Last Christmas, my mother gave me a box of 100% wool fabric scraps that were leftover from a Christmas tree skirt she had made.Â This past week, we used a few of those scraps to make some very simple, rusticÂ wool dollies.Â (The girls wanted to make each other handmade dolls, like Mary had made Laura a doll in Little House in the Big Woods.)
The girls picked out which fabrics they wanted (and I picked out someÂ for my own doll!), and we free-handed a doll shape on a double-layer of the skin-tone wools.
We took the sewing machine down from the attic, and set it up on the kitchen table.Â Each girl took a turn sitting in my lap and together we guided the other girl’s doll aroundÂ until it wasÂ fully stitched, except for a slit on the side.Â I gave them each aÂ chance to work the pedal while we sewed my doll, as well.Â
In the next post we’ll finish the dolls…