Wee Wonderfuls Mermaiden Doll

A (long) while back, I received a copy of the book, Wee Wonderfuls, 24 Dolls to Sew and Love.  It is a very charming book - I immediately bookmarked a bunch of projects.  Somehow, they got knocked down the to-do list, but with many toddler birthday parties in the coming months, I pulled the book out again.

Last night I made the Mermaiden Doll.  Hello, beautiful!

It is a small-sized doll, only about 7 inches tall, perfect for little girls who like to take things on the go.  All of the stitching details add a lot of personality.

If you are planning to make dolls for holiday gifts, this book is a great place to start.  I love how diverse each of the projects is.  There really is something for everyone (even little boys!).

Up next on my dolls to make list are the Hansel and Gretel wooden spoon puppets, doxie necklace, and Little Miss Storybook (pictured below, left to right).

This little mermaid was hard to say goodbye to, but she'll be in good hands.  The birthday girl has such a love of swimming, she is practically a fish.  I'm sure these two will get along nicely.

Have you started thinking about handmade holiday gifts?  What is on your to-do list?

23 comments:

Dee said...

I finished one of these Mermaidens yesterday! She was inspired by Disney's Ariel and is headed to Disneyland with a sweet little girl on Friday. LOVE the colors you chose!

Kristin Sellars said...

So adorable!

storiedyarns said...

This is so cute!! I'm planning to make a Waldorf doll for my daughter for Christmas. I'm going to spin the yarn for her hair and knit/sew her some clothes! Then the boys will get robots from Rebecca Danger's sewing pattern Rupert the Robot. :)

Jess

mysunnysideuplife said...

I adore that book! I would love to make the one doll that has a head at both ends, perfect 2-in-1 doll. Since I have three little girls here I will be definitely making something from that book this year. Wonderful work!

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

too cute! I may have to try one of these - yes, I'm already thinking of Christmas gifts, oy vey!

allison said...

this is adorable! i love the idea of making dolls for the holidays...might just have to buy this book!

Tanya said...

This is so very cute! I'm about to crochet a long-limbed she-fox for my little one, but a mermaid! What a fab stocking stuffer! (And if I added a secret pocket for stashing small treasures somewhere, my princess would love it even more. *sigh*)
~Tanya
www.photocreationstz.blogspot.com

Jo said...

Super cute! What a great idea. I am making a playhouse tent for a (big) table for my nephews. I am slowly making my way through all the felt!

Rhonda said...

That is adorable - I need to make these for my girls for Christmas! Thanks for sharing...

Jess said...

I think my favorite part is the cute little flower in her hair!

Shuchi said...

Such a cute little doll..i'm going to try it soon. Thanks for sharing!!

Kate said...

So sweet. I'm definitely going to look for that book.

Mindy said...

What a cute mermaid!

I'm in the middle of making a group of Molly Monkey dolls for my niece and my twin daughters. The pattern is free and available at mmmcraft's website at http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2008/07/drum-roll-pleasemolly-monkey-pattern.html. They're looking adorable so far, and I'm really excited to finish them.

Caren said...

I always check books out of the library first, just to make sure I LOVE them before buying. This book is definitely a LOVE! If you're interested in mine, they're shown on my blog at:
http://cadamscreations.blogspot.com/2011/04/sleepover-pals-and-mermaiden.html
(I made the mermaiden and sleepover pals). I'm not sure what I'm doing for Christmastime gifts, but these sure were fun to make (and even more fun to GIVE!)

Sonja said...

Super cute!! Might have to borrow this book, too ;)

Big D and Me said...

My daughter would love this - I just stepped away from the sewing machine from making her a mermaid costume for Halloween (or at least attempting to make one) - just darling

I think my favorite thing is that she's a mermaid without pasties :)

Wag Doll said...

Oh just too cute! Gorgeous fabric choices to.

Linda said...

I too have this book with projects marked. You have inspired me to pull it out and start sewing! So cute!

Rhiannon said...

My daughter has requested a 'rosie rabbit' for christmas, one I free handed as one of my first ever sewing projects, but she was lost one the way to nursery school. NEED to get that done! I love the stitching detail and the big hair!

kiddy shack said...

I must look for that book!

Quimby said...

My children are still quite young and my husband and I feel that, when children are young enough to still believe in Santa, quantity counts more than quality. And so I have already made 5 things for each child for under the tree for this year. And 5 for next year. And the year after. In fact, I have 5 things made for each child for under the tree until 2016. Plus two homemade stocking stuffers, two homemade Easter basket goodies, and at least one homemade birthday present. (With birthdays I don't feel there is such a push to do it so far in advance they forget about it - since birthday presents come from parents and not from Santa or the Easter Bunny.) On the one hand, it feels nice to be this organised; on the other, I think I've lost my mind. I actually need a spreadsheet to keep it all straight.

Most of the items are quite small; and my rule is that I can't spend money on fabric (I end up repurposing a lot of old clothes), only on thread (only if I can't make do with what I already have on hand), gluestick if it's a paper project, and the occassional sewing machine needle. If you decide this sounds like a good idea, to prepare so far in advance, keep in mind two things: One, you have to actually have a place to store them - preferably where the kids won't find them; and two, it's much easier if you work in themes. (My beach theme includes a beach matt, beach bag, seahorse softie, etc; my reading theme includes a hollowed-out book, library bag, bookplates, etc.)

lecsmiscellany said...

Jill, just wanted to share the Mermaiden you inspired me to make ;-)

http://lecsmiscellany.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/mermaidens/

I love your blog and you are always an inspiration. Good luck in the upcoming weeks as the new baby arrives :-)

Prabin said...

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