A few days ago, I was searching my way through blogland when I came upon Jade over at Craft Hope and her wonderful doll project for the Casa Bernabe Orphanage in Nicaragua. The stories and photos throughout her site are so heart-touching and full of love, all of them illustrating their mission of helping others through handmade projects. Be prepared, you will want to sew at least a dozen dolls – if not more!
I’m trying to make this a family project, with all four of the kids sewing their own doll to send. I will probably need a lot of patience to see this through! But nonetheless, we got started last night. One doll cut out and 4 more to go!
We are using the free pattern at Make Baby Stuff. It’s straightforward and I think my kids will be able to handle sewing the seams with minimal(hopefully!) guidance.
This is ds#1’s doll all set to be sewn. He wanted to make a boy doll in case there were boys at the orphanage, too. I assured him that there probably were boys living there, and that I was sure they would appreciate having a boy doll. So we adjusted the pattern a little to reflect more of a shirt rather than a skirt – hopefully it will work! I was really surprised (and proud) of his conversation while we worked. He asked a lot of questions about the orphanage, why the kids were living there, what was it like living there, and even about the type of clothing they wore – all of it packaged together makes for some pretty heavy stuff for a 10 year old! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that our next sewing session goes as smoothly!