Granota’s 4th birthday is coming up in early September, so I needed to get started on making her birthday present. I’ve had in my head for awhile to make each of the girls a fairy doll for their birthdays. Back in December, I was the recipient of tons of sewing and crochet patterns and part of the haul was this great stuffed animals and dolls book:
There are no fairy doll patterns in here, but really all I needed was a doll body pattern; I can figure out the dress and wings on my own. I chose the Alice in Wonderland pattern because it looked to be about the size I would need.
In the past, the thought of turning these tiny pieces right side out once sewn would have turned me into a sullen grump. But! I discovered a new tool. Maybe you’re already aware of these fabulous inventions, but I only just got one a couple of months ago. The hand-dandy tube turner! Even Mr. Gren knows that one of the things I hate most in life is turning tubes. But with this thing, it’s positively fun and my fingernails stay intact during use.
Twenty seconds later, I have a freshly-turned (albeit rather wrinkly) tube. I think this one was an arm.
Have I mentioned yet that this is the first real doll I’ve ever made? I don’t think there’s a tremendous learning curve, but you can tell by looking at these two finished arms that I had already made improvements from the first to the second.
Pretty soon, I had lots of teeny weeny body parts. I felt a little like Dr. Frankenstein.
The head is now attached to the body and all body parts are stashed in a bag of fabric where Little Miss Snoopy won’t find them. Coming soon: embroidering the face and making a teeny weeny fairy dress with teeny weeny wings.