Craft Together Dolls

It all started with a Sizzix machine. Today I finished a cute display of stuffed dolls for my barn studio. I worked on the project here and there over several days never really knowing where it was going. I guess I sort of let it lead me, do you ever do that? It all came together nicely and I am pretty tickled with the final results that represent how much fun it is when not only craft, but craft together. That’s exactly the whole premise behind the upcoming workshop feature of my new barn studio. Every day is one step closer to a grand opening. Currently, we are working on the ever necessary ladies room. Please be sure you are on my newsletter mailing list and follow JSIM on Facebook to be the first to know when the workshops launch!

Recently my nice friends at Sizzix sent me a Big Shot Machine to try my hand at die cutting. Would you believe before this I’d never so much as cranked the handle on a die cutting machine before? Cathe_Holden_Sizzix_BigShot01

Being a newbie, I thought I would start with something simple, like cutting out letters. Everything Brenda Walton designs is spectacular, so I chose to work with her beautiful alphabet, Antiqua.Cathe_Holden_Sizzix__Brenda_Walton_Antiqua

I spent an afternoon getting to know my new Big Shot by cutting lots and lots of letters and numbers from my stash of scrapbook paper. I found a shadow box at the craft store that works perfect for organizing all of them for future craft use.Cathe_Holden_Sizzix_Antiqua01Once I had cutting paper figured out, I wanted to give fabric a try. I used a darling print from the Lauren+Jessi Jung Hideaway collection and ironed it to Pellon Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under transfer webbing, which turns your fabric into iron on material.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_01I ran fused fabric sections through the Big Shot to cut out letters.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_02I then ironed those letters onto five 7-inch stuffed fabric doll blanks I picked up a few years ago at Michaels for a very ambitious project I never got around to. I guess the dolls were waiting for Sizzix to arrive.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_04I used red embroidery floss to stitch some whimsy around each letter.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_05My dolls needed hair, so I referred to this nice how-to illustration from a vintage craft book I have, Marionettes by Edith Flack Ackley (1929).Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_06I gave each doll different hair color and styling.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_07I stitched little mouths of red and french knot eyes onto each.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_08I joined each doll together with needle and thread at the shoulders and elbows.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_09+This helped keep those long, lanky arms under control.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_10To support the dolls and keep them sitting upright, I joined two pieces of scrap balsa wood with hot glue. The long piece to support them and the short one to keep them from tipping backwards.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_12I hot-glued their little hineys to the long piece. I also added a touch of hot glue to the backsides of their bent knees, this allowed the feet to dangle nicely downward over a ledge when the dolls are sitting up.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_13The dolls needed craft projects to hold, so I made some little ones: jewelry, floral, Christmas, sewing, and collage.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_11 I hot glued or pinned those to the dolls’ hands.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_17Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_16Here are the final Craft Together dolls. (Click to enlarge.)Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_470 They’re going to be lots of fun to place about the studio. Here they are atop my vintage hardware cabinet.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_15And here among my buttons and scrap ribbon jars.Cathe_Holden_Craft_Dolls_14Thanks Sizzix!

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18 Responses to Craft Together Dolls

  1. #1 - Hugs says:

    You are such an inspiration and I absolutely adore your project! Super duper cute. I am going to try something similar for my craft room but for a bit of a twist I think I will make bunnies or teddies instead of dolls. I don’t have a sizzix to create the letters but I do have a cricut. I am hoping that I will be able to cut fabric with the cricut as I haven’t tried that yet. Wish me luck.

  2. #2 - WendiG says: these so much!
    You did a fabulous me hope for all the ‘things’ I bought on spec for projects but haven’t quite gotten around to..I love these dolls!
    And always wondered about a way to add yarn hair, thanks for the illustration, that could be adapter for a number of different things!
    Once again, Cathe, you hit it outta the park!

  3. #3 - Linda L. says:

    I love that you have all your dolls different craft projects. They are adorable. Thanks too for the hair illustration I had just been searching for yarn hair tutorials to finish a small cloth doll and most didn’t include an option for bangs.

  4. #4 - Brenda Walton says:

    Oh, what an adorable project! I just love what you did with the Antiqua Alphabet…soooo delightful! Thanks very much for the inspiration.

  5. #5 - Sally Hackney says:

    I love your little alpha dollies! Great job!!

  6. #6 - Kelly Aubert says:

    That is seriously the cutest thing I have ever seen!!

  7. #7 - Julia D. says:

    So fun and adorable! Can sure use your illustration for hair since I’m starting to make some adorable dolls by Tone Finnanger, Tilda’s designs. The hair looks challenging so any help for that is great. Thanks for sharing and can hardly wait to see your new studio.

  8. #8 - Leslie says:

    Cathe, these are simply too too cute!!

  9. #9 - Elizabeth Toel says:

    Oh my you’ve done it again! The dolls are adorable. We have family in Petaluma and I am hoping that at some point we will all (or a lot of us any way!) be able to meet up for one of your workshops!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  10. #10 - Flamingo says:

    My niece will love making and playing with her own toys 😀
    Thanks for the lesson !

  11. #12 - Bella says:

    Cathe! I love them! I am just going to send you all my junk so you can make pretty things out of it.


  12. #13 - Dorothy says:

    Ahh-dorable! Die-cutting is addicting, btw, so be forewarned. Hey, you’ll have to get Tim Holtz’s dies for cutting rosettes, you’ll love them!

  13. #14 - Leann says:

    Love these dolls and the letters!

  14. #15 - highland monkeys says:

    You’re making me want…no need…one of those machines! Loving what you have done to the dollies, very imaginative.

  15. #16 - Laura Duner says:

    Everything comes back again! Love the dolls, wallpaper works fab too 🙂

  16. #17 - magamma says:

    I love them;), Your blog is really good. Thanks for sharing

  17. #18 - Kialaya says:

    These are terribly cute, but I think they would have been extra cutesy with little skirts on don’t you think? Well you can always add them after if you wish 🙂 Their little legs just look too bare for me. Thank you for the post, I was searching for review about this die before buying it.