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Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Rag Doll -- Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: Search Press gave me a copy of these books free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

Today I get to share with you a fun book for making rag dolls and all of her accessories. My Rag Doll by Corinne Crasbercu has eleven versions of a rag doll. 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-rag-doll-corinne-crasbercu/1117795291?ean=9781446304846


Things I love about this book is that the dolls are made from tea stained old sheets and from the same pattern. That means all the clothes and accessories work for each doll. I also liked that I did not have to enlarge the pattern pieces, however one of my complaints is that I did have to add on my own seam allowances and hem allowance. 

 I made a doll from an old sheet that ripped. I tea stained it but did not get it even or very dark. I still have plenty of more sheet to make another doll. I let Hazel chose the hairstyle. I need to secure the knots a bit more so they will not come out when Hazel sleeps with her. I also somehow got one leg much larger than the other. Oops!! At least the doll doesn't really walk. I still have to make her a dress but I did cut out the pattern for the dress.
 Eventually she will have a dress out of the Beatrix Potter fabric. The dress pattern is the one for the Doll in Pink Dress. I am going to make the bloomers and shoes as well.

This book is not for a beginner sewer. There were definitely things assumed that the reader would know and there were no guides for certain stitches and such. However the instructions were clear and I really liked how the hair was explained for attaching it. I also love all the various ideas and patterns there are for clothes. One of my favorites was the fairy (with the cupcakes and yes there is a pattern for the cupcakes as well). 

I definitely see some fairy wings and cupcakes in my crafting future!! Overall I like this book. It is not the clearest at all times but I love the variety and the fact that the various clothes fit all the doll versions!! Now I have to go make a dress for the poor cold doll. 







Thank you to everyone who shared with us at last week's party!! It was a small party and included many best of posts with the new year, and there were still some great crafts shared! Be sure to check them all out!!  

Also remember for your child-oriented crafts, activities, lessons, etc. Sharing Saturday is going on!! For any cultural related posts (diversity and/or multicultural as well) be sure to share at the month long Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop. Here is a sampling of features from last week's party! The focus definitely seemed to be on Valentine's Day!!

Features


1) From Our Whimsical Days: Fine Motor Heart Art

2) From Crafty Journal: Paper Plate Pop Up Heart

3) From Jewelry Making Journal: Secret Love Letter Pendant (Tutorial)

4) From Wesens-Art: Valentine's Day DIY Ideas

5) From Purple Hues and Me: DIY a Non-Traditional Valentine Make a Gift Wrapping Paper Heart

6) From Creative Family Fun: Monochromatic Collages 

7) From Follow That Child!: Australia Day Flag Making 

8) From Creative Khadija: How to Design a Plain Clock with Colorful Washi Tape

9) From Jewels of Sayuri: Chunky Ethnic Jewelry

Thank you to everyone who shared the last week!! I hope you will share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. I would love the help spreading the word about Crafty Weekends!!




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 Please share family friendly crafts here. Just crafts and/or patterns--no recipes, lessons, etc. You can share craft product reviews as well. By linking up here you are giving me permission to share your links and to pin your links. Please follow my Crafty Weekends Feature Pinterest Board to see all the features from these fun link parties!