Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Princess and the Pea

I was inspired to make this gift set for s. when I read this post, by Make it Perfect. I love how this turned out! The book is The Princess and the Pea, by Lauren Child. It is a well-written, beautifully illustrated story.

For the doll, I used the Margot pattern from the book Wee Wonderfuls, by Hillary Lang. The doll is actually a topsy-turvy doll that when flipped is two versions of the same doll. This end is the dressed-down version. The picture above is the dressed up version.

I must say that the doll was more difficult than I expected it to be. There was a lot of handsewing and little details that were a bit frustrating. I don't think it really had anything to do with the pattern, just my lack of patience and the fact that I had a self-imposed looming deadline. So after a couple of nights of going to bed in the early hours of the morning, I was able to finish her in time for Christmas.

The backpack is of course made from the Made by Rae Toddler Backpack pattern. The print is Heather Ross Far Far Away Princess and the Pea fabric. I could only find this print in double gauze which is a very light thin cotton with a more textured and looser weave than voile. So I interfaced it and lined it with canvas. I added a bit of length to the pattern, about 3 quarters of an inch, to fit the whole princess in. Originally, this was supposed to fit the doll and the mattresses, but ended up way too small for everything. So presently, the princess resides in a cardboard box. I am thinking of gluing some cute paper in the box to make it look like a wallpapered bedroom. But that is a project for another day...

Here is a detail of the mattresses. I only had time to make seven, not the twelve that was in the book. I found some trim scraps I had to add a bit of detail and interest to the mattresses. I also made a liitle pillow and a tiny purse to hold the pea. The pea itself is a from a pom pom trim.
I would love to add a blanket and a crown someday and maybe a little coat. But for now I am taking a couple of days rest from sewing and going to bed at a decent hour.


  1. Such a good idea, and so cute. I'm way impressed.

  2. bellebee, hurray you are the first person to comment that i do not know in person. thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. Wow, you did a great job! I started this doll but did an awful job sewing on hair and stopped. Yours looks terrific, I may have to try again! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Janimal, I used a novelty yarn that was really fuzzy and soft instead of the worsted weight wool the book recommended. The yarn was muh more forgiving and hid a lot of imperfections and also covered up a few bald spots. It worked for me because I wanted the princess to look like she had been tossing and turning all night and thus the frizzy slightly messy hair:)

  5. This is wonderful! I'm also going to borrow this idea and use it for Christmas presents for my daughter and nieces. Hopefully if I start now, I'll finish in time! :)

    I found a cute pattern for a Waldorf doll (including clothes & nightgown!) on etsy:

  6. thanks for the link to the waldorf doll! i probably should have started sewing margo sooner too:)

  7. Love this! I found your post and followed it back to the original, thanks for the idea :)


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