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Countdown till Christmas!

In a maker's world, it is NEVER to early to start planning for the holidays. After all, it takes time to prepare a special homemade holiday!!! (We only have 214 sleeps till Santa is here - but who is counting...)


Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. Perhaps because I love giving and creating for the people that I love - but also because this magical time of year inspires people all over the globe to do kind deeds and charity for others. Every year, I donate a bunch of beautiful, handmade dolls to a charity, church, organization or hospital. It is a way I can use my gifts to spread joy and as we know, giving is always so much better than receiving!





When I first spotted Christopher Thompson's new Holly Holiday fabric line with Riley Blake Designs, I just fell in love with his multicultural Santa print! What the world needs is no stereotypes and no limits and I so adore this print! Of course, the florals are brilliant and the large scale main floral reminds me of the beautiful, floral Polish skirts my mother grew up wearing in Poland.






So today, I am unveiling my NEW, Santa Doll pattern!!! I am so excited how he turned out! He has an attached beard but it is made separately from his face. He also has all the wonderful details a Santa should have. Big collars, and buckles, and even some removable buckled boots! The Santa Pattern is out to my testers right now and will be available on Friday, June 11th. If you would like to receive coupons, freebies and all the doll making news for this and other doll patterns, please sign up for my Doll Making Newsletter HERE.






The Vintage Grandma Pattern makes a PERFECT Mrs. Clause doll. I love how her rosy lips and cheeks make her feel so warm and inviting. I made a basic skirt for her and added an embroidered apron. I can almost smell the warm cookies in the oven she is baking!



Riley Blake Designs does a beautiful job every month showcasing their NEW fabric collections LIVE on Facebook. Click HERE to join the RBD Facebook Page. This month, Christopher was LIVE with Cindy talking about this Holly Holiday collection. He spoke about the story and inspiration behind the designs. The collection is inspired by the vision of a little girl having a dream about the night before Christmas! After I learnt this, I knew I had to add a tiny little Sleepover Child Doll to this Christmas Collection! She is just bursting with excitement at the thought of catching a glimpse of Santa! I even fussy cut the Pink Santa print on her tummy!!!




If you want to make your own Christmas Doll collection - it is easier than you think - and I can show you how! Here are some links to the patterns, fabrics and educational resources. Let's start planning the beautiful Spirit of Christmas giving - today!


Patterns:

Santa Doll - Embroidery Machine Pattern - releasing June 11th

Vintage Grandma Doll - Embroidery Machine Pattern

Sleepover Child - Embroidery Machine Pattern


Fabric:

Holly Holiday by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake Designs


Doll Education:

Bee Sew Inspired Doll Making Website Information

Inspired Doll Making Facebook Group (Free Education Group)

Bee Sew Inspired YouTube Channel



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