I am so excited about the package I just sent off to my nieces, Regan and Quinn. It contains a belated Christmas gift that I hope they’ll love. It’s late because I was having issues with my Featherweight (glitter issues from Halloween) and I was really backed up on quilt orders. This created the perfect storm for getting behind on the one handmade gift I intended to get finished!
Anyway, I saw this project on the Moda Bake Shop, and instantly thought of my nieces. I think they are so cute! They are “flat” dolls. Kind of like paper dolls, but made with fabric so that the can withstand hours (and years!) of play! (click to enlarge photos)
I was afraid they would be a little “weird” without an actual face, but I got a lot of compliments on them when I took them to the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild for show & tell, and everyone thought that added a little charm to the dolls.
The method of making them is kind of like raw edge applique. The raw edge is one of the things I liked most about them. You use fusible fleece and fuse it to the front and back pieces of fabric on the dolls, sew the two layers together, sew a 1/8″-ish seam around the inside of the doll pattern, then cut out the dolls. Same goes for the hair and clothes.
To adhere the clothing to the dolls, velcro is used as underclothes.
I made a few sets of clothes for each doll, and intend to make a few sets now and then to send to the girls. It was a great use of scraps! I have so many that would make cute clothes!
Here’s a shot of both sets of dolls:
I also made bags for the dolls and their clothes. They seem a little plain compared to the bag in the tutorial, but for one, the bag seemed gigantic in proportion to the dolls, and also, I wanted one that could double as a “bed” for when they play:
You can find the tutorial for these dolls here. I think the tutorial was very comprehensive and easy to follow. I do have one complaint about the tutorial. It’s kind of big in my mind, but not really because it’s fixable. When I go to the Moda Bake Shop for a tutorial, I am looking at patterns that are the best use of that product (charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes). This was filed under the Layer Cakes section. Okay, I see how a piece of the layer cake is great for making clothes. But a layer cake has 42 squares (usually), and who wants to bust open a $40 pack of fabric to use just a few squares.
I wish they’d mentioned somewhere that it’s a good use of leftover squares. The dolls are made from Bella yardage, too. Anyway, everything I used to make this project came from my scrap bin except for the bags, which I made with fat quarters.
I do hope to have leftover squares from the Good Fortune by Kate Spain layer cake so that I can make some more clothes. I think that would be so cute!