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I wasn’t planning on being absent from the blog all week, but between having several projects on the go at the moment (including this one which is almost finished!!) and catching a terrible head cold, the week seemed to run away from me.
But despite the busyness and the stuffed sinuses I took time out yesterday to make a pair of dolls.
Every year my woman’s group takes on the project of helping out families with young children in our city who are in need. Usually we take a baby shower approach and gather up hundreds of items and package them into gift bags and let the early intervention workers decide who needs what and when. This year the workers gave us lists specific to the families that they work with.
I was lucky enough to get to shop for books and toys for two little girls who have next to nothing. On top of which we were told that these families rarely get gifts of any kind.
And what better gift is there than a handmade gift?
Ruby Lou is for the older of the two girls. You might remember her from here and her pattern can be found at Sew Much Ado. I’ve always wanted to make another and this was the perfect opportunity. I found it much easier this second time, helped by the-most-wonderful-tool-ever-known-to-doll- makers-that-I-wish-I-had-known-about-ages-ago tube turner (it deserves a post of its own). I even made her a little flannel blankie in case her new playmate wants to tuck her in at night.
I still remember the flannel nightie my grandmother made me out of this same fabric when I was 11 years old! I love that pretty yellow.
For the toddler, I made this Black Apple Doll. There are no little pieces or parts on this little lady so I thought she would do well in little hands (and maybe be a doll she can grow into.) The Black Apple pattern was easy to follow, but I think next time I will make her arms and legs a bit fatter – if I add seam allowances to the current pattern pieces I think that will make it about right.
I hope these little ladies get lots of loving in their new home!
For more doll inspiration check out the Black Apple website. Just being there makes me wish I had more girls to sew for.