Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls makes adorable patterns that are sophisticated enough for giving to adults as well as children. You can find embroidery, cross-stitch, machine and hand-sewing patterns in her shop.
I bought her Kitty, Bunny, and Bear 3-in-1 Pattern to make for an adult friend’s birthday. I purchased this pattern as a sturdy booklet with full-size pattern pieces to trace, although I see that the booklet is out of stock at the moment, and only the PDF is currently available.
The booklet is inspiring, with two interior pages of full-color photographs showing the process and details of the finished products. The front and back covers have photographs of completed kitty, bunny, and bear dolls. Hillary’s clear instructions include helpful advice about fabric selection and the few trickier steps in making the doll, such as turning it right-side out after machine sewing. This 3-in-1 pattern gives you three options of collars, shoes, and of course, three types of animals.
Hillary’s pattern made the process very straightforward. In fact, the toughest moments were choosing my materials and the expression to embroider on kitty’s face. I ended up going with the same expression Hillary used on the sample. It’s great to have the little booklet with you while you do the embroidery, because you can consult a full-color images without having to get on the internet. A much cozier experience.
I would highly recommend this pattern to a beginning doll-maker, though familiarity with a sewing machine and embroidery would be very helpful.
For further ideas on color and expression choices for your doll, be sure to consult the flickr pool of people who have made this pattern.
Hillary’s first book, Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love is coming out on August 1. I can’t wait!