The weather has been yucky around here for over a week. I can’t wait to go out to draw and paint, maybe some day soon. Meanwhile I made this for my granddaughter. I’ll give it to her on her 1st birthday Sept. 4.
30 some years ago I made one for my daughter’s 1st birthday and she loved it so much that it wore out fast. After I washed it a few times I knew I had to make another because the first one was getting flimsy. I started interfacing the Annies with the iron on interfacing. I made 4 because my daughter would need a travel Annie and would sometimes misplace the old one.
Interfacing the body pieces adds time to the project but I don’t care. I didn’t follow the directions long ago and I still made this one the slow way. The doll will last longer but I might have to make back up Annies for my granddaughter.
I forgot how much fun it is to make them. I don’t mind hand sewing if it makes a better finished product. I did a lot of hand sewing on this and my hand is tired.
I embroidered the face instead of drawing it on with fabric markers.
For the eyes, I didn’t want to sew a button on. I cut black circles out of felt and larger white circles and satin stitched around them. Now anyone that sees this doll will know it was made by hand and not on an assembly line.
This is how the pattern tells you to do the wig. It’s a hair style but I gave the new new doll a thicker shag for hair. I thought the baby might get her fingers in and pull on the style shown on the pattern.
Instead of this style I used my artistic license and made a shag by sewing 2″ double loops and measuring them with a credit card so they would be the same. Inside the wig, I tied a half hitch behind every loop so that hair isn’t coming out. It took hours. It becomes a zen like thing to hand sew. You make some progress and take a break when you want to. Eventually you get it finished and have a sense of achievement. Also, I like digging my fingers into the shag and it’s soft and thick. No bald spots on my Annies! hahahah