April 1, 2015

Feeling Crafty: Making a Country Doll

I was feeling crafty this month and it had been a while since I'd made anything interesting with my sewing machine. I've also got a small stash of fabric in colors and patterns I'd not likely use for clothes or quilts. With my sister-in-law likely visiting soon, I decided to make her a cute gift, something she'd enjoy as a decoration for her bed or in her office.

The doll came together quickly, just 90 minutes to cut and stitch. I spent another 30 minutes hand stitching seams after I stuffed her.

Clothes were more complicated. I wanted to stick with items I had on hand, so I used some vintage trims and country cotton prints and solids for the dress, bonnet, shoes, and jumper. Not having ribbon, I used green rickrack to tie the bonnet. My favorite part is the shoes, which were super easy to put together. Instead of buttons, I stitched little red knots, permanently attaching the shoes so they won't fall off.

Though I was happy to pass her along to my sister-in-law, who did end up visiting just a day after I finished, I was also sad to see her go. I'll have to make another for my house!

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