Every so often I see a cute non clothing pattern I want to try and I just couldn’t resist this learning doll from Ruby Jean’s Closet. Marissa is just so sweet! Read to the end to enter the giveaway!
Disclaimer: I received the pattern for free for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own of course!
This was the most time consuming project I’ve done so far, but it’s oh so worth it. My girls just love her! They both want to play with her at the same time, so I need to make a second one now.
The only thing I didn’t do on this were the eyelet holes in Marissa’s top (for lacing the shoe lace through), I had forgotten to pick them up at the store on my last trip there, so I will be adding them on later.
But other than needing the eyelets I forgot to buy, I’m so proud of myself as I didn’t buy a single thing to make her. Or maybe I shouldn’t be so happy, because that means I have an excessively huge stash of stuff. So, yes, this was a stash busting project from start to finish!
|Moving in for a kiss!
Little Miss V is a little young for this doll, but there’s something about her face that V just loves. She sees her and she smiles and hugs her, and gives her kisses. (Well, V’s version of kisses).
Marissa is a lot bigger than I realized. The finished sized is mentioned in the listing but I must have skipped that. She’s 22″ tall, she’s bigger than my girls from when they were newborns!
So what makes Marissa a learning doll? Her starfish hairbow clips on and off; shoelaces to tie and weave through the holes in her top (if I had put them in); buttons on the skirt; a zipper on the back; snaps on the shoulders of her top; and velcro closure on her skirt.
I’m thinking on the next one I’ll make her heart (under her top) out of minky to add some texture fun too.
- Pattern cutting layout, fabric requirements chart
- I like how the tutorial separates out each section of the doll so you prepare the pieces for each section (upper body, lower body) before moving onto the next step. I found that to be a good help to keep from getting confused.
- Clear, easy to understand steps with photos
- 15 pages to print
- Glossary of sewing terms included
Would I make this again?
Yes, definitely. It’s a bigger project with all the little pieces to cut out and the snaps, etc to install, but so cute and seeing my girls light up was worth it. I say it took me about 6 hours in all from start to finish.
Keep reading, giveaway at the bottom of this post!
|Zipper practice! Ignore the rice krispies on her shirt, ha!
|Do you want a chance to win this pattern? Ruby Jean’s Closet has graciously allowed me to give away the complete learning doll set! The 4 pack includes Marissa, Seabiscuit, Iggy and the fishy friends trio (included with each doll purchase)! Enter in the rafflecopter below. And if you just can’t wait to find out if you win, head on over to their Etsy shop and pick up your favourite doll!
AND for another chance to win, after you enter the Rafflecopter here, head on over to Sprouting JubeJube! She’s also giving away a 4-pack to her readers! 🙂
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Hey this was another stash sew project! Most of the fabrics are leftovers from other projects, the felt I’ve had for a couple years, the snaps and stuff I bought a few months back. The shoelace I stole from a pair of sneakers I barely ever wear :p
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