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backpack doll

A cute little friend of ours is turning 4 this week - finally, an excuse to make girly stuff. Yippee!
Having never made a backpack before, I went with a very simple design - a rectangle with rounded corners.  Using my son's backpack for reference, I measured out a rough* size, and then sketched a pattern.
*next time I will adjust the height just a little - 3" shorter and it would have been perfect.
The backpack was new territory for me, but when the time came to make the doll I felt pretty confident. A few years ago I went through a doll making phase and, in the process, created my own doll pattern which came in handy for this project.

Unfortunately, I lost every ounce of that confidence when it was time to draw on the face (as you can tell by the blank face in the photos). Messing up meant I would have to make an entirely new doll, and I REALLY didn't want to do that. It took me nearly a week to muster up the courage.

The skirt was inspired by the Market Skirts from MADE. I just adore this pattern, and when I came across the leftover fabric from the last Market Skirts I made, I knew I had to make a mini version. (It would have been really fun to make a matching big girl skirt to tuck inside the backpack.)  

I had such a great time making this gift, and I really hope I get the chance to make more in the near future.

Happy Birthday Miss Nora!


starting my morning with a POW!

I finally got my hands on one of these handy-dandy little lids for my morning coffee. For years we have been using mason jars as drinking glasses, so when I heard about these cool lids I had to have one. And just for the fun of it, I whipped up a super easy Cuppow cozy out of recycled felt.  How fun would it be to personalize these and give them as gifts!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!