Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Old (and New) Crafts: Sewing Fun Dolls

I'm building up quite the lovely collection of craft-related books. I'm very proud of this modest collection of about ten books. Books on knitting, crochet, sewing, papercrafts, em... learning perl... and, a little less relevant but so interesting all the same, sustainability and natural household cleaning. I like this collection because it reflects what interests me. It's nice to relax in my space and pick out a book to plan my next big project, even if I never get around to the actual crafting. 

Planning mythical projects is a guilty pleasure of mine.

One of the most fun and challenging books I have is Let's Make Cute Stuff: Fun Dolls by Aranzi Aronzo. I received it as a Christmas gift from my sister, Aoife. And oh my, it is so fun!! The dolls are adorably sweet!

I've made three dolls from the book so far, two a few years ago and one last weekend. I made these dolls using jersey and terry cloth, two of the most difficult fabrics I've ever used. I swear, I went around the bend with both of them! I'm reminded of this because I pretty much hand-sewed the Turtlie Doll last week. Trust me to pick out the two most challenging fabrics from a book with much more user-friendly choices, like felt! Why didn't I start with felt? But oh well, look at the results!

I'm pretty pleased!! Sure, they're not perfect, but they're handmade and individual. And the challenge involved in making them was all the more awesome, because I did it! I made them!! Go me! (Ahem...)

I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in sewing, even pure beginners, as I was when I made my first doll. The instructions are very easy to follow and the patterns are flawless. Just, maybe, start with a few felt projects first. (:

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