When Skies are Grey Doll
I don’t have the chance to make handmade baby gifts these days (and it makes me feel old). So, when I do get the chance I jump on it…because sewing for a brand new baby is just so fun. One of my college friends recently adopted a baby girl after having four boys and is in girl heaven. Her new little girls is darling and I wanted to make her one of her first dolls to celebrate her new arrival to such an amazing family.
Handmade dolls take a bit of time to do but they turn out so cute. And when I think about the fact that they will be played with for years to come, I love them more.
And who can resist a peter pan collar on a dolly? They are so cute.
For the doll itself I used an old standby pattern I love, Emily Martin‘s Black Apple Doll Pattern. It is the pattern she debuted on the Martha Stewart Show years and years ago. I love her squishy doll and her instructions are simple and great. Quite a few years ago, I copied the original pattern at 200% and it has been my very favorite size for the dolls. They are big and cute and soft and perfect.
The peter pan collar and skirt are added on top of the original pattern. They make it fun and something for a 1 or 2 year old to take on and off. The bow is also an addition and stitched down to her felt hair.
I guess I was on a baby kick that day so I also quilted one of the main panels of When Skies are Grey Fabric. I didn’t take many pictures so I will show you how to do in a later post. They make the perfect baby quilts because the panel is the full quilt top!