Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Olivia's birthday doll and quilt

February is birthday month around here! My husband's is the 20th, my grandma's is the 12th, and my sweet baby Olivia's was back on the 3rd. She turned three this year! It's so amazing how quickly time goes by, especially since having children.

Olivia has really been playing with dolls a lot lately, so I wanted to make her one for her birthday. As soon as I saw the new Jean pattern by Bit of Whimsy Dolls, I knew that she'd be perfect for Olivia. And I love her vintage look!

We found a vintage doll crib on craigslist a while ago, and with a little work and a new coat of paint, it became the perfect accessory to the doll. I used Amy Schimler's Kitty Cats on a Whim in Summer as the dress and skirt for the doll, because Olivia adores kitties and the color pink.

I used yellow wool felt for her hair.

And green wool felt for her sweet little shoes.

I embroidered the features on her face and gave her just a bit of pink blush for rosy cheeks.

I also made a simple patchwork quilt for the doll, with lots of bright scraps. I quilted it with a free-motion meandering pattern.

Olivia absolutely loves her doll. And true to form, she even bestowed her with an unforgetable name: Ramen. As in the noodles. Even though we never eat them. I really don't know where she comes up with some of this stuff, but Olivia certainly has a mind of her own!


Rachel said...

Awww cute! The doll is a classic, sure to be cherished forever. Love the crib and the bright, pretty quilt. What a lucky little girl. (And I think Ramen is a great name ☺)

Georgie Gilmore said...

The doll it amazing! what great attention to detail! I LOVE her :-)

Regina said...

awwww love it! What a great find with the crib.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful! I especially love the name!!

Lori said...

Oh! I LOVE it all! You did such a great job! That's what I notice with anything you post that you sew. It always looks SO professional! Love the doll and the quilt!

Jessica said...

That doll is perfect!

Rebecca said...

You did a beautiful job on them both! I've never made a doll before, or worked with felt, but I have done a lot of sewing over the years. In your opinion, how difficult is the pattern? Would you recommend it for my first doll-making attempt?

Heather Jones said...

Thank you so much, everyone!

Yes, the pattern is easy to follow. I've sewn quite a few of Bit of Whimsy Doll's patterns, and they're all really pretty easy, plus Sarah, the designer, gives tips and tutorials on youtube if you need any help. I highly recommend her patterns!

karen ~ lillybelle Custom Designs said...

How adorable! Your attention to detail is awesome. Love the quilt....I've been saving scraps of fabric, myself, to make a patchwork quilt one of these days....Olivia's has certainly inspired me to "get moving". The doll and quilt will become Olivia's favorites, and I'm sure will be passed down to her little girl one day!

Heather said...

I love that doll! She reminds me of a softer, more lovable-looking version of Rolie Polie Olie. Which is kind of funny...Ollie/olie... :)
I can't believe she's THREE! Holy cow!

Jacqueline said...

AH-DOR-AH-BLE! =) Happy birthday hubs - he shares mine! Happy birthday Gran - she is the day after my Gram - happy Birthday bebe girl! My youngest bio sis shares her special day! Go FEBRUARY!

Doohikey Designs said...

How adorable is that doll! And I love the name, "Ramen"!

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