Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bunting Baby Doll:: A Tutorial

Bunting Baby Doll
Pattern and Tutorial by Julia Daby

What better holiday gift for a little one than something cuddly, soft and made entirely by hand. This felt baby is just the right size to fit in a stocking or in the arms of a happy child. Bundled up in an easily embellished bunting, this little one is sure to bring a smile to any child’s face.


2 pieces of desired felt with dimensions 9 inches x 12 inches for the front and back of the body
2 small pieces of desired skin tone felt for face and for liner of embellishment
Small piece of felt for hair
Small piece of cotton fabric
Embroidery floss


Print Patterns
As long as you increase the size of each of these two images by the same percentage, all of the separate components in the images will fit together perfectly.

Print out and cut 2 body halves and the embellishments out of your desired felt

To make the belly embellishment, cut out the circle pattern out of felt. Cut out a slightly larger circle from the desired cotton print fabric, so that you can envelop the felt with cotton.

Fold the cotton fabric over the edge of the felt and use a running stitch to sew the two layers together. This will leave a clean edge on the perimeter of the embellishment.

The front side will look like this.

Add the circle embellishment to the rest of your cut out felt and get ready for assembly.

Place the hair over the top of the face applique and the circle at the center of the doll’s belly.

Stitch the face, hair and circle into place using desired stitches. For added detail, you can mix up the stitches that you use. I used a mixture of a running stitch and blanket stitch. Once the embellishments are attached, you will do the final construction of the doll. Place the front body felt piece over the back body felt piece and use a blanket stitch all the way around the doll body, leaving the top of the head open for stuffing.

Stuff the doll, making sure not to overstuff, and that you fill the spaces at the tips of the hands and feet.

Once the doll is stuffed, close the opening used for stuffing with the blanket stitch.

You can keep the doll expressionless for a simpler design.  
If you want to add facial features though, for the eyes, simply stitch two straight stitches where the eyes will be and create lashes by making straight stitches vertically over the horizontal stitches.

Knot and trim your thread.

The mouth is also a personal preference. You can make a smile, a straight line, a little dot, or no mouth at all…whatever you like, just make sure that it is secured with a tight knot to prevent unraveling.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Windfall Dolls :: A Doll Donation

It's been a bit since we shared in this space.  We've taken an bit of a sabbatical from doll making in favor of just plain lounging around and enjoying our boys.  It's been marvelous but we have missed the sharing here.

We did want to share with you a few of the creations from the weeks leading up to our break.
You see, there is a new indoor play place that opened recently in town.  It is a real treat for the kids in this small town who don't have many fun places to go when the weather is not cooperating.

As a donation to the kids who will be playing there, we stitched up a few dolls for the kids who visit the space to play with and to love.

We agreed to stitch up some smaller dolls of the swaddle and baby doll variety to share with the new play place.  Two of each.

It took a week or so to stitch them all up, and when we were done, we were so very happy with the results.  But then feeling extra generous, we decided that we would sew up two large dolls for sharing as well.
Our girl was the first to be made.  And the funny thing is that I had her name picked even before that I had begun making her.  Her name is "Lolly".  I love it when that happens.

Her creation began in March during a period of snow and cold here in this area.  Our goal was to make her bright and cheery.  Like sunshine.

Her hair is a glorious mix of yellows, pinks, and white wool.

Her clothing complements her hair in both colors and summery-ness.   We chose a happy little hippo to embellish the front of her shirt.  

For the colder months though (of which there are many here in the North Country) we decided on a pair of pants upcycled from a warm striped sweater.

Emelia and Kendall had a lot of fun visiting with Lolly.  They played with the other baby dolls that we had made and had little tea parties on the floor.  Once I finished the second doll  though(which was a baby boy)  they all stood over their baby brother and took turns cuddling him, reading him stories, and changing his diaper.  

After they had spent some time with the little babe, I asked for their advice on what to name their little baby brother.

They tossed names such as James, Sawyer, Jack around but none of them seemed to fit.

In the end, they asked Hayden to come over and help with the decision.  Hayden took one look at the little baby laying peacefully in the Moses basket and christened him "Beeboo".

And I agreed immediately.  Lolly and Beeboo were just the right whimsical names to go with two big dolls that were on their way to play with so many little ones.

We are going to the play place soon and we will be sharing some photos of the dolls in their new home.

XOXO, Jules and Laura

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Make Your Own Easy Waldorf Doll Sized Felt Book

The other day I made a little book for our newest Waldorf Lass. Here I share the super simple tutorial so you can make your own.

This would be a great craft for young hands to help with!

 Start with a high quality wool felt. I chose Feltworks 100% wool felt from Michaels. 

