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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Clue 2

From my sketch book.

    I will be making dolls based on two characters from the film Clueless. This 90s film was directed by Amy Heckerling, with costume design by Mona May. I'm looking forward to getting started on this project.

Clued In

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Meet the Cookie Cutter Dolls

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Meet Princess Michelle and Nimph,
the Cookie Cutter Dolls.
    My kids have finished making their cookie cutter dolls. High five! You can read all about this project here.

DIY Cookie Cutter Doll

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    It's the winter break and I've got the kids making dolls. It's fun, and whiles away the time in a productive manner. I made a basic cookie cutter doll pattern, which was cut from felt fabric. The good thing about felt is that it doesn't fray, so you don't worry about seam frays.

    I have had minimal involvement in the doll making process. I help the kids when they ask for help, and I just make sure that the dolls have some kind of structural integrity [don't want the filling popping out].

  1.     I get the girls started - show them a blanket stitch and let them stitch the body pieces together along the edge. Keeping an 8 cm opening at the top of the head. Since felt is being used there is no need to turn the doll body through.
  2.  The dolls are then stuffed with doll filler. Using the same blanket stitch the top of the head is sewn shut. 
  3. The faces of the dolls are painted on.*
  4. Using additional felt [even scraps] drape the fabric over the doll bodies, cut out the clothing pieces and sew directly onto the doll bodies.*
* The important thing about this activity, particularly with the last two steps is to let the kids play with draping, cutting their own shapes and sewing the pieces onto the doll bodies. The rules are 'there are no rules'. Whatever your child creates will be perfect in their own mind.


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© Melissa Gaggiano

© Melissa Gaggiano
    If you wish to do this project I am providing a free pattern for the doll cookie cutter body. Let's see what you come up with.

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Print on an A4 page; Cut out pattern;
Trace outline on 2 pieces of felt [front & back].

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Turbo Turtle Ready to Roar

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     I am pleased to announce the completion of this commissioned felt art doll - Turbo Turtle is ready to begin his new life.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Commissioned Turbo Turtle

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    This week I am working on a commission piece - Turbo Turtle. This is my third felt turtle, and yet totally unique in his own right. No two… or three turtles are exactly alike. The details on the shell do not follow a pattern and are cut, sewn in an organic way… much like how freckles form. In a world of super mass production I am proud to say that even if my dolls are cut from the same pattern, they will all have a different personality.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Cat Pocket Pillows

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Conversation with myself...
-How about cats?
-It's been done.
-Pockets?
-Done.
-Pillows?
-Yawn.
-Cat pocket pillow?
-It's probably been done.
-Yes, but have they been done my way?

So… cat pocket pillows! What do you think?