About Me & FAQ

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Hi all, this about me page is a work in progress! I had to take down the terrible, out of date page that has been sitting here since 2007. I hate writing about myself evidently.

Here are some helpful facts in a nutshell: I’m a dollmaker and I love it! I have two kids who have outgrown dolls but I’m still hooked. My teenage son would say he was never interested but I have the photographic proof otherwise. It was when he was born that I started on the craft blog road and now I’m proud and happy to still call myself a creative small business owner. I feel like I’ve come full circle in a way. I started with general craft blogging, got hooked on making toys, then I was selling toys, then decided to focus on designing and selling patterns, wrote a book on sewing toys (a beautiful book, thank you STC craft!), licensed doll designs for Land of Nod (beautiful dolls, thank you Land of Nod!) and then after sort of losing steam for a few years, I am newly invigorated by selling handmade original dolls. Making dolls and then sending them to new homes keeps the creative fires burning for me and I’ve fallen in love with dollmaking all over again.

So where to find stuff… are you DIY? I have PDF sewing patterns for cloth dolls available for sale in the shop. Also some embroidery and cross stitch. Are you looking for a one of a kind heirloom doll for your son or daughter (or yourself), please visit my custom doll order form and look through my gallery of dolls or instagram feed. And if you want to see what will be next added to the shop you can follow me on instagram, @wee_wonderfuls and facebook

All of my FAQs were out of date except the one below. I will add back more FAQs as I get them. If you have any questions please email me! hillarylang@gmail.com

thanks for visiting!

Where to start if you want to design your own patterns
I started at the library. I’d never made a stuffed animal or doll before I started this blog. I checked out some vintage craft books from the library and just started following patterns and then after making a few was able to start altering them and then drawing them up on my own. Get yourself a pile of muslin and just jump in! Here is an article I wrote on making toys from vintage patterns, it might inspire that first jump.

Creative Commons License:
So the deal is, anything I create is copyrighted by default. I feel the standard copyright laws are too rigid so I’m putting my site under a Creative Commons license. This means that others can modify, improve, recreate, etc. entire designs or elements of my designs to their heart’s content for personal use but not for commercial use. You can read more about the details, restrictions and requirements here. I think the Creative Commons licenses are a really great way to create a community of sharing and building on each others ideas without robbing people of their original work.

Creative Commons License

Sewing lessons or self taught? How long have I been sewing? Any recommendations of books or of a good sewing machine.

Unfortunately I’m pretty useless in this aspect. I learned how to use a sewing machine in Home Ec in 7th grade. Since then I’ve just been teaching myself, following the instructions in patterns and then now making my own patterns. Lots of trial and error! The only class I’ve taken is the basic quiltmaking class I just took. As far as sewing machines go.. I’m using a hand-me-down Bernina from my Grandma. It works really well most of the time. Everyone in my quilting class was very fond of Berninas. Other than that, I’m pretty clueless. And I don’t really have any one craft or sewing book that I use. Most of the time I just fake my way though and hope for the best!

32 thoughts on “About Me & FAQ

  1. Danielle Caldwell says:

    Can you suggest a source for buying the wool you use to make your dolls? I’ve been to the fabric stores in town and the wool doesn’t seem right for making doll bodies. An online retailer perhaps?

    Thank you.

    • Hillary says:

      Hi Danielle,

      I used recycled wool, from wool items I find at the thrift store. Sometimes there is wool suiting at the chain stores that will work but hard to find in the right color. Linen and cotton are more readily available and work just well.


      • Danielle Caldwell says:

        Recycled wool-great idea! I’ll be on the lookout for some when I am thrifting! Ive started a doll with cotton and its working nicely. But, I do love that cuddly soft look of the wool ones you’ve made.

        Thank you!

  2. Lori says:

    Quick question. My fantasy loving 11 year old daughter is learning to sew and wants so badly to make your elf doll. Do you have a pattern (or option on another pattern) to make that? We’ve so many of your patterns and love every one. Thanks!

