Big sister doll :)

I’ve had time lately to tie up lots of loose ends. The one thing I wanted to do that I was having trouble getting around to was that "big sister" doll I wanted to make for Vera. I planned on doing it all in the evenings, but once evening came around I was finishing up the dishes and plopping. I wasn’t focused enough to craft. So I decided to just do it while she was awake and it wouldn’t be a surprise. I finished it in two days- really it was just a few hours of work spent on it. I’m actually really, really pleased with it and she won’t let it go. Success! I’m still amazed by how easy it turned out to be. I did have to scour the internet a little to find out how they make those heads and noses and how to attach the hair, but it was really just a mishmash of info from the internet. The inspiration was definitely these awesome Bamboletta Dolls , but we definitely can’t afford an expensive doll. I’m glad I was able to make one that I’m proud of. After baby is born I’ll make a baby version and embroider both their initials and birth dates on the respective dolls. It was really fun to do! And, dolls like this in the "Waldorf" style regularly sell for $100- but I made it for… scrap fabric and yarn. I mean, maybe $3 total? And of course my time, but that was surprisingly little too. 

Nap time today. I had just finished the hair and face, but didn’t have an outfit yet, but Vera didn’t care and wanted to sleep with her anyway.

And here she is! I just love her! I could probably make her some toes or something by just sewing into the feet a little. That might be fun.

The hair. It was kind of a project, but I’m really happy with it, and it’s pretty sturdy too. 

The whole outfit. This came right out of nowhere. The hat was actually a sleeve of an old sweater that I used to stuff for the head. So there was a little piece left over, and it just turned into this cute little hat. Then the dress was just made from some old pillowcases that I got at the thrift store for 50 cents a piece. I always look for pillowcases for just this reason. 

And my girl!

Anyway, just wanted to share. šŸ™‚

Gracie
Gracie

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Comments (18)

  1. impeccablyme

    Lovely! šŸ˜€

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  2. purerandomness

    What a beautiful doll! Has Vera named her yet?
    The doll’s hair reminds me of my cabbage patch doll (my grandmother got one for all her granddaughters, apparently there were fights for them in the toy stores in the 1980s). Her name was Myrtle. She’s waiting in my parent’s attic for another little person to play with! šŸ™‚

    Hope you’re feeling well.

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  3. haurelia

    Oh! My! Word!
    That doll is beautiful, and so is your girl (who looks absolutely delighted, by the way). Can’t wait to hear what name Vera chooses for her.
    If you would, at some point, please please consider posting the pattern/method you used? Or send me an email? I’d love to make a baby for Henry and yours turned out so well that I’m inspired!

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      I will post about what I did- it was so easy! You can whip one up for Henry in no time. šŸ™‚

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  4. pagangoat

    I’ve been thinking of making a doll for Eilidh, in the waldorf style. I’d love to hear more about the process, how you did the hair, stuffed the head, etc. You did a beautiful job, very sweet:)

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      I’ll make a post about it! Coming soon. šŸ™‚

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  5. 3squares_a_day

    Sweet baby for a sweet girl!

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  6. yayhappens

    That has to be one of the most special gifts in the whole world! I am getting teary-eyed about it. The doll turned out terrific and Vera looks sooooooo happy!!!!!!

    The colors in the hair are too cute. It will be fun to learn what Vera names her.

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  7. poppleshatesyou

    Oh my word! The doll is beautiful! and the hat!! oh, the hat is so perfect for a Vera-doll!! I too am feeling a little teary eyed about how perfect and special this doll is. Wow! It really turned out amazing Grace! I’d love it if you shared the links to where you learned the bits to make this doll. The face is so perfect!

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      It’s really amazing how easily it all came together. I really am not experienced at all, I just kind of go for it, but I was really proud of how this turned out! There’s enough interest in how I did it, I’ll make a post soon about it. šŸ™‚

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  8. unicorntapestry

    I had a big sister doll! Vera looks so happy. I love it.

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  9. see_anotherside

    What a special gift… you did an amazing job on the doll, and the look on Vera’s face is just wonderful. She is lovely!

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  10. prophetsong

    Awesome. Your doll looks just as good as the bamboletta ones and the fact that it’s been made with so much love makes it extra special. You are so talented šŸ™‚

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  11. decemberthirty

    Aw, what a cute doll! It reminds me of how, when I was a kid, my family couldn’t afford cabbage patch dolls so my mother made homemade versions for my sister and me one Christmas. My mother’s sewing skills must not have been as good as yours, though, because she still likes to joke about how ugly those dolls were. We liked them when we were kids though! And I’m sure Vera will love hers–judging by that last photo, she already does.

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    1. decemberthirty

      Hmm, rereading my comment makes me think I should clarify. I’m not trying to suggest that your doll is ugly! On the contrary! It really just reminds me of our homemade dolls because it looks like the hair is attached in a similar way.

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      1. Gracie (Post author)

        Not at all! I totally didn’t interpret it that way. But it’s true though, all dolls have a small creep-factor regardless. šŸ™‚

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  12. ladyfaith3

    I love it! It’s great!

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  13. miniaturize

    Your girl is beautiful <3 and so is her dolly.

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