Category Archives: Music & Videos

Antenna Buns

ant

This is a little tutorial on how to put your dolls hair into antenna buns – or Bjork buns for us mid 90’s gals. It’s basically the same way you would do the bigger buns – that tutorial will be coming up next. I took some pics of doing those buns for a tutorial, but the pictures didn’t turn out well..  I will have tutorials on different hairstyles and even a sweater (!) in the next while. Please be patient with me – I can’t seem to find enough time to blog lately!

ant1

Using the top layer of hair – I take about an inch at the top front, then leave some down, then another inch near the back. Then twist the strands together almost like braiding very tightly. The strands will start to buckle on their own.

ant2Then, twist the coil around like in the picture.

ant3Tuck the ends into the center of the coils.

ant4

Then tuck the ends in all neat.

ant5

Tie a ribbon around the bun. There you go – easy peasy!

I hope this makes sense! I’m working on 6 dolls for Friday and we have a TONNE of new clothes ready to go up. I am so excited for you to see the new dresses and blouses and tunics – cute!

I’ll write a ‘proper’ blog post tomorrow. Lol, I feel like we need to ‘catch up’ !

c

Aubrey - July 22, 2009 - 9:10 pm

Love the tutorial – thank you! Can’t wait to see the new clothes… =) FYI – we have been visiting my family in Vegas since the beginning of July. Arlo, Jewels (aka Star), and Olivia all made the journey. We have taken lots of pictures of the kids and their babes in the desert. I will do my best to send them your way once we return. =)

Fabiola - July 22, 2009 - 11:06 pm

you have pretty hands 😉

Rocio - July 23, 2009 - 1:50 am

Oh Lovely!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! I love your fairies!!!!!

Hugs,

Rocío

Melanie - July 23, 2009 - 3:18 am

Oh, gorgeous hairdo! I’m going to try this with our little Molly :)

Jen. - July 23, 2009 - 3:26 am

Oh, how sweet.

cheryl - July 23, 2009 - 5:23 am

I love the hair, I tried to fashion Violets hair for her trip to grandmas and did not do that good of job. Thanks for showing me the how. No wonder my hair looks as it does. I can’t wait to see clothes…A girl always needs more clothes.

Alison - July 23, 2009 - 7:12 am

Thanks for the hair tutorial. We look forward to learning how to do all the hairstyles you do!! I only wish it was as easy as you make it sound!!! The pictures are definitely a BIG help.

Fridays are fast becomming our favourite days! We eagerly wait to see the new dolls and clothing up for sale. I think I have 2 growing fashionistas who drool over all the clothing they would like for Molly and Ginger.

Mum Says: - July 23, 2009 - 8:13 pm

Well done Christina. It paid teaching you how to work with hair.

Monica - July 23, 2009 - 10:02 pm

You know I’m going to go try this…right now…right? 😉

April - July 27, 2009 - 1:27 pm

I’m glad you call them Bjork buns too – I used to wear my hair like that all the time in university. Along with a long nylon rave skirt and platform sketchers, I was the coolest girl in engineering school. I should have known then I didn’t fit 😉

A

Cheryl Arkison - July 29, 2009 - 1:31 pm

I love that you called them Bjork buns!

Facebook sharing is caring!

Sleepy Dolly Tutorial

Looking for the Doll Giveaway? Please see here to enter!

If you have the opportunity to make this doll, you should really try it. I can’t tell you enough how awesome it is making a doll. Even if you aren’t crafty – give it a whirl- it’s a fun thing to do. Now I have to give props to Constance for scanning this for me on her computer and to my rad sister for telling me how to do it… sort of. Also – to Google – thanks Google! It was the pdf attaching thing that gave me some troubles. The pattern below should just print on to a regular 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper.

sleep241

So here it is – finally – the Sleepy Dolly Tutorial. This is a great first doll to make, and is a great gift for little ones. I’m making a bunch of these for Benjamin’s kindercottage class right now.  Twenty three of them. Yes. Twenty three.  I’m using recycled wool sweaters and stuffing them with some local wool that the kids and I cleaned the other day.

