When I asked Dag what he wanted for Christmas this year he said, "A doll. A boy doll." Fortunately, he didn't shame me by saying "One with two eyes." Alas, Poppy still has one eye and no mouth.
I was so happy to hear this request. I ordered Wee Wonderfuls this fall because I knew, as soon as I saw the cover, that I had to make Eddie, the boy doll:
Inside the book, Eddie is a bit naughty, drawing on the wall:
Dag loves this picture and he likes to point out that the doll has done something he's not allowed to do.
I used a cotton knit interlock ordered from A Child's Dream Come True. The hair is some kind of faux-fur fabric bought locally at the market (the shop owner wouldn't sell me a small square so I have a half-meter of this crazy fur fabric). The shirt is made from a shirt purchased in a clearance bin (the B was on the sleeve) and the pants are made from leftover fabric after I hemmed a pair of my pants. As you can see, little B has, like his friend Eddie, been a bit naughty. (Actually it was Dagim -- see in the bottom corner where it says "Goodah"? He thinks he wrote "Dagim's world." How was I supposed to be mad about that?).
He was so much fun to make -- especially on the sly! Little B's head looks a bit alien-shaped compared to Eddie, but I hope Dag doesn't mind. This pattern calls for embroidering the face before you stuff the doll. I found this to be a lot easier than the Poppy doll pattern. But Little B is smaller than Poppy and because he needs to stay sort of flat, he didn't take as much stuffing as Poppy. As a consequence, he feels a bit less substantial. But I think he's cute and I hope he's much loved by his new owner.
And now, for my favorite project of all time (seriously)... The other weekend I decided, on the spur of the moment, that I wanted to whip up the child's apron in Sew Liberated. This project has been on my to-do list since the book came out. And, I decided to finally cut into my beautiful stack of Far Far Away II fabric by Heather Ross.
I have such a hard time cutting into the "good stuff" but I'm so so glad that I did. I wish I could leave this apron hanging in my workspace until Christmas but since it's a surprise, it was promptly wrapped up and placed under the tree.
We've been doing a lot of baking together -- trying our hand at bread in particular. Today he requested that we make scones. "And cookies!'" he added. I wish he could wear the apron today -- it's so hard to save it for Christmas. Perhaps the best thing about this apron pattern is that children can take it off themselves -- it closes in the front with velcro. That's the one complaint I have about normal aprons. He gets frustrated when he can't take it off by himself. Well, come Christmas, he can do just that!