Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Oliver (a doll for Grady)

Not too long ago my sister hinted (not too slyly) that she'd like a boy doll for her son's first birthday. I went on a search for a pattern I liked and found this amazing Hans pattern. I've made a few dolls in the past and after seeing the wear and tear of felt on dolls, decided to use other types of fabric for his doll. 
I used various cottons and duckcloth and flannel for the hair. 
I added real wooden buttons for his pants. 
As he came together it was clear that he was an Oliver. 
He turned out perfectly and I'm so thrilled to hand him over to my nephew. 

I used a lot of fabrics that I had left over in my stash. I love the way the suspenders came out. And the little flash of green on the shorts is the same fabric I used for a pair of pants that Hollis wore and were passed on to my nephew. 

One thing about using cotton for places that don't get hemmed is that you get fraying on edges that you wouldn't get with felt. But, for the shoes I kind of like it. It makes them look worn and more realistic! 

The pattern was very well written and easy to follow and I would highly recommend it if you are in the doll-making mood! She has a pattern for a girl doll too that I just might have to get!

I haven't told my sister, but I also made Oliver a little doll quilt. It's the same Slant Doll Quilt Pattern that I used for a swap recently and the fabrics are also bits and pieces from my stash. I did add some of the same pieces that I had used on Oliver so that they match.

For the back of the quilt I used this adorable fabric that reminds me of all things boy.

It might be one of my favorite projects to date. I liked it so much I'm considering making a few to put in my etsy shop.
Every boy needs a good doll to love, right?
I can't wait to see him in the hands of Baby Grady! Happy Birthday, little man!

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