Elsa Rag Doll
I swear this is my last Frozen post for a while (forever?). We’ve finished with the party and now we’re on to the presents. I’ve wanted to make a rag doll for my daughter for a while and bought the e-book My Rag Doll for inspiration. I was going to make the Ballerina doll, but with the Frozen obsession, I ended up using the ideas from the book to make an Elsa Rag Doll:
I experimented to create long, white Elsa hair, with a plait down one side. It wasn’t perfect and I’d love to have time to get it right (the messy bit at the front is a little too crazy for my liking!), but my daughter still recognised it as Elsa when she opened up her present.
Embroidery is a sewing skill I’m yet to master, but I had a go at embroidering Elsa’s face. Blue eyes and pink lips, with dark lashes – I think that looks like Elsa. I wasn’t sure what to do with the nose, so I didn’t do anything!
I modified one of the dress patterns in the book to make a Snow Queen gown for Elsa.
I used a small piece of Velcro for the closure, so my daughter has some chance of being able to dress the doll herself (she’s mastered the undressing part – still need to work on putting the dress back on!).
So there was a happy little girl with her Elsa doll on her birthday.
Now let’s talk about the book:
It’s a really cute book. There’s one pattern for the doll and a range of different options to customise it with clothing and hairstyles. It’s not a full-sized pattern though and the pattern pieces need to be blown up either 120% or 140%, depending on which size doll you want to make. (Easily enough done, but still annoying.) Because of this, seam allowances also aren’t included (and I always forget when cutting out pattern pieces!).
There’s also no step-by-step images and if you’re not familiar with doll-making, it’s a challenge to understand the instructions. It’s a book for intermediate sewers, but an adventurous beginner could still make the dolls (just with a little help from YouTube and Google!). The patterns and ideas are gorgeous.
My Rag Doll is available in physical and ebook formats, from Interweave and Amazon in the USA and Stitch Craft Create in the UK.
Did you have a rag doll as a kid? Have you ever made one?