She’s kind of a beauty. Er, no?
Well this isn’t the first doll I’ve ever sewn. I made one with my mom’s help back when I was a Girl Scout a few years ago. But the other night it was nice and quiet in the house and I kinda just felt like making a doll. Just to see what I could come up with since I’m such a novice with my shiny new sewing machine. I knew my little girl would love it no matter what (well, that’s actually still to be determined.)
(pardon the completely open back dress . . . I just didn’t want to over complicate things for myself so I just focused on the front side.)
Again, as in my fabric fish post, this is not a tutorial what so ever. Just more of a “hey, I’m gonna whip up a doll with very little sewing skills. So you could do this too.”
I used materials I already had on hand:
- yarn for the hair
- buttons for eyes
- left over fabric
- a simple pattern cut out of construction paper
- needle and thread (and my new sewing machine)
For the backless dress number I simply cut out a piece of fabric the same shape as her body and used the sewing machine to sew it onto the front part of the doll body. I did this before I pinned and sewed the back piece to the front piece. (see, not a tutorial.)
Here are some shots of my handy work. No so handy, but I’m definitely learning from my mistakes . . .
After I sewed the front and back together on the machine, turning her right side out was the hardest part. I made her legs and arms too skinny and ended up using tweezers to turn them out. No wonder the pros usually do the limbs separately.
The hair was easier than I thought it would be. I found this great little tutorial on using yarn for hair on the blog made by bedtime tales. Again, I’m just a novice sewer, so this doll’s hair is definitely not red carpet ready. Still lots of room for improvement.
I ended up stuffing her via the top of the head as well as that little slit in the leg area. I hand sewed those areas closed. I also hand sewed the button eyes. I tinkered with the machine to stitch the mouth and nose. I just wanted to see if that was even possible to do. It sorta was.
Doesn’t she have kind eyes? . . .
She means well. My daughter has mixed feelings about her. But I like her. I’ve already created a persona for her — she’s shy and only uses two to three word sentences. The next doll will be better. I promise.
Until next Monday!
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