ability to stop time or add time to the clock. It is the only way I can figure out how you accomplish all you do on top of mom / wife stuff. Most days I feel great just to serve three meals & get them to bed on time. Forget knitting sweaters, sewing clothes & dolls. What is your secret??

Poshyarns said...

Oh you done a brilliant job, really sweet doll. I have that book and I like your version of the doll much better than the book one.

Fran said...

You did a great job! I laughed out loud about the nervous breakdown part!

Fran

Hilary said...

That is the cutest thing ever. When I was reading your description of re-doing the head, I had to laugh. If read in any other context, it would sound pretty gory! Anyway, the doll is wonderful and I'm sure your little one will love it.

Shannon said...

Oh she will be so happy! It is so amazing that your kids favorite toys may be the ones you made with your own 2 hands.

Levin (and Emily) said...

lovely doll. we have the exact same book and emily has made the boy doll from the book. i think your daughter will be very, very happy.
l
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Knitterella said...

What a sweet dolly! Love that you used scraps from her dress. Just adorable!

Looks like a good book - I will have to keep an eye out for that one.

Lisa said...

What a cute doll. I'll have to check out that book.

I can completely understand craft-related nervous breakdowns. At the same time, I think it's better to stretch our talents and try new techniques than keep making the same things over and over.

Marcia said...

She is very cute. Let us know what her name is. When my daughter was little I found an idea about tracing around her on a sheet of muslin doubled. (Mitten hands and no toes) You sew it up and stuff it. It will be about their same size and they can dress it up in their clothes. Her's is still in the attic. I should get it out...

Steph said...

I want that dolly, too! It's lovely!

Ebeth said...

I LOVE THIS DOLL! SHE HAS ATTITUDE!

Love Auntie!

QuiltedSimple said...

What a perfect gift for Anna - and she will treasure it.

And yes, the heads do give you fits (at least they always have when I did a doll) and the hair is the absolute worst.

But she is sooooooo cute!!!!
Kris

Louise said...

I'm so with you on the hair thing. I'm currently trying to design an easy doll and hair is probably the thing I'm paying most attention too. Your doll looks lovely!