Anyhow, for this project you’ll need-

-old wool or natural fibre sweater – washed in hot water and dried a couple of times
-some jersey knit for the head – an old tshirt works well – in some sort of ‘skin’ colour (you can throw a white tshirt in a bowl with some tea in it to stain the shirt a light brown-y colour – leave it in there for a few minutes).
-wool for stuffing
-embroidery floss – you’ll need eyes and mouth colour and a contrasting skein of floss to go with your sweater
-thick string – like thick crochet cotton
– thread for stitching on the hat and body
-a long and a short needle – I think you can find the long needles at craft stores- they are called ‘Doll Making Needles’
– These patterns sleepydolly1 and sleepydolly2

sleep1sleep2

Lay out your pattern on the sweater as shown. Making sure the top edge of the hat is along a fold. Right sides of the sweater should be together. Pin and cut. Stitch where marked, making sure you leave an opening at the neck of the body and at the frount of the hat.

sleep3

Sew your headcover as marked on the pattern. Turn right side out.

sleep5sleep4

sleep6sleep7

Making the head. Don’t be scared – it’s way easier then you think! If you have clean wool that is fluffy and all smooth – then you will cut a strip that is about 15″ long and 3″ wide. I’ve measured about that much with my ‘raw’ wool here’. Then what you want to do is to roll it in your palm using your other hand – you want to roll it until you get it to the size of a small orange. Roll it as tightly as you can! See – there you go – no problem! . Now, holding the ‘ball’ in one hand you are going to push the ball into the headcover, like you would with a sock. Stuff it in there very tightly! I like to aim for about an 8″ diameter head. Around there – don’t stress about it.

sleep7bsleep8

sleep9

Now holding the ‘neck’ with one hand – try to tie a tight knot. It helps to have someone do this for you. It also helps if you just do one ‘knot’ above your hand and then slide it down to the neck position – this lessen’s ‘Ghost Neck’. I then add some wool to the neck/body tube part that is sticking out,  I also throw in some lavender. We then stitch it closed on the machine at the bottom. Trim excess.

Phew – that was the hardest part!

sleep111

Now  we will embroider the face on. The back seam can be either at the back or along the sides of the ‘face’. Try to find the roundest part of your head ball for the face.  Mark the eyes and mouth on the doll using a fabric marker, or pushpins. I like the eyes to be just above the ‘equator’ of the doll and the mouth marked below. The ‘rule of thumb’ is to mark the eyes and mouth in a triangle.

sleep12

Anchor a stitch (lots of stitches on top of one another) at the back of the head with your long needle. Take a stitch through the back of the head and out to about 1/8th of an inch to one side of your eye ‘dot’ and then to about 1/8th of an inch to the other side of the dot. I like to slightly angle the stitch up.

sleep13sleep14

Then take your needle through the head (just under where it’s forehead would be) and take a stitch again about 1/8th of an inch on one side of the dot through to 1/8th of an inch on the other side of the dot. That sounds harder then it actually is. The pictures may be easier to understand! You then finish your stitch at the back of the head and then anchor the stitch again . Cut thread

sleep15sleep16

For the mouth you will again anchor a stitch at the back. Come through the head and out about 1/4 of an inch to one side of the dot, take a stitch 1/4″ to the other side of the dot. Go through the head and anchor at the back. Cut thread. You can ‘blush’ the doll by rubbing a piece of cloth with a red crayon (Stockmar Beeswax crayons work best) and then rubbing the cloth on to the cheek. Very gently and in circular motions.

sleep17

Hat. Turn under about a 1/2″ seam and position hat on head. Pin in place. Starting on one side near the neck anchor the hat on to the head. Stitch the hat on to the head. I use a whipstitch – but you can go fancy and use a blanket stitch. Whatever really. Finish on the other side by anchoring again.

sleep18

Body. Fluff some wool and stuff into the body. Make sure to stuff in to the arms and ‘hands’. This is meant to be a squishy doll – so you can go relatively easy on the stuffing but always put in a little more then you think you should – wool compacts over time.

sleep20

Thread your short needle with about an arm lengths worth of thread. Using a double thread,  turn over a 1/4″ seam around the neck opening. Anchor a stitch.  Make a running stitch around the opening of the neck. Leave lots of thread on your needle and pin to the side. Slip your head into the body. Position it so it’s all even and facing forward. Pull thread tightly around neck. Stitch in place. Go around at least 4 times to make sure it’s all secure and safe. Yeah you!

Almost done.

sleep28

Then take a long piece of the contrasting embroidery floss and go in through marking A on the pattern. Come out at marking B and in through C. Under through the doll body to D and out through E. I’m not going to keep going because I think you get it by now.

Tie the floss together. Turn the doll upside down and make a bow (always comes out the right way up if you turn the doll upside down). Double knot the bow.

