|Rag Doll hand made and designed by Crafty Loops, June 2015|
A bit more detail of the dress, with the rag doll's hair behind her shoulders
|Look at her pretty wee dress as she's standing. So cute.|
|Isn't the wee dress pretty? The fabric is called Daisy Pistachio from Hilary's.|
Hey Folks. When Hillary's recently contacted me and asked me would I like to take part in their Craft Competition I of course said yes. How could I not? Just take a look at that fabric I was given to make my project with, its called Daisy Pistachio. So of course I said yes. If you'd like to read about the Competition please click HERE.
As you all know, I haven't been sewing long. In fact, since I've had my sewing machine, this project will be my 3rd sewing machine project ever. So I'm a little nervous to say the least. So, I sat thinking long and hard about just how I could do this beautiful piece of fabric justice. And then I thought....."AH HA!".....I have been wanting to make my Auntie Fiona a fabric doll and when I saw the fabric I'd chosen from Hilary's, I knew it was the perfect fabric for this doll. There is a story behind this gift so bare with me, lol.
When I was around 10 years old, my Auntie Fiona decided to leave our little corner of Northern Ireland for pastures new in Malta. To say I was going to miss her was an understatement. It broke my little 10 year old heart. My wee Mammy and I went to her apartment to help pack up her things. She gave me her black and white posters from her bedroom wall and asked me to "look after them" for her. When her apartment was pretty much all boxed up, we sat on her living room floor, picnic style having ordered a takeaway from around the corner. I remember that night vividly, right down to the plastic red topped salt shaker my aunt had to borrow from the Chinese Takeaway as she had no salt left in her apartment, lol. Well, the time came for my Aunt to leave Northern Ireland and off she went to begin her new life in Malta. I wrote to her every few weeks and when it came to her birthday, I wanted to make her something special. Now remember, I was probably only 10 years old at this stage, I didn't have a sewing machine and certainly didn't have any sewing skills at all. But I decided to make her a Pot Pourri Doll. Yes, you read that correctly, a pot pourri doll, lol. I basically took a piece of fabric, cut and hand sewed it into some form of doll shape and stuffed it full of smelly Pot Pourri. It wasn't a very pretty looking thing, needless to say. But, being a 10 year old little girl, I was so pleased with it. I wrapped it up, placed it in an envelope and off I went to the Post Office to send the little Pot Pourri doll on its long journey to Malta. Of course, with it being a lumpy bumpy smelly thing in an envelope, Customs were a bit suspicious about the package and opened it up to make sure I wasn't sending anything dodgy, disguised as a handmade doll, lol. Anyway, it eventually arrived with my aunt who was so delighted with it. She phoned me to let me know it had arrived and how much she loved it. Of course, I was so overjoyed and beaming from ear to ear. Obviously years went by and the little doll never really entered my head again. I assumed that after a certain amount of time passed, that the doll would have eventually lost its pot pourri smell and sooner or later would have made its way into the bin......after all, its was a dodgy hand sewn doll stuffed with Pot Pourri, lol. But, that was not the case. Many years later when my Aunt decided to leave Malta and come back home, there she was on a flight home with her young daughter, her luggage........and the Pot Pourri doll I had made her. That doll is now 25 years old, and to say it is in a bit of a state would be putting it politely, lol. But she had kept it all those years, even though it is a little worse for wear now.
Here is a photo of the now very old 25+ year old doll that I made, way back when....
|It's Aliveeeeeee! Well, nearly, teehee.|
I stuffed the doll with the toy stuffing and closed up the gaps. I then sewed the arms and legs onto the doll. She is already beginning to take shape. Isn't she pretty?
|A photo of the completed Rag Doll with her hair down around her face.|
|And a photo with her hair behind her shoulders with a nice clear view of the pretty Daisy Pistachio fabric dress in all its embellished glory.|
Toodles Noodles.......Crafty Loops (aka Lee) xx