Book Review – Crafty Dolls

This is a great book.  I first got it from the library for my daughter, and I loved it so much that I bought my own copy.  Patterns are simple to put together, but still look cute.  They are easy enough for children to make, but would also make quick and easy gifts.

I am teaching a doll-making class to a group of children and this is my sample. I took the pattern for the basic doll and enlarged it 130% to make it easier for the children to manipulate the arms and legs.  I chose 130% because that made the patterns the maximum size that would fit on a paper 8-1/2″ x 11″.  By happy coincidence, this made the doll 18″ tall.  This will make it easy to “share” clothes with American Girl and other 18″ dolls.

The book includes a few variations and sizes of dolls and clothing and instructions for knitted dolls as well.  It is published by Dorling Kindersley (DK) and has their typical photography and layout.  Instructions are very clear and easy to follow.  Measurements are given in both inches and centimetres.

As well as the doll patterns, it includes a wonderful section of instruction of basic sewing, embroidery and knitting.  I am confident that a beginner could learn all the skills needed for a successful project.

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