Thursday, April 23, 2009

Some Handmade Gifts

I started making Darci's daughter a doll blanket for her Christmas gift ... then it got moved back to a belated Christmas gift ... then it finally made it to her for a birthday gift ... hey, it was on time for her birthday! And I also made a doll to go with the quilt.

I used the Black Apple Doll Pattern found on Martha Stewart. I'll tell you - that is one fidgety pattern. If I had to do it again (which I may never) then I'll enlarge the pattern a LOT more to make it easier to fit all the appendages in when you have to stuff everything inside to sew her closed. Her arms and legs were so frustrating to attach, consequently her legs are a little off centered and her arms hang a little too low. Oh well, hopefully Gwenie won't mind!


I used felt for her hair and added pigtails even though the pattern didn't call for them - Gwen always is wearing pigtails. :) I embroidered her face on and then gave her little bows in her hair that matched her leggings.

The quilt was lots easier in comparison and was fun to put together - because I used a bunch of 2" scraps and made it a little rainbow-y.

doll quilt

On the back of the quilt I used long strips and made another rainbow:


And then bound it in some rainbow-y fabric that matched pretty well with all the colors. There was also a little pillow with matching pillowcase, you can see her resting her sweet head on the pillow here, all tucked in with her quilt.

her with quiltie

It was also Darci's birthday recently (um, in January) and I made her a few quick little things to throw into Gwen's package.

a gift for me

A little stuffed owl, a felt needle book & a mini little fabric basket filled with fabric! Thanks for letting me steal that last picture off your Flickr, Darc!


  1. I think the doll looks perfect. She will love it.

  2. i love them all!! the doll is so cute, and i LOVE the quilt!!

    i know what your talking about the arms and legs being frustrating. my first couple dolls were the worst!! i hated turning the arms right side out, since it took me forever. now i cut them a bit bigger and do a 1/8 inch seem and sew around it at least 2-3 times so they don't come apart. now, i enjoy making dolls much, much more!! :)

  3. I love the color arrangement in the little doll quilt!

  4. I love these. I especially love the quilt, which won't surprise you, seeing my icon.

    I'm glad I found your blog and I look forward to seeing more inspiring creations to come.

  5. I didn't know that you added the pigtails because of Gwenie!!!!! Love it.

    Gwenie even uses the blanket for herself and pretends to sleep with it over her, so you know they are all well loved.

  6. I love the doll! I wanted to try it so thanks for the tip on enlarging it!

  7. I've made the same doll and had to enlarge the pattern because the arms drove me nuts! I LOVE the way you added the pigtails. SOOOOOO cute!!

  8. The doll rocks. I LOVE the bag - so sweet. Hope first day of sadie goes well.


  9. Such beautiful gifts! I love your use of color in all of these things.

  10. I looove the doll and the quilt! I think i had a similar one when i was growing up actually. :) Way cute! You are always!

  11. What a nice bunch of gifts! I think the quilt is my favorite!

  12. Both the quilt and doll are stunning - I wish I had that kind of talent!



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