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.
Did you have a rag doll as a kid? Have you ever made one?