New dolls up in the shop

For those looking for a handmade doll for under the tree this year, I have 3 currently up in my shop. If you’re interested but would like to add a Christmas dress or something extra, just let me know!

Lauren is a Make-Along doll so if you were looking for a doll/pattern combo gift she would be perfect for the young sewist in your life.

Annika is already pretty Christmasy with her red/pink/green color scheme. She is made from the Elsa pattern and comes with a little outfit all ready for dress-up play, coat, jumper and boots

Alma is a dear and is so huggable & sweet in her handknit sweater.

Free Cardigan knitting pattern for Make-Along and Elsa dolls

free doll cardigan knitting pattern

Tiny, cozy sweaters knit for handmade dolls, it doesn’t get much cuter than that! Please enjoy this knitting pattern for a doll cardigan. It is knit in smaller needles with sock yarn to fit Make-Along dolls and bigger needles and DK weight yarn for Elsa. It is a different version than the sweater I replicated from my great grandmother’s pattern which involves a lot of seaming. This one is knit from top down in one piece and sleeves can be knit in the round for no seaming at all. Thanks so much Anh for all your help in putting this together!

holiday making & wee wonderfuls patterns

makealong dolls and sweater patterns at wee wonderfuls

Hi all! So… what’s everyone sewing this holiday?! I have started on a number of projects to bring handmade dolls & patterns to the site and the shop and I’m hoping I’m on the right path but please let me know if there’s something else you’re interested in!

doll knitting patterns at wee wonderfuls

I will have the cardigan and overalls outfit ready for Make-along next week and am hoping to squeeze in one more before Christmas. I was thinking a fancy dress up outfit but can’t find a dress design I love. Any suggestions?

elsa doll sewing pattern at wee wonderfuls

I was also thinking about doing an add on to the Elsa pattern to include another yarn hair variation and this jumper. And.. maybe a sweater?? I’m working on that today and fingers crossed, it will fit!

doll clothes sewing patterns at wee wonderfuls

Kit, Chloe and Louise are super fun to make for little kids and I had so much fun making these outfit sets for them. I was hoping to add more ideas/tutorials on how to repurpose thrifted baby clothes into cute doll outfits.

And do I need a new ornament/stocking/christmas pattern? Maybe Mrs. Claus pincushion?
mrs. claus pincushion at wee wonderfuls

I am trying to organize myself into one big to-do list, so please, any input welcome! Thanks so much and so excited it’s the handmade gift time of year! xoxo (¬‿¬)

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.
ladderstitch-joining-alt

ladderstitch-closing-alt

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

And here are the embroidery stitches I use…

to outline eyes, stitch eyebrows and mouth
backstitch

or
splitstitch

fill in eyes or other shapes
satinstitch

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

these stitches are good for drawing with floss
runningstitch

frenchknot