doll giveaway!

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#21 Congratulations Jenny G! She’s headed your way

It’s so hard to do but I need to let go of some old friends so I have space to make new friends. Willow is bored and wants to move on to a new home. Leave a comment below, answering her question, to be entered in the drawing. I think it’s always easier if there’s a question. I’ll leave her up a few days then pick a winner at random. US ONLY. Sorry, but that’s easiest for me right now. I’ll pay the shipping to send her to a US destination. I don’t want to hassle with collecting money so this is path of least resistance for me right now.

Willow is made from my Elsa pattern. I made her with no owner in mind besides myself so she’s probably not the most sturdy plaything for a young child. She has removable shoes but her dress is staying put. I made it from a vintage toddler jumper I’d been saving forever. I did not do that embroidery myself! She’s made from flannel and cotton and her thick yarn hair is maybe a wool blend (can’t remember!).

Good luck! I’m trying not to be sad to see her go.

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115 thoughts on “doll giveaway!

  1. Dawn says:

    I’ve made a few dolls and adore the process. My latest were three soft dolls for my granddaughters last Christmas. I just recently added some extra clothes for them. I love Willow’s coloring!

  2. Christine says:

    I sewed a doll by hand one summer when I was working at an 18th century living history museum. I used scraps from the fabric used to make our costumes and made it up as I went. I was very proud of my finished dolly!

  3. Meg says:

    I have made dolls before, I love making dolls. It is so fun to see how they get their own distinct looks and personalities.

  4. Tonia says:

    I’ve never made a doll but I have created several stuffed animals. I’ve always wanted to try doll making!

  5. Linda says:

    Yes, I made a certain Mermaid a few years ago for my daughter who loves Mermaids. I had never sewn anything more than a button before so it was a big step. Luckily for me I had a friend who was experienced and had a machine. My daughter loved the doll and still does. I haven’t had the courage to try a more complicated doll yet, but maybe someday.

  6. Ashley says:

    I have made some dolls before for my two girls. But mostly I have needed help from my mother in law! :) I love handmade toys! And willow is just beautiful!

  7. Katerina says:

    Yes I have made a couple dolls for friends, along with a doll and some animal friends for my children.

  8. Lindsay H. says:

    No, I haven’t, but am hoping once baby girl, Maisie, starts taking better naps to maybe try something (even if it’s just a doll blanket!). She’s our first girl and only has one tiny doll right now- we’d love to have Willow join our family :)

  9. Loretta H says:

    Yes, as a matter of fact the last three I made were also from the Elsa pattern and were a gift for my granddaughter.

  10. Christine says:

    Yes, i made a doll from your book for my daughter’s 1st birthday. It was a fun project, thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Jody says:

    I made one of your dolls for my granddaughter (from the Louise, Chloe, and Kit patterns) and she loves her! I realize now that doll-making is a labor of love. Willow is ADORABLE and I love it that her dress is made of clothing recycled from your daughter’s jumper. I also like it that you make her legs and torso with something besides plain muslin. I would do that next time.
    I’d love to study how you made Willow if she comes to live with me, and of course, I’d let her play (nicely) with my Grandies.

  12. Megan says:

    I have! I decided I wanted to learn when I had a daughter, and over the last three years I’ve made several, mostly thanks to the Wee Wonderfuls patterns! The first one I made from the Elsa pattern has loopy pink hair and is my daughter’s Thing. Pink Baby goes everywhere and must sleep with her every night. This one is darling though!

  13. Sarah says:

    I’ve made several dolls, including most of your patterns. Willow would join several sister dolls if she came to live here.

  14. Alison Madigan says:

    Yes, I’ve made a few dolls…my earliest memory of crafting with my mom & 2 sisters was when she used a Gingerbread Boy cookie cutter to create a pattern, cut the pieces out of scraps & had us sew, stuff & decorate our little rag dolls. My most ambitious doll was for my nieces Christening about 20 years ago. I used a pattern from an Amish quilt book to make a doll with Christening gown & bonnet. These days I don’t have the space for sewing, so most of my doll making is amigurumi…I can work on it “on the go” :) Willow is beautiful!

  15. Corey V says:

    I sure have!! I’ve made lots of dolls. Some I’ve made from wool felt, others flannel or fleece. The first dolls I ever made, I made out of foam sheets. I was 8 at the time.

  16. Camille says:

    Hi Willow!!!
    Yes, I have made a few dolls but none as pretty as your mommy makes!!! My red head would give you a lovely home:-)
    Xoxo,
    Camille

  17. Megan says:

    I have made a few dolls – knitted and sewed – most of them for my daughter. One of my most precious belongings is a rag doll my mom made me when I was three. Playing be loving that doll – and watching my kid do so as well – has led me to make dolls for many of the children in my life. I don’t know that by where a cute as this one. Thanks for the chance to win her!

