When I first started off on Pinterest, I saw some adorable Rag Dolls that Rummage had made with her girls – their dolls are just TOTALLY adorable and you simply must click through and take a peak! And I pinned it to make with MY KIDS one day. I couldn’t wait for Red Ted’s and Pip Squeak’s drawings to develop enough to have a go. And so we did. I am so pleased that Red Ted wanted to make some do and that he came up with his own superhero idea (he is on a sleep over at Granny’s today and took his superhero with him!).
Materials: plain fabric, I have some that I bought for making some of the Black Apple Dolls. Fabric scraps for arms and legs. Some stuffing. Then either hand or machine sew.
We didn’t really use specific measurements to share – it was all quite rough and ready, but I think that that is the charm of these dolls – an easy sewing project, full of quirky individuality!
1) I cut 2 rectanglur pieces of the plain fabric – marked a head and neck for Pip Squeak and then let her loose with my new sharpie pens. I talked her through the process, but she did all of it herself. I suggested “what colour eyes would you like to do?” she said “green”. Then she asked for some “black, to do the middle bit, mummy”. I asked “do we need eye lashes”, she “yes and eye brows!”. Is the doll happy or sad… etc. She did her drawing and then decorated the top. It was interesting to see how she modeled the doll on herself – she touched her hair when she decided on how to draw the dolls her, she touched her nose and said “I have two holes mummy” and added those to her doll etc. Very sweet session in “self recognition”.
2) We then went upstairs and Pip Squeak got to choose some fabric for the dolls arms and legs. She picked fabrics that used to be her old clothes. Yay. We cut 2 smaller rectangles for arms and again for legs.
3) I sewed the dolls arms and legs shut, turned them right side round and Pip Squeaked stuff them.
4) We then assembled the doll inside out – this was the fiddliest bit, because you have to pin the arms and legs in place and fit it all in. I whizzed round with the sewing machine and left a gap.
5) Pip Squeak filled it.
6) Then I sewed it shut. We then had a rummage through our ribbons and bits and pieces and Pip Squeak found some organza flowers and ribbons to decorate her dolls with. Perfect.
Pip Squeak was SMITTEN. HER very own doll. SHE designed it all. She was so happy and showed everyone straight away.
Red Ted came home (from a bike ride with Opapa) and also wanted to make one – he decided on Superhero Robin! Made me smile. We went through the above process and I also found some shiny fabric to make a cape. On Red Ted’s doll I gave the doll a bit more shape around the head and neck. Makes sewing a bit fiddlier, but he was happy.
Once finished, both kids wanted to make ANOTHER doll. So we did. In total 4 dolls in 24 hours. Phew. But very happy kids.
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