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Chinese New Year Doll

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!

Chinese Doll

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.

Chinese Doll

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.

Chinese Doll

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. 

Chinese Doll

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!

Chinese Doll

 Now onto her little bunny toy!  To make such a tiny bunny, I had to get special extra fine crochet thread as seen below:

Extra fine crochet thread

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:

Little bunny

Assembling the little bunny didn’t take too long.  She sure is tiny, hey?

Little bunny

And now to place the little bunny into her arms :)

Chinese Doll

Here are some side views:

Chinese Doll

I had to bring out the other bunny too because they look so cute together!

Chinese Doll

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And with some Red Pocket Money :)

Chinese Doll

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!

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