I’m not an expert at crochet, not even close. It’s been years, in fact, since I tried my hand at the craft.
This year, however, I’ve been on a mission to create everything a child desires for fashion dolls. (Yes, I’m that kind of grandma.) The most recent effort has been crocheting doll clothes.
It’s been fun – and sometimes frustrating – as I relearned the basics, learned new techniques and figured out how to make the clothes fit the dolls’ bodies. Some of my attempts were so bad, they ended up in the trash but I learned from every mistake.
Despite imperfections, some of my creations are worth keeping and I’m proud to report my 6-year-old granddaughter exclaimed: “OH! EM! GEE!” when she saw photos on my cell phone during our visit a couple weeks ago.
The kids haven’t actually played with the clothes for a variety of reasons, one being that they weren’t finished.
That’s because sewing on snaps and buttons is a task I despise so my crafty sister and I made a deal that she would do that task. For every five outfits she finishes with fasteners, she gets to keep one for her grandchildren. I think it’s a fair trade. I hope she feels the same.
Here are some of the first outfits. Several others are in the works.
Thrift Store Bargains
This project is another example of thrift store bargains.
The dolls are all from a local Red Racks thrift store and no more than $1 was paid for each. Most, in fact, were purchased during the store’s frequent half-price sales so a whopping 50 cents per doll was the cost. They needed rehab but that was easy and inexpensive as you can see in this post about fixing Jasmine’s hair and this one about a group of dolls my daughter refurbished.
Not only are the dolls from Red Racks, the yarn used to make the clothes is from the thrift store. It’s not that I’m a total tightwad but not much yarn is needed to crochet a doll outfit so it doesn’t make sense to purchase a new skein when only a little is needed.
Besides that, I’ve had the opportunity to experiment with a variety of yarn without the expense of purchasing a whole skein.
Eyelash yarn, for example, is gorgeous but I quickly learned it’s not a product in which I want to invest money or time. It’s great for adding edging pizzazz but it’s difficult to work with. Using it for an entire project would make me insane.