The theme of the swap was "Dolls for our Dolls". While browsing on Pinterest, I saw a picture of a Blythe holding a small copy of herself and I knew that was what I needed to do for this swap! Read on to see how I did it.
First, I made two dresses that would be part of the swap package and put them on two of my dolls. I photographed each doll, front and back, standing against a white background. I wanted to put white hair on one mini doll (to match one big doll my partner has) but none of my Blythe's have white hair, so I put a white hat on Candy for the pictures.
On my computer, I edited and re-sized the photos until they would be right for the mini doll. Then I printed the photos onto white fabric. (I used commercially prepared fabric that was already stuck onto paper so it would feed into the printer easily, because I had that on hand. Applying freezer paper to fabric yourself should work just as well.)
After peeling off the paper, I traced around the outline of the doll with pencil to mark my sewing line on the reverse side of the fabric .
All sewed! I left an opening on top of her head for turning; the hair will be covering that up later.
Here she is, turned right-side out...
I sewed the hair on by hand. It was a learn-as-you-go process! The one thing I was not happy with, was the way the white hat still shows around her neck. If I did this again, I would use yarn to match the doll's actual hair color (as I did with the orange-haired Penny).
My favorite thing about these mini dolls is that they are complete on the back too!
I am very happy with how these mini dolls turned out, and my swap partner is thrilled with what I sent her! I wouldn't have tried this without the "push" the swap gave me. That's what I like most about craft swaps!