Holiday Pattern Sale

This year’s Holiday Pattern Sale is up and will be going for two weeks. The theme this year is t-e-n! Kit, Chloe & Louise, Elsa, Make-Along Doll and Animals are all reduced to $10 and the Make-Along Clothes pattern set normally $20 is half off for just $10. Give some handmade cuteness to your loved ones this year (young & old). Huggable gifts are the best!

Wee Wonderfuls doll sewing patterns holiday sale

New Elsa doll pattern

Elsa doll sewing pattern

Elsa has a new look this year! I’ve had this pattern in my shop for over 10 years now and she’s definitely a favorite of mine. I remember when I first started designing dolls how I was obsessed with trying to get a nice round shape for a head from a 2D doll and the lightbulb I had when I decided to just make her 3D with a gusset, ha! I wanted a doll that had a few shortcuts like the body fabric doubling as a dress and the hair being just sewn down around a cap so that it wasn’t as much work as a full head of yarn hair. The next iteration of Elsa had the full on yarn hair wig in braids and I loved how that looked too. But this new pattern has my favorite hair solution yet. The hair is done in wigs sewn on sewing machine with come together easily and quickly and then the braid crown is sewn down in place to keep the hair secure while also leaving it loose and flowy, best of both worlds.  She also has some new quicker construction features for her body. She comes with new clothing items, a vest, skirt and boots. I hope you like her! She’s in the shop here.

Elsa doll sewing pattern

Also, **bonus** the new Elsa doll fits into the Make-Along clothes rather cutely, sort of like a little sister in her big sister’s clothes

Button Eyes

Want a shortcut to finishing your doll’s face? If you’re not making your toy for a small child (buttons = choking hazard!) you can save time by using buttons for the eyes. It’s tricky to get the look right but I find if you use a two-hole button you can sew through with contrasting thread to make a cute glint in the eye. Sewing onto a wider or offset circle of white felt can also help it read more as eye and less spooky raggedy ann doll that wants to haunt you.

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wee wonderfuls doll making bundles

I’m excited to be mixing it up in the shop in the coming weeks. I have a new Elsa pattern to release, new kits with the Elsa pattern in the works, ideas for bundles of already-made dolls + fabric for you to make doll clothes with and a sample sale of dolls that have been keeping me company this past year. Since I’ll be squeezing this all in between holiday merriment with the family I’m going to be just winging it and decided to dust off the mailing list for notifications. If you’d like updates when new items hit the shop please sign up here.

Clara from the Nutcracker

handmade doll Clara from the Nutcracker

Oh Clara. I love these ballerina dolls so much. They are so pleasing to hold. I always think of how Clara craddles the nutcracker in the ballet. That’s exactly how I want to hold these dolls, like a baby. They have a wonderful weight with the curls and heavy soft lace of the dress, somehow heavy and light at the same time.

handmade doll Clara from the Nutcracker

 

 

 

 

Betsy, Tacy and Tib go to a party

Betsy Tacy Tib dolls

This set of Betsy, Tacy & Tib dolls are dressed up for a party and I just love how they turned out. I spend an unreasonable amount of time trying to find historically accurate fabric for doll dresses. There are so many challenges to find the right fit. As far as fabric stores I can drive to my only choices are Joanns and a quilt shop. But really most current offerings do not fit the bill in content or design and if they do, they’re of course the wrong scale because they’re not for tiny doll clothes. So I have the most luck at the thrift store. For these dresses I got lucky in the mens department. Tacy’s blue dress is silk and the textured plaid fabric seems like something you’d see on a dress in 1905. Same with Tib’s pink dress, it is from a men’s silk shirt and has a great textured stripe design that also feels turn of the century to me. Betsy’s dress is sheer and textured and really felt to me like it could pass for a dimity dress. Dimity is “a hard-wearing, sheer cotton fabric woven with raised stripes or checks”. This fabric was a handmade skirt I found at the thrift store. I’ve also had some luck in the scarf section when looking for sheer fabrics, like the one I found for my Elizabeth Bennet doll.
Betsy Tacy Tib dolls

Betsy Tacy Tib dolls

Betsy Tacy Tib dolls