Fabric Doll House. Green Gables

Well guys, one little girl has already got her gift for Christmas, so I can show it here.

I wanted to create something special for the little lady, especially because she has a wonderful romantic mom who loves great classics. Not long thinking, I created a tiny rag doll with red hair and sewed for her a house. I named the doll Anne Shirley.

“But if you call me Anne, please call me Anne with an ‘e’.” (c)

And, as you may have guessed, her house is a symbolic version of Green Gables from the novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery.

“She opened her eyes and looked about her. They were on the crest of a hill. The sun had set some time since, but the landscape was still clear in the mellow afterlight. To the west a dark church spire rose up against a marigold sky. Below was a little valley and beyond a long, gently-rising slope with snug farmsteads scattered along it. From one to another the child’s eyes darted, eager and wistful. At last they lingered on one away to the left, far back from the road, dimly white with blossoming trees in the twilight of the surrounding woods. Over it, in the stainless southwest sky, a great crystal-white star was shining like a lamp of guidance and promise.” (c)

Let’s look inside.

Anne has a nice little bed…

and wardrobe with some cute clothes.

She has a bright skirt and beautiful dress. Sorry, Anne, it is although without puffed sleeves.

“Puffed sleeves are so fashionable now. It would give me such a thrill just to wear a dress with puffed sleeves…” (c)

She can take a bath with a yellow rubber duck…

wear a cute robe after bathing…

and look into the mirror.

She can also make some tea in a small cozy kitchen.

And it is so good to sitting at the table looking at the favorite geranium!

“Oh, I like things to have handles even if they are only geraniums. It makes them seem more like people. How do you know but that it hurts a geranium’s feelings just to be called a geranium and nothing else? You wouldn’t like to be called nothing but a woman all the time. Yes, I shall call it Bonny…” (c)

Here are some more pictures of this portable fabric doll house. It is a good toy for home or in travel.

I think this is also a nice acquaintance with ‘Anne Shirley of Green Gables’ by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

“It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?” (c)

Happy New Year!

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Sleepy Angel

DSC_0036This kind of handmade dolls is called Tilda or rather the Sleepy Angel. The Tilda name is actually a registered trademark. Tone Finnegar first came out with Tilda doll in Norway. Tone makes doll accessories, doll kits, fabrics, yarns, fabric and crafts for the home and has several books about Tilda style stuff. You can find more information on Tone’s website.

But now about our Sleepy AngelDSC_0040DSC_0031

You need to have:

  • Fabrics for doll and her clothes

  • Pencil

  • Needle and threads for sewing

  • Scissors

  • Material for filling

  • 2 buttons for the pajamas

  • 1 button and 1 bead for the nightcap

tilda-spyashiy-angel-vykroyka-11-pngtilda-spyashiy-angel-vykroyka-2-png152-600x1052151-600x815You need to do:

Cut the details out. Neatly sew the right parts of doll together, leaving holes. In these holes you’ll put the filling. Then sew the holes up. Try to do it with a hidden seam as shown:

After that attach the arms and legs to your doll. Sew them tighttilda-splyushka-1

Use threads to make hair and eyes for the dollc2014-04-13t23-23-06_jcwu4

DSC_0006Then move on to sew pajamas, nightcap and pillowDSC_0003

This is how I decorated the tip of doll’s nightcapc2014-04-13t23-40-43_5ms7d

Before to dress your doll, don’t forget to attach the wings to her pajamasDSC_0012

Finally sew buttons on pajamas. Fasten the nightcap to the head and the pillow to the one doll’s hand. The other hand you can sew to her face as if she’s yawning. 🙂DSC_0027DSC_0043

Now you have your own Sleepy Angel!DSC_0030DSC_0034DSC_0038

Little Red Riding Hood and other Finger Puppets

Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who… really liked the story about Little Red Riding Hood so I decided to make few finger puppets from this story for her.

I needed colored pieces of felt, thread and several hours of time to make these tiny guys.

