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Vintage French Style Rag Dolls
InstructionsI will have to draw up and scan a clear copy of the simple patterns that I made for the doll and the dress. I was improvising as I went on these!
Type of item: Toy
Style: Retro / Vintage, Whimsical, Cute
Leftover pieces of muslin, calico, wool roving, pom-poms, buttons and vintage lace. My son's t-shirt sleeves are the hair and his old skateboarding hoodie became the scarves. I didn't have to buy a thing!
What was your inspiration?
I saw Jess Brown on the Today Show last week and was instantly reminded of the French puppets and dolls that I played with as a child. We had a family friend who made dolls like these, and when I had my tonsils out, she gave me a tin of lollipops with a photo of a boy and girl doll in this style on the lid. I was delighted with that image and kept that lid for a long, long time. When I saw Jess Brown's dolls I just had to make a pair for my precious nieces. This was so much fun to do!
What are you most proud of?
I love that my nieces will have mementos of my childhood memories and their cousins' old t-shirts and hoodies. These dolls are very personal and kind of like instant heirlooms.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
A t-shirt sleeve makes a perfect "head of hair" for each doll!