Paper dolls bakery 16″ softie doll

I’m not experienced with making toys.  I’ve made a number of EPP balls with a bell inside for babies, but that is about it.  Until last night!

In the space of about a half hour, I took the paper dolls bakery softie panel produced by Sibling Arts Studio for Penny Rose Fabrics from start to finish.  It was really easy, I could hand sew it closed while I watched telly with my husband, and importantly, my little girl loves it.

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It really was just a matter of cutting out the panels, putting the front and back sides together (pretty sides inwards) and straight stitching around the edge, leaving a hole for stuffing.  I also zig-zagged around the raw edges to prevent fraying – overlocking would be better but I don’t have an overlocker 🙂

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Some soft toy fill pressed in, and hand sewing of the hole to close it up, and voila!  I might have over-filled her a little but I figure that toys compress a little over time.

I’ll confess my husband doesn’t love it (he thinks dolly has a piggy nose), but I think it has a nice simplicity and a sweet vintage feel.  Plus, I want my little girl to love simple, home made toys rather than piles of plastic, disposable junk from stores.  The fact that she won’t stop cuddling it has to be a good sign!  She was very quickly named Abby by my little one.

Have a great day.