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« on: March 21, 2013 05:49:53 PM »

I saw ScrappySue post about the Uthando Project (http://www.uthandoproject.org/) a few years back and wanted to participate.  It took me a long while, but I finally finished up a batch of dolls. 



I ended up knitting most of the outfits, including their required bloomers (not pictured).  I made necklaces that can double as belts, and purses for each of them.





 





I tried to include a variety of items that could be mixed and matched.  I had a ton of tulle in my stash, so I decided to make them each a princess tutu, too.











I really tried to make all of their hair interesting for the kids to play with, and plan to include a little baggie of ribbons and beads along with each doll so they can style the hair in different ways.  Their faces were done with Elmer's Painters and then I just heat set them so they will be permanent.











I also made drawstring bags to hold the dolls and all of their goodies.  The bags are very simple, made out of a fat quarter and some paracord I had in my stash.  Here are each of them with all of their stuff.

       

I'm hoping to get them shipped out to Africa next week.  I'm going to do a batch of boy dolls, and some for younger kids, next.  Hopefully it won't take me so long in the future!
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013 07:14:37 PM »

Absolutely incredible and the dolls are so well made and cute! They will be a hit, I am sure. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013 11:19:56 PM »

What a bevy of beauties.  I really love what you did with their hair. Perfect for little girls who love playing with hair. And theri knitted outfits are lovely. The tutus are a great idea and you had some very pretty yarn in your stash too.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013 06:36:34 AM »

The children that receive these dolls are going to be ecstatic! You put so much time and love into each and every one. I just featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2013 07:56:58 AM »

These dolls are going to bring so much joy to the children that receive them. What a wonderful thing. Each and every little detail is so thoughtful and going to be so FUN for the kids.
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2013 08:39:06 AM »

Thank you so much for the kind words!  I'd never successfully made a doll before, and my sewing skills are only slowly improving, so I was pretty nervous when I started.  But knowing this might be the only toy a child has really kept me driven to make them special.

I forgot to mention that I used Uthando's basic sewn doll pattern (http://www.uthandoproject.org/how-to-participate/sewn-doll.php).  The dolls ended up being about 10" (or closer to 11-12" if you include the hair Smiley ).  I just made up the clothes and accessories as I went along.
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LovelyMiss - You totally outdid yourself and I know that your dolls are going to make some children in my country very happy! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2013 12:35:37 PM »

The cause and the dolls are fantastic!  Each one has a personality that you have managed to give them!

I love their hair and their clothing...fabulous job!
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2013 07:32:24 PM »

These are absolutely gorgeous -lovely detailed work.  That's a lot of dedication too -you made so many without losing steam!  I'm sure whichever kids are gifted them will be so happy.
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2013 11:19:54 PM »

Thank you, again, for the positive responses!  I'm just happy my post might bring a little more attention to the Uthando Project.

I hope you're right, katara! Thanks.  Smiley
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