Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Button Baby

There was a question last post about the assembly of a doll.

I have made a few dolls for the Hug-a-Bugs, but mostly for myself, let's be honest...

Thus far I have used 3 methods of construction.

Method 1: like Wee Wonderful's Olive arms and legs are made and stuffed and then sewn into the seam of the body.

Method 2: like my Vogue Sewing Pattern Doll, Siobhan, the doll body is composed of two assembled pieces front and back including the arms and legs.

Method 3: like my sad McCalls Bunny from High School, which is in dire need of eyes and a new stuff, and reattaching of the arms, (but I still love those flour sacks) the arms and body are separate pieces which are sewn shut after stuffing and then the doll is assembled by hand-sewing the pieces together.

This last method is the how the Button baby is made, with the exception of the joints.

The baby has button joints. This means that the arms and body are sewn together with one long piece of craft string which is threaded through buttons between the pieces.

The doll is really floppy. The arms and legs go all over, but when I asked at Wonderment, they said it is supposed to be that way, that babies can't control where their limbs go either, and once I make it some clothes it will calm down.

As I have said, the Elder Hug-a-Bug is happy with the baby even with its flopping, the feet are already kinda grubby from all of the loving.

I think that my main problem with this construction technique is that the fabric is stretchy. I might try this with a woven next time and see if I get different results.

As I make this list of dolls, I realize that I have a little problem.

The Hug-a-Bugs are running out of room for toys.

I love making dolls and toys.

Where will it all end?

Have a terrific Wednesday,

Lost Finale Tomorrow!


1 comment:

  1. I love your analysis of doll arms and legs. I love all your creations. Your girl is so lucky to have such a brilliant and creative mom!