  18. Lilly says:

    No, I haven’t! But.. I am getting more time to do little projects. And that’s what I would like to do with it. Dolls for my daughters, for Christmas presents.

  19. Alice S says:

    Yes, Willow. I have made several dolls. At least 2 of them were from the Wee Wonderfuls book. I would love to win you. My son’s teacher has beautiful long red hair just the shade of yours. I think that she would like to meet you.

  20. Claudia McKeon says:

    I’ve made quite a few dolls from various patterns for my son, when he was very young, and for my sister and granddaughters. I can’t seem to stop buying more and more patterns, even though I don’t really enjoy sewing unless it’s hand sewing. There is just something so charming about a simple cloth doll.

  21. Anne in NC says:

    Hi Willow! Yes, I’ve made a couple of very simple dolls from felt. And last month I made a Bamboletta Piccolina from a kit. And I have your Mom’s “Kit, Chloe, and Louise” pattern but I haven’t worked up the nerve yet to make one of those. My daughters and I would love to welcome you to our house! Thanks for being brave enough to move!

  22. Kristin says:

    I have made one doll before – but it wasn’t too spectacular! My girls have made many dolls though – they are pretty good at it. Maybe I should ask them for lessons.

  23. Kelli says:

    I’ve made a few simple dolls, but nothing like Willow! She’s so cute and we’d love to have her live here.

  24. Lauren says:

    Sort of! I bought an unfinished soft doll body and finished her by embroidering a face, stitching on hair, and making a dress….I was happy with how she came out. Maybe it’s time to make one completely from scratch!

  25. Tracy says:

    I used to make peg dolls out of clothespins when I was little, and when I was expecting my first child (18 years ago!!!!) I made a doll out of kit from Magic Cabin. We treasure handmade things in our home. Willow would fit right in.

  26. Sara Arnold says:

    A few years ago, I made one of your friends, Spaceboy and nine of his companion, Robot. I sewed numbers to the front of the robots and a corresponding number of buttons. Now they live in my classroom where students who are tactile learners can squeeze the robots and count the buttons to come up with correct number.

  27. Marieke says:

    Love her not being able to join in living in Europe. My daughter is half way in seeing her first stuffed animal. She is really proud of her leopardprint kitten! Thanks for the pattern…

  28. Jennifer says:

    Yessy, we have made dolls here. I’m sure Willow would enjoy a life of luxury on the East Coast.

  29. Ranie says:

    I love making dolls. The first dolls that I made for my children were from your book. I learned a lot from making those dolls. I have also knit and crocheted some animals.

  30. Eliza says:

    I’ve made Waldorf dolls before, and many simple stuffed animals. (I’ve also knit some animals, but I dislike sewing them up…)

  31. Michelle Ray says:

    I have not yet made a doll! I would love to make some as heirlooms for future baby girls in the family.

  32. mandy says:

    Yes, when I was little. I made a stuffed teddy bear out of felt for my brother because I thought he would really like it.

  33. Melinda says:

    I’ve made a couple dolls because I was inspired by your book! I hope to make all the dolls in it eventually!

  34. Susan says:

    When I was a kid I had a long phase of sewing dolls by hand – French knot hair, dresses, etc. They were so fun to make. I made a ton of them and they lived in a shoebox with their friends. I wish I had time to sit and do that now. I’ve been trying to get around to making an Elsa doll for myself for a long time. I have two weeks left of summer so maybe it can still happen.

  35. Carrie says:

    Yes. Both from your lovely book. I’ve also knitted quite a few animals.
    We would love to give her a home😀

  36. Amy D says:

    Yes, I made a rather sad baby doll from a Martha Stewart pattern for my daughter when she was just over a year old. My lack of experience didn’t seem to matter when she happily carried it around in a homemade sling :)

  37. Mariana says:

    Yes! I made an Ethan doll from a Wee Wonderful pattern for my son Ethan before my daughter was born. :)

  38. Shine says:

    Willow is so, so beautiful!!! <33 :OO I'd love it so much to own her! I've been a fan for many years but somehow I always missed out on the giveaways, haha. It'd be a honor to own one of your dolls! I'm always amazed at your talent and love for sewing, Hillary!! You've been a big inspiration for me and I hope you continue to make amazing sewing work in the future! Thank you so much for the wonderful chance to own Willow!!! ^0^ <3
    Goodluck to everyone!! <33 :DD

  39. Emily says:

    I have made several dolls, but my first and favorite was Chloe from your Chloe, Kit and Louise pattern.

  40. Patty Lockwood says:

    Hello,
    Yes, several dolls. Started out making Raggedy Ann dolls when I was in my early 20’s which was 40 years ago now. Then as we became part of a Amish/Mennonite community, I made Amish dolls for my daughters to play with. Now, I make waldorf style dolls for my grandchildren.

  41. Emily Sexton says:

    I have a pattern for the Kit, Chloe, and Louise dolls and plan on making one for my daughter soon. Willow is beautiful!