Cut out 3in. X 3in. squares of felt. Then cut out small letters, shapes, or any other design you wish in a contrasting colored felt.

I chose the following design. Simple

After you have laid out your design, warm up your glue gun and glue the back sides of the letters. 

Then place the letter on the felt as you would like it placed. 

Hold pressure over the letter with your palm for a minute or two.

Then inspect the letter for secure attachment, and add additional glue where needed.

 Do the same for all of the other pages.

Then stack the pages as you like and using a blanket stitch (found here) secure the pages as you would find a book binding.

It doesn't have to be perfect,  and the pages don't have to be perfectly lined up. Makes for easier page turning by those little fingers ;)

Handmade stitches show love!

Enjoy! Thanks for looking.

Monday, April 1, 2013

::Windfall Doll Giveaway:: Meet Max and Meredith

 Welcome to our First Windfall Doll giveaway of 2013!

There will be two winners for this giveaway!

Four times a year we will be holding a seasonal giveaway of our Waldorf Inspired Dolls.  

For our Spring Windfall Dolls giveaway, we would like to introduce you to Max and Meredith.

There will be two winners in this giveaway, one for each doll. 

::A bit about Max and Meredith::

Max:: Latin meaning Little Maximus.
Meredith:: Welsh meaning Great Lord.

Yesterday was Easter.  
As with every Easter, we held a little egg hunt in our yard for our kids. 
Both human and cloth kids alike.

Little Max was a bit more adventurous than the other kids.  He ventured high onto the wood pile in search of the best eggs...the ones that he thought would be filled with the yummiest of candy

 As he rose higher and higher onto the pile and peeked over the top of a log, he noticed the top of the most beautiful purple eggs!  But once her got closer he saw that it was not an egg after all.

There, tucked into the wood pile was a little girl with the roundest and prettiest face that he had ever seen.  

Intrigued, he decided to take a closer look.  

And when he got right up to her, she surprised him by jumping into his arms and giving him the biggest of hugs.

She had been waiting all day to be found.  The fact that she was found by someone her size made her squeal with glee.

She introduced herself as Meredith and they became fast friends.

As the day of Easter passed they spent their time getting to know each other better.  Telling each other stories of their creation and playing with toys that Max had found while hunting for eggs.

They sat on a dry rock and set up the toys to play with.

The other kids had gone inside to count their own eggs and Max and Meredith took a wee nap under the high afternoon sun.

They've been inseparable ever since.  

This morning when I awoke to take pictures of them (for their big entrance into the world), I found Max assisting Meredith with her buns and bows.

:: The details::

Max and Meredith are a mere 11 inches tall and are made using our Lillipals Pattern... out of interlock, stuffing and wool. 

Each of their wardrobes are entirely handmade by us using both, new cotton and upcycled fabric.

  This was initially going to be a pair of lasses,  two little girlies with the brightest of hair and eyes to match.

But then I stared into those sweet little blue eyes of the slighter of the two dolls.... and I just got a feeling that there was a wild-hearted little boy under that mischievous little grin.  

My crochet hook and yarn ( mohair boucle and a worsted white ) began making a little hairdo and soon the scissors began working their magic.  Snipping here and there until a little toe-headed boy was revealed.
(Our tutorial for hair has now been updated with instructions for boy hair .)

Our first boy.

With the wildest/whitest of hair and the bluest of eyes.

His shirt is printed in his favorite animal and his pants have jagged hems from all of his outdoor adventures.

Miss Meredith is a real sweet with her lavender eyes and pouty pink lips.

Her pants are embellished with a little ladybug from the upcycled baby dress that we made them from.  
(it's her favorite part of her outfit )

 Her hair is pure wool and is styled in the biggest of buns that I could muster.  Each one tucked in tightly with a piece of ribbon in a big bow.

Her hair will fall nearly to her feet if it is taken out of her buns.  
Max says that it's as long as Rapunzel's!

As mentioned above, there will be two winners in this giveaway, one for each doll. 

If you are interested in having either Max or Meredith join your family, please let us know what it is that you love about either of them and how you will make either of them a part of your family.

Also, please like our Facebook page and leave a comment at the end of this post. The giveaway will be open for one week.  We will randomly choose TWO winners on April 7th and we will contact the winners via email.

Be sure to leave your email address in your comment so that we can contact you!

For an extra chance to win:

~Write about Windfall Dolls on your Blog (feel free to use a picture of Max and Meredith) and leave another comment letting us know that you did so.

Each comment counts as one entry
As always, it saddens us to mention this, but we just want to be clear.  Please do not comment if you are planning on selling these dolls.  They are meant to go to a family who will appreciate them.  It would break our hearts if they were given to someone with poor intentions.