Have you ever tried doll-making? I had never really made stuffed toys, besides some witch legs last halloween, but I wanted to try to make Isabel a rag doll.
I wasn't entirely sure where to start, so I bought a pattern on Etsy from Create Joy Make Stuff. I followed the directions exactly for the body, but decided to do yarn hair instead of felt. I also embroidered on the face, which was a real challenge for me, but I am happy how it turned out! I don't have a lot of experience with embroidery so I did a lot of stitch ripping. I found this blog post from Big Little to be really helpful.
I embroidered a little french knot for a belly button. Isabel is obsessed with belly buttons. She always wants me to show my belly button to everyone in the grocery store...
Anyway, I was SO happy with how the doll turned out that I decided I'd try another toy. This time I kind of made up my own pattern, using the doll pattern as a bit of a jumping point. Since it was Easter, I throught I'd make a bunny doll.
I made the tiniest little underwear set for her to wear, as well as a matching easter dress using a Riley Blake Bunny Print. I used Heidi & Finn's Pumpkin Spice pattern for Isabel's dress. I really love this pattern! I want to make Isabel a ton of these. It has a comfortable loose fit, is easy to sew with three sleeve variations, and looks super adorable!
So I'm kind of obsessed with making them matching outfits now. I made a striped replica of a Brindille and Twig Ragland Sleeve Top I made for her earlier in the winter.
Doll making is almost as addicting as lingerie making!