  42. Jodi says:

    My first sewing project was when I was playing with my mom’s fabric and yarn scraps and managed to stitch a doll. I’ve made a handful since then, but nothing to compare to Willow. She is adorable!

  43. Debra says:

    I love your dolls and have made my first one a few weeks ago. I would love to add Willow to my collection.

  44. Amy says:

    Aw sweet willow! I’ve made a few dolls from your book and they are much loved! I had hoped to make one for my kids every Christmas but fell off that train around year three.

  45. Katie says:

    I’ve made a few softies (knitting and sewing) but no dolls, mostly monsters and cats. Weird categories. I’m due with my first baby (girl!) in December and would be so excited to start her collection with a wee wonderful.

  46. Lori says:

    Yes, I actually made an elf from your pattern for my kids for Christmas last year. She is a kindness elf they named Holly who left happy little Christmas ideas of kindness every day (along with her reindeer and fox friends). Willow would find a happy home here with much love and hugs. (And no one is ever bored in this house. Lol!)

  47. Michelle says:

    Yes, Willow, I have made a few dolls before, but I am still learning. I love to make creatures of all sorts. These days you can find wild-haired elves and sleepy-eyed unicorns with wings in my studio.

  48. Christine says:

    I have made two dolls (one of your elves – which I love and another one). I love your book and hope to make some dolls from that soon. Willow is so wonderful. We’d love to give her a home.

  49. Nicole T says:

    I have made a doll for a friend when I was in college many years ago, but nothing as spectacular as this. I would give this one to my 8-yr-old daughter who will be having open heart surgery in early September.

  50. Andrea says:

    Thanks to you, Hillary, and to Mimi Kirchner, I have returned to doll making following a 20-year or so hiatus. After dusting the cobwebs off my sewing machine by making several sweet dolls from your book, I am now designing my own dolls. Most recently I created a Rosie Revere doll as a mascot for the maker space in the library I work in. Thanks for the inspiration!

  51. Amanda says:

    I have not actually made a doll before, though I would like to try. I made a cat once and it was kind of a failure so then I never got the courage to try a doll. I would like to someday, though! :)

  52. Anie says:

    Yes! I made a wee wonderful so (Kit or Chloe or Louise??) and an entire wardrobe for my eldest daughter years ago. She needs two sisters, now, though, because we have had two more girls since then! So fun.

  53. Brooke says:

    I have made a pile! And so many from the Elsa pattern because it’s just so cute and easy. Makes the best present :). And I love Willow’s dress!

  54. Amy says:

    Many for my nieces and one for each of my sons (Buz and Woody). I hope to have a girl next so I can make scads more that get to stay in our home.

  55. Maureen says:

    As a kid, I used to make little clothespin dolls. Certainly nothing as beautiful as Willow or your other creations!

  56. Shannon says:

    While current toddler conditions have put them on hold, I have made several traditional Waldorf dolls – love that they combine my love of simplicity with the odds and ends of our sheeps’ fleeces :)

  57. Phoebe.c.webster says:

    I have made so many dolls, that in fact I have hade a shop (for about a year?) I love, love, love sewing! I’m actually selling some dolls to a local store here in TN. I’ve been sewing since I was five-ish. (handsewing, sewing machine came later.) I make up my own patterns and follow sewing books (one of which is Wee Wonderfuls!)

  58. Kara says:

    I have made at least half a dozen dolls, all from your wonderful book. The heart head folk doll is my favorite – so much personality in her simple shape!

  59. Taryn B says:

    I have made only one doll: a Louise doll! It took me forever because I was a very beginning sewist, but I did it! Now I’d love to have a doll for my second oldest daughter.

  60. kristi says:

    I’ve never made a doll, but have made trunks full of doll clothes/shoes/accessories. Perhaps Willow would like a new sweater?! :)

  61. Suzanne says:

    Yes, only one dolly. She is a topsy turvy one made from a pattern my aunt gave me dated from the 50’s. My aunt had made one for me when I was 8 and I still have her. When I was about 40 she found the old pattern , and knowing how much I love her, gave the pattern to me:-) Willow would love to play at our house:-)

  62. Sabrina N. says:

    I sewed a mini-me doll once for my niece’s birthday and it came out so so, but she loved it!
    I’m a fan of your work and love checking on your website every now and then to see what’s new.😊 xo

  63. Ashley says:

    The only dolls I have ever made were from your Kit, Chloe & Louise pattern. One of my proudest sewing accomplishments for my three daughters. :)

  64. Allysha says:

    I have made a couple dolls, mostly from your patterns! My Louise doll ended up a bit wonky, though still loved :) But my Melvin and Marion Librarian bears are probably my favorites ever.

  65. nicole says:

    Yes! I made one for my kids. I love her but neither one is very attached to her. Maybe if she has a friend?

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