Project 8: Lessons learned

February 25, 2011

Completed dolls

Whew, this was a week. I wasn’t quite sure about it at the beginning, but by the end (like about 10 minutes ago) I ended up having some fun. Making little dolls may get added to the list of Crafts I Can Do While Watching TV. Previously that category was filled with yarn.

Lessons learned:
– With a little scrap fabric and some fiberfill you can make anything. It wasn’t until I was sewing up the bird that I really felt this way, but I’m looking forward to trying more designs.
– Paint fixes a multitude of sins. Or: Don’t leave wet paint lying about with a mischievous 5 year old in the room. Many thanks to Elina for fixing the Mermaiden’s face.
– Hand sewing dolls makes me feel old timey and grandma-like. I don’t know what it is, but this week I felt the most resourceful and creative so far (even though I was following plans).

I’m sure there are professional doll makers out there who wouldn’t be too impressed with my efforts this week. There are also probably a whole range of fancier dolls I could have tried. For me, though, this was a stretch of my sewing and imagination abilities and I’m happy I did it. I’ll never look at store-bought toys the same way again.

Next week: another stay-at-home sewing project before bigger things start happening. I can’t wait to show you some of the things I’ve been learning!


  1. Hurray, Amber! They are so cute…my favorite is the redhead. I don’t think that you need to worry about not having them be impressive enough—they are great!

  2. They look great. Sweet Pea wants me to make her a mermaid now. LOL. I think I may try this with flannel and make food for her kitchen.

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