Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Newborn Dress, Ruffle Pants, Hat, Headband & Shoes

This last June my brother's first grandchild was born and I wanted to make something special for the newest little one. I decided on this sweet little Baby Ivy's Criss Cross Ruffle Sun Dress and a matching pair of Baby Emma's Ruffle Butt Bloomers both by Create Kids Couture. The baby shoes pattern is by Winter Peach on Etsy and the hat is a use of both a free pattern found here and another sun hat pattern by Whimsy Couture. I used the freebie for the newborn sizing...wanted it smaller in circumference. 

The headband is just a long piece of fabric folded over and baste stitched, gathered and pulled into a flower shape. I sewed a pearl button through all layers and added a bit of hot glue to secure the button and the flower to the 1/2" elastic fabric headband. I can go into more detail if anyone is interested in knowing more.

I added washing instructions on a tag to the dress and enclosed each garment in clear bags; sealed and shipped. My niece was thrilled and was sure it was "store bought"! Oh, and the fabric was purchased on clearance at my local Joann Fabrics.





 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Felt/Fabric Simplicity Doll Pattern 8402

Sometime this summer, Joann Fabrics had a pattern sale and I grabbed some Simplicity patterns at $1 each which is super cheap! At full-price who pays that amount, seriously? My granddaughter loves dollies of all sorts and I decided to make her something that can't be found in a store. 

I felt the directions/instructions were lacking in details and there are no finishing directions at all so once again, I did my own thing to reinforce seams at arms and legs as they will see the most use. The neck area was really tight to work around so next time I think I'll make the selvage a bit wider when cutting out again. 

When making the pigtails, you have to glue the center (before tying the strips of yarn closed and securing) area with some Elmers in order to keep the yarn from being pulled out when a little one picks her up by the hair. You may need to add more after securing to the doll's head. I also had to use a tiny bit of hot glue to tack each pigtail back off the face. It may be that I had them forward too far, but the directions really were no help in that department either.

For those concerned about using safety eyes, I chose to paint her eyes on as I have done many times in making my raggedy ann dolls. I drew about 1/4" or less circles with a fabric pen and filled or painted them in with acrylic paints found at any crafting store. Once dry, I added dots of white for the pupils with a stylus and I used button thread (stronger and thicker than regular thread) for the lashes. Just a little pink blush on each cheek and off white button thread for her nose.

The instructions didn't have pants included (as most don't it seems) so I cut out a pair from leftover fabric and stitched some up for her. Who wants a doll without underpants? lol! They completed her look, don't ya think? :)






 As you can see, Emma was thrilled with her new baby!


Tabitha's Crocheted Little Mermaid Dolly

My granddaughter wanted a mermaid for her birthday this April (last year was her stuffed crocheted unicorn) so I made her one from The Friendly Fox which is a free pattern. The yarn used for her hair is from Hobby Lobby in Yarn Bee First Love in turquoise. I'd never used this yarn before, but I have to say it is perfect for doll hair making. It is super soft, lays so nicely and takes a beating from little people. 

The Friendly Fox has many adorable free patterns so if you crochet toys, you must check them out.





I made the eyes from DMC floss as the safety eyes didn't seem safe enough for me to use with a child under 3 years of age. Plus, the thread looks super cute also!