This is my practice doll I made before Christmas. I got tired of thinking about it all the time so I had to try with what I had on hand, besides I didn’t want to practice with my good supplies.
She is 10 inches and made out of an old t-shirt I dyed in black tea with a dollop of vinegar to hold fast her complection. She is stuffed with miss-matched children’s socks, and one of Jason’s for her head.
She was so much fun to make. She is real to life too because under her cloths she is blemished like the rest of us and the socks in her make her a little lumpy:)
She needs some shoes, the poor thing.
A few weeks ago little Roo had her second birthday, and I was at a loss of what to get her. She’s the third girl and we have so many toy’s from her older sisters and I didn’t want to go shopping.
So I began to think about what I can make. A few day’s before her birthday I decided to make her this molly monkey.
Oh, isn’t she a darling? I just love her. I had the pattern for a few months but the project looked too big every time I thought about it . I was right it was a big project, with all the hand stitching and having to relearn how to embroiderer, but it was so worth it. Making Molly has been one of the best projects I have ever made. Hearing Roo looking for her ” mine’s Molly” to tote with her on her travels has brought me delight over and over again. And like any project the hardest part is starting, once I started I could not stop.
The older girls were excited to see the progress each morning and gave some suggestions,” Molly needs real feet mom not these blobs. I’m just trying to get Ruthie a good birthday”.
The pattern was incredible and I kept commenting to Jason how amazing it was that this woman designed the monkey and then made it available on her blog. She’s the one with the real talent I can only credited for the ability to read ( thanks mom). I added a buttoned pocket on the skirt and a zipper, but no pocket behind the zipper, it was my first zipper thanks to u tube. I have wanted to get her a activity doll for a while so I added it to Molly’s skirt ,cool Ah?
My mom made my sisters and I a doll when we were kids and I have had the project in mind for my kids.
I want them to bring a piece of their childhood into their lives and remember the stories they made up with their sisters as I do. And I hope that they would hold their dolls when I can’t hold them and remember I love them even if they are mad at me. I’ve seen Waldorf dolls like the talented Miranda makes, from time to time and wondered about making them for the girls. I considered buying them but they are worth their price and I want to hand make them. So this project has become a stepping stone for me. Since I have recently bought the doll fabric from here I’m now committed. That project will be in the new year.
Do you still have your childhood doll?