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My Baby Dolls

Here they are: a little collection or “Waldorf” inspired baby dolls.

As much as I could I used the sewing machine for the  stitches along the material. But everything else was done by hand of course. The stuffing is naturally 100% wool, it feels and smells better! Wool is my favourite for anything. Aren’t they cute all together.  They are so much quicker to make than a shaped doll, and so much fun to make! I can’t wait to find the time to make some more… But what colours, there are so many to choose from?

Where are these ones going to next?

Blue Sac-Doll

As usual this little cuty-pie is filled with natural pure wool. It smells wonderfully sweet and is warm and soft as… a must have for little children.

First Waldorf Dolls

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Of course, these three dolls are stuffed with pure 100% clean wool.

The soft cotton structure is actually all shaped. Then, I have slipped on a cotton skin. It was all worth the efforts because it is more appropriate for older children, it makes the doll less baby like and more like a doll.

Hours of work!

But here they are, my two “Little Prince” for my twin nephews  and a beautiful girl doll for their older sister.

My concept of having a Waldorf doll is that:

Once they’re ruined, it means they’ve done their job in the child’s heart.

Rose

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So… here I am. My daughter’s laughing on the bed with Annabelle. The reality of her features is so freaky that we always think someone is in the room when we walk where she is!!

Now, for my friend’s daughter’s doll, knowing how specific she is with her children’s environment, I had to get better than Miss polka dot. I am very proud and really love her but it had not been all made from my own hands.  So…  it wouldn’t suit.

I decided to make another one from scratch this time. I had an idea of the colours the little girl liked but was stuck for what seemed weeks looking for wool fibre for stuffing. For some  odd reason I didn’t know where to turn… As the birthday was approaching, I started to panic you see… I had to stuff it with what I could find: …   polyester… ;-((((

But finally, 36 hours later, spread over 2 days (and night!!)  Rose was born.

“I’ve always wanted to learn how to make a doll, now I don’t have to” were her words when she received it.

I wasn’t sure how to take this. My first impression was that overwhelming warmth coming from within my heart. ;-)

But then I thought I might have actually stopped her from learning … ;-((

Miss Polka Dot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we Go!!! Look at her! isn’t she stunning!

Hurray!!! I am so proud, this is my first doll!

That’s it, I’ve come past my fear of failing and actually got my acts together and did it.

I love my Miss Polka Dot.  She can sit too, doesn’t she look gorgeous and neat?

She’ll be well loved with her new mum: my best friend’s daughter will be delighted to have her.

Merci Charlotte pour les photos.

Annabelle

Ok, this is how it all started.

My really good friend and I were just chatting away about our wonderful children… (lol) as we mothers do all the time. And she tells me her 7 year old daughter doesn’t own any kind of doll what so ever, no fluffy toy , no Barbie nothing.

That conversation with my friend had stoke a chord in me. My own daughter had Barbie dolls, somewhere in a box that she never opens, she has numerous fluffy toys, a few teddies and more but doesn’t actually own a doll.

Knowing how specific my friend is with her children’s environment, I started to research doll making.

How scary that was to me back then!

One day, by pure luck, I stumbled upon a doll’s body already made! All that was missing was the head and the limbs. Piece of cake right? heuuuu… NO! not really!!! “How am I supposed to do that? Where do I start?…”

My dear friend google came to my rescue and familiarised me with doll making ways… This is how the doll with the black polka dot dress was born.

My daughter’s birthday was around the corner. I had to make her a doll quickly! I was flirting with the idea of making one for my friend’s daughter, so I had to make one for my own daughter ‘s birthday which is 2 months before my friend’s daughter’s!

I had to psych up to it. I was a bit scared and very well under experimented!! I had to work fast. There was so much to learn though…

A few days before the big day I chickened out and the whole family went to the shop to “adopt” Annabelle. That was the best I could do with the time I had left.

I wanted her first doll to be right. she had to be cute and lovable and I knew she had fallen for that one on the shelves.

As I was working along trying to make my first doll with a body that I had found already made, Annabelle benefited from my sewing skills and ended up having a few little outfits.

I also built a special desk in my daughter’s bedroom, with shelves underneath for Annabelle’s bedroom, and even made her own cosy bed with matching night dress.

My little girl was in heaven!

I could now focus onto the next project: making a doll from scratch!

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