Meet our new Hawaiian paper dolly friend!
One of my kiddo's best friends (and her oh so clever Mama, Katy!) gave THE COOLEST PRESENT for my daughter's birthday: a nifty plastic mini-suitcase filled with every fun and colorful fabric scrap under the sun, along with assorted ribbons, lace trims and sequin sparklies. Also in the box – glue sticks, fabric scissors and a huge stack of paper dolls that Katy had printed out at a copy store onto heavyweight paper stock.
Oh and the Dolly-making Suitcase Full of Fantastic was presented in a handmade fabric carrying bag.
It’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever done in my life. I’m so inspired that I’ve begged Katy to teach me how to sew. (I don’t know how. Like, not even sewing a button. Sad, but true.)
My daughter made the lace-sleeved dolly. Please note the matching lace apron because it is awesome.
I made the red haired dolly. I was going for a Tea collection look. Personally, I think I nailed it!
Here’s one of the basic paper doll templates that we were provided. We’ve found that we can change the looks of the hair by giving the dollies haircuts of varying sorts.
Please note the teeny tiny Japanese slippers that grandma made for a Japanese-inspired dolly.
The dolly dude with the tie is supposed to be my husband. I wonder if I can get him to wear a color like that in real life. ( “I don’t think so.”– the husband )
And check out the Red, White & Blue shirt on the above right dolly that Julia made, with coordinating stripey pants! This is pattern mixing at its finest, people.
Truly, the most unique and creative gift ever to walk into this house, I can tell you. Fun, fun and more fun doesn’t begin to cover it! Oh and my friend has a lovely blog with beautiful essays about her daughters, Re: Peanut. Go check it!
Follow up note: Several have asked how they can create/print out the dolly templates our friend made for us. She left some instructions in the comments, which I am recopying here -- Thanks again Katy!
"I made those, inspired by another blogger, but then after I spent loads of time on photoshop, I stumbled on these:http://www.skiptomylou.org/
2010/06/16/fabric-scrap-dolls- from-this-mama-makes-stuff/. So, please, visit her blog, and make use of her darling printables. I would highly recommend that you take them to a print shop to print two to a page, on cardstock, cut in half. It's VERY reasonable (much more so than printing at home, and half the headache) and they're so nice and thick. "