Friday, January 27, 2012

a bundle of goodness

doll clothes

I love being able to give handmade gifts.  I know some people could care less, but for me, it's so satisfying.  I was riding high on the fun of sewing baby doll clothes when I realized they would make the perfect gift for an upcoming birthday party for our friend's little girl.  After double checking that she did indeed have the right size doll, I got to work.  Unfortunately Miss Emma G wasn't able to help me this time (I mostly worked on the items while she was in school or in the evening), but she did give her stamp of approval.

knit dress & bloomers

I already had a couple of knit items made, so I added bloomers to go with the dress.  I had never made these before but they were easy enough as long as I remembered to pull the elastic as I sewed.  (Pattern here and bloomer instructions here.)

dress & diaper cover

I made a dress to go with the knit diaper cover.  It's reversible which makes it all the more fun. I love the criss cross it makes in the back. I did have to make it slightly bigger to fit a Cabbage Patch Kid sized doll. I believe I printed it at 120% and then I made the straps longer.

doll outfit set

I also made an outfit like the one Emma G and I made together (pattern here).  I cut the ruffle wider this time (6 in.) so the shirt would cover more belly. :)

stack of diapers

diapers and wipes

Then I found the easiest tutorial on making little diapers using felt and velcro.  You could easily make these without a sewing machine using stick-on velcro or hand stitching it on. But wait...you can't have diapers without some wipes, right?  I saw this idea on Pinterest, and put my pinking shears to work. Again easy, and oh, so cute!

baby blanket for doll

name tag

I had originally planned on putting the gifts into some kind of diaper bag, but I just couldn't find the "right" one, and I didn't think I would have time to make one. I found a small flannel remnant that was perfect for a little blanket. A little bias tape and some pink fabric I already had, and not only did I have a blanket (and cute name tag), but something to wrap everything in!

sweet as candy

I seriously think this is my most favorite birthday gift I've ever given. It all came together so easily, and I had so much fun making everything. You should see my Pinterest Sewing board.  I have so many plans for making little doll clothes and accessories for Emma G's babies!

StudioJRU

Linking up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for Sneak Peek Friday.  Lots of creativity to see over there on Fridays!

21 comments :

Jenni C's said...

oh this is so lovely, my daughter has developed a passion for sewing lately...and these have inspired her...thanks for sharing!

Bren said...

You are so talented, I love this and my grand-daughters would have loved this kind of gift too! Although I don't do the hand made gift giving often, I do agree it's one of the most satisfying gifts to give.

Elisa | blissfulE said...

So cute, and I love how you presented it, as well!

MaryAnne said...

What adorable gifts! Love the packaging, too =)

Renee said...

So cute! When I was little, my dad was speaking at a church and a lady at the church who knew we were coming made me a whole box of clothes for my doll. It was one of the best gifts I ever got!

Bonita Rose said...

these are all just amazing and cute! I love them!

Roberta said...

Ah Jen these are so darn cute! They are so sweet and I'm sure that it was the best darn gift ever received as well. When I was little my mom made my Barbie and Ken doll clothes by hand and they were the most treasured...and so well made as compared to the store bought ones. I'll be sharing this with my sister who likes to crochet and knit as well. Have a wonderful weekend.

Cindy said...

So cute! I love the felt diapers - so much better than buying "disposable" diapers for dolls! I made some for my sweet tweener when she was littler...

Crimson Heart Studios said...

What a fun present! I'm 50 and still have the doll clothes my Mom made me. Thanks, Cindy

Carissa said...

SO SO SO CUTE! Oh my goodness! I am so impressed by anyone who can sew clothes, let alone clothes for teeny tiny little people!

dayleanne said...

Oh my goodness these are so beautiful!!!!! Oh how I wish I could sew! Truly amazing pieces!

Anna said...

The dress with the pink and green circles with the knited pink bloomers..... brings back memories. My sister and I made real infant sized ones to send to an orphanage a LOOOOONG time ago. I had forgotten about them. ( my oldest daughter also wore these when she was only a few months old. Sweet memories. Beautiful gift- You did such a great job.

Anita said...

How adorable...those little knits....great job!

sonyamacdesigns said...

i would love to have just one of these outfits for myself or for my bear... the pink diaper cover ...yes ... so very cute

Nora CG said...

They are so adorable!! You did an excellent job! Have a great weekend!

The Reeds said...

Oh dear.. these are SO cute. My niece would just love them! can you do a mini tutorial on how to do the non-knitting ones? I want to be realistic and my "scarf making" knitting ability won't be improving enough to make those tiny sweaters any time soon!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

awww, these are adorable! there's going to be one thrilled little girl! thank you for sharing,
hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

Val said...

Oh my word, sooo cute!! And, I love your wrapping:)

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Jen... these are so adorable! What a fantastic gift that means so much because you made them. I *loved* the doll clothes my mom made for me. They were always my favorites! Your wrapping is too cute! Such a great idea! :)

Jennifer said...

She is going to love them, Jen! And I love the way you wrapped them, too.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Just catching up, Jen!! This is the sweetest birthday gift ever!! I understand why you had so much fun giving this one!! Enjoy your blogging break; I'll be watching for your return. blessings ~ tanna

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