here’s a gift project that takes just a quarter yard of fabric and can be completed in an hour.
my friend jen’s little girl has a dolly that she calls baby. baby was getting ragged, so jen asked me to make her a little cover up. but as all mothers know, you can’t just send a dolly away for fittings without completely wrecking the harmony of the home. so jen got an identical dolly for me to use to make the cover up.
using a piece of pink fleece and a scrap of lace, i made a cover up that i thought was adorable and in keeping with the spirit of baby.
jen’s little girl is having nothing to do with it. LOL which just goes to prove that kids love their babies warts and all—just like mamas do.
it was a very simple outfit and the next time i make one i’ll take pictures to show you. in the meantime, the basics of the outfit are just 7 steps:
- cut a rectangle that is long enough to go from wrist to wrist, and wide enough to go from under the arm in front to under the arm in back.
- cut a slit up the back and a hole for the head.
- add elastic to the wrists, then sew the sleeve underarms.
- cut a body rectangle that reaches from the bottom of the bodice to just past the foot—and wider than the circumference of the doll (the exact amount wider depends on the fabric—if it is thick make it less wide, if it is light, make it more wide).
- gather the body rectangle to the opening of the bodice, leaving a bit in back ungathered to allow for closure.
- add closure (i used hook-and-loop tape cut into small pieces)
- add embellishment as desired.
*buy local, buy handmade buyers hack: most of us want and/or need to make some of our gifts, so i encourage you to think about what you want to make and get started NOW. remember the rules: choose projects that you can start and finish the same day, and as much as possible using only items you already have on hand. don’t make it hard on yourself. resentment does not promote good holiday spirits. :)