How To: Stockings Doll

If you have a little girl in the family, you might be able to relate:

Does your little girl have about a billion pairs of really cute tights that have holes in the knees or worn out toes?

What do do with these pretty things after they become unwearable? You can’t donate them because of the holes, and they are too pretty to throw out.

Make a doll out of them!

How To: Stockings Doll

Isn’t she adorable? And I made her with just half of the pair of stockings. I will make her sister out of the other half once I get a chance. Want to know how to make one for your little girl?

Here we go!

Supplies needed:

– 1 pair of girls tights

– yarn or felt for the hair

– matching thread

– stuffing

– felt or buttons for the eyes

Time Needed:

I made this doll in an evening. A couple of hours should be plenty of time

Skill Needed:

This is an easy project. And if at first you don’t succeed, you have the other half of the stockings to try again.

Step One:

Cut stockings in half from the crotch to the top. Also make 4 cuts along the legs.

1) separating the top from the leg

2) s small piece along the top which will become the head

3) a small cut in the middle for the arms

4) a larger amount for the legs

Feet will be cut off. They are probably pretty dirty from a little one running around in them so we won’t be using them. You can also adjust the cuts if there are holes in the knees etc.

How To: Stockings Doll

Step Two:

Take the piece you cut right below the top and round both sides out so that you have a nice head shape. You will have four pieces that look like this now (technically you will have 8 if you want to make 2 dolls at once – one from each leg of the stockings).

Take the top (usually solid coloured piece) and shape it into two pieces that are smaller at the top. This will be used for the body of the doll. Refer to the photo below.

How To: Stockings Doll

 

Step Three:

Sew the head pieces onto the front and back pieces – right sides together. Add a face to the front head piece. I used felt to create the eyes and nose and embroidered a smile mouth. Depending on how thick your stockings are, you could use safety eyes. I found mine a little weak and thought that the eyes might pull through. Buttons would work really nice as well.

How To: Stockings Doll

Step Four:

Pin front to back right sides together. Sew along both sides – leaving a small gap for the arm placements on both sides. Also sew around the head pieces. I put double pins in mine to show where the arm gaps will be.

How To: Stockings Doll

Step Five:

Take the shorter of the two remaining pieces from the stockings and shape them into two arms. I just cut them in half and left the folded side as is. Then sew them right sides together leaving a space in the top for stuffing.

How To: Stockings Doll

Step Six:

Turn the arms right side out and stuff as much as you like. The stockings will stretch quite a bit while stuffing, so I opted for a smaller amount so that the doll didn’t end up with spaghetti arms. Pin them into the arms gaps and sew in place.
How To: Stockings Doll

Step Seven:

Create the legs using the remaining longer piece of stockings in the same manner as the arms. Turn right side out.
How To: Stockings Doll

Step Eight:

Stuff the body and the head of the doll. Also stuff the legs. Pin them in place making sure the bottom edge of the “dress” of the doll is folded up. Sew across.How To: Stockings Doll

I sewed across using a zig zag stitch just to make sure that everything was sewn in place well.How To: Stockings Doll

Step Nine:

Add hair using your favourite method. I cut strands of yellow yarn and then placed them in a line on a napkin and taped them in place. Then I used my sewing machine to sew a line down the taped middle “part.” This makes a lovely scalp that you can then sew onto the head and style the way you like. You could also use scrap felt or faux fur as hair. Whatever you’d like. I have a tutorial on how to make short yarn hair that you might like to follow as well. 

How To: Stockings Doll And then you are done! And you have a cool stockings doll. You can use the other half of the stockings to make her sister now. :)


How To: Stockings Doll

Here is a look at the back. The tops of the stockings were getting a little weak, but when placed on the back it doesn’t much matter.

How To: Stockings Doll

Super cute! And each one will turn out a little different and have a different pattern. Too much fun! And a perfect upcycling project in time for Earth Day.

:)

How To: Stockings Doll







W.E.S.T Handmade and Vintage Sale VII

Did you know that the Winnipeg Etsy Street Team is having a handmade and vintage sale soon?

And did you also know that I was invited to be a vendor at this very sale?

EEEEE!!!!!

I have a supreme love for all the talent and creativity that comes out of this group and I’m so honoured to be counted as one of them. This team continues to amaze me with all their new projects, fantastic sales, support and learning opportunities, creativity, artistry and overall awesome awesomeness. I can’t say enough good things about them. I’m just glad they let little old me have a table at the most ridiculously fabulous sale of the year.

Do you want all the details?

Of course you do!

WEST SALE VII

The Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza Round Up

This past weekend, Tawny Bee took her dolls on the road to the Viscount Gort Hotel in Winnipeg for the Winnipeg Doll Extravanganza.

We had a fantastic time.

