Enter memory lane. I used to mass produce these as a little girl. I had a singer purple kid sewing machine. All it did was a straight stitch and a zig zag. Perfect for whipping these up by the dozens. I think every friend I had received one from me. Ahh, memories.
So, if you are in the market to learn to sew and want a doll, here's a project for you. Or if you know of a little child who wants to learn how to sew, here is a project for you. Or if you would like to upcycle one of your child's special flannel receiving blankets, here's a project for you. Or if you aren't a seamstress but still want to give a little homemade...this is also a project for you.
-Two rectangles of fabric. I used flannel receiving blankets, but you could use any fabric you have. Pillowcases work too, especially if you wanted a new sew option. You can pretty much make the rectangles of fabric any size you want, it's however big you want your doll. I used 13 inches/16 inches.
-Polyfill or the insides of an old stuffed animal/pillow.
-Lace (no more than a yard)
1) Cut your rectangles. These are 13x16. Or if you have a pillowcase already sewed, skip this step.
* Note, if the bottom seam of the fabric is already finished or the selvage edge, you can glue or sew the lace right to the edge. If it's not finished, you might choose to fold the bottom edge over/stitch, zig zag the edge or using pinking shears so it doesn't unravel.
*Note-make sure ribbons are stitched in place and are short in length so it's safe for little ones to play with.
5) Cut piece of lace the right length to make bonnet. Stitch or glue bonnet in place.
I gave it to my sweet girl. She usually isn't into dolls. She prefers tractors. Or anything that isn't supposed to be a toy. She appeared to like it.
It wasn't long until she started shaking the life out of the poor doll.