Such A Pretty Face…


….should be dressed in lace. (Quick – name that song and artist. Bonus points for knowing the year.*)

Although I took Home-Ec in school, I really didn’t learn to sew in that class.  I sort of taught myself to sew many years later. I tried my hand at making clothes, but they never seemed to fit.

So I decided to try making dolls, using patterns I found in craft magazines. Making the doll bodies was always the tedious part of the job, but I enjoyed making their clothes.

This little doll has hair made of jute, an embroidered face (complete with freckles), and button accents on her dress. And I think the little bow with the button just “makes” her hat.

The embroidered face on this doll was the most “realistic” looking of any that I made.  I recall that it was also one of the most difficult.

I also made a few bunnies. I found the lace for this bunny’s collar in my Mom’s old Singer sewing machine drawer, as well as the button that I used on the collar.

This is Raggedy Ann. Some of my friends had young daughters at the time, so a few of the dolls were gifts for those little girls. I also sold a couple of Raggedy Anns and I kept one. 

I made a few pillowcase dolls. She also has an embroidered face, and her dress is made from…. a pillowcase. She has no legs – just a head, upper body and arms.

I always enjoyed using old pieces of lace,  buttons and other notions when I was making dolls. Those little embellishments were even more special when I knew they had belonged to my mom.

How about you? What are your hobbies?

* Rag Doll. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. 1964 (I had to look up the year.)

10 responses to “Such A Pretty Face…

  1. I wouldn’t have been able to answer the trivia question, but I do know the song… and I do remember many of these dolls – …

  2. I knew you were very talented but I keep learning of new talents ! I guess I never realized you had made the dolls yourself. I like the Raggedy Ann the best. They are all great but the Raggedy and the bunny are my favs.

  3. I’m so glad you “showed off” your dolls. I remember so well when you were making them. They’re adorable. I’m sure the little girls you gave the dolls to are proud to have them and those “little” girls aren’t that “little” anymore!!! You didn’t mention all the cross-stitch you’ve done and the crocheting. AND the cards you still make.

  4. Well, you know what my hobby is: card making. And we do have fun making them together. Your dolls are beautiful and I enjoy them each time I visit.

  5. I loved that you used “finds” from your mother. I’d never be able to part with the finished products then… 🙂

    Drawing is my only “crafty” thing I do these days. And I need to do more of it. My April giveaway drawing is done, but I need to get moving on a May… Time flies when your blog-addicted…

  6. Oh my gosh! Each and every one of your dolls is adorable! You are so talented. I love that you use trinkets that were your Mom’s. I like to do the same when stamping. I also love your kitty pillow. 🙂

  7. I’m so glad you have shown us your dolls. I was going to ask if you would. I love your dolls; they are soft and sweet and I would have a hard time parting with anything wearing something of my mother’s. I get attached to the dolls I make.

  8. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    The dolls are beautiful. Yet another gift the Lord has given you. Enjoyed seeing each one, thanks.

  9. Hi from the U.K. I was just researching pillowcase dolls, and landed up here. Your dolls are lovely! Inspired me to have a go! Gill x

  10. I love your dolls. They’re charming and full of love. I knew you were crafty. You’re very talented. Sewing little mementos of your Mom is a beautiful way to keep her close and a very clever way to use the little heirlooms. Well done!

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