WordPress is being a little wonky, and wouldn’t let me put everything in one post – so now we concludeÂ our impromptu doll making.
Where were we?Â Oh, yes -Â nextÂ we cut the doll out of the fabric, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance, and using aÂ spoon handle and tweezers,Â we turned the dolls right sideout, stuffed them, and hand stitched the side closed.Â
After that, we laid the dollsÂ down on top of the dress fabric, and free-handed a dressÂ out of the main fabric, and an apron out of the contrast fabric (for little girlsÂ fascinated with Little House on the Prairie, apronsÂ are as much a fixture around here as bonnets.)Â We sewed the aprons toÂ the front of the dress, then sewed the two dressÂ pieces together, flipped them right side out, and slid them onto the doll.
We may eventually addÂ some wool roving for hair, butÂ for right now, we allÂ liked the very simple look of the dolls.Â Little Hen likes her’s so much, she tookÂ it to homeschool group for her show and tell.Â
Firecracker’s little doll with the bright pink dress has been named Mary, Little Hen’s with the pale blue dress is Lucy, and the girls named my doll Caroline (I guess I don’t get a say in these matters).
Overall, I don’t think this was a bad way to spend the afternoon.Â Next time I’d make larger dolls (it was hard to turn the thick wool fabric right side out on those skinny arms and legs), and we might get brave enough to try making a Daddy and a brother doll dressed in pants and shirts.