Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bed Time Boys

This weekend I discovered a new site called Craft Hope. I love to blend my passion for crafting with charity giving. It's one way I can stay in our budget and still give to others. Of course when I read about their plan to take dollies to the Casa Bernabe Orphanage in Nicaragua I was right on board!
Simple applique

I went to the flickr group and saw that most people were making girl dolls. So I decided to make some boy dolls. I have a few boy doll patterns in a vintage doll making book I got many years ago at the thrift, but they all required yarn hair. The hardest part about making a boy doll, in my opinion, is the hair. I don't have any yarn and wanted to use my stash and not add to it.

For better or for worse, this summer is going to be all about using what I already have.

I decided to do baby dolls for the sole reason that they can be bald!

A quick google search and I had my "inspiration doll." Before long I drafted my very first pattern! I used the sleeve design from my raggady anne dolls. It wasn't to hard to draw a big "U" for the bunting, but getting the proportions right was a bit trickier.
Sewn in sleevesWorking with the pattern

I have a thing for bald fades! I think that swirl on the back of a bald fade boy's head is absolutely precious. Sponge painting with simple craft paint worked great for the hair.
Sponge Paint a Bald Fade
To make the eyes show up on the dark fabric, I first made circles with fray check. Once it dried, I went over the circles with a sharpie. I also used sharpie for the mouth and cheeks.
Frey Check for eyes

Tah Dah! Bed Time Boys! I am going to tweek the pattern a bit more tomorrow and then I will make a tutorial.
Bed Time Boys

What do you think... long and lean or short and chubby? I am thinking of making a rounder head with the long body.
Bed Time Baby Boys

* The hats were created using a mini version of Soule Mama's Caps for Cap- Haitien.


Nutsy Coco said...

Very cute! I do like the short and chubby, but I think the rounder head on the taller one is a good idea too. I came across their site the other day too and am hoping to have time to make one this month.

Trish said...

I like the yellow one better. It looks awesome!

On another note, I've been meaning to leave you a comment for ages - I spent an entire weekend reading your other blog; I couldn't stop! It's brilliant! Your Crayons are amazing and I love all the projects you do with them.

I haven't had a chance to read all your posts on this blog yet, but I love what I've read already - you've given me so many ideas on saving money by making really cool presents!

Chrissy said...

Thanks for sharing your doll-making process! I'm glad to hear that you'll be participating in the Craft Hope Project and I'll be looking forward to your tutorial!