Meet Callie Lapin…

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Callie is cousin to Luna Lapin, a little French hare.

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Originally I planned to use wool felt for Callie’s body, and I ordered it online from The Felt Pod. But I couldn’t work with it – allergies. So I opted for grey kona cotton, which works really well.

Some pics along the way…

I drafted my patterns with a 1/4″ seam allowance and sewed everything on my machine. I find it easier to sew small doll pieces using the pattern on top of the fabric, with a very small stitch length (2.2 on long edges, 1.2 around curves).

sewing the pattern

After tearing away the tissue, I cut out my pieces with pinking shears. The pinked edge is safer than clips on curves and adds ease to all the seams.

sewn and pinked

I happen to like floppy ears on rabbits, so I redrew her head and lengthened her ears (more in a later photo).

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I’m always happy when all the body parts are sewn and I can start turning and stuffing. Over years of making fabric dolls, I’ve collected and adapted some great tools.

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Chopsticks, manicure sticks, cocktails skewers, hemostats, and tweezers.

tools

stuffing

I also find doll needles to be indispensable.  I used one to stabilize the head while I attached it, and ran one side to side, straight through the body and head, to attach the arm buttons and eyes.

Doll Makers Journey is my go-to source for tools, fabrics, and much more!

Callie has a pink nose, eyes, and shoulder buttons. Outlining her nose with thread made the embroidery work very simple.

 

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Cute bunny.

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Of course she’s after me for something to wear. The fitting of her first outfit (dress and knickers) is scheduled for this afternoon 🙂

first dress

She was fun to make, and I plan more outfits as well as some flip-flops in her size. Rather than do more posts here, I’ve set up a Pinterest board for Callie and any other Sarah Peel designs that grab me.

Ciao! Coco

6 thoughts on “Meet Callie Lapin…

  1. Bunny. Sandals. You win. That’s my new favorite phrase. And! And! How did I NOT follow you on Pinterest before now?! I’ve missed so much….

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  2. Adorable! You two are going to match. I made the catnip snake you introduced us to last year times three. My cats loved them, thank you!

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