given that we posted about advent conspiracy (spending less/giving and worshiping more) and being we read a recent article stating that 1 in 3 toys was found to be toxic, we decided that we would like to make most of the kids' toys this year. dan is making some wooden toys and i am doing some sewing.
at first the idea of sewing a rag doll inspired me. i thought i'd listen to christmas carols, have some alone time, drink tea, and participate in an activity that mothers around the world have done for hundreds of years. then i started encountering one problem after another. it took several attempts, lots of determination, and a few moments of cursing myself for not buying a gift on amazon instead. i did, however, finish. well, almost. i didn't realize i needed a special embroidery needle for embroidery thread. i only have the embroidery left.
here she is. my all natural doll, made of cotton, stuffed with bamboo fibers, and topped with wool hair.
i had this idea that if we crafty mamas united (and i hesitate to call myself "crafty" as this would be a huge overstatement) we could each make several of one thing and then swap. so i could make 5 rag dolls which i would exchange with five different people for five different toys. it certainly would be easier given that half the trouble and cost is on getting set up and making the first one. now that i've made one, the next would be much easier. this said, i will be taking a break from rag doll making for awhile. but let me know if you're interested in this and we can plan something for next year!
i used this pattern. if you would like to give rag doll making a try, i have a few recommendations that would make this project much easier. email me or leave a comment if you are interested.
i had planned to make indi an outfit that would match her doll's, but i'm not sure i'll get to it. at the very least, i hope to sew these pants in the same patterns as the doll's pants. i'll post another photo when i finish the doll and when dan finishes his projects as well.