Friday, January 2, 2015

The Princess and the Pea

In August I wrote a post about some little dollys that I was making that would fit into an Altoid tin.  The pattern was called Princess and the Pea by Larissa Holland, and although I had made two sets of Princesses, I was just not very happy with the Princess.  I loved the bed and how the tins worked, but the wooden beads on the hands and feet bothered me.  A few weeks ago, Shiny Happy World released a 'Christmas Elf' pattern that dealt with the bead issue - but the face just didn't feel right.  What to do?  Why, take the good bits from both pattern and create a hybrid . . . . now I'm happy!


And here we are, 6 sets later - I love them!  I would have loved one of these when I was little.  I used to make my own toys (no need to shed a tear, I just had a vivid imagination and loved making things!)  I decided not to make the 'wardrobe and mirror' from the original pattern - 12 Altoid tins means an awful lot of mints!


Each dolly has a bed with four mattresses - one has the 'pea' on it, a pillowcase and a bedspread.


Here are a few more pics - just for kicks!



All the bedding fits inside a tin nicely!




This last photo reminds me of a scene from 'Gone with the Wind' where all the unmarried girls have to go upstairs and have a snooze before continuing with a daytime party.

As I have a bit of a pouch fetish, I thought that I would make these wide mouth pouches (a similar pattern can be found here on Noodlehead's blog), aaaand I'm done!  Phew, that was a marathon - it was fun, but making up SIX sets was a little tiring.





Unfortunately there were some decapitations going on with the 'Frozen' fabric - I bought a half yard a squeezed all six bags out of it - along with the drastic hair cuts!

Although I made the dollys and bed in between Christmas and New Year, I didn't finish the pouches until the New Year - so these serve to be my first makes of 2015.

How are your first makes coming along?!

9 comments :

  1. Adorable... Makes me ready to play.ha
    Happy New year and Happy sewing.

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  2. They are so cute that the makers of Altoid's should send you some empty tins just for advertising. :)

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  3. These are adorable, the girls on the beds photos reminds me of the attic scene in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!!

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    1. You are quite right! I should have made different coloured dresses for the Princesses!

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  4. These are gorgeous. I too would have loved these as a child and I'm having a hard time not going off to make some right this minute!

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  5. These are adorable. I think I see some in my future. Now I just need to find someone who eats lots of Altoids. :)

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