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a sneak peek…..

Oh, I was thiiiiiiis close to sharing the fabric dolls today. 


Remember, the ones you voted on?  Well, they’re just about done.  And I have been having so much fun making them.  After about 8 different pattern drafts, I finally drew up a shape that worked out perfectly.  And, instead of just making one……I had to make 3.  One for each of my monkeys.




Connor and Elli are so excited and keep saying, “oooh, mommy, that looks like me!”  Ha…..just because they’re brunette dolls with blue eyes.  Easy to please, I tell ya.


If I would have just made one doll version, I would have been finished by today…..but I knew each child would want one.  And even more than that, I really wanted to show you guys a variety.  Plus a BOY doll! :)


Here’s another little peek……




……but that’s all you get.  The rest is a secret. :)


So, how about Monday?  For sure they’ll be done by then. 



See you soon!



Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!


  1. Cristin Vosburgh says:

    It’s MONDAY!!!! :) I will just have to wait until tomorrow…hopefully it will be up tomorrow! ;)

    1. Cristin Vosburgh says:

      Okay…actually, it is still Monday where I am. :) I saw that posted as 1:39 am Tuesday….. still. :) anxiously awaiting the tut! (I know you have a life, though….and kids. so…whenever you get it up…i will wait. :) )

  2. Gwen says:

    Ah, you’re killin’ me! I’ve been stalking my inbox since you announced the fabric dolls were the winner. Yeah, I voted for them. I’m really looking forward to your tute. Can’t wait!

  3. Kate Frishman says:

    I made a rag doll for my daughter for Christmas this year, and I ended up making the doll resemble her without even meaning too :)

    I’m looking forward to seeing your dolls!

  4. Christine says:

    Oh, so fun! I think my girls would love a doll that looked like them. That means the doll will HAVE to have a twirly dress!

    1. Christine says:

      Also, love the zig zag, chevron tights!

    2. Christine says:

      One totally unrelated question…
      Does the heat transfer from Silhouette wash and dry well? I am thinking of doing something like the shirt you made a while back that has ballerinas on it and then you added fabric tutus, but my daughter wears her dresses a lot and so they get washed and dried A LOT…will the ballerina shapes stay on?

  5. Kathy says:

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to see these. I love a good doll pattern and those feet with the shoes are too die for cute.

  6. Kristina Noall says:

    Oh wow…I didn’t think I was interested in them since I have boys. Shoulda known better. :) I’ll be back tomorrow!

  7. Annely says:

    Oooh, can’t wait to see finished dolls!! And the boy one too?!? Can’t get any better than that:)

  8. The Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter says:

    Can’t wait to see the whole thing!!!!!

  9. Judy says:

    Just waiting here for you to DA DA us with their cuteness. Have 2 great granddaughter this year every girl needs a dolly right!!

  10. Jen says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished product!!! I’ve been wanting to make my girls some dolls! Yay!

  11. Paulette says:

    Well, I love the feet. LOL Too Cute! And what a wonderful project for all of the littles. I still have the doll that my MOM made for me, she is terribly worn out. I came across her just the other day and it brought me to tears how many times she (My Sweet Susie Doll) was there for me and my little brother, when we had boo boos. With her beautiful emboidered face and yarn pig tails.

  12. Anita says:

    I have to grands that will luv them. Can’t wait to see them fi.ishex

  13. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait! These look great – especially excited for a boy doll too!

  14. Amy says:

    Those sneak peeks look AWESOME! I can’t wait for Monday!

  15. Stephany M says:

    Darling! Darling! Your work is beautiful! SM

  16. Anonymous says:

    Ah man!!! I’ve been checking everyday!!!
    CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!

  17. Jessica graziano says:

    Oh I am so excited!!! I made owls for my kids and they were all the rage I had to make some for the neighbors so I can’t wait to try this out and see what they think! Thank you so much for sharing all your crafty ways and making some little ones smile in the process! hugs

  18. tukimu says:

    I can’t wait monday! I love handmade doll.

  19. Lisa says:

    Can’t wait! Have two little girls that will love to have new dolls!

  20. Bethany says:

    Looking forward to it! I’ve been thinking of making one for my daughter who is just getting into dolls.

  21. Bek @ Just For Daisy says:

    Can’t wait to see! :)

  22. Erin says:

    OMG, omg, omg. Drooling already…

  23. Ivana says:

    So much fun and can’t wait to see them!
    I think my 5 yrs old son will need one as well as his 3yrs old sister :-)

    Greetings from Czech republic…

  24. Adrienne says:

    Well Monday ju

    1. Adrienne says:

      MEaNt to say Monday just got better! Can’t wait! Apparently iPhones and comment boxes don’t get along!

  25. Haylee says:

    Oh I cant wait! I have been wanting to make one for my daughter for so long!!

  26. Kara says:

    I’m SO excited for the boy doll! I’ve been wanting to make one for my 3 year old son!

  27. Sheena says:

    I can’t wait to see. So excited about the boy version. My husband and I were just talking tonight about my poor oldest son who seems to get the short end of the stick with me making him stuff.

  28. Sandra :) says:

    I’m so excited about the dolls – but now — A BOY DOLL?!??!?! I have 4 g-nephews and 1 g-niece, so a fun boy doll is just what this old auntie needs!

  29. Crystal says:

    Their little feet are so cute! I can’t wait to see the rest!

  30. Ellen says:

    Love the orange pocket. :D These look like they will be so cute!

  31. Delia says:

    Adorable! Can’t wait.

  32. Brittany says:

    so much fun and can’t wait to see them!
    I just making 3 sock monkeys for my kiddos.

  33. Amna Harb says:

    take your time. looks like its gonna be so much fun to learn how to make dolls. can’t wait till Monday :)

  34. Cerise says:

    The peeks look great. I know my boys would flip if I made them dolls that looked like them!

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