We are a few weeks away from celebrating this…..
And I really can’t believe it! When did an entire year just fly by?! I don’t know how we lived through the first few months, but we did. I think we came out on the other side thankful and more aware of the miracle of life.
I have been pouring myself into planning her party. I am thinking, gingham, pink, purple, yellow, just gingham sweetness. For craftime I appliqued her first birthday shirt, using gingham fabric, wonder under, and my growing sewing skills. Luckily for me, #1 is all straight lines, so that made appliqueing a bit easier.
I also just finished this sweet doll for Ellie Clare
Don’t you just want to pick her up and play with her? I am in love with her stripped tights, and her tutu skirt. This was my first time knitting a doll. I got the pattern from this great book. It is the same book I used to make Bradley’s snake.
Here are some of the knitting tips I learned along the way…
- Seaming is time consuming when you are knitting dolls and toys. It took me a few nights to seam together the doll and Bradley’s snake. you have to make sure the strips line up in the back, and the colors of the shirt are going to seam up together or it is going to look funny.
- Embroidering the face, and the mouth were a lot more simple than I thought. I just looked up “making a French knot” online and found a few YouTube videos showing how it is done.
- I got advice from my knitting teacher about her hair. She suggested running it in groups through the sewing machine to keep it together. That way if Ellie pulls on one piece it won’t come out. After I sewed together the yarn in groups of ten pieces, I attached it to the doll with embroidery thread.
- I made the hair a little bit longer, that way if it gets lots of abuse or starts to fray I can trim it up later.
I hope you will link up some of your crafty goodies!! Grab my new “Naptime is Craftime” badge if you want when you link up!