Linen Rag Doll

I’ve always loved classic, simple rag dolls, and lately I have really wanted to make one out of linen. I drew up a pattern with a very basic design, and this sweet girl was born.

I absolutely love the natural texture of linen, and it’s just perfect for this type of doll.

It’s been a long time since I made a doll with yarn hair, but she demanded it! And I’m glad she did, because it looks just right. I used 100% wool yarn, which is rather hard to find in stores around here, and in very limited colors. I love working with all natural fibers, so I think I will have to order some more online. I’d love to try a soft blonde color next.

Her eyes are made from scraps of wool felt, and I gave her a sweet, neutral expression. I also gave her rosy cheeks by lightly rubbing on red beeswax with a rag. I thought she also needed a little embroidered heart on her chest as a finishing touch.

Finally, I embroidered my initials and the date on her little bum. It never occurred to me to do this on any previous dolls, but starting with this girl I’ll be signing all of my dolls from now on. After all, they are my art – an expression of myself, and all artists should sign their work!

Now for some clothes – she doesn’t mind being naked for a little while, but she says she would really like a soft, flowery dress whenever I get time.

Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

I am so happy to be sewing again after nearly a year's hiatus!  I'm also very excited to share my new sewing obsession – American Girl doll clothes!  I grew my American Girl doll collection and became involved in the #agig doll collecting community on Instagram this past year, and I absolutely loved the seemingly limitless options for clothing patterns for these dolls.  Their outfits are so adorable, and I was eager to try my hand at sewing doll clothes.  I was hooked!

In this blog, I'll be sharing my projects and any tips and tricks I learn along the way.  I still love making rag dolls too, so there will be all sorts of doll-related sewing projects here.  I will be selling some of the things that I make in my Etsy shop — however, because I work full-time and can only sew in my free time, I don't expect to ever have much available at one time.  I can always do special orders for things that I don't have immediately available.

I began selling my items about 5 years ago, and because of my "need to sell" mindset, it quickly became a source of stress.  I felt like I should be able to work full-time AND have a successful side business, sewing every spare moment and making hundreds of sales a month.  Realistically, that wasn't possible, and I knew it. But I still felt like a failure.  I felt like I needed to be making good money with my hobby and turn it into a business in order to justify it.  So I always had that feeling gnawing at me whenever I sewed, which took some of the fun out of it.

But now, I'm done with that mindset.  I'm doing this for fun, and nothing else.  If I have something to sell, I'll list it.  If someone wants something I don't have available at the time, I'll be more than happy to make it for them.  But this is no longer my end goal.  My goal is simply to enjoy doing something that feeds my soul, and any money I make from it is just a bonus!

I hope you enjoy reading!