I'm very excited today because the Emma the Doll pattern is officially released! Hooray! I've made more than two dozen patterns since turning in my book manuscript last year and I have to say, this one is my favorite.
I knew I wanted to design a doll and started to think carefully about what kind of doll I wanted her to be. I love decorative dolls with fine clothing, hair just so, and shoes that lace up, but I know as a mom what happens to dolls over time. Shoes get lost, clothes get lost, cloth bodies get stained with marker and jelly and mud.
This led me to begin thinking about a fleece doll that would be sturdy, yet pretty, and totally washable. And that's how Emma came to be.
As you know, I love fleece. It's easy to find at any fabric store. It's cheap as far as fabric goes. And it comes in lots of colors. You get to choose five bits of fleece when you make Emma (you'll use less than 1/4 yard of each one) and picking the colors and patterns is one of the best parts.
I've gone through and selected some favorites to get your creative juices flowing. All of the links are to Fabric.com. Here are some pretty choices for Emma's dress and accessories:
And here are some great options for her skin and hair:
Of course, you can also use up scraps of fleece you may already have from other projects, or make a zombie Emma with green skin!
I'm excited about this pattern for one other reason as well. This is the first pattern I've made that contains supplemental video content. There's a special video showing you how to stitch her little nose neatly, and another detailing how to make her legs and feet. Adding video content to patterns is really exciting to me and has gotten me thinking about teaching a softie-making class here on the blog with lots of exclusive posts and short instructional videos. Something to think about for sure.
You'll find the pattern for Emma in my Etsy shop now.