Those who know me know I’m a crocheter. I have always shied away from sewing machines. I had this irrational fear that I would sew my finger to the fabric. After crocheting a doll for Miss E’s 2nd birthday and hand-sewing the dress I realized that maybe sewing machines weren’t as bad as I thought. So I decided to get myself a sewing machine for my birthday.
With the sewing machine in hand I was ready to try my first cloth doll! I had been hanging on to this free pattern from Gingermelon since I had started thinking about a sewing machine. I finally tried it the end of February. I made a very cute mod doll, at least that’s how I think of her. There is something about her that makes me think Austin Powers. Haha! Making a cloth doll was MUCH easier than I thought! Like crochet you just need to take it one step at a time. I was too intimidated to try embroidering the face so I used markers I had on hand. I did get gutsy and hand embroider the ballerinas’ faces.
Since I was able to make that doll pretty quickly I got the crazy idea that making dolls as party
favors for Little A’s first birthday would great! A guest at the party asked if I came up with the pattern myself. I told her no, I used the Gingermelon pattern and just changed the hair, face, legs/feet and arm length and placement. So I guess I really did make the pattern my own using the wonderful free pattern as a guide. I LOVE the way the ballerinas turned out! They were the perfect addition to Little A’s party, especially since the fabric matched the birthday party set I had been hanging on to for years.
Why did I decide to blog about this? I ran across a post about The Spectacular Softies Contest. This was unbelievable timing for the start of my doll making adventure. My mod doll was finished on March 2nd and my ballerinas were done a couple of weeks later. In order to enter you need to post through Instagram or include a link to a blog post. Since I don’t have Instagram (yes, I know, I’m behind the times) I decided a quick blog post, even as disjoined as this one, would be the best option. You can be sure you’ll be seeing more dolls from me in the future!