I started the doll head in July,
creepy alien eyes, part way through needle felting the wool ball that is the head’s base. (See this post about Ellie’s doll for more about making the head.)
sewed the clothes in July,
from Nik’s old dress pants and dress shirt!
finished the wool ball for the head on our trip to Alaska in August, didn’t touch it again until after Christmas, made the head in late December, was certain I was on track for a pre-January 3rd finish (also, Laura = delusional),
then made a bunch of mistakes and didn’t finish it in time for his birthday, proceeded to make a ton more mistakes in January, lost all motivation, decided I hated sewing dolls, forced myself to JUST FINISH IT in February/March, and finally finished the doll hair on Wednesday, (in April). That’s a ten-month span in case you’re counting.
FINALLY: presenting, Mark’s doll (his actual 2nd birthday present)!
the precious boy for whom I suffered through to make the doll. He’s worth it – but just barely. 😉
(Don’t mind that teenager talking on her cell phone in the background.)
I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday because I finally finished another project on the list. Only two more to go!
- Quilt the table runner that I almost finished last spring
- Finish the dining room shades that I have been avoiding for
3 YEARSSIX years!
My thanks to all the moms at my moms’ group at church who put up with me doing hand sewing while we’re discussing our study. I likely never would have finished this otherwise!
I used the pattern for the Little Amigo doll from Growing Up Sew Liberated and used this doll hair tutorial. I forgot to take many process photos while I was doing the hair for Mark’s doll but here are a couple from Ellie’s doll which I forgot to blog about.
Basically, you sew on a very long braid of wool in a spiral until it covers the scalp and then you use a crochet hook to loop shorter piece of wool through for the hair. If you ever did latch hook in 5th grade, that’s exactly what you’re doing.
Mark’s doll with base finished but no “hair”
Finally, these two dolls were made from the same tutorial, by the same person (obviously), and I did not try to make them look different (other than eye and hair color and style). And yet, they’re totally different! Even the head size is widely different! Crazy!
Ellie’s doll needs a good cleaning!
What an amazing finish!!!! Oh you deserve a pat on the back!!!! I have the same book and have put it down on my list to attempt this when my own little boy turns two. Thank you for sharing your finish!!!!
Thank you Karisma! Definitely that would be a great present for your son! Don’t let my crazy experience this time put you off! The pattern is great and I had fun sewing my daughter’s doll. It was juts a crazy time of life when I was trying to make Mark’s! 🙂
I have a feeling there will be a large learning curve for me – but hearing your experiences makes me feel like even if there are challenges, I will be able to keep going. Yours are lovely and I am so sure that your children feel how much you love them by the time and effort you have put into their play items. =) Thank you for your kind words on my blog. Aloha Laura!
Nice to hear from a Hawaiian! I’m Alaskan so also from the far-out West! 🙂
Oh he’s a sweetie! A hard finish but definitely a worthwhile one, he looks like a very loveable dolly!
Thanks so much!! He’s already been getting a lot of love! 🙂
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