Emmaline gets a bed

Hands up if you remember Emmaline, the doll I made for a very special baby girl? Well, I was always a bit concerned that she was living in a box and for some reason I had quite a visceral reaction to this fact (I suffer from anthropomorphism, apparently), so I’ve made her a carry basket/basinette, complete with bedding.

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I made a pillow and mattress from some quilting cotton I had in my stash. The pillow gave me the opportunity to use my ruffler foot, sewing the ruffle straight onto the pillow. IMG_8277

here is Emmaline ensconced in her new bed. I also made her a pair of pyjamas from some fleece scraps. I did originally make her some silk pyjamas, as every girl needs silk pyjamas, but they weren’t very robust and I didn’t think they would survive a child pulling them on and off, so she got this rather matronly pair.

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I also made her a quilt, which I backed with some organic cotton, and used the ruffler again for the edging.

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The basket is made from two different lots of macro suede bought separately, but which are identical in colour. I decided that macro suede would be ideal for this basket as it’s strong, tough and hard wearing. I interfaced it so that the sides would be a bit more rigid, and used some plastic from REmida (a recycling facility)  in the base. I got the pattern for the basket from a book I bought in an op-shop, called the “Treasury of Dolls and Cuddly Toys”

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It’s a great book. The basket is so big, though, that baby may not be able to lift it until she’s five!

It’s a little known fact that Emmaline has an evil twin called Enid. Enid tested the all the outfits and the basket for me, but she does lie there looking, er, a bit evil!

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Emmaline now has a reasonable sized wardrobe and I am hoping that she brings baby H years of pleasure. I have made sure that everything is washable and that she can survive the rigours of being a plaything.

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As for me, I can now rest easy that she has a proper bed, bedding and nightwear. I am also going to add this to my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe: Sleepwear Edition. Not sure if it’s valid, but I’ll give it a go.

Fadanista

26 thoughts on “Emmaline gets a bed

  1. sleeping in style…. you have created a real treasure and I am sure that this present will be forwarded to the next generation.
    ciao ciao from this end of the world….Christa

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  2. Emmaline and her bed and wardrobe are very lovely. Her quilt is adorable, and her pajamas are perfect for a very young mommy. I went through a doll-making phase, but found them sitting around unused and unloved, because I live in Mexico and my granddaughters in the USA have all turned into young adults while I wasn’t looking, so I gradually found young owners for them here. I even made a three-foot doll from a free online Japanese pattern, Abstemious Cindy. That was fun but then I had this giant creature sitting around. I finally found a home for her with a special needs young lady. I have since controlled my urges to make any further dolls. Well, except for Christmas, when I permit myself to make Santas and elves, and Halloween, when I make a witch or two.

    Just a suggestion: Make sure her hair is attached very securely all around. Hair takes a beating with young mommies handling their little ones. Especially if they decide to brush or comb it. Ask me how I know this. hahaha

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    1. I think the saddest thing about doll making is not finding someone to love them, so I control my urges too, as I don’t have grandchildren (yet). I have tried to sew her hair on well, but if it comes off, I don’t think it will be hard to reattach. Thank you for the lovely comment.

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  3. I like Enid best and really want to adopt her. I hope that you will ensure she too is well looked after and get as many clothes as her twin, but in nasty colours and ghastly fabrics.

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  4. You have inspired me to get fiddly and make a cloth doll. Fingers crossed the first attempt does not resemble Emmaline’s evil twin! I was mad for dolls as a little girl and very sadly only had one hard plastic dolly with a cheap dress. I did my best to fashion other clothes for her with cloth scraps and paper and made her a bed from a shoe box. I was so jealous of my friends who had fancy dolls and clothing and really did not bother with them much! And what a good use for little scraps of beloved fabric. Thanks for the inspiration, this will be fun.

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    1. Ooh, I hope so Mary. I was just sent photos of the baby laughing at the doll, and it made everything so worth while. Do send me a photo of your doll when you make her – I’m sure she’ll be beautiful.

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  5. that’s adorable!! I’m feeling a bit sad and loving towards Enid, I must admit. Please please make a pair of silk pjs for her too! In fact, I think maybe I need to make something silky and luscious for my Sally doll 😉

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