a woodland elf

handmade elf doll at wee wonderfuls

I tried to jam a bunch of new ideas into this doll. Only a few took. The yarn hair in different V layer cuts… it’s there but it’s not as visually obvious as I was hoping for. I think it’s because the alpaca yarn I used is too smooth, not fuzzy/dense enough to fill in and create clear layers. Using the gorgeous embroidery from a thrifted Indian top to make a quick dress worked pretty well. As her dress stands now it’s more of an art doll dress instead of a dress up doll dress, ie it’s not coming off. But I could finish the neckline differently and add a closure in the back.

adding beading detail to handmade doll

The two things that I love how they turned out are the beading I added to the waistband of the dress and the matching beading sewn right to doll’s head for the headband. Again, these make Miss Elf more of a shelf doll than a doll for play. I really enjoyed the beading though. I would love to do more dolls with beading added to their yarn hair-dos. I still have a few ideas for her accessories, boots and a knit wrap. I found this amazing wood vine looking floral wire at the craft store that I really want to use somehow. Once I started with the sequins and beads I abandoned the more forest-vibe though. Might need to start another elvish girl! Phoebe just finished reading the Hobbit and is very encouraging of my elven plans.

handmade elf doll at wee wonderfuls

quick lacey bloomers

The apron dress is a bit peek-a-boo in back so I made up this quick pair of lacey bloomers for Miss Make-Along to wear underneath. I used the pants pattern piece from the Pajama Party pattern and cut it down to shorts length and cut it out from a thrifted lace top. I finished the edges with my serger and ran a line of elastic thread shirring along the waist and the leg openings. It came together super fast. (Elastic thread shirring directions are in the Lotsa Layers pattern and for sure in this blog somewhere. I’ll search it and link it up.)

quick lacey bloomers tutorial

basic stitches for dollmaking

Hi friends! Here are some stitches I use to make dolls and stuffed animals.

I use the ladder stitch to attach my stuffed doll parts together.


I use this stitch to join pieces when handsewing projects from wool felt

And here are the embroidery stitches I use…

to outline eyes, stitch eyebrows and mouth


fill in eyes or other shapes

to start embroidery on a stuffed doll if you don’t want to hide your knot

these stitches are good for drawing with floss