Good Job! I would love to see pics of what you’ve made – pretty please?

This is the first time I’ve ever written out instructions to something. I’ve tried to be clear, maybe too clear – maybe not clear enough. Let me know (:

Good luck! You’ll do great!
xo
C

Monica - June 5, 2009 - 10:26 pm

This looks GREAT!! I’m going to open and print your PDF next…and try this soon!!
Thanks Christina! 😀

Amber - June 6, 2009 - 7:23 am

This looks great! We’ll give it a try for sure. :)

admin - June 6, 2009 - 9:26 am

you are both so welcome! good luck with it – let me know how it turns out.

Lisa W. - June 6, 2009 - 9:37 am

Thanks for the great tutorial!

CanCan - June 6, 2009 - 12:17 pm

Wow you made like 12 of these for your son’s classmates? You are the best mom ever!

CanCan - June 6, 2009 - 12:19 pm

WHAT, I just read again, 23!?! You are better than I thought…best. mom. ever.

admin - June 6, 2009 - 2:31 pm

i have help making them, it’s not all me. i did it last year too – so cute to see all their little faces excited by their new dolls. it’s also a bit like my big ‘reveal’. i don’t think very many people at my son’s school (aside from my friends) know that i make dolls. you may see the irony of this – i make ‘sort of’ waldorf dolls – at a waldorf school. anyhow, it’s a bit uncomfortable, I’m kind of shy and it’s a lot of this …..them ‘omg – did you make this?’ with me muttering ‘yeah – um – it’s kind of what i do’… then them saying ‘wow – really?’ .. followed by ‘do you teach classes?’

Prairie Girl - June 6, 2009 - 2:31 pm

I can’t wait to get a few more things off the slate so I can start one of these for my daughter! And what a perfect baby gift to have handy in the gift closet!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Megan - June 6, 2009 - 4:21 pm

Thank you SO much for this! We’re saving up some money to buy one of your dolls for our daughter for Christmas. I’ve been wanting her to have a nighttime doll and this is just PERFECT! Thank you!

Megan - June 6, 2009 - 4:33 pm

Oh, I do have one question. I know this sounds like a rookie question (probably because I am one!), but, where do you get the wool for stuffing?

admin - June 6, 2009 - 6:34 pm

T
his is a good source. You want to get the Batt – Romney is good. http://www.birkelandwool.com

Sarah Riggs - June 6, 2009 - 8:44 pm

Oh, thank you Christine!!

Don’t hold your breath that I can do it SOON, but I promise (cross my heart!) that I WILL try it someday (preferably in a house that is FINISHED with its remodeling!) I’m totally enraptured by the idea that I get to feel like I’ve taken a dollmaking 101 class with you!!

THANK YOU!!! It warms my heart!

-Sarah

fuzzmama - June 9, 2009 - 8:02 am

thank you so much for sharing this!

Petra - June 11, 2009 - 9:23 am

Now we need a tutorial on how to do the double buns in the Bambolettas hair. I keep trying to do Calliope’s but fail and my daughter looks at me and says, “Er Mumma that’s still not right…” LOL

tara - June 21, 2009 - 11:20 pm

thanks so much for a great tutorial, i’m planning to make this sweet doll for my baby girl for Christmas…I’m a slow crafter, so i figure it will take me that long.
Where do you find the wool (in BC) for stuffing?

Sandra - November 2, 2010 - 1:38 pm

Oh, thank you so much! This is exactly what I need :)

Tarrah - November 3, 2010 - 11:00 am

Hello there im really excited about trying this out i just have a couple questions. for the neck do you mean tie a knot in the material or tie thread or string in a knot to make the neck? What is the crochet cotton for? and is the body sewn with regular thread or something heavier?
Im farely new a sewing so i apologize for the questions but can’t wait to get started!
Thanks

Sandi - November 17, 2010 - 8:35 am

Thanks for bumping this on Facebook! I made this over the past 2 nights to give to my little guy for Christmas. i don’t have a sewing machine, so I sewed the body pieces together by hand… otherwise, it was pretty fast going, even for me- a self- professed craft failure! lol

Here’s a link to a picture. Thanks again for sharing this great, easy to follow tutorial! 😀
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5446361&l=c4fc69f554&id=508967489

Cassandra - October 24, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Yay! I’m going to give it a try!

Facebook sharing is caring!
R e c e n t   p o s t s
A r c h i v e s