Sadie's 2-year-old birthday is coming up in a couple months, and this year she is suddenly wise to, and intensely fascinated by, all things birthday. That means I have to actually get it together and throw her a party. While we aren't generally big party people, and definitely not into showering a kid Sadie's age with a bajillion toys and thingamajigs, I did want her to have a special present. I have been admiring the beautiful handmade Waldorf-style dolls on Etsy for some time now--and I actually ordered the materials to make my own months ago (as a Christmas present) but at the time I was too busy, and morning sick...and Sadie wasn't really into dolls yet.
Fast forward 4 months, and Sadie is all about dolls, and pretend play. So I decided I better get on this project, in case it was going to take me two months (it actually took me 3 days). I used the Little Amigo doll pattern from the Sew Liberated book. I love that book, by the way. If you are reading this, and interested in making your own doll--Weir Crafts is a great online place to one-stop-shop for all your doll making needs. Anyway, this is what I came up with:
That being said, making this doll was really fun--a project I could barely put down. And I love that it is made out of all-natural, washable materials (wool, cotton and beeswax) with not a speck of plastic in it. It is super cuddleable and I think it will be a good buddy for Sadie, especially with all the transitions we have coming up this summer.