Making a Doll for my daughter for Christmas

We don’t usually buy our kids gifts for Christmas. They are the only grandkids of 6 grandparents and 1 great grandparent. They are beyond lavished with gifts during this season and my husband and I are always trying to curb it in anyway. We usually pick them something up at the kids thrift store by us and I usually make something. I made my older daughter a covered journal and I made Sassy Pants (age 5) a soft Lalaloopsy-like doll. It started by finding this amazing video from My Froggy Stuff. She is, in my opinion, the expert in all things dolls. Her tutorials are a elementary girls dream (with some help) and her videos of the dolls acting are hilarious. I watched about 10 while I was making “Buttons” Sassy Pants doll.

I couldn’t find any good socks while out and about so I bought fabric at Jomar (my favoirte store in the world). I got a tanish, grayish knit for a $1 a yard – score! The you tube video didn’t have a pattern so I just made up my own trying to follow Froggy Stuff’s information. If you look in the pictures Button’s head is a little lopsided but we love her anyway. I scanned in the fabric once I sewed it so that I can share the pattern with you ( you can see the head lopsidedness in the picture). I fixed the head and just copied one of the legs twice so you can have even legs unlike buttons. (Total side note – Sassy Pants got an handmade doctors kit from her sister for Christmas and she told me – “I’m glad I got this so I can fix Buttons messed up legs.” – By the way that is why she is nicknamed Sassy Pants.) Here is the pattern (dollpatterndigital). I hope it works for you – Remember you need to use a super stretchy knit!!!

I followed My Froggy stuff’s tutorial except for two parts. First off she is an incredible, seasoned seamstress… or at least she is just awesome… but I tried to sew the legs for 2 hours! Yes 2 hours! I couldn’t turn it inside out, I tried the tips and I tried to be patient but after ripping both of them I found this tutorial on turning spaghetti straps. If you look at the pictures below I actually sewed the ribbon onto buttons foot and then just used scissors to cut it as close as I could. Nobody has noticed yet and I made both feet in 20 minutes this time.

The other thing I did differently was the hair. Hopefully the picture below helps. I sewed the hair all along the back (note that in the picture the stitches go through the neck… it really means behind the neck there) and then I left about an inch and a half piece of fleece and sewed along the forehead (the brown stitches. Then I flipped that back for bangs and then gathered up two pony tails and stiched them to be permanent. My Froggy stuff is brilliant, I think I would have tried felt for the hair – don’t. The fleece is so soft and flexible and folds on itself to really look like hair – don’t be afraid to sew a whole bunch of it on for hair – those dolls have lots of hair. I then wrapped them to make little hair poofs you can see in the picture.

Then the coolest thing happened. Sassy Pants took Buttons on our trip to Virginia and in the car she undid her hair poofs and started styling the hair. Her favorite is the fancy updo where she takes the pigtails ties them together and then tucks in the other pieces. Here are some of the styles. You can also see the elegant evening gown that Sassy Pants and I made for Buttons.

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10 Responses to “Making a Doll for my daughter for Christmas”

  1. Amy C Smith January 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm # Reply

    For my 30th birthday I bought a sewing machine and took an introductory class. I have to be honest and say that I’m pretty much afraid of the thing. I still hem my pants by hand! Your post is daring me to start experimenting with it, however. Thanks!

    • Kelly January 3, 2013 at 10:06 pm # Reply

      You can do it – I got mine when I was 28.. so I have a couple of years on you… kids stuff is easy because they don’t really notice if you make a mistake… I’m not sure if I could even hem my jeans.

  2. KKmom January 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm # Reply

    So cute. I’m intimidated but the next snow day I may make a go :)

  3. Katina January 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm # Reply

    This doll is totally cool. I am impressed with your talents and your patience!

    • Kelly January 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm # Reply

      Thanks Katina… It was easier then it looks…after the feet fix and all.. I’d still like to see your scrapbooks.

  4. Kerin January 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm # Reply

    she came out adorable!

    • Kelly January 4, 2013 at 11:52 pm # Reply

      Maybe there will be a new one for a birthday in June.

  5. Melissa January 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm # Reply

    Kelly, you are so creative and gifted it is crazy!!


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