Tilda Time

You know how political commentators graph periods of conservative reaction and liberal reform – diagrams of rolling hills and valleys plotting the eventual return of one or the other? I feel I could make a lovely wave of my crafts – how one flows into another, how one project will lead to another, and it all will circle back again. Peaks of knitting, valleys of crochet, climbing mountains of art, slow declines of sewing. The chart could probably be color coded too – based on seasons and mood. But anyway – the point is, I’m in one of my crafty doll phases – there were the Dotty Dolls, and the Paperclay dolls, and the oh-so-fun Wooden Dolls, and the amigurumi. And now, there’s the cloth doll. Welcome to the doll club, Tilda:

I think out of all of my crafting, doll making leaves me with the most head scratching – why? What for? What do I do with it? Is being fun to make reason enough? With the amigurumi, every single one ended up gifted. The Dotty Dolls, traded. The one paperclay doll, again, gifted. The wooden dolls, I did keep them, because no one else wanted them. And, now the cloth doll. Does anyone still want a ragdoll? If I gift them up for Xmas this year, will my nieces grab at them, or say, meh? It’s hard to tell.

In any event, I think she’s very pretty!


Pretty should be enough, right? This doll was, as I mentioned, my rough draft – can I sew her? So, I didn’t use anything from my stash that I would lament losing most heartily if I botched it up. So, the doll is made from canvas from Michaels. The dress is leftover fabric from my dining room chair upholstery project, and the lace, again from the bargain bin at Michaels. There were a few oopsies – I forgot to make her shoes or boots, or anything. And, the arms are sewn on a little wonky – it was a bit hard to sew through the stablized satin fabric. And, I was so anxious to see if I could make the dress, the hem is er, not exactly straight. I kind of eyeballed the cutting, and the turning under of the hem. My eyes really aren’t that good. And, I improvised for the face and hair. There’s a Tilda face painting kit and hair you can buy – but that seemed like a waste. I just dotted her eyes with a micron pen, and gave her some blush with a stamp pad. For hair, in the tutorials I found on line, it looks like some kind of boucle yarn, which I certainly don’t have in my stash, so yarny yarny had to do. I did enjoy giving her a hair do. And, making her outfit. And, I’ll probably make another, and those kids will just have to pretend they like them come gift giving season.

And this one’s utilitarian purpose will just have to be to sit on my vintage book with the rest of my doll experiments and look pretty.

She can do that, no problem.

And, if you’d like to make your own Tilda, these are the tutorials I followed:

How to Sew A Tilda Doll, CraftDaily.
Tilda Doll Tutorial, ThePassionforCraft, YouTube
And, for the truly obsessed, this Russian website that translates ok in Google translate, Tilda Mania.

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