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The #birthday girl

My little Amelia went and turned two on us while we were visiting family in Tulsa last week, so I decided to make her something extra-special. If you’ve been following along on Instagram or Facebook you already know what I’ve been up to, but I thought I’d write a post about it here too.

Amelia's Waldorf doll

Not that we have a lack of dolls at our house, but most of them are made of questionable materials, and I’ve always loved the look of Waldorf dolls. Waldorf dolls are made with all-natural materials like wool and cotton, with very simple features to encourage imaginative play. 
I’ve never made one before, but after finding some great tutorials from Doing Without, Crafty Sheep, By Hook, By Hand, and Cruncy Catholic Momma, I felt up to the task. Here are some photos of the doll in process:

Day 41

Rather than breaking the bank on new wool, I bought some wool sweaters at the thrift store for the inner body. Shaping the head was a little tricky–the nose was the hardest.

Day 44

I used a cotton jersey shirt for the skin and wool yarn for the hair (I did buy the yarn new). The hair was probably the most time consuming part of the entire doll. There are numerous ways to make doll hair and of course I probably picked the most complicated way, but you live and learn, don’t you?

Day 49

After making the head first, I of course learned that most people make the body first–it’s easier to make the head proportional to the body rather than vice versa. But after some trial and error with rolling up bits of sweater, I got the body to a size I liked (and then realized just how huge the doll was going to be!).
Day 57: Embroidery the eyes and mouth

I had wanted to make a new dress for the doll, but ran out of time and ended up hemming Amelia’s Itty Bitty Baby Dress instead (you can see a peak of her wearing it here), which turned out to be perfect anyway. The last thing I did was embroidered the eyes and mouth–it was exciting to see the doll all of a sudden come to life!
And the Waldorf doll is done, just in time for the birthday girl! (Of course she was more excited about all the store bought toys, but it'll grow on her, just wait--at least that's what I'm telling myself!)

Although I could nit-pick about all the imperfections, I think she turned out beautifully overall. Now what did Miss Amelia think? She threw it back in the gift bag as soon as she saw what it was! That’s the plight of the crafter’s life–it’s a toss up whether your kids will end up liking what you make! She’s definitely more of baby-doll lover right now, but I know she’ll enjoy this doll more as she gets bigger. And I’ll get a photo of her holding it one day! 
What have you been making?