3 posts tagged Chinese doll
Here at long last is the pattern for the Chinese New Year Doll that I made as many of you have been asking for it! Once again, thank you so much for your encouragement and support of this blog! I am happy to provide this pattern since, as many of you have written, seeing this doll has rekindled your passion for crocheting or got you interested in amigurumi. // ]]>
This is my first original pattern and the first one I’ve ever written up, so if you have any questions or find any errors, please let me know! I would be delighted to hear from you as you try to make this doll, and please feel free to share the photos with us on my facebook fan page!
With Chinese New Year coming up, I wanted to create a special Chinese New Year Doll. Ryan and I thought it would be so cute if we could make a little bunny that she could hold since this upcoming year is the Year of the Rabbit! I knew this would be quite the challenge since it’d be my first original design and I wanted to make her quite intricate.
Ryan and I roughly sketched out different designs. Here’s one of them:
My mind was swirling with ideas as I thought about how I’d make each piece, from her hair to her sleeves. I meticulously wrote down how I made each part and wrote out the pattern, which I am providing for free HERE.
I started off with her head and face, using 9 mm safety eyes and embroidery floss for her eyelashes and her mouth. She looks so funny when she’s bald!
The hair was the challenging part. I wasn’t sure what shape to make and how to position the hair on the head. If I made one big circle and sewed it ontop, it would simply look like she was wearing a hat (or that she had a bowl cut!). I really wanted to make a part in her hair as well. And so, I made two circles of varying sizes and overlapped them to create a side part for her! I flipped the circles inside out (as seen in photo below) since they fit the head better this way.
Then I made a red dress (red symbolizes good fortune and joy in traditional Chinese culture, and it’s found everywhere during Chinese New Year) consisting of two parts: a tube and a circle for the bottom. I joined the circle to the tube with single crochets to create a frilly edge for the bottom. We cut out a cardboard circle, placed it in the bottom, and then filled her dress with rice so that she would stand nicely.
Next, I sewed a cute bun ontop of her head. Then we placed toothpicks in her hair (representing chopsticks of course :D) and Ryan used a glue gun to secure a little yellow and grey ball to the toothpicks. The glue gives it a nice oramental look, almost like a jewel or crystal.
I then made sleeves that flair out and two balls for her hands. Ryan helped me glue gun the hands into her sleeves. I attached the sleeves to her dress (doesn’t it look like she’s ready to give a big hug in the second photo?) and then tied her hands together so she’s ready to hold something!
Now onto her little bunny toy! To make such a tiny bunny, I had to get special extra fine crochet thread as seen below:
My eyes were going a little wonky when I was making this bunny since the stitches were so tiny! I had to take breaks and work on it bit by bit. I pretty much made this bunny the same way as my other bunny, adjusting the pattern to make it smaller. Look how tiny the head is:
Assembling the little bunny didn’t take too long. She sure is tiny, hey?
And now to place the little bunny into her arms :)
Here are some side views:
I had to bring out the other bunny too because they look so cute together!
And with some Red Pocket Money :)
Have a Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! Let me know what you think of my first original creation :) And once again, the free pattern that I’ve written out can be found HERE!
Happy Chinese New Year!!! It’s the Year of the Rabbit, so I made this special Chinese doll and her little bunny to celebrate :) Full blog post to come soon!