A couple of weeks ago I went to an estate sale in Malvern. I bought some vintage linens and this was among them. Jennie the Little Hostess Doll from Colonial Williamsburg. I had seen it before and people treated this like a tea towel. But it isn’t. It’s a cloth doll pattern. Irish linen, actually.
So today I decided Jenny the Williamsburg doll would come to life as in I would sew her up. You see, a very special little girl I know has a birthday coming up. I like old fashioned simple dolls, and I hope she likes it.
I did trim the doll up a little with some vintage trimmings I have. I think she looks cute. A fun project on a rainy day!
I have been on the hunt for a larger soft form folk art Santa, and I haven’t been able to find one.
So I decided to make one and here he is!
For my first attempt at a craft like this I don’t think I did a bad job! I used things I had around the house.
Recently we had gotten some new pillows I saved the old ones for crafting – the beard and the body is stuffed with one of the old pillow’s stuffing.
Buttons I always save I think it’s a habit that comes from my mother and grandmother because both of them sewed. So I reused some buttons.
Some red cotton lace trim I had picked up at a fair years ago has had many uses and this time Santa was able to have festive suspenders by using a couple short lengths of it.
Santa’s actual head comes from one of those flannel cotton shoeshine mits you get in hotels. His clothing was made from old pajama tops and bottoms. And that includes his little plaid boots.
Buttons were used for his eyes and I painted them a little in the center so he didn’t look so bride of Chucky. His glasses were made from red florist wire and he has a little yarn mouth.
His mittens were actually thumbs from old knit gloves that had holes in them. And I formed his body and his legs from one of those grocery store-type recycled, reusable “fabric” bags. The bag I used actually was a giveaway in Ardmore, PA a few years ago and it was off-white so it worked perfectly for these purposes.
I handstitched him together and made him a cap and gave him a yarn tassel at the end of his cap. I created his nose and some depth in his face by bunching the fabric and the stuffing and stitching it down in places.
I can make wreaths and things but this is my first time ever trying to make something like this. I didn’t have a pattern I just had an idea in my head of what I wanted him to look like. He’s about 3 feet tall. I had wanted a Santa likes this to sit on a chair at Christmas.
Move over Martha Stewart because I think my Santa is pretty cute! Have a great day!