I loved the story of Peter Pan as a child. I wasn’t a very adventurous child, and I think I was drawn the the idea of Wendy – who, clearly, was also a fairly unadventurous child typically – flying away on a grand adventure. I also quite agreed with Peter that children have all the fun, which is a big part of the reason I make the most of raising my own children now that I am an adult.
I have also always loved doll making. I sewed one of those print-to-sew doll pillows when I was maybe five years old, and made many more dolls over the years. Owie dolls, felt fairies, and crocheted dolls (free pattern!) have made it onto this blog.
When I learned that Salley Mavor was putting out a new Felt Wee Folk book (while searching for books on fairy making for a somewhat related project), I ordered a copy. I love the way her dolls look, and as soon as the book arrived my kids were making long lists of the dolls they wanted. This is the only doll I have made so far, but I am sure we will be making many more. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. Emma was able to follow the instructions in the book, and she is working on a small doll that I will post when it is finished. I am afraid that my children inherited my love of working on way too many projects at once.
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DIY Peter Pan Doll
Peter Pan is not one of the official dolls in the book, but Johnny had requested a Peter Pan doll and I made his first because he is super helpful around the house and frees up more of my time for crafting. I used the pattern for Hansel’s hat on page 113 and the pattern for the prince’s clothing on page 89 with very minor adjustments (skipped the tunic belt and added a jagged edge to the trousers). I bought 100% wool felt from FeltOnTheFly for this doll, and it was worth the price! Really lovely thick felt that cuts neatly. His hair is made out of wool roving. I was worried about painting the faces because I don’t paint much, but it worked out pretty well.
Doesn’t he look ready to step onto the window sill and fly away? He has already been on many adventures around our home!
What crafts are you working on right now?