Some highlights:

Tawny Bee at the Wpg Doll Extravaganza Here is our set up. We were right at the entry and enjoyed seeing everyone come in and enjoy themselves at the show. All the dolls made great greeters as well. This was the first show that Tawny Bee has done where Lane stayed for the entire day. She was a great help and was cheerful and charming all day without getting bored or becoming a nuisance.

Tawny Bee at the Wpg Doll ExtravaganzaLane was also a mega shopper. She went through all the booths and checked out all the dolls. There were vintage ones, handmade ones, Monster high, American Girl, doll houses, doll clothes, doll cradles, life sized dolls, baby dolls, cloth dolls, porcelain dolls, miniatures, My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop… all her faves. But one little Cabbage Patch doll stood out to her the most. So she just had to bring Clifford Emanuel home with her.
Tawny Bee at the Wpg Doll ExtravaganzaAnd she couldn’t forget about her brother who spent the day with dad playing video games at home. She found these 4 Pokemon characters for him. Fantastic!

 

 

Want 10% Off Your Tawny Bee Purchase at the Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza?

Well… do you want 10% off your Tawny Bee purchase at the Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza this coming Sunday? (details in the previous post in case you missed it and want to attend)

We’re going to play a bit of a game for your discount.

I made a very special doll a few weeks ago. She was so special and cute that I couldn’t bare to sell her. So I made her the official doll mascot of Tawny Bee.

She’ll be at the show with me on Sunday.

Tawny Bee Doll Isn’t she precious?

If you have visited the Tawny Bee Facebook Page or my personal blog, you might remember her name? (I actually linked right to the post about this particular doll on my personal blog, so there’s no excuse for not knowing it).

 

That’s the game.

If you come to the Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza, visit my booth and can tell me this doll’s name – then you’ll get 10% off your purchase (and probably a special little gift as well… because I can’t help myself)

Tawny Bee DollRemember that I have a credit card reader on my phone. So feel free to shop with plastic at the Tawny Bee table on Sunday. :)

Accepting Credit Cards

Details about the Doll Show in the previous post and also in the photo below. :)

Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza

 

The Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza and Sale

Oh. My. Gosh. You guys!

I got accepted into the Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza this year.

S**T just got real!

:D

And you all want to come and support my first showing of my handmade dolls to the world right?

Here’s how:

A doll, teddy bear, and dollhouse miniatures show and sale, showcasing the handiwork of artisans
and the treasures of collectors.

Sunday, March 29, 2015, from 10am to 4pm.

Ramada Viscount Gort Hotel,1670 Portage Avenue

Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12

Lots of free parking, handicap accessible.  Door prizes.

Bring a can of cat food for Craig Street Cats and receive an extra draw ticket.

Presented by Toy Artistry and Under the Mushroom Miniatures

Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza

 

I’ve finally put some time into the making of a toy hammock display, so I’ll be bringing those along with all my dolls to the show on Sunday. I hope to see you there!Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza

 

You can also “like” the Winnipeg Doll Extravaganza by following this link.

A Pretty In Pink Custom Order

I love it when repeat customers contact me to let me know that my product was a hit with them. It’s especially nice when they contact me to ask if I would be willing to make a custom order for them because they love the product so much.

 

This happened to me earlier this week. A customer messaged me saying that my mama cloth was a hit in her household and that she had a pre-teen daughter who would soon be needing some mama cloth of her own.

 

We collaborated on a pretty colour and I made these:

 

Tawny Bee Mama Cloth

6 Pretty in Pink teen sized pantyliners. :)

 

If you’re interested in purchasing some Tawny Bee Mama Cloth, please check out this link.

Tina – A Crocheted Doll

Tina - a 9 Inch Crocheted DollHi everyone! My name is Tina, but you can call me whatever you’d like. I’m so excited to meet you and I am looking forward to meeting all my new friends at my forever home. Is my forever home with you?

I am a 9 inch (23 cm) fabric doll.

I am made out of cotton and acrylic yarn. I have safety eyes and a sewn smile on my face. My hair is made out of light coloured acrylic yarn and braided at the sides.

Tina - a 9 Inch Crocheted Doll
My jeans are made from a shiny blue yarn and have a bumblebee button decorating one leg. I have a hoodie with cute little bear ears on the top and orange buttons down the front. I have grey shoes with embroidered accents sewn onto them.

Tina - a 9 Inch Crocheted Doll

Hand wash or spot wash me only please. I also contain small parts (safety eyes and buttons) not suitable for children under the age of 3.

(I am made with a pattern found here. A huge thank you to them for providing such a quality pattern.)Tina - a 9 Inch Crocheted Doll

 

I can be purchased in the Tawny Bee Etsy Shop by following this link. :)Tina - a 9 Inch Crocheted Doll

1975 Lolly Dolly Remake

If you are a late 70s baby like me, you may remember these sweet little gingham dolls that were all the rage – they were called Lolly (girl) and Cholly (boy) Dolly. They were sweet gingham dolls with rattles inside.

When I was a little girl, a very similar dolly to Lolly Dolly was given to me. Only she was much bigger and didn’t have a rattle. I think I got her from my parents while I was in the hospital. I named her Dolly and she was my constant companion on those hospital visits (which were plentiful back then). I always thought that she looked like she was wearing a hospital gown and that her “bonnet” was actually a surgeon’s/operating room cap. She provided much comfort to me because she was like me in those respects. The nurses even put a hospital band around her wrist to match mine.

Years later, Dolly somehow disappeared. I never forgot her and missed her dearly. When I was 19 years old, I just happened to be walking near a vintage/thrift store and saw Dolly in the window. I didn’t have much money on me (I think only $13) but I knew that I had to go get her. I went into the store and realized that her price tag said only a mere $1.25 was needed. Yay! I picked her up. She was a little worse for wear – her nose was unstitched and her stuffing was falling out of her leg.

The most important thing I noticed, however, was on her tag was written in a childs scrawl the words “Tawny W…” Oh my gosh! I had found my Dolly! I told the clerk the story of Dolly because she must have thought I was having a breakdown in her shop because I was crying so much. I showed her my ID to prove that I was the girl on the tag (there aren’t too many Tawnys around). She gave me Dolly for free!

I now have Dolly and won’t ever let her go.

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I have since sewn on her nose and repacked her leg. Lane, in a fit of unsupervised shenanigans wrote all over Dolly’s face with a black marker. I’ve mostly got all of that damage out. Phew!

So… where am I going with this?

Well… I decided to remake Lolly Dolly in an updated way with a Tawny Bee twist. :)

lollyThe above is what a real Lolly Dolly looked like. Mine says Ganz on the tag. Lolly Dolly was officially a Fisher Price trademark, so I guess mine was a knock off? If you’d like more information about Lolly Dolly, there is an excellent resource here.

 

Anyhooo…. Where was I? Oh yes… I was going to remake Lolly Dolly…

Voila!

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Isn’t she pretty? She has her bonnet and dress made out of a Sesame Street themed bed sheet that I have in my fabric stash. She is 18 inches, which is significantly larger than the 12 inch Lolly Dolly original. I used the plastic container from a Kinder Surprise and filled it halfway with beads. I then duck taped the whole thing together and included it with her stuffing to act as a rattle. She makes the most delightful sound! :)

She is made to be washed over and over again in true Lolly Dolly fashion. I used fleece for her eyes and sewed her dress into her seams so there are no choking hazards on her. 2015-02-27 13.19.17

Here she is from the back. You can see that I was able to cut around a Sesame Street character and make it fit with the bonnet. 

2015-02-27 13.18.47And here she is hanging out with my vintage Dolly.

Lane has named this new version Daisy. I think she’s pretty special.

I was thinking about including the pattern I made up for her next week as a how to. Would anyone be interested? I neglected to take photos while I was making this particular Daisy Dolly, but I’m sure I can get it together and snap a few along the way while I make another.

If you’d rather just purchase Daisy Dolly, she is available here.

 

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover I was being kind of silly this morning and decided that the upstairs bathroom needed a toilet paper tissue cover. I have an Octopus crocheted cover for the downstairs bathroom and was thinking about trying to sew a fleece one. But then I found some of my fluffy lamb-ish fabric and decided that a sheep might be in order.

 

Would you like to learn how to make him?

 

Skill Needed:

– Easy

– Some simple sewing (can be made by hand)

Time Needed:

Super fast project. I made this guy in 20 minutes and that included cutting out the pieces and photographing the steps along the way.

Supplies Needed:

– White fleece 0.5 metre (If you can find the lamb-ish fleece, that’s the ticket! If not, white fleece will do just fine)

– thread

-googly eyes (or fleece or felt or buttons to make the eyes)

– scraps of black fleece

– hot glue gun and glue sticks (or you can sew all the pieces on which would make the lamb much easier to wash

– a full roll of toilet paper to use as a template

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover

Step One:

Grab a full roll of your favourite toilet paper. Place it down on your white fleece. Trace around it leaving about a half inch (1cm) for sewing allowance. Cut around this circle that you just made.How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover

Step Two:

Measure around the toilet paper. Mine measured about 16.5 inches. Also measure the height of the roll (I think standard is 4 inches). Then cut a rectangle with those dimensions plus 0.5 inches (1cm). My rectangle came out to be 17 by 4.5 inches.

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverStep Three:

Fold the long rectangle in half matching the short ends and sew them together.How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover

Step Four:

Sew the top (circular piece onto the rectangular piece). Since we’re working with fleece, it should stretch to fit if your cutting isn’t exactly perfect. Turn it right side out and try it on your toilet paper roll to make sure it fits. You can trim the bottom if it turned out to be a little long at this point.How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverStep Five:

Cut four pieces of black felt in a half circle sort of pattern for the feet. If you’d like to make the feet a little more sturdy, you can cut 8, sew them together along the U and turn right side out. I find that one piece of fleece is enough for the feet especially if your lamb is going to perch on top of the toilet lid. You don’t want too much bulk on there.

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverStep Six:

Organize the feet along the bottom and pin on the inside. I used the seam from the rectangle as the back of the cover and arranged accordingly. Sew them in place so that they stick out like feet. I actually zig zagged the entire bottom capturing the feet in while I went. Since we are working with fleece, we don’t really need to finish any of the edges, but I thought the zig zag would help the cover not to stretch out too much after repeatedly putting a new roll in him.

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverStep Seven:

Cut an oval out of black fleece and two ears in sort of a long U shape. Sew or glue them in place for the face. Glue on the googly eyes or sew on felt or buttons.

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverVoila! A cute little Lamb Toilet Paper Cover!

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover He likes to peek over the top of the toilet seat. For girls this isn’t a problem. I’ve been told by the boys in my house that sometimes the lamb is watching them pee and it’s weird. Oh well… I could always move him to another spot in the bathroom. 
How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover A note about washing (and you’ll probably want to wash him a lot because he sits in the bathroom all day and night!): If you’ve used hot glue, then run this guy through the washer – it shouldn’t hurt. But make sure not to place him in the dry cycle. It will melt the glue. Better to lay this guy out and air dry. :)How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverAs always, you are free to sell the Lambs you have made from this tutorial. I’d love a link to tawnybee.com in your listings.  Please don’t sell this tutorial. It’s definitely not done by a professional and is meant to be a fun FREE project for anyone who wants to give it a go! 

If you happen to try this one out and would like to share your Lamb project, I’d love to see them. You can reach by by email tawny(at)tawnybee(dot)com. You can also share on my Facebook Page or Flickr Group. :D

Happy Making!

How To: Fleece Pokeball Inspired Scarf

As some of you know already, my son Logan is obsessed with all things Pokemon.

What you might not know is that this boy refuses to wear a scarf. And a scarf is seriously needed in Winnipeg! It’s regularly below -30C in the winter. He walks to school every day and doesn’t ever want to wear a scarf.

I figured I might be able to remedy this by making a scarf that he would actually like.

A Pokeball inspired scarf!

How To: Easy Fleece Pokeball Inspired Scarf

Well… I’ve got the boy wearing a scarf now! He even puts up with my jokes about catching a Logan Pokemon when I tie the scarf at the back.

 

Would you like to make one for your Pokemon obsessed friend, son, daughter, cousin, husband, wife, etc?

 

Here’s how:

Time Needed:

This is a quick one. Maybe takes 20 minutes or so from start to finish.

Skill Needed:

Super Easy. Straight line sewing and sewing around a circle.

Supplies Needed:

A rectangle of white fleece – 60 inches (1.5 m) by 4 inches (10 cm)

A rectangle of red fleece – 60 inches (1.5 m) by 4 inches (10 cm)

A thin rectangle of black fleece – 60 inches (1.5 m) by 1.5 or 2 inches (4 or 5 cm)

A circle of white fleece and a circle of black fleece

Matching thread. I used black thread until I ran out and then started using white. Red works as well.

Step one:

With Wrong Sides Together sew the red fleece to the white fleece along one long end.

 

How To: Easy Fleece Pokeball Inspired Scarf Step Two:

Take that long thin black piece and pin it over the seam that you just made. It should be on the front (right side) of the fleece. The black strip will cover the seam and make it so the scarf doesn’t have any sewn seams showing. Sew the strip onto the scarf along both long sides. You can actually sew a  rectangle in order to sew the ends down if you’d like.How To: Easy Fleece Pokeball Inspired Scarf Step Three:

Mark the middle of the scarf with a pin. Cut two sorta large circles (I used a roll of packing tape to trace a circle on the white and black fleece). A CD or a container lid would also work as a stencil for making the circles. Cut the middle out of the black fleece circle. Arrange the white circle along the black sewn strip in the middle of the scarf. Place the black circle with the middle cut out over top of it. Sew in place around the outer and inner curves of the black circle.

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Ta da! Super simple. And you’ve got yourself one super warm, fleecey winter Pokeball scarf.


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****Pokemon and Pokeball is a trademark of Nintendo.

I’d love to see your Pokeball inspired scarves if you decide to make this. You can share your photos on the TawnyBee Facebook page, on the Tawny Bee Flickr Group or on my Instragram.