    • Hillary says:

      The most recent elf dolls I’ve made? They are the same pattern as my make-along doll but with elf ears added on. If you wanted to go that route I could send you a pattern piece for the pointed ear. There are outfit pieces which could be pretty easily adapted to be a cute elf outfit

  3. Michelle Dodge says:

    Hello! I was thinking of buying your make-along doll pattern to make for my little girl. The thing is she is obsessed with taking clothes on and off dolls, but she is not quite 3 and gets very annoyed with it! Are some of the clothes patterns easy to remove? Also, what is the size of the finished doll and have you ever changed the scale of it? Thank you.

    • Hillary says:

      Hi Michelle,

      The Make-along doll is 16″ doll and that’s the only size I’ve made her in. It would be difficult to scale the pattern and clothes because the seam allowance is included in the pattern pieces. I stuff the arms and legs very firmly to make dressing easier but it still might be difficult for a 3 yo. Obviously a hard plastic doll is probably easiest for a toddler to dress but if you want to go the handmade route you can make slight alterations to patterns as you see fit to make them easier to put on.. loose elastic instead of ties, fully open backs instead slits, velcro instead of snaps, etc.

  4. ruth says:

    Hi, Hillary,
    Do you physically post out the doll pattern and instructions or is it all via downloadable pdf? I do not have a working printer at the moment plus I am in the UK. So just trying to work out how it all arrives. Thanks!

    • Hillary says:

      Hi Susan,

      No, I don’t offer the cottage industry license anymore now that I’m selling handmade originals in my shop as well as my patterns.


  5. Verity says:

    Hi Hillary,
    Are the Kit, Chloe and Louise make-along doll sized? Want to know before purchasing anything. Oh, and what is the delivery cost to the Uk?


    • Hillary says:

      Hi! All patterns are PDF so no delivery cost. And no, those are two different doll designs the makealong clothes don’t fit the Kit, Chloe and Louise dolls. They come with 3 dress patterns.


  6. Corinne says:

    I have your Wee Wonderfuls book and the instructions for the doll sleeping bag call for pre-quilted fabric. Do you have any online recommendations of sources? I have looked in my local fabric store and the patterns leave a lot to be desired. I want something whimsical and cute like you feature in the book.

    Thank you,

    • Hillary says:

      Hi Corinne,

      That fabric I used was vintage. They definitely did quilted fabric cuter in the 60s/70s than now. Check etsy! There are some cute prints available there.

  7. Hillary says:

    Hi Angela, Thanks for your order! I’m not sure what you mean by a certain date you need to start reading. The PDF patterns are automatically sent to you upon ordering. I do not have a pattern for the fairy ears or different facial features than what’s included with the pattern, sorry. You can email me if you have further questions, hillarylang@gmail.com. Thanks!

  8. Hillary says:

    Hi Ann,

    One method for fully styleable yarn hair is given. So you sew it on one way but then can style it however you like. Hope that answer the question. Thanks!

  9. Avon says:

    I just purchased the Make-Along Set and already love it and can’t wait to get started. Thank you for all the work you put into the patterns, the directions, and the cute illustrations. This is just what I have been looking for !

  10. Jess says:

    Good morning! I am opening a sewing school and I love your patterns. I wanted to see if it’s possible to teach a make-a-long class. If each child purchases the pattern are their discounts available? Also is the Olive and Archie Make a long still available. Those were the first patterns I made and I think the kids would love them.

    • Hillary says:

      Hi Jess,

      Yes, we could do a group price no problem. I can give your kids a code. I am wondering what age group you’ll be teaching. I’ve been thinking about which patterns would be good for kid sewers. I could dust off Olive and Archie, that would probably be a better bet because the Make-Along yarn hair would be very time consuming to teach in a class. You’d be better off with the felt hair. Why don’t you email me at hillarylang@gmail.com and we’ll discuss.


  11. Frank Archambault says:

    my wife already works cleaning houses, but she has a lot of weird, spare time that she has filled sewing doll bodies for a friend who sells the crafts
    The problem is, my Wife does so well and fast, her friend cannot keep her going in a way she could excel in
    Is there a market for someone that just sews up the bodies (to be stuffed) and who are they ?
    Thank you

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