Saturday, January 02, 2010

Dolls

I had grad plans of making a bunch of homemade Christmas gifts this year, but that idea pretty much went down the toilet. I did however manage to make these dolls for my girls and for my cute little niece. My friend Lillian showed me the doll that she made for her daughter and I loved it, so I decided to make some of my own. She got the idea from this blog , and you can download the pattern for free from Martha Stewart's website.
My helpful tips for making these dolls are:
1. Be sure that after you print off the pattern that you have the pattern enlarged to 150% of the original pattern size.
2. Allow about a 1/2 inch seam allowance for those arms and legs. I didn't do this and I had to stitch all those little buggers together by hand, it would have been so much easier to sew them with my sewing machine.
3. Instead of painting the face on I stitched it on with embroidery floss, I like the look better.
Over all these dolls were really easy to make and I think they turned out super cute!

5 comments:

Lillian said...

Those turned out so cute! I love your flowers:)

Ariane said...

Those dolls are AMAZING!! When you said initially that you made her a doll I must admit that I thought you were trying to pay us back for the 'creepy doll' and I was a little nervous, but I was SO excited! I love it! Josie loves it. I'm scared to let anyone touch it though because I don't want it to get dirty! Well done!

Jen said...

Are those the dolls you made or stock photos? Because they're SO CUTE! Wow. I might need to make some . . ..

Kerstin said...

Jen I made the ones in the picture. Thanks. They were really easy to make just a little time consuming because of the hand sewing I had to do.

The Watts said...

You did an awesome job, sooo cute I guess you have managed to pull off what I did to my mother, she claims that I can sew better then her and now I know you can sew better then me.....tooooo cute!