Inspired to Create

First of all if you haven’t heard of Joel Henriques and his blog, Made by Joel then you need to drop everything you are doing and go there immediately. Seriously! I love this guy’s projects. One in particular that looked, (and was) easy and lots of fun is his fabric nesting dolls project. I made a set for two of our closest family friends and one set for my youngest, but these won’t be the last that I do I can promise you that! It combined both sewing and drawing, two areas where I’m really hoping to expand my talents this upcoming year. Drawing the little figures which I based on the actual friends I gave the dolls to, was such a kick! And the dolls themselves are very versatile. Since they stand on their own they can be moved as dolls or puppets. You could probably even turn them into game pieces if you wanted!

I joked that people would think my 4 year old drew them, but everyone seemed to be able to see themselves in their doll. Pretty cool since I consider myself someone who can’t draw at all. I’m realizing that thinking of myself as such has been a major barrier and I’m hoping to really get over that in the next months. Hmmm… sounds like what I said two years ago when I decided to start this blog and teach myself to sew and now look at me! I’ve been selling my hand sewn clothing and accessories for almost a year now!

I also had a lot of fun making a Pippi Longstocking doll for PZ based on Laura Child’s illustrations and a Lowly Worm doll for PZ’s best friend E from the Richard Scarry books.

The Pippi doll I made using my own adaptation of the Tag Along doll pattern from Hillary Lang’s Wee Wonderfuls book. (Great book!) The body is some of my favorite fabric, Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy. The rest of the body is made from wool felt that I got  at Gossamer.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these ever since I saw one as a giveaway prize on a blog (sorry, can’t remember the name!) during last year’s Sew, Mama, Sew‘s Giveaway Day. It is super easy. I couldn’t find a tutorial anywhere, but it wan’t too hard to figure out. If you are looking for help on this one just let me know and I’ll try and dig up my numbers for this one.  Hubs put a thick wire inside of Lowly so he’s super bendy and tough. Just perfect for a 4 year old little guy.

I’ll have a post soon about what I’m hoping to concentrate on crafty wise for the upcoming year and a few projects I have floating around inside my noodle. Pretty crazy stuff in there, let me tell ya! Well, Hubs is tearing the tree down and the kiddos are running around like crazy so I better get back to it. Happy holidays!

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7 responses to “Inspired to Create

  1. Those turned out great! I especially love the man with the beard. Awesome drawing! Thanks for showing me!

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  3. How funny! I came to your blog via the “Wee Wonderfuls” flickr pool because I love to make gifts to go with books, and your Pippi Longstocking is fantastic! And then I saw your Lowly! It was my blog that featured Lowly as a giveway! What a great idea to put a wire in him. (There was no tutorial because I used a pattern from a Richard Scarry activity book, and I didn’t want to violate any copyright issues by posting it)

    • emilyflippinmaruna

      Hey Holly! That is really cool. What a small world! I’m so glad you found me!! I’m going to have to follow your blog so I can see what you are working on next! I’m planning on doing a Jenny Linsky cat doll in the next few weeks. stay tuned!

  4. Will you have any of the pippi dolls up for sale? She is just what I’m looking for! Great work!
    Deb

    • emilyflippinmaruna

      Hi Deb,

      I just made this Pippi for my daughter, not to sell. Thank you so much for letting me know that you liked the doll, though. You totally made my day! 🙂

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