Here is the parts of all the puppets:

Little Red Riding Hood

With her basket

The Wolf

Grandmother

The Grandmother’s hat

The Huntsman

With the finger puppets listening to favorite tale about Little Red Riding Hood even more fun!

Sweet little mice. Vintage paper dolls

Look at these wonderful cuties!

They are so funny and lovely so I want to share with you a set of these wonderful vintage paper dolls.

I really like their costumes for all occasions and seasons. Pay attention to the charming details of each dress and decoration of all the pages. It’s just a feast for my eyes! 

Enjoy these little mice and their beautiful stuff!

Quiet Book

I’ve been working on some project and finally it’s over! I made a Quiet Book for my friend’s daughter Daria, 2.5 years old.A Quiet Book is a fabric book with activities designed to keep your kid quiet during meeting, on a road trip, or any other time when little hands and minds need a distraction. Also this thing helps kids to master a variety kinds of clasps and to train their fingers. Here I will just show you my ideas and their implementation. Hope my experience will help you make your own Quiet Book.

I used:

  • Fabric and threads of different colors

  • Buttons

  • Ribbons

  • Laces

  • Thin rope

  • Zipper

  • Hooks & Eyes

  • Yarn

  • Baby shoes

  • Scissors

  • Needles

For 12 pages and for cover I used 16 equal-sized pieces of fabric. The rest patches were used for small details of Quiet Books and for the little dollThese baby shoes I used for lacing. I separated soles and sew shoes to the fabric page

On this page I made a maze with the bunny and carrot

For braiding I sewed girl’s head with colored hair strands

I chose a variety of buttons I put them on two pages for counting from 1 to 10

For exercise with a zipper I sewed a small house which hides the cute owl

A patchwork tree with buttons sewn on easily transformed into a flowering

I sewed these little ones just for fun. They seemed playing with each other

Doll was quite easy to sew. It is tiny as Thumbelina

Little doll and her skirts

And these are pages of Day and Night. On each of them I sewed small house where doll lives. Doors open with hooks and eyes (for left and right handed)

In the Day house there is a table for the doll
In the Day house there is a table for the doll
At Night house there is a bed-pocket
At the Night house there is a bed-pocket

For a game with velcro I sewed these funny sheep. The kid can remove sheep’s coats and attach them instead of clouds

And this is a pocket for the little doll and her skirts. Also there can be folded anything the kid wants

Finished pages I placed in order and sewed them together

The book cover and the spine were made in such a way

I also sewed ribbon to tie the book. I think it is very cute, especially for girls

The result is such Quiet Books for little girl Daria 🙂 xoxo

Fabric Cat House

I said that I’m working on some new sewing project and also I said that you’ll see a Tiny Kitty again. Now meet the Cat House! 🙂 This is kind of handbag that could be good travel toy for girls, like a portable dollhouse. I made it for my charming niece Mila. I hope she will be happy with this thing. And now I can tell you how to sew this Cat House.

You need to have:

  • Fabrics and threads various colors

  • Pencil

  • Needles: for sewing and for embroidering

  • Scissors

  • Lace, ribbons, buttons

  • Lining

You need to do:

All depends on your wishes and imagination 🙂

Cut pieces out of fabric for the outer and inner parts of the house

Prepare some items: windows, doors, room furniture according to the doll size (in this case, Kitty). Fasten them with the pins

Then sew all the parts to the base. In bed and bath, I left the holes so Mila could put Kitty to them like to the pockets. I also made a pocket in the wardrobe for some Kitty’s clothes

I sewed all the details with a zigzag stitch, that looks like this:

After all, I put some small details: buttons, ribbons and then made embroidery to complete the picture of the house. My imagination was absolutely unbounded! 🙂

Also I also made this bathrobe for Kitty!

Then came time to connect the outer and inner part of the house. I put the lining between them

This is what we have. I am quite happy with the house and seems like Kitty have found her home!

In the end, I was reminded of handles for the bag. I sewed them from the same fabric as the outer part of the house. And also I put a lining into them

One more important thing – to sew handles with the really strong thread.

Finished Cat House outside:And inside: