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Felted Babushka Dolls

Felt! I love working with felt. For starters, it's cheap and it comes in a multitude of colors and textures. Plus, it's easy to store. I have a growing supply of felt living in a shoe box at the moment.

I found an adorable doll pattern in the book: Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond, by Amiee Ray. The book has a variety of stitching projects ranging from forest animal quilts to placemats and baby bibs. I decided to make the Babushka dolls for the girls this Easter.

Using basic stitches like french knot, split and satin stitches, and the lazy daisy stitch, I added decorative flourishes to the doll aprons and hoods. The hardest part was cutting out all those tiny pieces. This was my first embroidery project. It was a learning process but I am pleased with how they turned out.

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Doll outfit before embellishes

Last year, while out on a garage sale binge, I spotted a bag stuffed full of embroidery threads, zippers, and elastic ribbon. Gold mine! I used the yellow, green, pink, purple threads for the dolls.

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And.... wah la! 

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Custom motifs

The bottoms are initialed for the girls. Didn't think to add the year, but I will make sure to do that on my next sewing endeavor.


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